All that IS consists of energy, has been built from energy and by energy, and will eventually be resolved again into the elements of energy that were temporarily bound and limited to form. All the forms that have arisen from such ‘condensed’ energy, are constantly and consistently being impacted, activated, supported and maintained by streams of energy in its many grades, qualities and potencies as supplied through etheric channels. This principle is applicable to all forms within the Universe, whether a sun, a planet, a man or an atom.
These streams of energy are not present as a haphazard conglomeration of forces of undetermined quality, but all originate from supernal sources and are sent forth, guided and controlled for specific purposes and functions under a divine blueprint or Plan, and must eventually evoke specific results as visualised and ordained by some Higher Entity. These planes are far beyond human conception.
The nature and origin of primordial Energy, the will of the Almighty, will forever remain an obscure and incomprehensible secret to the human mind, but apparently the potency of this fundamental energy is such that with direct contact it would annihilate any material form known to man. According to the Ageless Wisdom, this Primordial Energy successively passes through a series of Celestial Entities or Bodies, during which process the energy becomes subdivided and dispersed to such an extent that it is considerably moderated before it ever reaches our solar system.
These universal-streams of energy, the so-called Rays of Energy, are reticulated on a septenary basis; each of the Primary Rays when passing through a specific Higher Life, is split up into seven subsidiary rays, each with its own particular properties and qualities with which every form along its line of progress will be permeated and animated.
Our own planet receives its energy supplies from a variety of sources, of which the following are of main importance:
 The sun as the focal point of our solar system.
 Rays that reach the Earth via each of the seven planets.
 Radiations from solar systems beyond our own.
 Energies emanating from the Logoic Life of our planet with its hierarchical system.
 Energies and forces contained within our immediate etheric environment.
This whole complex of interrelated and interacting energies and evoked forces is, however, so intricate that the human computer [Brain] cannot cope with it. So we will not concern us unduly with attempts to understand. They exist and the evolution of every individual is determined by their influence and every form, whether plant or man, during a manifested life is moulded by Seven Rays of Energy, and during that specific life one of these major rays will exert a predominating influence.
Each ray is distinguished by its own special attributes, and the qualities and characteristics of individual forms will largely be determined by the predominating ray under whose influence this life came into being, and supplemented by the effect of subsidiary rays playing a complementary role.
As far as human beings are concerned it should be remembered that we are firstly considering a most complex combination of energies and forces—a group of related and interrelated energies functioning in a field of energy. The being for ever keeps on striving towards a point of balance, but a status quo can never be attained, because the incoming energies never abate, and continually keep on varying and changing, thus constantly evoking new conditions and problems. This, however, is what produces growth and evolution—or degeneration. Secondly, the study of man becomes even more involved because of the several subjective bodies which constitute his being, each of which is in turn subject to its own specific set of ray influences. This often results in internal conflicts when a quality in one vehicle is brought to face a diametrically contrasting tendency in another body.
Man thus has to contend with and find his way through life by attempting to reach near-balance between contending forces which may be acting to reach near-balance between contending forces which may be acting simultaneously upon his several component vehicles. The Rays to be considered are:
· The ray of the Mental body.
· The ray of the Astral body.
· The ray of the Physical body.
In esoteric studies the Seven Rays are often referred to by numbers, allocated according to the following classification:
The three Rays of Aspect:
Ray 1 : The Ray of Will or Power. Ray 2 : The ray of Love-Wisdom. Ray 3 : The Ray of activity, Adaptability or Intelligence.
The Four Rays of Attribute:
Ray 4 : The Ray of Harmony, Beauty, Art or Unity. Ray 5 : The Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. Ray 6 : The Ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion. Ray 7 : The Ray of ceremonial Law or Magic.
Each Ray is distinguished by both positive and negative qualities, and it will largely depend on the application of man’s own free will as to which of these characteristics will be allowed to assume predominance.
By a study of the attributes [characteristics] of these Rays, and an objective and unprejudiced analysis of the inner driving forces and inclinations, a fair idea can be arrived at of the Ray pattern controlling one’s own soul and personality. A progressive recognition of the energies concerned, will open the way to collaboration and encouragement of the relative virtues of these forces, and a corresponding resistance to the negative influences. It will be noticed that a considerable degree of overlapping occurs between the characteristics of the different Rays, and this makes it even more complicated for the beginner to determine in which of the constituting vehicles of manifestation these influences are experienced. However, as the as the student advances with his studies and self-analysis , and the consciousness progressively expands, even increasing light will become available, enabling dividing lines to become more clearly discernable.
In all these considerations it should be kept in mind, however, that the dominating Ray of our solar system is the great cosmic Second Ray of Love-wisdom, and that these two basic principles of Love and Wisdom are the main guiding and controlling powers underlying the functioning of our whole system, determining both the Quality and the Purpose of our Deity. Basically every unit of life, and every form in manifestation is therefore governed by love and wisdom, and although the influence of all the Seven Rays will always be present, they must be seen as only the secondary aspects of the over-ruling cosmic Ray of Love-Wisdom.
Safe transfer of these energies and their effect on the personality.
The centres vary in activity according to the evolutionary status of the individual. In some people certain centres are ‘awake’ and in others the same centres may be relatively quiescent. In certain types, the solar plexus centre will be active or dominant, in others the heart, in still others the throat. In very few as yet, is the head centre active. Speaking largely, in savage people and the little evolved, the three centres below the diaphragm—the centre at the base of the spine, the sacral centre and the solar plexus centre—are alive and dominant, but the centres above the diaphragm are ‘asleep’. In average humanity the throat centre is beginning to make itself felt with the head and heart centres still asleep. In the highly evolved human being, the race leader, the intuitive philosopher and the scientist, and in the great saints, both the head and heart centres are making their vibrations felt, priority between head and heart being determined by type, and the quality of the emotional and mental consciousness.
According, then to the development of the man these force centres become alive and dominant, and according to their aliveness various types of activity make their presence felt. The centres below the diaphragm govern the physical life of the material form and the animal psychic life, found both in man and in the animal. Those above the diaphragm concern the intellectual and spiritual life and bring about those activities in which man demonstrates that his status is different to, and higher than that of the animal, and that he is climbing upwards on the ladder of evolution.
The state of the centres, then, is dependent upon the type and quality of soul force vibrating through the man. In the undeveloped person it is simply the life force, prana, which is active and registers. This nurtures the animal life and brings the lower centres [the centres at the base of the spine and the sacral centre] into activity. Later, as man develops, the consciousness, soul-aspect, gradually makes its presence felt and brings the plexus centre into activity through higher forces.
Gradually the higher centres come into increased activity, and the emphasis of the force pouring through the body shifts to the centres above the diaphragm. The throat centre awakens and becomes the organ of creative work; the heart centre is vivified and the man becomes aware of his soul relationships, his group responsibilities and the inclusiveness of the life-soul. Finally the head centres awaken and another range of perceptions enter into his consciousness. He becomes aware of himself as a soul, integrated as a personality, and later stile becomes aware of the world of spirit, of divine life, of the unseen world of spirits, and of that ‘cloud of witnesses’ who testify to the reality of the soul life.
One of the objectives of the human evolution is to accomplish this. The centre at the base of the spine, the heart and head centres, must come into full functioning activity and thus, through a blending of the energy latent in matter itself and stored up in the centre at the base of the spine, of the energy of the soul, which has its seat in the heart, and of the energy of the spirit, centred in the head, bring the human being to the highest point of perfection. Through this fusion of energies he becomes an active expression of God—spirit, soul, body, blended and united so that the body is indeed the vehicle for the soul, and that soul is indeed the expression of the will and purpose of the spirit.
The first centre which the aspirant seeks consciously to energise and on which he concentrates during the early stages of his novitiate, is the heart centre. He has to learn to be group conscious, to be sensitive to group ideals, and to be inclusive in his plans and concepts; he has to learn to love collectively and purely, and not be actuated by personality attraction, and the motive of reward. Until there is this awakening in the heart, he cannot be trusted to wield the creative powers of the throat centre, for they would be subordinated to self-aggrandizement and ambition of various kinds.
The problem with many aspirants today is that of the solar plexus, for it is wide open, actively functioning and almost fully awakened. The work of transmutation is however going on simultaneously, leading—as one might naturally suppose—to a good deal of difficulty and to chaotic conditions. The heart centre is also beginning to vibrate, but is not yet awakened; the throat centre is frequently prematurely awakened, through the transfer of energy from the sacral centre. This is due to several causes—sometimes to spiritual purpose and intent, but more frequently to a negation of the normal sex live. Enforced celibacy was very often the result of monasticism and the living of the mystical life. When this creative awakening finds expression through any of the arts—literature, painting, music—or in group organisation and executive work there is no harm wrought, for the energy finds a normal creative outlet. These points should be remembered by the aspirant. He is facing a most complex problem. He enters blindly into a situation which is the result of a long evolutionary process and to which he has not the key. Especially in the early stages and prior to the first initiation is this, the case, for he has no knowledge of the history of the past, nor any prevision as to the future. He has simply to take his equipment and his opportunity and do the best he can, guided by the age-old rules of Raja Yoga, and the light of his own soul.
As the heart centre is awakened and the throat centre swings into work, a definite relation is set up and there is an interplay of energy between the two. The activity in its turn brings about a response from that aspect of the thousand petalled lotus [a synthetic lotus] through which the energy, always animating the heart and throat centres, normally passes. This responsive activity and inter-action brings about two results, and these should be most carefully noted.
First, the light in the head makes its appearance. A sparking [if I might so express it] is set up between the higher positive over-shadowing energy [the soul] as it is centralised within the form of the thousand-petalled lotus, and the steadily heightening vibration of the heart and throat centres or lotuses. These two lower centres in their turn are responding to the energies being lifted and raised from the centres below the diaphragm.
Secondly, the centre between the eyebrows also begins to make its presence felt, and this significant two-petalled lotus begins to vibrate. It symbolises the work of at-one-ing the soul and the body, the subjective and the objective. It must be remembered that the word ‘petal’ only symbolises an expression of force and its apparent effect in matter.
To understand better how the energies are safely transferred to the higher centres above the diaphragm and there effect on the whole personality, he has to know about the spiral or Kundalini fire.
[From the works of AAB and Master DK.]