The tree great rays are the rays of aspect because:
First, they are, in their totality, the manifestation of Deity, the Word in incarnation. They are the expression of the creative purpose, and the synthesis of life, quality and appearance.
Secondly, they are active in every form in every kingdom, and they determine the broad general characteristics which govern the energy, the quality, and the kingdom in question.
Through them the differentiated forms come into being, the specialised lives express themselves, and the diversity of divine agents fulfil their destiny in the plane of existence allocated to them. Along these three streams of qualified life-force the creative agencies of God makes their presence powerfully felt, and through their activity every form is imbued with the inner evolutionary attribute which must eventually sweep it into line with divine purpose, inevitably produce that type of consciousness which will enable the phenomenal unit to react to its surroundings and thus fulfil its destiny as a corporate part of the whole.
If we take a look at each ray individually, we get the following:
. First Ray: The Lord of Power or Will. [The Father.] This life wills to love, and uses power as an expression of divine beneficence. For His body of manifestation, He uses that planet for which the Sun is regarded as the esoteric substitute. The objective of the work here is the development and the establishment of an international consciousness.
. Second Ray: The Lord of Love-wisdom. [The Son.] He is the embodiment of pure love and instils into all forms the quality of love, with its more material manifestation of desire, and is the attractive principle in nature and the custodian of the law of attraction, which is the life-demonstration of pure Being. He is on the same cosmic ray as the solar Deity and uses Jupiter as his body of manifestation. The aim before His department is to establish a universal understanding of the nature of reality, and to foster the growth of the spiritual consciousness to form the brotherhood of religion.
. Third Ray: The Lord of active intelligence. [The Holy Spirit.] His work is more closely linked to matter and He is the motivating impulse in the initial work of creation. Saturn is his body of expression and He provides humanity with a vast field of experiment and experience. The workers along this line have definitely set themselves the goal of expanding mans consciousness and so widening his horizon that a synthesis of the tangible and the intangible will take place. This will bring about the entrance of mankind into a new and subjective realm and his apprehension of new states of awareness, through the fields of education, of science, and of psychology.
Each human being [Solar Angel] has come forth on one line or other from the seven ray forces. The nature of his soul is qualified by the ray Life which breathed him forth, and his form nature is coloured by the ray [personality ray] Life which- in its cyclic appearance on the physical plane at any particular time- sets the quality of the race life and of the forms in the kingdoms of nature. The personality ray changes from life to life.
A ray confers, through its energy, peculiar physical conditions, and determines the quality of the astral-emotional nature; it colours the mind body; it controls the distribution of energy, for the rays are of differing rates of vibration, and govern a particular centre in the body [differing with each ray] through which that distribution is made. Each ray works through one centre primarily, and through the remaining six in a specific order. The ray predisposes a man to certain strengths and weaknesses, and constitutes his principle of limitation, as well as endowing him with capacity. it governs the method of his relations to other human types, and is responsible for his reactions in form to other forms. It gives him his colouring and quality, his general tone on the three planes of the personality, and it moulds his physical appearance. Certain attitudes of mind are easy for one ray type, and difficult for another, and hence the changing personality shifts from ray to ray, from life to life, until all the qualities are developed and expressed. Certain souls, by there ray destiny, are found in certain fields of activity, and a particular field of endeavour remains relatively the same for many life expressions. When a man is two-thirds of the way along the evolutionary path, his soul ray type begins to dominate the personality ray type, and will therefore govern the trend of his expression on earth for the better.
The seven Planetary Rays work in on the human being through his etheric body which is part of the planetary etheric body. They affect him in different ways, according to his ray aspect and the quality of his unfoldment or development through evolution. Each of the great rays has a form of teaching truth to humanity which is its unique contribution, and in this way develops man by a system or technique which is qualified by the ray quality and is therefore unique. The action and results of the ray activities, or their effect on the evolution of consciousness in man, works according to the law of cause and effect. As the cause, each ray produce an effect that has a higher expression, or a lower expression, depending on the development of the person involved. The following tabulation is imperfect and open to endless amplification.
Effect: Will, dynamically applied emerges in manifestation as power.
Higher expression: The science of Statesmanship, of government.
Lower expression: Modern diplomacy and politics.
Effect: Love, magnetically functioning , produces wisdom.
Higher expression: The process of initiation as taught by the hierarchy of adapts.
Lower expression: Religion.
Effect: Intelligence, potentially found in substance, causes activity.
Higher expression: Means of communication or interaction. The radio, telephone, television and the power to travel.
Lower expression: The use and spread of money and gold.
As for the human consciousness that founds himself ruled by one of the rays of aspect, we can make the following summery. Again, it is imperfect and open to endless amplification.
FIRST RAY OF POWER
Special virtues: Strength, courage, steadfastness, truthfulness arising from absolute fearlessness, power of ruling, capacity to grasp great questions in a large-minded way, and of handling men and measures.
Vices: Pride, ambition, wilfulness, hardness, arrogance, desire to control others obstinacy, anger.
Virtues to be acquired: Tenderness, humility, sympathy, tolerance, patients.
Comment: The person on this ray have strong will power, for either good or evil, for the former when the will is directed by wisdom and made selfless by love. He will always come to the front and be at the head of his profession. A born leader, one to trust and lean on, one to defend the weak, and put down oppression and fearless of consequences. On the other hand, an unmodified first ray, can produce a man of unrelenting cruelty and hardness of nature. He often has strong feeling and affection, but he does not readily express it. His characteristic method of approaching the Great Quest on this ray would be by sheer force of will. He would take the kingdom of heaven “by violence”.
SECOND RAY OF LOVE-WISDOM
Special virtues: Calm, strength, patience and endurance, love of truth, faithfulness, intuition, clear intelligence and serene temper.
Vices of ray: Over absorption in study, coldness, indifference to others, contempt of mental limitations in others.
Virtues to be acquired: Love, compassion, unselfishness and energy.
Comment: This is called the ray of wisdom from its characteristic desire for pure knowledge and for absolute truth. Those on this ray can be cold and selfish, if without love, and inactive if without power. When both power and love are present, then you have the ray of the Buddhas and of all great teachers of humanity, those who, having attained wisdom for the sake of others, spend themselves in giving it forth. He is ever unsatisfied with his highest attainments; no matter how great his knowledge, his mind is still fixed on the unknown, the beyond, and the heights as yet unscaled.
The characteristic method of approaching the Path would be by close and earnest study of the teachings till they become so much a part of the man’s consciousness as no longer to be merely intellectual knowledge, but a spiritual rule of living, thus bringing in intuition and true wisdom.
THE TIRD RAY OF HIGHER MIND
Special virtues: Wide views on all abstract questions, sincerity of purpose, clear intellect, capacity for concentration on philosophical studies, patience, caution, absence of the tendency to worry himself or others over trifle ties.
Vices of ray: Intellectual pride, coldness, isolation, inaccuracy in details, absent-mindedness, obstinacy, selfishness, overmuch criticism of others.
Virtues to be required: Sympathy, tolerance, devotion, accuracy, energy and common sense.
Comment: This is the ray of the abstract thinker, of the philosopher and the metaphysician, of the man who delights in the higher mathematics. He can by the power of his imagination grasp the essence of a truth; his idealism will be strong; he is a dreamer and a theorist while he can see every side of a question equally clear.
The method of approaching the great Quest, for this ray type, is by deep thinking on philosophic or metaphysical lines till he is led to the realisation of the great Beyond and of the paramount importance of treading the Path that leads there.
We can write much more about these three rays of aspect, but this will give us a good idea about its workings. [I think I can recognise or see myself in the workings of the first and second rays.]
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