1st Ray – The energy of Will, Purpose or Power, which is essentially the Will of Deity. This ray is of such dynamic intensity that it’s called the ray of the Destroyer. We are told that there is no true 1st ray type in incarnation yet, due to its potency. Perhaps the best example of the first ray’s potency is found in the mineral kingdom, for radium is said to hold the key to the mystery of the 1st ray. Courage is also an aspect of the 1st ray, but true courage is not a fighting courage or any sort of struggle to be what is called “brave.” It is the courage of sure knowledge, held steadily and without questioning in the midst of difficulty and discomfort.
Higher Expression: The science of statesmanship, of government.
Lower Expression: Modern diplomacy and politics.
Perhaps the words of great servers can add a human dimension to the quality of particular rays. Goethe, I think, touched upon the dynamic, initiating power of the first ray when he said: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” And the courage of the first ray lies behind the Christ’s promise: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
2nd ray – The energy of Love-Wisdom – the desire or love of Deity. This is not emotional desire, but desire as the great Law of Attraction – the capacity to draw to itself that which is loved. It’s the bond of coherence, the principle of magnetic cohesion which works through all creation of forms on every level, from a crystal to a solar system. All have been created to satisfy the desire of the Creator.
Higher Expression: The process of initiation as taught by the hierarchy of adepts.
Lower Expression: Religion
The inclusiveness of the 2nd ray is encapsulated in some words of Krishna: “Whatever path men travel is my path; No matter where they walk it leads to Me.”
3rd ray – The energy of Active Intelligence or, to reverse it, intelligent activity; the intelligent use of form building, of all creative effort, to reveal divine purpose.
Higher Expression: Means of communication or interaction. The radio, telephone, telegraph and the power to travel.
Lower Expression: The use and spread of money and gold.
The intelligence expressed through the 3rd ray is the authority the Buddha pointed his disciples to in his final sermon: “Be a lamp unto yourselves. Hold fast to the Truth as a lamp. Look not for refuge in anyone beside yourselves.”
4th ray – The energy of Harmony through Conflict. This ray produces beauty and works towards the harmonising of effects. Essentially, it is the refiner, the producer of perfection within the form so that the objective world becomes a true house of Light.
Higher Expression: Masonry, based on formation of hierarchy, and rules for admittance.
Lower Expression: Architectural construction. Modern city planning.
Perhaps the words of Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth-century mystic whose puzzlement over the existence of sin was appeased in the revelation that “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well”. This summarises the essential harmony that in time prevails when conflict has exhausted itself.
5th ray – The energy of Concrete Knowledge or Science. This energy has produced science and led to man’s comprehension of the natural world. Because it operates on the plane of the higher and lower mind and because “man” is literally “one who thinks”, the 5th ray has special significance to humanity.
Higher Expression: The science of the soul. Esoteric psychology.
Lower Expression: Modern educational systems and mental science.
Again, the words of the Buddha invoke the essence of the 5th ray: “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
6th ray – The energy of Devotion or Idealism. This ray endows man with the capacity to see the ideal, the reality behind the form. It endows man with the urge to penetrate behind the veiled and hidden realms. The past 2000 years have produced fantastic gains in the understanding of what were, to early man, “magical” realms. Christ hinted at this when he said “Greater things than I have done ye shall do.” Einstein also touched upon this urge to penetrate beyond the outer realms in his statement, “The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science.”
Higher Expression: Christianity and diversified religions. (Notice here relation to Ray II.)
Lower Expression: Churches and organised religions.
The devotion of the 6th Ray is perhaps best expressed by Jesus, the 6th Ray Master: “Whosoever would find his life must lose it for my sake.”
7th ray – The energy of Ceremonial Order. This is the coordinating capacity which unifies inner quality and outer tangible form or appearance. This ray primarily involves the etheric levels and thus governs the true magical work – the spiritualising of forms.
Higher Expression: All forms of white magic.
Lower Expression: Spiritualism – emphasis on form, “phenomena.”
The essence of the 7th ray is found in the familiar aphorism of Hermes Trismegistus: “As above so below.” The scientist David Bohm also touched upon the 7th ray in his theory of the Implicate Order, a new form of insight which he defined as Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement. A hologram is the symbol of the implicate order, he said: A total order is contained, in some implicit sense, in each region of space and time.
These are the seven rays, but it’s important to remember that all seven rays are subrays of the synthetic 2nd Ray of Love/Wisdom: Basically speaking, the energy of love, expressed with wisdom, is the line of least resistance for the manifested lives in our solar system. “God is love” is a great truth, for love is the basic law of this solar system.
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