Compilation First Ray (830 entries)
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(DON 5) I would like to pause here and point out that these forces come into play either cyclically or through demand. This is an interesting point for students to remember. The work done through the Great Invocation is not then necessarily [Page 5] invalid. It might perhaps clarify the subject if I pointed out that there are five energies (and there are usually five dominant ray energies active at any time) coming into play:
1. Those energies which are passing out of manifestation, as the sixth Ray of Devotion is at this time passing out.
2. Those energies which are coming into manifestation or incarnation, as the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order is at this time emerging into expression.
3. Those energies which are — at any given time — expressing the ray type of the bulk of the manifesting humanity. Today these ray types are predominantly the second and the third. Relatively large numbers of first ray egos are also to be found acting as focal points for certain first ray forces.
4. Those energies which are today being invoked as the result of human need and human demand for succour. This demand curiously enough remains largely in the realm of the first ray influence for the desperate need of humanity is evoking the will aspect and that ray embodies the divine will-to-good and remains immutable and is — for the first time in the history of humanity — being invoked on a large scale. This statement is definitely encouraging, if you study its implications.
You have, therefore, in the present field of divine expression the following energies manifesting:
5. The energy of the will aspect of divinity. This has been but little expressed and understood by humanity up to the present, but the time has now come when it must be better comprehended. The demand from our innumerable planetary forces has not hitherto been adequate to invoke it and for its invocation the great Lord of the World has patiently waited. The call has now gone forth. Its first faint notes were heard two hundred years ago and the sound and demand has increased in volume and potency until today this great energy is making its presence unmistakably felt.
(DON 12) First: The most obvious and powerful force in the world today is that of the first Ray of Will and Power. It works out in two ways:
1. As the will of God in world affairs, which is ever the will-to-good. Steadily — if you study human history intelligently — you will see that there has been a regular and rhythmic progression toward unity and synthesis in all departments of human affairs. This unity in multiplicity is the Eternal Plan — a unity in consciousness, a multiplicity in form.
2. As the destructive element in world affairs. This refers to man's use of this force of will which is seldom as yet the will-to-good in active expression, but something which leads to self-assertion (of the individual or the nation) and to war with its accompaniments — separation, selfish diplomacy, hate and armaments, disease and death.
(DON 14) This particular and somewhat unusual ray energy is expressing [Page 14] itself in two ways. Perhaps it would be more correct to say in two ways that are recognisable by man, because it should be remembered that these ray forces express themselves as potently in other kingdoms in nature as they do in the human. For instance, one phase of the destructive aspects of first ray force has been the organised and scientific destruction of forms in the animal kingdom. This is the destroying force, as manipulated by man. Another phase of the same force (which can be noted in relation to the unfoldment of consciousness in subtle and powerful ways) can be seen in the effect which human beings have upon the domestic animals, hastening their evolution, and stimulating them into forms of advanced instinctual activity. I mention these two phases as illustration of the effect of first ray energy in the animal kingdom, as expressed through human activity.
The ways in which humanity itself is affected by this ray energy, as it expresses itself in a twofold manner, producing a twofold result, are as follows:
1. There is, at this time, an emergence of certain powerful and dominating first ray personalities into the theatre of world activity. These people are in direct contact with this Shamballa force and are sensitive to the impact of the will energy of Deity. According to their type of personality and their point in evolution will be their reaction to this force and their consequent usefulness to the Lord of the World as He works out His plans of world unfoldment. The energy of the will of God works through them, though stepped down and often misused and misapplied, by their differing and limited personalities, and interpreted unsatisfactorily by their undeveloped consciousness. These people are found in every [Page 15] field of human affairs. They are the dominant persons, and the dictators in every aspect of human living — political, social, religious and educational. Who shall say (until at least a century has gone by) whether their influence and their efforts have been good or bad. Where they flagrantly infringe the Law of Love, their influence may be powerful, but it is passing and undesirable, at least where that phase of their activities is concerned. Where they meet human emergency and need, and work along lines of basic restoration and the preservation of "units of synthesis," their influence is good and constructive.
I would here point out that real group love never demonstrates as hatred of the individual. It may work out as the arresting of the individual's activities or enterprises where that is deemed desirable in the interests of the whole and if what he is doing is estimated as harmful to the good of the group. But the arresting will not be destructive. It will be educational and developing in its results.
(DON 15) The true first ray personality who works in response to this Shamballa influence will have the ultimate good of the group deeply enshrined in his consciousness and heart; he will think in terms of the whole and not in terms of the part. That is the thing which he will endeavour to impress upon the racial consciousness. This may lead at times to ruthlessness and cruelty if the personality of the individual is not yet controlled by soul impulse. Such cases can frequently be seen. An instance of this can be noted in the history of the Jews as found in the Old Testament. When the first ray was in control and passing through one of its rare cycles of activity we read that they butchered and slaughtered all their enemies — men, women and children, [Page 16] putting them to the sword. The sword is ever the symbol of the first ray force just as the pen is of the second ray influence.
I wish to remind you that I use the word "energy" in reference to the spiritual expression of any ray and the word "force" to denote the use to which men make of spiritual energy as they seek to employ it and usually, as yet, misapply it. I would point out that Ataturk, the Turkish dictator, within certain personality limitations of relatively negligible moment, made good use of first ray energy, and only the testimony of future historical records will indicate fully how wisely, sanely and disinterestedly he used this type of force for the attainment of first ray objectives. It might be apposite here to point out that such first ray exponents of force are often misunderstood and hated. They may and often do misuse the energy available but they also use it constructively within the desired limits of the immediate plan. I would also like to state that the lot of a first ray disciple is hard and difficult. There are disciples of Shamballa just as there are disciples of the Hierarchy and this is a fact hitherto not recognised and never as yet referred to in the current writings on occult subjects. It is wise and valuable to remember this. They are powerful, these disciples of Shamballa, headstrong and often cruel; they impose their will and dictate their desires; they make mistakes but they are nevertheless true disciples of Shamballa and are working out the Will of God as much as the disciples and Masters of the Hierarchy are working out the Love of God.
This is a hard saying for some of you but your failure to recognise this truth and to respond to it does not affect the issue. It simply makes your individual lot and difficulties harder.
I would also remind you that the use of first ray energy inevitably means destruction in the early stages but fusion and blending in the later and final results. If you study the nations of the world today from this angle, you will see this Shamballa energy of will working out potently through the agency of certain great outstanding personalities. The Lord of Shamballa in this time of urgency, from love of the life aspect and from understanding of the Plan as well as from love of humanity, is sending forth this dynamic energy. It is form destroying and brings death to those material forms and organised bodies which hinder the free expression of the life of God, for they negate the new culture and render inactive the seeds of the coming civilisation.
(DON 30) 2. The seventh ray is steadily gaining momentum and has for a long time been stimulating and enhancing the activity of all fifth ray nations. If you bear in mind that one of the major objectives of seventh ray energy is to bring [Page 30] together and to relate spirit and matter and also substance and form (note this distinction) you can see for yourself that the work of science is closely connected with this endeavour and that the creation of the new forms will definitely be the result of a working interaction between the rulers of the fifth, the second and the seventh rays, aided by the help — on demand — of the ruler of the first ray. A large number of seventh ray egos or souls and also of men and women with seventh ray personalities are coming into incarnation now, and to them is committed the task of organising the activities of the new era and of ending the old methods of life and the old crystallised attitudes to life, to death, to leisure and to the population.
(DON 38) These three are: Hercules, the perfect disciple but not yet the perfected Son of God; the Buddha, the perfect initiate, having reached illumination but not yet having developed to perfection all the attributes of divinity; the Christ, the absolutely perfect expression of divinity for this cycle and, therefore, the Teacher alike of angels and of men. That ahead of the race may lie a still higher perfection than that attained by any of these Exponents of divinity is inexpressibly true, for we know not yet what divinity really means; in these three, however, we have three instances of a perfection which lies far ahead for the majority of the sons of men.
In all of Them, the sixth and the second rays were controlling factors, with the first ray reaching full expression. In Them, idealism, love-wisdom and indomitable will stood forth in all their divine power. It might be of interest to you to know just what rays controlled these Sons of God:
Hercules, Buddha and Christ all had 2nd, 6th and 1st ray powerful
Hercules, the Sun-God, had a first ray soul, a second ray personality and a sixth ray astral body. These potencies and energies sufficed to carry Him through all the trials and the labours of the disciple.
The Buddha had a second ray soul, a first ray personality and a sixth ray mind — a very rare phenomenon.
The Christ had a second ray soul, a sixth ray personality (which accounted for His close relationship with the Master Jesus), plus a first ray mind. [Page 39] These three all embodied the essences of the spiritual life and all of Them were enabled to set Their seal upon history and upon the hearts of men, largely through the potency of Their sixth ray expression. All of Them embodied also the new spiritual impulse which Their day and age required and all of Them for centuries — by the strength of Their living love and power — brought the vision and the aspiration of humanity back to those spiritual essentials whereby men must live. All of Them were part of the directing group of Lives Who are working out the plans of God, founded upon the love of God. The Buddha and the Christ are still closely connected with, and working in cooperation with, the Hierarchy. Hercules has gone over into the Shamballa centre, but still works in a basic association with the Buddha Who is one of the Forces linking Shamballa and the Hierarchy.
(DON 43) This has taken place through the discovery and use of the radio and of the many means of communication and through the steady growth of telepathic interplay; hence also the spread of education, enlarging man's horizon and opening up to him new worlds for investigation and adventure; hence also the breaking down of the old and limiting forms through the invoked force of the first ray, which has hitherto always worked through the medium of the seventh ray, because the kingdoms in nature cannot yet stand pure first ray energy; hence also the keen interest in the life after death and the appearance of all the many groups which are today investigating the nature of survival and the probability of immortality; hence again the appearance of the modern spiritualistic movement. This is a direct effect of the coming into manifestation of the seventh ray. Spiritualism was the religion of old Atlantis and the seventh ray dominated that ancient civilisation for a very long period of time, particularly during the first half of its existence, just as the fifth ray is of such dominant potency in our Aryan age and race.
(DON 46) ………The lower forms are, however, tenacious and dominant and because of this they definitely constitute today the major problem of the Hierarchy, so much so that they require the calling in of the first ray (or the Shamballa force) in order to effect their destruction…….
(DON 52) It is obvious that the
governing faculty of the Ray of Will or Power is the outstanding characteristic of
India hides the light and that
light, when released upon the world and revealed to humanity, will bring about
harmony in the form aspect; things will then be clearly seen as [Page 53]
they are and will be freed from glamour and illusion; this harmonising light
is sorely needed in India itself and when it has been manifested it will bring
about the right functioning of the first Ray of Power
or Government. The
will of the people will then be seen in the light. It is in this connection
The static stabilising tendency
(DON 85) d. Ray
1. — Will
or Power, via the planet Vulcan. There is in the first ray
— as it expresses itself through Vulcan — very little of the Destroyer aspect
as there is in the planetary influence of Pluto, another agent
of the first ray. Again you find in this ruler of
e. Ray 2. — Love-wisdom, via the Sun, ruler of Leo which governs the soul of London, and which is also a channel for the soul force of the British Empire which is essentially that of love-wisdom when given real expression and not controlled and dominated by the Libra influence.
f. Ray 7. — Ceremonial Order or Organised Ritual, reaching our planet via Uranus and giving to the Empire its grounded physical plane control over place and circumstance, its legal fundamentals, in cooperation with Libra, and its love of order and [Page 85] of rule, thus providing full expression for the first ray energies of the British Empire.
(DON 91) c. Ray
4. — Harmony through
Conflict, via the Moon, veiling in this case the planet Vulcan.
Vulcan here "forges on his anvil, through fire and blows, that linking
network which covers all the nation and makes it
hold together." This ray produces the condition which brings together
d. Ray 4. — I enumerate this ray for the second time because it expresses itself here through Mercury, [Page 91] the Messenger, and emphasises the harmony aspect in contradistinction to the conflict angle which the Moon and Vulcan together have precipitated. It is the Moon-Vulcan relation which produces the political conflict which always rages in the States.
(DON 97) The force which is centred in
(DON 98) The force pouring through
(DON 99) I would like here to interpolate
some remarks. It is of deep moment to realise that
The forces flowing through
(DON 121) Today, so many members of the human family — in incarnation or out of incarnation — have taken the first two initiations that the attention of Shamballa is being increasingly turned to humanity, via the Hierarchy, whilst simultaneously the thoughts of men are being turned to the Plan, to the use of the will in direction and guidance, and to the nature of dynamic force. The quality, for instance, of the explosive and dynamic nature of war in this century is indicative of this, for the will energy in one of its aspects is an expression of death and destruction; the first ray is the ray of the destroyer. What can, therefore, be seen occurring is the effect of the Shamballa force upon the forms in nature, due to the misuse of the incoming energy by man. War in the past, speaking generally and esoterically, has been based consistently upon the attractive power of possessions and this has led to the aggressive and grasping character of the motives which have led to war. Gradually [Page 121] there has been a change coming about and war has lately been founded upon somewhat higher motives and the acquisition of more land and territorial possessions has not been the true and the main motive. War has been prompted by economic necessity, or it has been in the nature of the imposition of the will of some nation or group of nations and their desire to impose some ideology or other upon some nation or to rid itself of a worn out system of thought, of government, of religious dogma which is holding back racial development. This is being now consciously done and is an expression of the Shamballa or will force and is not so definitely the desire force of the past.
The seventh ray is one of the direct lines along which this first ray energy can travel and here again is another reason for its appearance at this time, because, in the releasing of the life into the new and improved forms, the old ways of living, of culture and of civilisation have to be destroyed or modified. This is, all of it, the work of the first Ray of Will expressing itself predominantly at this present time through the seventh Ray of Organisation and Relationship.
(DON 135) I would have you bear in mind in connection with the five rays which we have seen are influencing or beginning to influence humanity at this time (the first, second, third, sixth and seventh rays) that their effect varies according to the ray type or ray quality of the individual concerned and according to his position upon the ladder of evolution. Such points are often forgotten. If a man is, for instance, upon the second Ray of Love-Wisdom, it may be expected that the influence of that ray and of the sixth (which is along the second ray line of power) will be easily effective and will necessarily constitute the line of least resistance. This situation may, therefore, produce undue sensitivity and an unbalanced unfoldment of characteristics. It is our characteristics which influence our conduct and our reactions to circumstance. It will mean also that the influence of the first, third and seventh rays will be fundamentally unsettling and will call out resistance or — at the very least — an attitude of non-receptivity. In the world today, the rays which are along the line of energy which is that of the first Ray of Will or Power (including the third and the seventh) are in the ratio of three to two (as regards present manifestation) and, [Page 136] therefore, we can look for a fuller expression of the first ray attributes and happenings than would otherwise be the case. This will be particularly so because the sixth ray is fast going out of manifestation. All the above constitutes a piece of information which is of small value at this time. Its implications will become increasingly apparent as time goes on and I am, therefore, including them in my teaching.
(DON 137) The intensification of the life of the human centre will proceed apace and this is the reason why so many people (as I have earlier hinted) will take the first initiation. Students are apt to forget that the first initiation can be described, in reality as:
a. The grounding or externalisation of the Christ principle in humanity as a whole and upon the physical plane.
b. The flowering of the intelligence so that the initiate can work powerfully upon the mental plane and humanity itself be lifted up and aided throughout every part thereby.
c. The coming into activity of the throat centre and (because the third ray is closely connected with the first ray) the first faint orientation of spiritual man towards Shamballa can take place, becoming more and more intensified and pronounced at the time of the third initiation. I would like here to point out the numerical correspondences:
(DON 140) The third initiation is connected with Shamballa as a planetary centre and to the activity of the first ray. It should be borne in mind that this is the first initiation in which personality and soul are united and fused so that the two aspects form one unit. When this initiation has taken place, it happens that for the first time some of its broader group implications become a reality and henceforth constitute the motivating impulse of the initiate's life.
(DON 140) The numerical correspondences might be noted as follows, remembering that the third initiation is, in reality, the first initiation of the soul, after complete identification with the personality within the life and consciousness of the Monad, the One and the First.
1. The first planetary centre — Shamballa.
2. The activity of the first ray — will or power.
3. The third initiation which is the first soul initiation, relating the base of the spine to the head centre, and the soul to the Monad.
4. The first major centre — the head.
5. The first truly divine race — the final race.
6. The third plane, which is in reality the first plane of soul consciousness, the reflection of the highest plane, the Logoic.
7. The first periodical vehicle — the monadic.
8. The first divine aspect — will or power.
9. The first or highest type of Mediator — the coming Avatar.
10. The sustaining Life, the spiritual sun — the central spiritual sun.
We will now consider the trend of the times and seasons as far as the rays are concerned:
(DON 142) RAY I — This ray is still out of physical manifestation but is beginning to have a definite effect upon the mental plane; there it influences the minds of disciples everywhere and lays the stage for the appearance of a certain group of disciples from Shamballa. Two thousand years from today, the influence of this ray will be felt powerfully on the physical plane. One hundred years hence its potency will be noted upon the astral plane.
(DINAI intro) We are taught in the esoteric philosophy that seven great divine Emanations, Aeons or Spirits (in Whom we live and move and have our being) came forth from God at the time of the Creation. The same teaching can also be traced in the Holy Bible. Upon one or other of these seven Rays, the souls of all forms of life are to be found as well as the forms themselves. These seven rays produce the seven major psychological types. These seven rays or emanations are:
1. The first Ray of Will or Power. Many great world rulers are found on this ray, such as Julius Caesar.
(DINAI 38) 5. The fifth group will be that of the Political Organisers and will concern itself with political factors in every nation. They will work in the world of human government, dealing with the problems of civilisation and with the relationships existing between nations. The bringing about of international understanding will be their major objective. This group communicates the "quality of imposition," and an authority that is lacking in the other branches of this divine group activity. This work is largely first ray work. It will embody the method whereby the divine Will works out in the consciousness of races and nations. Members of this group will have much first ray energy in their equipment. Their work is to act as channels of communication between the department of the Manu and the race of men. It is a noble task, my brothers, to be channels for the will of God.
(DINAI 51) 2. Define impersonality.
a. Do you know the distinction between the impersonality of the first ray type and true spiritual impersonality?
b. When somebody disagrees with you or you do not like a person's attitude, ideas or proposals, what is the first thing you do? Do you love him? Do you keep silent? Do you discuss him with others? Do you endeavour to put him right? How do you try to do this?
c. If you are impersonal is it the result of training or is it natural to you? Is it simple self-defense? or is it the easiest way to attain peace? or is it a spiritual attainment?
(DINAI 134) 1. The ray of the soul—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The ray of the personality—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
3. The ray of the mind—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. The ray of the astral body—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order or Magic.
[Page 134] It will be obvious to you that the major line of force in your equipment, relating you to others and facilitating contact, is the second ray with its subsidiary expression, the fourth ray. This is a definite asset and an opportunity but it also makes possible certain liabilities. These should be offset by a stiffening of all first ray tendencies in order to bring about a needed balancing. I would add that
1. Your soul energy seeks expression through the vital body.
2. Your personality force is focussed in the astral body.
List of 1st ray qualities while speaking to JAC
(DINAI 136) In dealing with first ray egos, such as yourself or with those souls who are working through first ray personalities, I am faced always with the initial difficulty of their "isolated independence." It is not easy for such first ray types to cooperate, to fall into line with group suggestion, with group rhythm or group discipline, or with united synchronised activity which is the announced goal of all groups of disciples. Frequently the inner attitude is at one with the main purpose and ideals but the outer expression, the physical man, remains unadaptable and basically unwilling to conform. Were it not for your second ray personality, you would find it hard to work in my Ashram, but it is this second ray quality of yours—strongly marked and the product of a long series of incarnations in a second ray vehicle—which can make you, if you so desire, one of the focal points for the work which I plan to have this band of disciples do.
(DINAI 152) In dealing with the rays which control and dominate your life I would remind you that it is your first ray mind that gives you undoubted mental influence. This is felt most strongly [Page 152] by all who contact you. Being definitely in touch with your soul (which is in its turn under second ray influence) you have a combination of forces which is definitely useful, both to yourself and others. Your mental body is governed by the first ray.
(DINAI 155) You will note, my brother,
how you reverse the problem of B.S.D. because your personality ray, your soul
ray and your astral ray are all along the same line of force—the line of the
second ray. I have already pointed out to you the difficult nature of your
problem which is that most subtle one of the right balancing of energies.
You have no third ray energy in you at all (the energy of the ray of the intellect)
and this in spite of the fact of your physical constitution. It accounts for
your intense feeling that you have no racial relationship to the Jews at all
in spite of the fact that you are of the Hebrew race. This is a true feeling,
and the only thing which relates you to the Jewish race is the fact that your mental body is on the first ray which is the same
as the soul of
Your soul ray focusses itself in and through your astral body and your personality ray does the same. Hence your problem and hence the facility with which you can relate the soul and personality rays and can carry through their blended energies to the heart centre. The increasing use of this line of force is one of your practical demonstrations of the future. The second thing which you need to do is to take these energies of the soul and of the personality, add to them the energy of the [Page 156] heart centre and then learn how to carry all three to the head centre and there blend them with the power of your first ray mind. This first ray mental power, you must learn to bring definitely down into the head centre by n act of the creative imagination and hold it steadily there...
Brevity of the 1st ray (to JWKP)
(DINAI 166) With true first ray brevity, you have replied to certain questions which I have put to you and yet these replies are—from my point of view—most disclosing. With you, as with F.C.D. and R.S.U., the main difficulty is lethargy, based on a genuine physical disability. It is not my intention, therefore, to urge you to a greater activity but to a greater organisation upon the inner planes and greater intuitive reflection. This group of disciples has undertaken to do two things:
all 1st ray souls are subrays of the 2nd ray. This probably means all first ray souls in incarnation at present time have 2nd ray Monads
(DINAI 168) Your second ray astral body greatly facilitates your work, giving you understanding and harmlessness; your emotions thus do not interfere with your judgment and your decisions. But the combination of a fourth ray mental body and a second ray emotional vehicle requires careful watching so as to preserve the first ray balance as you grow older and tendencies crystallise into habits. The only way to do this is to deepen and establish the soul contact which (although of the first ray) is, as you will remember, the first subray of the second ray.
Comradeship is not an easy lesson to master and express for 1st ray souls
(DINAI 169) Three words I gave to you, my friend and brother, in my last communication. They were: Responsibility, Sacrifice and Comradeship. I urged on you the task of awakening the aspirants by whom you are surrounded to an understanding of their significance. You comprehend them yourself, but they must be exemplified, explained and nurtured in all whom you draw into the circle of group influence as collaborators and cooperators with the Plan. Responsibility you can shoulder and have always shouldered. Sacrifice you have always rendered and understood. Your values are sound on this and you want nothing for the separated self. Comradeship, you are learning and it is not an easy lesson at any time for first ray souls to master and express. The littleness of the personalities and the pettiness of individual points of view are irksome to the server of the Plan who stands, serene and detached, upon a first ray pinnacle of vision and resultant comprehension.
I have three points to take up with you and my message to you is brief. I seek not to impose upon you a definite meditation, beyond suggesting that, as you face and shoulder an increasingly wide financial responsibility, you persist in that brooding meditation in relation to the problem which I gave you a while ago. You are coming—as a first ray disciple who is proving himself—under a closer supervision by your Master. My task is now only to stand by. The three points which I would impress upon you are as follows:
1. Waste not time in backward looking nor in futile consideration of the wisdom or the non-wisdom of past undertakings. Go forward with confidence and intensity. Months of focussed and intense action lie ahead of you and, rightly carried forward, success awaits you in the gathering of the needed equipment to do the Master's work and aid the Plan.
2. Handle with care the force which flows through you as you shift increasingly into the consciousness of your first ray soul and into a first ray Master's group. See to it that your second ray personality can rightly deal with that force, blending it with love and tempering its power with [Page 170] understanding. The first ray force must deal with circumstance and must not make its impact upon personalities. It is needed to force issues and determine results (note that phrase) but not to shatter and to hurt. True impersonality must be borne in mind and your personality must note its effect upon other personalities and offset its innate and oft most useful destructive work.
DK counsels JWKP to avoid isolation and work with true detachment
3. Ponder on joy, happiness, gaiety and bliss; these release the channels of the inner life and reach—in a wide circle—many kinds of men. They heal and cleanse the physical body and help you do your work with little effort, a proper sense of values and a detachment which is based on love and not isolation.
In closing I would say: I am not dissatisfied with the work which has been done by you and the workers in the field but I call you all to deeper understanding and increased activity.
First ray indifference
For you, my brother, I have this word. Let not the glamour of fatigue and of disappointment over world conditions lead to abortive work. Fight not the glamour which seeks to impose itself upon you with your first ray indifference—a potent attitude easily assumed by you as by all first ray types. Fight it by non-recognition and by complete absorption in the immediate task; I refer to a wise absorption which neglects no due physical care nor due time for relaxation. The work goes forward in the world along the correct, indicated inner lines. The disciple who has achieved a measure of sensitivity to the Whole must learn to discriminate between aspects of that whole. You are too sensitive to the desire and feeling aspects of the world personality and the glamour of your own reaction to this. Learn to register with equal sensitivity the mass of the world idealisms and aspiring thought; then the glamour of fatigue and of innate disgust will give place to a keen interest and understanding of the glamour-free disciple.
(DINAI 172) The fusion must, therefore, be made between the mind and the brain, each of which expresses one of the two major energies. That fusion already partially exists. When it is consummated, the mental goal of harmony through conflict will be superseded by the inflow of love, working with power through the brain and (incidentally) your general physical health will speedily improve. How shall this be brought about, my brother? The first stage is one of real difficulty, particularly to first ray people. It comes through the power of visualisation. That is why ritual is of value to such as you and Masonry—being on the first ray and emanating, consequently, from Shamballa—aids the process of visualisation. It gives colour and performance [Page 172] of a tangible kind to inner, subjective activity. Visualisation is a powerful agent in the evocation of the creative imagination. Let me here give you a hint. If you use this idea in the planning of the work which you seek to do for the Hierarchy and for which we are seeking to hold you responsible, and if you carry into all that work the ideal of ritual, of rhythm and of energy distribution, you will evoke a synthetic pattern, a unified procedure and a harmonious working out of the Plan.
Therefore, I would ask you to give ten minutes each day to the pictorial visualisation of your entire work and programme. See each phase of it as a lotus of living beauty, connected with all the other phases by lines of fiery energy, thus bringing all parts of it into one whole. All the different phases will form a great unity of light and love, expressing itself through the will-to-good. Be not side-tracked when doing this. Use the building energy of your second ray personality and the seventh ray energy of your brain, because through your brain, your first ray soul energy is expressing itself. You do not here consciously work as a soul. You work with as much soul energy as can express itself at any given time through your brain. If you worked with pure soul energy and from soul levels, you would bring in too much of the Shamballa force for the delicate structure with which you are dealing.
(DINAI 180) 2. Where all lines of influences are related and similar, there will always be a tendency to negativity and a failure (except in moments of emergency) to assume a positive attitude—particularly towards the soul. What is needed in your case is more of the positive vibration of the first ray line of force, and to this line your seventh ray personality is the only open door. The inauguration of a regime of the power aspect of love would greatly help you. The understanding, identifying aspects of love are yours in great measure; much will come to you however if you use the will aspect of love through the medium of your seventh ray personality. I do not here refer to the will-to-love, my brother. That you have. I refer to the power-to-love and, through love intelligently and powerfully applied, to evoke right conditions in your environment. I would have you ponder on this and do the following first ray meditation....
Go forth to the day's work expecting and looking for the results of this first ray meditation. Know that those results are assured just as long as you can "stand with power in spiritual being."
(DINAI 205) Your soul ray is the first Ray of Will or Power, as is also the ray of your physical body. Hence, if you so choose, comes the facility and ease with which your soul can impress your brain. This tends also to make you very intuitive, though not at all psychic. It gives you—again if you so choose—organising power, and the use of a dynamic, spiritual will which can carry you through and over all obstacles. Use it, my brother, with greater frequency—not on others but on yourself and in connection with anything you seek to do in the working-out of the Plan.
Your personality ray is the second Ray of Love-Wisdom and this enables you safely to evoke and use your first ray Will, for it will then be inevitably modified by your personality focus. You will note, therefore, how this tends to make you fairly well-balanced, when you act as a personality or as a soul.
Your astral body is, as I dare say you have suspected, upon the sixth Ray of Devotion. This gives you idealism, devotion to causes, your power to sacrifice and your determination always to produce good out of seeming evil. This latter characteristic is outstandingly yours. I would like here to call to your attention that there is a lack found in your equipment of the modifications of the first ray line of energy. You have none of the forces of the third, fifth, or seventh rays in you at all. Balance is preserved through your first ray aspects. Therefore we have:
1. Your soul ray—first Ray of Will or Power.
2. Your personality ray—second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
3. Ray of the mind—fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. Ray of the astral body—sixth Ray of Devotion.
5. Ray of the physical body—first Ray of Will or Power.
I feel that if you had to define just what the past year of experience and service has given you that you would register it [Page 206] as a sense of greater inner certitude and assurance, particularly in service. You will find that assurance is held before you as the goal of your spiritual endeavour. You have made much progress towards this goal lately and your first ray soul can anchor itself firmly in this personality quality and can do so with safety as the grace of humility is fundamentally natural to you.
(DINAI 214) 4. Ponder then for five minutes on the spiritual significance of the following four words: Stability, Serenity, Strength, [Page 214] Service, taking one each week for a month; for the space of six months build them into your very nature, thus aiding the work of closing the solar plexus and transmuting its force.
Broad general schemes and wider plans are easy for 1st ray
In a voluntary obedience to the suggested work (and not to me, my brother) will come for you increased power to live with joy and serve. This is, I know, your high and consecrated motive. Keep the link with me through the power of thought and not through love and devotion; that you already have, my friend of olden days, and you need not further unfold that aspect of your nature. Build up your physical body through relaxation, much sunshine and quiet. Read much and study primarily along the lines of international interest and those things which concern humanity as a whole. You are on the first ray where your personality is concerned, and broad general schemes and the wider plans are for you easy to grasp. See the world picture whole and shift the focus of your attention from the small, individual man to the larger Plan. Investigate the psychology of groups. You have wide knowledge as to the psychology of individuals. Study now world psychology and mass movements. Together we go forward to a wider realisation and my work with you as an individual is not so much to teach as to stimulate. My blessing rests upon you.
(DINAI 215) You work with human beings and you seek to integrate into this group of mine because I, whom you know and love, have asked you so to do. This is of assistance to you but there must be for you a still greater achievement. As you realise the status of your soul, you must come to the understanding that you serve with us and not simply because you are asked to serve. Give to your group brothers of that great gift of love which is so fundamentally yours but which is as yet only in process of finding full expression. Your problem is summed up in the word which I earlier gave you. I told you that you were shifting egoically from the sixth Ray of Devotion on to the second Ray of Love-Wisdom—the ray whereon I myself am found. Your first ray personality gives you power with men and this power you know you possess, and you have endeavoured to use it wisely. Your sixth ray soul-polarisation has served to enhance [Page 216] the dynamic one-pointedness of your first ray force. Now that condition is beginning to change and during this transition period you suffer much. But you have the task of making this transition and of embodying the love-wisdom force before the close of this life and, my brother, it is one requirement that you can fulfil. You can also guard yourself from too much suffering over others and over general life conditions and in this wise detachment your first ray energy can aid.
(DINAI 216) From the angle of the emotional body, this transition marks a vital change from personal to impersonal work. This capacity to be impersonal has been greatly developed in you by your first ray lower nature which renders you easily impersonal—if you so choose. But for you the lesson of all disciples must be learned which is to be impersonally personal. That is not easy of attainment. An attached detachment is for you the goal. It is in order to aid you in learning this lesson that you have been placed in my group of disciples, which can (for the time at least) provide the "playground" for your soul. To love your co-disciples, impersonally to identify yourself with the subjective life of the group and to work in rhythm with them is somewhat difficult for you, but most valuable. I ask you to attempt it, my brother, and to pursue this objective in spite of all personality objections. In a few years' time, you will better understand my plans for you.
(DINAI 219) As you know, your soul ray is the second ray, for your basic nature is essentially love-wisdom. Your personality ray is the first, the Ray of Will or Power. That has been for a long time subordinated to the past ray of your soul, that of devotion to the soul, to the Hierarchy, to humanity as well as to yourself. Your problem of personality emphasis has changed from that of the continuous impressing of your personality attitudes, ideas and desires upon your environment (1st ray personality likes to impress and control its environment) (as was the case in your last life) to an occasional cyclic and almost violent emphasis upon some individual. This is now only occasional (relatively speaking). You are learning to leave others free—a hard lesson for a first ray personality, animated as yours is by knowledge and goodwill. Its hard for the 1st ray personality to leave others free
(ISG-L II-1-161)-The mind is easily illumined when the two major rays are the 1st and the 2nd
The ray of your mental body is also the first ray. This means that your intelligent mind can dominate at need and can be far more powerful in expression than it usually is. It is always an interesting and an easy matter for the soul to control and [Page 220] illumine the mind when the first and the second rays are as closely related as they can be in your case.
(DINAI 220) Your physical body is also on the first ray, so you can see how powerful a combination you have for service, if you can truly comprehend your problem and work with a sense of synthesis. It is not so much the mystical union, my brother, to which you should aspire for that is progressively proceeding, but an intensified illumination of the concrete mind. Therefore, your rays are as follows:
1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The personality ray—the first Ray of Power or Will.
3. The ray of the mind—the first Ray of Power.
4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
5. The ray of the physical body—the first Ray of Power.
It is this powerful first ray combination of forces in your equipment which has produced the emotional instability of which you have ever been conscious. But the shift of your soul energy on to the second ray will now most definitely offset this and lead to a condition of focussed stability. This will probably also better your physical condition.
(DINAI 221) The past few months have been difficult for you. They have involved decision, changes, much misunderstanding in certain quarters and a deeply sensed loneliness. If you will study what I have earlier told you anent your rays, you will see why this is so. There is in your present life make-up or "presented appearance," an over-balance of the first ray attributes. Your personality ray, your mind ray, and the ray of your physical body are all governed by your first ray energy and this presents a very real problem because it predisposes you to the following conditions:
1st ray gives a loneliness based on a sense of isolation-it is essentially the ray of detachment
1. A loneliness which is based on a sense of isolation. This is due also to the sense of isolation which the first ray always gives. It is essentially the ray of detachment. This is, for you, offset by your soul ray.
2. Owing to the fact that first ray energy in your case is focussed in your personality and in two of its mediums of expression, you wield—owing to the unbalance—an undue power or effect upon all you meet and seek to help. Fortunately for you, and also owing to the quality of your soul ray and to an achieved measure of control, your effect upon those you seek to serve is good. You [Page 222] are, however, definitely aware (are you not?) of the powerful influence you can call into play and thus affect other people's lives. You know also the powerful reaction you can evoke from them. This is the effect of first ray force when focussed upon the physical plane. It provides both an asset and a problem. You came into incarnation this life to learn to wield this force rightly and, in the effort to do so, you have in many cases inhibited its outer expression, sometimes with disastrous results (oft of a psychical nature) upon yourself.
3. Your emotional nature has been the clearing-house for all this first ray energy; this will account to you for much of your inner experience and for much that you have suffered and do suffer.
Having pointed this out, I would add that this powerfully polarised first ray personality gives you the power to do three things:
First of all, to storm
The 1st ray can be used to force mental issues and make oneself do that which it is intended should be done
Secondly, to make possible certain forms of service in your personality life. Earlier I have used a phrase to that effect when teaching you that "your intelligent mind can dominate at need." This was a statement of fact; one of the ways in which you can rightly use the first ray energy, predominantly yours, is by forcing mental issues and making yourself do what your soul or the Hierarchy asks of you....
1st ray personalities can dominate those they meet
Thirdly, your first ray personality makes it easily possible for you to dominate those you meet. This would have been dangerous for you to attempt in your last life, for love did not so powerfully control your reactions. It is not dangerous in this life if you hold on to love and avoid the outer forms and techniques of authority and control, thus developing wisdom and practising impersonality. Your motives are seldom at fault. Your methods are somewhat first ray methods, forcefully applied at times; this damages those you seek to help.
This particular life has been a crucial and difficult one for [Page 223] you but you are equal to the task your soul assigned. It will remain so and there is for you (as is always the case for disciples at a certain stage of unfoldment) no cessation, no easing of the situation and no periods or interludes for real rest or pause. Do not, therefore, look for them. Pass on triumphantly in the love of your soul and the power of your personality.
Guard your health, my brother. Stand closely with your chosen fellow disciples. Your link with them is strong. See also that your astral body is not the recipient of too much first ray energy but protect it from that inflow by an active concentration of your mind upon your chosen field of service, and develop an increased inflow of soul wisdom. Concentrate upon wisdom which, in relation to the astral body, means the unfolding (through love) of the intuition. The pure expression of the love of the soul is not so difficult for you to express but it is hard for your emotional nature to handle it. Is this not so, my friend and brother?
To LFU I-3
(DINAI 226) Your soul ray, my brother, is the first, and your personality ray is the third. Owing to the pressure of the times and of the work for this immediate cycle, you may have heard it said that I am relieving some of the Teachers on the inner side and thus setting Them free for wider and more exacting service. I am handling some of Their pupils for Them and preparing some [Page 226] of Their aspirants (whom They have been watching) for the stage of accepted discipleship. In this last category you now find yourself. It was the coming under my influence subjectively that led you to the realisation that the deepening of your love nature was, for you, the next step in your equipping yourself for service. Your ray combinations necessitated this and my second ray influence, therefore, helped. There is not an aspirant in the world who could not well intensify his divine love nature, not his astral emotional love nature. But you need to comprehend always the reason for any development and hence my explanation.
(DINAI 227) Your sphere of work is clear to you, and there you are both needed and useful, which is all that you desire. The keynote of your daily work should be understanding, just as the keynote of your work with yourself on all three planes should be fearlessness, with love colouring all your life. These are the three words which express what should be the colour-tone of your life expression from now until the call comes for you to serve on the other side of the veil of life. Ponder on these three words—understanding, courage or fearlessness, and love—for the remainder of your life of service, for "as a man thinketh, so is he."
First ray of power, isolation, detachment and sense of uniqueness
(DINAI 233) But the point for you to grasp is that this later part of your life is pronouncedly preparatory training for creative group achievement in your next life. One of the problems which we, the teachers upon the inner side, have always to face is how to lead our chelas to the recognition of the temporary and relatively unimportant nature of any one particular life. You had, up to the age of forty-three, no real group sense. You came into incarnation to gain it and found your way into group activity. This proved to you a place of soul satisfaction at times, and of conflict many times. And, my brother, you have made real progress in the evocation of group consciousness. It has been [Page 233] peculiarly difficult in your case, owing to the two major rays which control you—the first Ray of Power, of isolation, detachment and the sense of uniqueness, and the third Ray of Intelligence, which is apt to bring with it the sense of pride of intellect. This latter you have most successfully controlled. But in this particular incarnation, every step forward in soul control must be taken through the facing of certain tests connected with your line of least resistance, and must be taken with the eyes of the mind wide open, so as to avoid the pitfalls of aloneness, and of separation. This I think you know.
(DINAI 236) The result of this tendency is an excessive intensity of vibration which wrecks and shatters the mechanism. Your sixth ray personality produces an intense adherence to your ideals and to the truth, as you see it; it produces also a one-pointedness which has led to a focussing of energy in the head. This has been intensified also, owing to our western civilisation being immersed in the thoughtforms of the Piscean Age—the age of the sixth ray which is still with us. When the first ray energy of the soul pours in and blends itself with the sixth ray force, the shattering effect is increased and the personality carries more force than it can handle. That energy is also unevenly distributed and goes primarily to the throat and to the solar plexus, causing a disturbance and an upsetting of the balance of the forces in the body. This, in its turn, produces a disturbance in the alimentary tract and when this disturbance becomes an established habit, a very real problem is presented.
First ray souls can be ordered and steadfast
(DINAI 243) Your fanatical devotee will must be superseded by the purpose, ordered and steadfast, of your first ray soul. In this last sentence is for you the key to your future unfoldment.
(DINAI 242) My brother, for long you have occupied the centre of the stage in your own thought. You are not jealous in the ordinary sense of the word because your pride refuses to permit the usual form of jealousy. But you are ever conscious of being in the centre of your circle of human contacts and have a feeling of resentment—oft unrecognised—when this is not the case. This was one of the main factors in your humiliation last year. Such an attitude is easy of achievement and simple to hold; it is the line of least resistance for your personality. My word to you today is decentralisation. You must struggle to shift your mind away from yourself as teacher, friend, wife, worker, or disciple of the Tibetan; you must cultivate that understanding heart which will make you more aware of others than of yourself. A hard saying and one not easy to express in thought and life! In the last analysis, your problem is the subjection of your sixth ray personality to your first ray soul impulse. A study of the sixth ray characteristics will help you here, particularly if you remember that (being a disciple) it will be your sixth ray vibration [Page 243] which will cause you the most trouble and along which glamour will easily enter. It is, for instance, your personality fanaticism and your personality devotions (both to people and to ideas) which need tempering if your first ray power is to manifest. (DINAI 243) Your fanatical devotee will must be superseded by the purpose, ordered and steadfast, of your first ray soul. In this last sentence is for you the key to your future unfoldment. The steely, brittle, determined, dynamic will of the devoted aspirant must change into the steadfast, powerful, calm purpose of the soul, working through the disciple. The soul is fluid in adjustment but undeviating in aim. Likewise, the brilliant fanatical devotion to this, that or the other person or ideal must give place to the gentle unchanging love of the soul—the love of your soul for the soul of others. In this lies for you a hint and your future success. I think you will realise whereof I speak. In conformity to soul impulse mould your life and shift out of the realm of high desire and aspiration into that of settled purpose and an undeviating attachment to reality.
(DINAI 244) The reason is to be found in the difficult combination caused by your two rays in expression—the sixth ray and the first. When your sixth ray personality can work, free from the influence of your soul ray and be one-pointedly directed towards some determined programme, there is no hindrance in your physical plane expression. When your first ray ego can likewise so work, then much will be accomplished by you. But, at the present time, your first ray expression in conjunction with your sixth ray personality produces more destructive work than a manifestation of the divine purpose of your soul. In your efforts, for instance, to help people, your sixth ray devotion is apt to frighten them away from you and your first ray power oft shatters that particular inner body which is for them their weakest point; (the first ray soul often shatters the weakest point in anothers vehicles) you are then left as ever the "one who stands alone." This is characteristic of the beginner in the conscious life of a first ray soul. Is this not oft the case with you, my brother? It is not that people do not love you, for they do; it is not that you do not love them, for you do. It is that you are too dynamic in your approach and the force that flows through you destroys as quickly as it builds and drives away by its "blast of out-going power" that which you sought to attract and which has been temporarily attracted. You lose so many people out of your range of influence, and this you well know and it bewilders you. The fault lies primarily in you and not in them.
You see, my brother, I am seeking to begin your training as a worker; hence my emphasis upon this first ray characteristic of your soul (as it vitalises your sixth ray nature). You must begin to handle it wisely if you are ever to be of use.
The first ray soul is the one in the centre
And the one who stands alone
(DINAI 244) In an earlier teaching, I endeavoured to awaken you to the risk of constantly assuming the position of the "one in the centre." That attitude, as well as the one to which I today refer, is also distinctive of a first ray soul and the presence of these two attitudes (of the one in the centre and the one who stands alone) are indicative of the fact that your first ray soul is beginning to assume some control over your personality. Is this not a real encouragement? You are on the verge of seeing the results [Page 245] of your work with your own nature. If you can accept that which I have to say in connection with the destructive aspects of your soul contact, you can save yourself much difficulty and trouble and save other people too.
1st ray must master brevity (which it has naturally) without losing lucidity
(DINAI 247) [Page 247] These are questions which you alone can answer and they still hold for you indication of a needed task. Liberation for you lies in submergence in your group of fellow disciples and in the elimination—as I have earlier told you—of your sixth ray fanaticism. Along this latter line you have made much progress and are much to be commended. Now the life of the first Ray of Will or Power must sweep increasingly into prominence. For you, it is not so much the imposition of the will aspect which is needed but the understanding of the Plan and your consequent intelligent cooperation with that Plan. But it is the plan for humanity and not the plan for you as a partner and cooperator with the greater Plan. In your personal reading and study for the coming months, I suggest that you search out all references to the Plan in my books, noting the aspects which are of immediate import and dealing not with the plan for the coming race and for the distant future. Then list briefly and concisely the salient points in the Plan; be not prolix and train yourself to a brevity which in no way negates lucidity.
The pride and ambition of the first ray
(DINAI 254) You have for many years reflected upon the relationship existing between your first ray soul and your sixth ray personality. You have realised that for you (in this incarnation) only love and service must govern your life expression, if the ambition and pride of the first ray, and the fanaticism of the sixth ray with its glamour-producing characteristics are to be offset and balance achieved. This relationship is your major problem. Let us further complicate that problem by the recognition of the ray qualities of the three bodies! Perhaps, however, complication will be simplified and a study of the more detailed personality tendencies may reveal to you sources of strength and produce clarification. It is of value to know the lines of least resistance.
(DINAI 258) There are, of course, many other qualities and tendencies but I have enumerated those of the greatest usefulness to you. I would remind you that the fourth ray is, when a part of the personality force equipment, the expression of the will-to-love (either in the material sense or in the spiritual). It is, therefore, allied to the first ray, through its will emphasis. It should not be so difficult for you, consequently, to shift your soul emphasis into the "mind area" and from there control the physical body instead of controlling it (as is now the case) by a great effort of soul control from soul levels. This is a hint to the way of release for you.
I would ask you to make a careful study of all that you can find anent the fourth ray in A Treatise on the Seven Rays and make definite application to your own mental unfoldment and a practical interpretation of its desired effects in terms of your own life. You should ask yourself the following question: What will be the effect, in the personality life upon the physical [Page 259] plane, of an established alignment between my first ray soul, my fourth ray mentality and my physical brain?
Some examples of how 1st ray soul energy can increase the negative qualities of the 6th ray personality
(DINAI 261) I would ask you also to follow a very brief meditation so that there may come about a more easy fusion between your soul and personality, between these two ray energies—one of which conditions you in space and the other determines you in time. The problem is not an easy one, because your first ray energy—combining with and subduing your sixth ray forces—will produce a great stimulation unless you adhere closely to my instructions. The effect will be felt in your astral body. This [Page 261] stimulation is not desirable and must be avoided by you at all costs. If, therefore, you find that the use of this meditation produces an increased expression of sixth ray force and that you are becoming increasingly potent astrally, increasingly "devoted" to what you are doing, increasingly critical and irritable and increasingly fanatical—then promptly discontinue its use. Work only in the heart centre when using this suggested form and be sure no thought shifts down to the solar plexus—that open door to the astral plane. Make a short, quick alignment with the soul. Know yourself to be, in truth, the One Whose nature is spiritual detachment and isolation (not separativeness or division), then pause and stabilise yourself in that consciousness. In the secret place within the heart, let the personal self meet the real Self face to face and let it there dedicate itself to the service of the soul with deep consecration, devoted love and fluidic intent. By fluidic, I mean the willingness to do what the soul requires, when registered and recognised by you as the next duty.
IBS I-6 Combination of Power, will, devotion, idealism, fanaticism
(DINAI 262) You have a difficult combination of rays, my brother, and these have powerfully conditioned your life. Your egoic ray is the first ray and your personality ray is the sixth Ray of Devotion. Power, will, devotion, idealism, fanaticism—such is the combination. Fortunately for you, in your last life, your personality ray was the second ray of love and so it had been for several previous lives. This has greatly aided in off-setting the dynamic destructive effects of your sixth ray force. Of this you should be very glad.
DAO VII-1 His/her 1st ray personality was forced by the 7th ray soul to go its own lonely and isolated way-this is a crucial reference suggesting all 1st ray personality types have to learn the lesson of complete self reliance prior to group work
(DINAI 278) I have refrained from writing my personal instructions to you earlier than this as I felt your need to think things through, and your strong inner urge to be left free to work out the concept of this group work in your own way. Group work in connection with the spiritual life is not, for you, easy. Your life training as an artist in your own field has taught you to work on the physical plane in group formation. It is in the field of esoteric endeavour that you find in yourself an antagonistic reaction. There is in you, and rightly so, a determination to be yourself and to stand alone and on your own feet. This determination of yours is sound. It has met a most needed demand of your own soul. It has been necessary for your personality to be forced by your soul to go the lonely and isolated way.
(DINAI 281) Your first ray personality can intensify the usefulness of this conjunction, just in so far as you can work constructively in your chosen field of work and with your fellow students. A first ray personality can cause the soul much difficulty when not [Page 281] subordinated in all humility to group service. When the personality is guided by the intuition and by clear thinking and the life on the physical plane is given to the freely imposed rhythm of organised service, then power can be conferred, and definite usefulness be the result.
(DINAI 290) I suggest that you take until next May before coming to your final decision. I have asked a member of another group in my Ashram to do your work in the meantime. I am therefore assigning you no work, and you are regarded as temporarily suspended from the group. I ask naught of you but that you reconsider your decision from the angle of group good and group progress, and from that of your group brothers, and not solely from the angle of what seems best to you yourself and your own comfort, and your own so-called freedom. Infer not from this that I regard your decision as a selfish one. I know what it has cost you. It is, nevertheless, based on feeling, and feeling is seldom a true indication of right action. I seek only to give you the time to think. I would remind you as you seek decision that your soul is on the seventh ray and that you are working through a first ray personality. Hence, my brother, your problem. A mystic of wide consciousness with a powerful personality ray and with a soul vibration in line with the New Age, seeking to impose upon the personality the rhythm of a "ceremonial order and organisation." I would ask you to bear in mind that group work involves sacrifice and oft the doing of that which might not be preferred and which might not—from the personality angle—be the easier way out and the easier activity. The choice, however, rests with you and the thoughts of the group must be kept away from your decision, so that you can make it freely and unhampered. The group must then abide by your decision.
WDB-who was II-4 had a 1st ray personality in a previous life-presumably not for just one life or the influence would not have made such a mark, perhaps he had a series of three lives
(DINAI 293) Soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom
Personality ray—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict
In a previous life your personality ray was the first Ray of Power, and hence the evidence of power which seizes you at times.
Again DK mentions the left over 1st ray force from a previous life with a 1st ray personality, perhaps it was only one life
(DINAI 295) Before indicating your meditation work for the next few months, I would suggest (forget not that it is only suggestions that I ever make) that you give the next six months to close consideration of your effect as a worker upon those you seek to help. This is a very valuable exercise for all disciples and involves a self-discipline but little emphasised in the usual books on discipleship. The impact of ray force upon people embodying differing aspects of ray energy will be one of the coming developments in the field of esoteric psychology; you would find it of interest to watch the impact of your second and fourth ray energy upon people, and also of that first ray power which you brought over from a previous incarnation. In this way you will learn the easy way to serve, for it will be that which will evoke the least resistance from those you serve, [Page 296] and you will not have to undo or rebuild; you will also take the first steps in becoming proficient in the science of force.
DLR told that his 1st ray soul made him (in the work of the group of telepathic communicators) a more powerful impressing agent than a receiving agent
(DINAI 304) I can indicate to you the line of activity by which you can best aid in this group activity, and this is the development of telepathic rapport. It was for that latent capacity in you that you were originally asked to be a member of the initial group of disciples. Though your karma and circumstances at [Page 304] that time temporarily militated against that happening (and your action then was entirely right) that in no way negates your latent capacity. I am pointing this out as I would like you—if you will—to work towards establishing a telepathic rapport with the group, beginning with D.H.B. and D.A.O. Seek to contact them in this way and get into touch with them on the matter. By so doing you will help in establishing a group interplay and integrity which is one of the main objectives before all groups of disciples. When all are formed, then a member will be chosen from each of the groups to form another group whose work will be to preserve a group interplay between the groups. If you can give five minutes each day to an effort to get into touch with these two, you will find success at the end of the way. You will probably find (as you are a first ray soul) that you can make an impression upon their minds more easily than they can impress yours, but your fifth ray personality will offset some of this, as you function more easily on the mental plane than on the astral on account of your ray polarisation.
DLR had a 2nd ray personality in a previous life
(DINAI 315) Your physical body is controlled by the seventh ray, and this, as you will note, is also along the line of 1, 3, 5, 7. This is a point upon which you should ponder and reflect, for the aggregate of your ray tendencies constitutes for you a problem, and your sixth ray energy contributes the only balancing factor. And yet, my brother, you are in many respects well balanced. One hint I would here give to you in this connection and to all of you who study these instructions. The ray of the personality in a previous life leaves definite habits of thought and of activity; it has built into the life rhythm certain unalterable tendencies for which much gratitude can sometimes be felt. This is so in your own life. In a previous incarnation, your personality was on the second ray, thus leaving you with a deeply loving and understanding nature and a power to include, which is a major asset; it serves to offset the first ray tendencies which are so dominant in this particular life. It is hard for the disciple who sees not the picture whole, and who only knows the quality of the present life and its natural tendencies (due to ray influence) to think truly about himself.
Your rays therefore are:
1. The egoic ray—the first Ray of Will or Power.
2. The personality ray—the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge.
3. The ray of the mental body—the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge.
4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Magic.
More to DLR on why not very intuitive
(DINAI 320) I would point out to you, however, the problem which emerges when you have a straight line of contact between the first ray soul, the fifth ray personality, a fifth ray mind and a seventh ray brain. This leads to intelligent high grade work in your chosen profession but negates the free play of the intuition. This latter, however, is aided by the fact that at this time, your first ray soul focusses itself in the astral body and, therefore, greatly aids its expression by giving you emotional power (if you care to use it) and enabling you to release much magnetic force—again if you care to, which is seldom. The reason for this is that—through your definite soul contact—you tend to express the outstanding quality of the first ray which is loneliness, isolation (not separativeness with you, my brother, for that is not one of your faults), the ability to stand alone and unmoved. Your personality, as you have probably guessed, finds its focus of expression in the mental body. There is an easy line of fusion there.
DLR has outstanding qualities of 1st ray which are loneliness, isolation and the ability to stand alone and unmoved
(DINAI 323) Your point in evolution necessitates a dominant personality which must be understood by you if your full usefulness in my work is to be reached. Follow instructions, brother of mine. You can be used and when the lesser light is dimmed, the first ray quality of your soul will be turned increasingly to the work of illumined building with the aid of other souls. There is much to be accomplished if the work of the Hierarchy is to go forward as desired....
1st ray qualities of haste and outer quickness of speech and attitude-sure of his essential kindness and love, inner rectitude matter more than outer expression
(DINAI 325) And what, my brother, shall be for you the keynote of the coming months? What shall be the word I give to you which shall govern your personality until the coming Wesak Festival in May? I am impelled to give you just two words of practical import. They are gracious loving-kindness. These qualities of graciousness and of loving-kindness mark the superficial (occultly understood) outer expression of the soul and for a first ray person they are ever difficult; their need is oft not recognised nor are they deemed necessary. The first ray person frequently does not know he lacks them. The inner, dynamic and realised goodness of a first ray disciple can be marred by a haste and an outer quickness of speech and attitude. So sure is a first ray person of his essential kindness and love (and he is rightly sure) that he judges other people as himself. The inner rectitude of attitude and the inner love matter more to him than the outer expression. But lesser people and those upon the other rays are apt to misunderstand. The potency of your work is so real and the opportunities opening before you are so great that if you add to that potency a gracious outer attitude of loving-kindness, you can be much used. Ponder on this, my brother of old.
(DINAI 326) The note of my instruction to you this time can be best summed up in the strong injunction to practise truth at all times. My word to you in my last instruction was to ask you to inculcate in your outer expression upon the physical plane that gracious loving-kindness which first ray disciples ever need to cultivate. This you have attempted to do with marked success. The practice of these qualities will extend your sphere of usefulness for there will be nothing, eventually, in your outer impact upon people to throw them away from you. Instead, you will draw them magnetically to the centre wherein the Masters are found.
(DINAI 337) Your physical body is of a dominant first ray type. This again is not usually so except in the case of disciples, who are liable to build vehicles of any type of force to meet the emergency, the need or the service of a particular life. This [Page 337] first ray body enables you to handle spiritual energy upon the physical plane. It enables you also to act as a force transmitter and distributor. The forces, therefore, with which you have to deal are:
1. The soul ray—the first Ray of Will or Power.
2. The personality ray—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
3. The ray of the mind—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
5. The ray of the physical body—the first Ray of Power.
(DINAI 338) I am not giving you a definite meditation till later. But I particularly beg you to concentrate attention each month at the time of the Full Moon. For one full week each month make your conscious, dynamic and intelligent approach and let nothing interfere with this. It will be the best method for your first ray nature and will enable you to preserve your spiritual integrity; it will also serve each month to awaken your consecration and your dynamic spiritual will so that your dedication to service, your consecration to the life of meditation and your pledged obedience to your soul may move forward "from strength to strength." You will thereby be enabled (in the rush of new undertakings) to preserve yourself ever at the inner point of peace and from that spiritual centre go forth to the day's task, serene and unafraid, and with consciousness of spiritual purpose, kept ever at its highest point of tension. Will you, however, take the following seed thoughts into your meditation?
(To SCP-I-6-261)-the focus of the 1st ray soul is in the brain which is why she built a 1st ray physical body-What made the soul focus in the brain
(DINAI 339) The focus of your soul is in the brain and that is why (when you came into incarnation) you built a first ray physical body—which is an unusual thing to do. The energy of your personality ray is focussed in the astral body. Your problem is to swing the mind nature into greater activity without (at the same time) developing criticism—a thing from which you are at this time relatively free though you are not free from certain unrecognised jealousies. You are free because the lower concrete mind, even if of good calibre, is subordinated in your case to intuition and to feeling. Your task is to gather personality and soul energy into the mind and—losing nothing of your present intuitive ability and power to feel and love—to work from the place of mental power. If you can do this, then your intuition will take due form and the power which flows through you will transmute feeling into understanding.
(To RSU II-3-117) the 1st ray mental always inclusive and a true occult student
(DINAI 370) Your mental body is a first ray one and this is what makes [Page 370] you a real occult student. Your soul's contact is so definite and real that your mental body builds no barriers between the soul and your personality or between you and your co-disciples. Mentally, you always understand and are inclusive. I do not mean theoretically but in fact. But your astral body is also upon the first ray which is an unique occurrence and rarely to be found. It is here that the sense of separateness enters in, for that first ray tendency does to you two things:
a. It feeds your sense of separativeness and thus tends to isolate you.
b. It fosters your fear of attachment.
Thus you are oft emotionally and astrally detached and isolated from those who love you and from your fellowmen. Hence there is a continuing conflict between your loving soul and your isolated, lonely, astral vehicle. The solution will be immediately clear to you.
Your physical body is on the seventh ray. Ponder, therefore, the interior relations and the exterior effect of your ray forces as tabulated below:
1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The personality ray—the third Ray of Active Intelligence.
3. The ray of the mind—the first Ray of Power.
4. The ray of the astral body—the first Ray of Power.
5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.
You will note how much your soul
has to do with the lines of energy which are all definitely
related to the first ray:
RLU seems to have big trouble with pride, separativeness and isolation, and a withdrawing from personality contacts on the physical plane
(DINAI 372) What can I say that I have not already said? I can remind you of the interesting fact that every one of the forces of your personality is on the first great line of power, of isolation and of separativeness. The only second ray influence through which love can come is your soul and the implications of this you are apt to misunderstand. Therefore, your life of love is dependent upon the extent of your soul contact and that contact must be kept living and vital or else your personality idea, your desire to hold people away from you, your sense of isolation and of pride will dominate. The difficulty is enhanced for you owing to the fact that the ray which governs your race is the third ray and that also governs your personality far more [Page 373] strongly than you realise. Therefore the age-old separativeness of your racial background will increase your sense of withdrawing from all personality contacts. It will place the glamour before your eyes that the only contacts possible for you are those reached via the soul. If that were truly so, my brother, why be in a physical body at all, why be in a group of disciples, why be so much loved by those around you? Your co-disciples love you and give you, as much as they can, the love of their souls. Those who are near you on the physical plane give you also personality love and devotion. The first you accept with pride and understanding; the second you reject with pride and no understanding.
(DINAI 374) Your problem must be approached differently to that of your co-disciples. It is much more difficult, owing to the unusual fact that your astral body is on the first ray. Your personality ray, the third, is focussed in your astral body, adding to its power, its glamour, and its hold on you. Your problem is to call in the energy of the soul in such potency that it [Page 374] will drive out the first ray force and leave you, at the close of this incarnation, with a second ray astral body.
To WDS II-1-213
(DINAI 376) Your life lesson is detachment, and—in order to practise detachment as a disciple should—you need to strengthen your will to be. This I think you know. You are a second ray soul in a first ray personality sheath or vehicle. Your effort this life has ever been to love, to serve and to understand; this has been the outstanding gesture of your soul this incarnation. Now must come the effort of your personality will towards directed orientation. The divine aspect of your personality this life and the major integrating factor is your will. Self-will you have negated, through love. This you have achieved, and it is well to recognise it. But the integrating will of the personality, subordinated to the will of the soul, must be developed and used with due detachment. In these few words I state your immediate problem. Ponder upon them, for in their understanding [Page 376] will come increased capacity to serve. This capacity I know that you seek, and the door of service stands wide open and you are needed where you stand.
Strength to stand; strength to love; strength to be detached—these are and should be your objectives. For you, in this connection, it is the evocation of the spiritual will (as it is applied to the personality and its problems and as it acts as the directing agency in the brain) which must be your immediate objective.
WDS is given an exercise to develop the spiritual will and to strengthen his first ray personality
To this end, I suggest that you preface the group meditation which I am asking all of you to do with the following brief exercise:
1. Take six long breaths, slowly and without effort, or any inflation of the abdomen. After the last breath say, with thought and consciousness alert: I am an expression of the Will of God. That Will directs my thoughts and guides me in the purposes of my soul. To that Will I hold.
Interlude of Exhalation.
2. Take six more long breaths in a similar manner and then say: Let this divine intelligent Will govern my heart, and lead me in the Way of Love. In this Way I will to go.
Interlude of Exhalation.
3. Again take six long breaths and then say: Let this divine intelligent loving Will direct my brain and service on the outer plane of Life. With my Will, I will to serve.
Interlude of Exhalation.
Will you also take six seed thoughts out of any book you care to choose and write down these six seed thoughts—one for each month? Take one, therefore, each month for careful reflection during the day, as you proceed upon your life service. At the end of each month send in the thought on which you have been pondering, with the gist of your reflection, for the helping of your group brothers.
The absorbing tendencies of the 1st ray personality leads to unnecessary destructive results
(DINAI 378) Much of your present difficulty is based on the fact that your personality ray is, as you know, that of the first Ray of Will or Power. This gives you a sense of centralisation, of uniqueness and aloneness. It makes the man who is conditioned by it "isolated." It makes his attitude to his work one of an unconscious separativeness. It is the line of least resistance [Page 378] for you to be separated off from your co-workers or—when urged to identification by your second ray soul—the response is one of going out to them with the inner distinction ever clearly held. I am not here referring to any pride, brother of mine, but to the absorbing, assimilating, isolating characteristics of the first ray nature. It is the great first ray Lord (to use an illuminating simile) Who, at the end of the age, absorbs all things into Himself and thereby brings about the final and needed destruction of the form nature. This is a right and good use of His first ray qualities. But first ray personalities can also do this type of work, that of absorbing, but this time with destructive results; in their case the task is unnecessary and wrong.
I call you to a careful supervision of your first ray personality and to a greater demonstration of your second ray, inclusive, loving soul. Ponder on this, for a successful understanding and a consequent application of my words will greatly facilitate your usefulness and your power to bring a response of love and cooperation from your co-workers which at present could be decidedly better than it is. You do not mind my frank speaking, do you, my brother? I deal thus with all my trusted disciples, of whom you are one.
It will be of use to you if I also indicate to you the rays of your personality vehicles; then you will have a complete picture of the forces with which you have to work; or should I say with which I have to work as I seek, through you, to work out certain aspects of the Plan?
Your mental body is not on one of the usual rays, but is strongly second ray in its nature, and is, therefore, responsive to your second ray soul force. This is an asset but also a liability, for the sharpening of the mind which is the result of the effect of the usual fourth or fifth ray forces (the usual effects) is lacking. There is a lack of precision, of clear cut decision in you. Theoretically, my brother, this condition leads you—again theoretically—to be too nice, too kind, too appreciative, but not in reality. Fortunately (though unfortunately at times) this is offset by your first ray personality which nips your second ray mental reactions in the bud and re-asserts isolation for inclusiveness and understanding. Yet, if you once [Page 379] grasp the implications of this first ray personality and the difficulties engendered thereby in your group relations, you can most easily put the matter straight, for your second ray soul can come in, in full tide, via your second ray mental body. Your task is not, therefore, difficult and you have no cause for discouragement.
Your astral body is on the first ray and again (as do many aspirants nearing the end of the Path of Probation or at the beginning of the Path of Discipleship) you follow not the normal procedure but complicate your problem by having a powerful astral body on the same ray as the personality. Being where you are, however, upon the Path, your soul planned this procedure in this manner so as to bring to the surface as many of the hindering qualities as possible—hindering, I mean, to group effectiveness and group cohesion.
If I were asked what, at this time, constitutes your major group problem, I would phrase it thus: Learn to work with your equals as harmoniously and selflessly as you can. In your own department you do work this way with those who are subordinate or inferior to you in development. You, my brother, are afraid of your equals. You want to be the one alone as your first ray powerful personality (focussed naturally in your first ray astral body) would normally incline you. It is not easy for you to be one among the many—all equal, all working as one, all engrossed with the one work. This you must learn to do, or else you hinder the group.
To DPR-I-5-567 Sun 25 Pisces
The 1st ray soul can instantaneously snap attachments on inner level
(DINAI 383) Forget not to love with detachment. That is your main lesson, my brother, and you have only grasped its true importance when the lengthier part of life has gone. The ties through attachment over many years hold firm and on the physical plane they must not, may not, be severed but ever within yourself they must be completely snapped. This can be done before this life episode closes, leaving you thus free in your next life cycle for service, a service to be rendered with undivided attention. This breaking can be done almost instantaneously if your first ray soul power is brought into play, or it can be accomplished more slowly if you work through the medium of your fifth ray personality force. Ponder on this.
(DINAI 388) But for you, as a soul and as a disciple under training, there need be no arresting of the process of development. The high water mark of your life cycle (in the broader and wider sense) will not be reached yet for many lives and, therefore, there need be for you no interlude of inertia and no demonstration of a static condition. You may go on from point to point upon the Way, both now and hereafter. The decision and effort must come from you, my brother, and it lies entirely in your [Page 388] hands. Go forward along the Way in the full vigour of your soul life, which is that of a mature and experienced aspirant. The power of your first ray soul can galvanise the personality into continued action and aspiration, into continued mental control; for you, therefore, there need be no cessation of activity and no settling back into inertia until the final activity of transition engrosses the dual attention of your soul and your personality, and the final detachment takes place. But to transcend the normal high water mark, there will be necessitated the imposition of that inner pressure which will refuse to let the tired body and mind rest back upon the past. There is needed the incentive of a focussed will that plays its dynamic energy through the lower threefold man; there is required that purified, discriminative mind which (in the interests of the soul) will separate the essential from the non-essential and so enable you to enrich your service through the wise elimination of those factors which produce a useless dissipation of your energy and the use of your time for that which is negligible in results.
DPR-I-5-567 does not express the destroyer aspect of the 1st ray even though his Sun is in Pisces. But the power to organise and rule plus a love of the hidden realities.
(DINAI 402) As you know, your rays—soul and personality—are the first and fifth; this in itself presents a problem, for it produces a preponderance of force upon the line of the major first ray. Fortunately for you, it was the aspect of organisation and the tendency to the occult life which were expressed through these energies and not the destroyer aspect or the over-critical mind, as might have been the case. You are not destructive; your outstanding qualities, if I might so express it, have been the power to organise and rule, and also love of the hidden realities.
Your astral body has been governed by the second ray, and, from certain points of view, this has been the most powerful influence in your personality equipment; it has been the balancing factor to the first-ray line energy, expressed by your soul and personality rays. It has linked you powerfully (and this should interest and cheer you) with the Masters M. and K.H. Who together form a definite "unit of service" in the work of the Hierarchy at this time.
(DINAI 403) You have lately been given work which will constitute for you an integrating point. Much can be done by you through [Page 403] quiet thought, the pouring out of love and of the first ray strength which you are so capable of giving, through the medium of your soul ray. On this opportunity to serve I would have you ponder deeply and reflect. The way of service is opening up to you, as I indicated to you in my last instructions, and your cooperation is welcome and needed. Adjustments are going on with rapidity in your life and the processes of living will steadily simplify for you, if you so choose and if you mould the future by the impress of your soul.
It has been interesting to note how, in your case, the fourth ray mental body (which is a part of your equipment) has used its force in harmony far more often than in conflict, as is the effect in the majority of your brothers' lives. This is due to the first ray activity of your soul which has resolved the conflict in harmony. Most of the conflict in your life has been the result of the activity of your astral body (working under second ray influence) with a reaction upon your third ray physical body. A close relation between the second and the third rays often works out in difficulty, for they express two different ways of building. This I will take up in greater detail later.
DPR soul ray is focussed in the astral body
I would have you, however, ponder on the following facts.
1. Soul energy is, for you, focussed in the astral body. (2nd ray)
2. Personality force is focussed in the mental body. (4th ray)
it is strange that the 1st ray soul doesn’t work directly through the 5th ray personality in DPR’s case-but via the astral body
(DINAI 405) Your one way out is to be focussed constantly in the soul, remembering that, as you achieve this alignment and contact, the soul has its major point of contact with your personality, via your astral body. This is for you a blessing, even when it constitutes a problem. Perhaps you will grasp what I am seeking to convey to you if I say that this relation was established by the intelligent will of your soul in order to stiffen your astral reactions with first ray energy and colour them with that detached and isolated strength which is the main characteristic of the first ray. The intent was to make you strong in what had been your weakest point. Detachment, strongly felt in love (for forget not that the first ray is only the first sub-ray of the great cosmic ray of Love) is the factor which will bring release and understanding, not only to you but to all around you. The aspect of devotion which the astral body so easily expresses must be transmuted into detached but selfless love. Remember that true love has sometimes to stand aside and look on peacefully whilst others learn their lessons—a thing hard indeed for you to do, brother of mine.
(DINAI 415) Another source of your trouble is to be found in your sixth ray astral body (the ray of idealistic, fanatical devotion) for it produces a real lack of balance, an undue attention to details of process, and of devotion to those details from the emotional satisfaction which comes from this attention; this brings about a failure to understand the larger issues and an inability to move gently on the Way. This your first ray mental nature can offset if you will give it a chance and live more in your mind and less in your feelings and emotional reactions. Your third ray physical body inclines you to great physical activity (such as rapid movement and rapid speech); it keeps you working at something all the time and often at something quite unproductive of good results, and not proportionate to the labour expended.
(DINAI 427) Your mental body is on the first ray, and I think if you will study this with care, much of your present problem will become clear to you.
Your astral body is also governed by the first ray. This is an exception to the general rule that the second and sixth rays govern the astral bodies of all humanity. This rule varies occasionally in the case of disciples. This combination of a first ray mental body and a first ray astral body is interesting and provides you with a definitely difficult problem, for the necessity to balance and to achieve equilibrium, is enhanced in your case. However, it also makes possible an easier control of the astral body by the mind, if you so choose—and you do.
The ray of your physical body is the seventh. This I presume you have already guessed. Your rays therefore are:
1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The personality ray—the sixth Ray of Devotion. Idealism.
3. The mental body—the first Ray of Will or Power.
4. The astral body—the first Ray of Will or Power.
5. The physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order or Magic.
One of the interesting things to
be noted (as one studies your ray tendencies) is that all your three bodies
are on the line of 1-3-5-7, yet your personality ray is on the 6th, on the
Insulation is not isolation and indifference is not separativeness
(DINAI 430) Your first ray mental body should definitely aid you in this work, provided you ever bear in mind that insulation does not mean isolation and that indifference does not connote an attitude of cold detached separativeness. Your first ray mental body forms a good cooperating point for your second ray soul and this too would I have you bear in mind. It gives you the strength of will to persist, and it should also give you the strength of will to understand, not only the laws of life, but people and their need of love.
1. Your soul expresses its energy through your mental body.
2. Your personality force is focussed in your astral body.
This is interesting, with DLR the 1st ray soul worked through the 2nd ray astral body instead of the 5th ray personality-apparently to stiffen the astral nature
DHB major lesson aquiring of indifference
(DINAI 433) You have made such a close study and analysis of your rays that there is no need for me to elaborate the theme. You have studied them in the light of your soul and have grasped the peculiar danger inherent in your two first ray personality vehicles. They are a real source of difficulty if not mellowed and motivated by a loving spirit and qualified by that divine indifference, the acquiring of which has been your major lesson this life.
(DINAI 436) Your rays are as follows:
The egoic ray—ray 2, the Ray of Love-Wisdom.
The personality ray—ray 6, the Ray of Devotion, of Idealism.
In your last life your personality ray was the first, which fact may explain much to you anent your reactions in this life.
WOI told to meditate on the word “Indifference” which would evoke the 3rd ray
(DINAI 448) You have a seventh
ray physical body. You will note, therefore, in your personality equipment
two lines of force which are in the first ray field of
The fifth Ray of Concrete Science and the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order
or Magic. The other energies which constitute your working material are all
on the second ray line:
(DINAI 466) Your mental body is
governed by the fourth ray, and if you study this the reasons for many of
your life reactions will become apparent to you. There
is little of the first ray line of energy 1-3-5-7 in your equipment, but almost an overbalance
of the second ray line
This condition is still further complicated by the fact that you have a first ray astral body. This is again an exception to the usual rule. In the case of the disciple who is occupied with some particular rounding-out process this exception does occur, and the first ray personality of your last incarnation left you the legacy of a first ray astral body in this. Therefore, in this particular life, you have a very difficult task and a complicated problem because (if I might so crudely express it) there is in you too much of the second ray.
To aid in the process of balancing and off-setting the danger, your soul chose a seventh ray physical body. This is of real assistance to you and helps in the synthesis of the two lines of energy. Your rays therefore are:
(DINAI 471) You face real opportunity and can make real progress, if you so desire. You are considerably younger than some in my group of disciples and have, therefore, less background and more undeveloped resources. You have passed and are passing through a hard experience and out of this you are not getting the full benefit. The reason for this is that you have built a shell around yourself owing to a natural sensitivity which—as a child and in your youth—caused you to protect yourself in this manner. Another reason for your failure to get all you might out of the present experience is the inordinate pride of the Taurus individual, who is on the first ray where his personality is concerned.
Will you let me speak with clarity, my brother? I believe in your sincerity and determination, but I have questioned your capacity to make progress in this life. It was, however, your [page 472] karmic due to have this opportunity offered to you. The doubt in my mind arose from my knowledge of the two tendencies in you which have hitherto held you back from the lighted Way.
(DINAI 486) Your physical body is upon the third ray but so strong is your personality ray, the first (for you are an integrated personality), that it colours the nature, type and quality of your physical body which is definitely not a third ray type. Your rays, therefore, are:
1. The soul ray—second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The ray of the personality—first Ray of Will or Power.
3. The ray of the mind—fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. The ray of the astral body—sixth Ray of Devotion or Idealism.
5. The ray of the physical body—third Ray of Active Intelligence.
You have, therefore, three vehicles
on the line of the second ray
Some excellent key words on the 1st ray and 1st ray personality
(DINAI 490) The discipline of life has brought you far upon your way in this incarnation and the door of service, as you know, stands open. Enter with joy, for that is a quality which you need to express. Only one thing should engross your attention at this time and that is the avoidance of the glamour of preoccupation. I know not what else to call it. The disciple with a first ray personality is apt to be unduly one-pointed in his service or in his particular line of thought and of activity, or else he is entirely engrossed with some individual or group of individuals. This dynamic and intense preoccupation can often hinder the expansion of consciousness and the unfoldment of that inclusiveness which is essential before any of the major initiations can be taken. I seek to see this glamour lessened in you. The dual life of the disciple is never an easy one to the man whose personality is basically upon the line of directed power and focussed will. This you should most carefully bear in mind, for oft this directed power is not being adequately diffused, and minor or near objectives being too closely seen, can destroy that which it builds or seeks or loves, through the very intensity of the focussed energy.
What can prevent this in your case will be the continuous application of your soul light and love with increasing intensity. Be not afraid, my brother, to be more outgoing and more consciously inclusive, because by so doing you will fuse and blend both soul and body and thus balance your qualities and increase your usefulness (and also ours) in the service of humanity. It seems a curious form of glamour, does it not, but if you will study yourself and your environment with care, you will discover the justification for my reasoning and my argument.
Ever the soul has to learn to be the "turning wheel" or the "moving lotus," contacting life in all directions and radiating [page 491] out from a focussed centre, and this as a result of right preoccupation with the Plan. Forget not, that a glamour is merely a distortion of the truth and a faulty reflection of a reality.
(DINAI 494) I, your Master, believe in you and in your capacity to throw off the glamour of preoccupation. I have confidence that no matter how hard the struggle, you will persist unto the triumphant end.
Your isolated first ray personality at its relatively high point of integration has now undue control. It must be dominated by the soul whose nature is love. Knowledge you have. More love you need. When I say "love," I refer to soul love and not to affection, emotion or sentiment. I refer to that detached, [page 494] deep love which can pour through the personality, releasing it from limited expression and at the same time streams out into the environment.
How release the love aspect of your soul? That is for you the major problem at this time. By meditation, and by certain practical measures. These latter you must work out for your self; the Master can point out to you the goal, indicate the hindrances and suggest solutions. These three conditions I have met. The disciple studies the situation and then applies those methods which seem to him to be promising and to be rightly indicated.
I suggest, therefore, a careful process of reasoning for you so that the roots of your preoccupation with the little self may be discovered by you. It is not acceptance of my statements which is required; it is a mental activity carried on by you alone which will enable you to find out the truth of what I have indicated and lead you to take the needed steps. Having reasoned the matter out, then struggle not with the discovered condition but apply to your life the opposing quality with determination and persistence. Self-pity must give place to compassionate interest in others—those in your own home, in your business relations and in all whom you meet and life and fate throws in your way. Isolation must give place to cooperation, not an enforced cooperation but a spontaneous longing to be with and to share with others the processes of living, loving, occult duty. Ponder much upon this last phrase. It is a seed thought for your life at present.
The second suggestion is the cultivation of indifference—that spiritual indifference which pays no undue attention to the physical body, or to moods and feelings or to mental illusions. The body exists and must receive due care; the feelings and moods are potent and exhausting and from them, my brother, come much of your physical discomfort. Deal with them not by struggling but by substitution of other interests, ignoring them and treating them with indifference till they die of lack of attention and of a slow attrition. You pay too much attention to the non-essentials.
The third suggestion I make is to give you a personal meditation which may serve to aid you……
You will note that I here call on the functioning of both your imaginative capacity to believe and on your power of reflective reasoning. The right use of these two aspects of your personality, within the radius of soul light, will bring you release. But in the earlier stages of this process you will have to accept my word for it and go on, therefore, with the work even when you yourself see or feel no results of any kind.
When He asked me not long ago—as occasionally He does, though at widely separated intervals—what progress you were making, I made reply in the following terms. I state my exact words because they also embody my message to you. I said: "He would make much progress were it not for laziness, physical inertia and a refusal to make sacrifices on personality levels for the work." This, my brother, is a statement of fact. You block yourself on every level by inertia and by the physical alibis of ill health—an ill health which is non-existent. The first ray personality can always be swept into dynamic usefulness and consequent good health by an act of the will, the spiritual will. Your physical sense of being ill is due purely to spiritual laziness—a thing you can offset at once if you choose. You have a loving and understanding heart, but you are too lazy to use it. You could have exerted a constructive influence during the last few years, but you were too lazy to do so. You do the minimum of work for us in these times of stress, instead of the maximum.
To DEI-II-1-213(7th ray personality last incarnation)
(DINAI 497) You have much to give, and much to learn and to acquire. You are only beginning your life service in the field wherein we, the teachers and initiates work. You will make mistakes. They will not matter, provided you learn by studying them and are willing to recognise with truth wherein you may have erred. You will succeed, which is far more dangerous to you, and will have to offset the consequent satisfaction by the development of the faculty of comparative relation. Ponder on this suggestion. You will be prompted to self-defense, and to excuse yourself, perhaps more easily than most; but a trained silence where you yourself are concerned, and a cultivated sense of values will protect you. I point out these matters so that you can, with promptness and exactitude, make the needed adjustments and orientation when situations occur. Your whole problem is tied up with your ray qualities, for you are on the second ray where your soul is concerned, whilst you function through a first ray personality. You have, however, a strong seventh ray development because that was the ray upon which your personality was found in your last incarnation. Hence your capacity [page 498] to organise (which is of the seventh ray) and the ease with which you handle detail (which is a second ray characteristic).
But it is the first ray personality, with its quick response to criticism and its dislike of outer control or interference which must be regulated. There is no one to control you through your responsibility for them or to interfere with you, and hence the difficulty of your problem. You have to make your own way, then, of learning and of cultivating self-forgetfulness. The man who stands alone, and who has determined that condition of isolation for himself has a harder problem, in some ways, and certainly a different problem, than the man who is disciplined by the constant, ceaseless impact of others upon his consciousness. You stand very much alone. It has been your own wish, and the right way for you. But you must offset its unavoidable difficulties through a self-imposed discipline. I leave it to you to find the way. You will, I know, comprehend that whereof I speak.
(DINAI 500) You have been so occupied with service during the past twelve months that you have had little time to be preoccupied with yourself or with your own development. That is very good and this will ever constitute for you the rightful method of release, because it is the true technique for those whose two major rays in any incarnation are the second and the first. When the second ray becomes at any time intensely preoccupied with the life of the personality, and that personality, at the [page 500] same time happens to be on the first ray line of force, a situation is always evoked which has in it the seeds of real danger. The dramatic instincts and attitudes of the first ray personality are thereby encouraged and fostered by the inflow of second ray force which, finding no outlet adequate to the intensity of the forces brought together, produces a whirlpool of energies which prove always destructive. This you have succeeded in avoiding and I felt it would be of value to you if I made this clear. There must always be for you the line of active service, of constant pressure, and of ardent helpfulness. This is for you the Way of Salvation. Hence the emphasis upon decentralisation which I earlier suggested to you.
(DINAI 501) Your astral body is on the first Ray of Will or Power and hence much of your difficulty in the past. A first ray astral body is a powerful asset but requires most careful watching and skilful harnessing. When not rightly handled, it is easily stirred up into storms and tempers or into the condition wherein the dramatic "I" is centralised in the life. But upon its difficulties and problems I need not enlarge. You know them well. You are learning to handle them. I would, however, call your attention to the lack of balance which the forces in your nature could produce; this calls for your constant care and yet—at the same time—it opens the door of unique opportunity for you. The two major rays (of your ego and your personality) are repeated in the two rays of your personality equipment and you have, therefore, a repetition of 2.1 2.1. Ponder on this. What aids you considerably in this connection is the fact that you have a third ray physical body. This may surprise you because the outer, physical indications are those of the first ray, but that is due to the development of a powerful personality and to the preponderance of the energy of that equipment. But the third ray energy of your physical body is definitely one of your major assets.
As I earlier pointed out, much seventh ray energy also governs you—fortunately for you—because it was your predominant energy in an earlier incarnation and is, in your case, a well-established force. The above information should prove of service to you.
I assign you no special work but would ask you to do the group meditation with regularity and with as much dynamic first ray intensity as is possible.
DEI is suffering from the glamour of pride
(DINAI 504) The reason for this sense of frustration (as I could easily prove to you) is that the glamour of pride holds you in its grip, working out usually as a quick self-defense and constantly erecting carefully prepared barriers. I do not seek here, however, to enlarge on this. I would ask you to ponder on my suggestions until May when I will give you, along with the entire group, your personal instructions and your individual direction, and detail to you the readjustments and changes which you would be well advised to make in your life attitudes. If you [page 504] can then avail yourself of the hints which I seek to give you, you can be of definite service (all of you) in the coming period of reconstruction, provided humanity comes through the terrific crisis now upon it.
The glamour of pride increased with 1st ray personality and astral bodies
Note, if you will, how this pride controls so much of your physical plane activity and reactions; note also how your first ray personality and your first ray astral vehicle tend to increase this tendency in you. Here, in the overcoming of pride, lies your major life task and the crux of your life's battle. Sweetness, humility and the willingness to recognise values which at present are not quickly recognised by you are for you the way of release. A deep but temporary distrust of your own judgment where people are concerned will be most useful to you, for you see them ever in relation to their reaction to you and not from the angle of what you can give to them, and—in your giving—aid them to greater usefulness of life expression. Your positive and powerful temperament leads you to draw to yourself negative people and you are happier with them than with more positive people. When you can attract the positive kind of people and find your major pleasure in your contacts with the positively polarised disciples of the world, you will have the first indication that the glamour of pride is disappearing.
(DINAI 552) In connection with your own character development, seek to bring about two things:
1. A decentralisation (typical advice for a 1st ray soul) and self-forgetfulness which will offset and negate that spiritual diffidence and dissatisfaction with yourself that does colour much of your thought.
2. A tenderness which will grow out of an increasing capacity to identify yourself with other people and their problems.
Life has held for you much of difficulty during the past three months; many adjustments, inner and outer, have been required. Detachment has been the lesson (the integration formula for the 5th ray) which you are learning [page 553] and indicates to you the way of release. Like all disciples, in training on the Path of Accepted Discipleship or preparing to be so trained, much has had to be broken in your life in order to establish the new rhythms. This process is still to be continued and for it you must be prepared. You have, however, adequate light and sufficient strength to enable you to tread the way of the disciple. You can count upon yourself and upon your own divinity.
(DINAI 554) Go forward with strength, love and understanding and let not the lower reasoning mind deter you from anticipating and expecting great things. You have strength and power and a dynamic will, my brother and friend. These are divine assets. As you yourself well realise, you hinder their divine expression through a failure to love enough. Be not hard, but learn in tenderness to walk with others. (DK is here counselling against the usual tendency of the 1st ray soul to isolate himself and to be the “one alone”) Thereby all that you have becomes constructive. Give loving strength.
(DINAI 556) You see, my brother, you are essentially the occultist, being a first ray soul and working through a fifth ray personality. This is a combination of great value but it carries with it its limitations because it is entirely along one major line of energy, [page 556] 1-3-5-7, and this is intensified by the fact that your mental body is on the third ray and your physical body is on the first. This last force type utilised by you in the physical body runs counter to the usual rule but with disciples the rule is not unchangeable. You will see, therefore, how the line of the will or power energy, intelligently applied, dominates your equipment in this life. Your astral body is on the sixth ray; this constitutes your "door of entrance" to the major ray of the solar system, and to the Heart of God and of your fellowmen. In your next incarnation, you will need to balance this condition, and the balancing will only take place as is desired, if the impetus for it originates through the potency of the love which your astral body can succeed in expressing in this incarnation. Therefore, for the remainder of your present life, the right unfoldment and the achieved control of the love nature, as your sentient astral body can express it, is of paramount importance. It is essential for your rapid integration into the hierarchy of souls and servers.
To SRD-II-6-413 (last incarnation 6th ray personality)
(DINAI 566) Like a few others in my group, your astral body is not found upon the usual rays. These are normally either the sixth or the second, but you have a first ray astral body and the focus of your personality power is found in your emotional nature. This is a residue of a sixth ray personality in your last incarnation, which was one of great potency and wilfully actuated by what I might call the will aspect of devotion. I know that you will comprehend that to which I refer.
Your physical body helps in the balancing of your predominantly second ray nature, for it is upon the third ray and, as you know, the first and third rays are along the same major line of force. The astral and physical bodies being so closely allied, accounts for the dominance of your devotional will in your physical expression. Ponder upon the above and later, we will deal with your problem more definitely. Your rays, therefore, are:
1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The personality ray—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
3. The ray of the mental body—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. The ray of the astral body—the first Ray of Will or Power.
5. The ray of the physical body—the third Ray of Active Intelligence.
(DINAI 568) Thirdly, that there is a potent thoughtform of me upon the astral plane, built by the thousands who have read my many words, and whose thoughts [page 568] at such times are turned towards me in gratitude or criticism, in devotion or dislike. Thoughts, brother of mine, are things; they are creative, creating and created entities, and every time anyone sees this thoughtform of me and responds to it, he increases its strength and power. From its magnetic aura, my disciples and followers must free themselves, for it is but man's thought of me, and not I myself. It can side-track and delude you; it can speak good words of mediocre cheer and encouragement, but they are not my words, and this I would have you bear in mind. Your sixth ray personality and your first ray astral body make you prone to this beautiful yet deceptive force, flowing from an illusory form.
Interesting that a 1st ray astral is prone to be deceived.
(DINAI 572) First, brother of mine,
let me readjust your ideas as to yourself. You are a sixth ray soul, functioning through a first
ray personality. In
telling you this, I indicate to you your group contribution and likewise your
individual problem. Your personality polarisation is predominantly mental.
For you, one-pointedness both in soul matters and personality relationships
is the line of least resistance; you have a one-pointed
approach to problems, conditions, and situations which in many cases constitutes a one-pointed
attack. I say this
not from a spirit of criticism, for it is the right use of this faculty and
its re-orientation which will land you before the Portal of Initiation. This
I hold before you with deliberation and not as an inducement to progress or
even as an encouragement but as a prophecy of a probability. You are on the
Path of Discipleship.
My problem is, therefore, to aid you to do this—as easily and as intelligently as possible. The secret of success lies for you, in an effort to shift your focus of attention out of the head and into the heart. This, incidentally, may aid the head condition of which you complain. Your monadic ray is the second ray and hence your soul, being on a minor ray, must transfer to that line. As you know, the sequence of activity is ever the transfer of the fourth and sixth rays on to the second and the third, of the fifth and the seventh rays on to the first ray.
HSD mental unrest from 1st ray mental body
(DINAI 581) This mental unrest (if I may call it so, my brother, without unduly hurting you) is frequently intensified by the fact that your mental body, like your personality, is upon the first ray. The implications, attendant upon this fact, will be immediately apparent to you. Let us look at your problem as it is: First, there must be recognised a crisis in the soul life when the energy is shifting out of a minor ray focus into that of a major ray [page 581] centre. Your personality being on the first ray, is normally and dynamically one-pointed and automatically self-centred; this condition is not eased by the fact that the integrated personality force flows through a first ray mental body. This inevitably produces the accompanying characteristics of an intense centralisation (I did not say a selfish one, my brother) and an active assurance, a full fledged ambition (often of an entirely right nature, but occasionally not so right) and a power to analyse and oft to criticise others, their personalities and their tasks. The new vibration to which your soul is leading you (that of expansion and inclusiveness, plus the power to synthesise and to understand) is, in some of its phases, over-powerful for you and its reactions are as yet unorganised by you. It leads you to a definite (and often almost uncontrollable) tendency to identify yourself with every imaginable point of view, to see all around a question (this sounds very much like the qualities MDR has attributed to the 3rd ray mind-whereas this condition is caused by the new 2nd ray vibration coming in via the 1st ray personality and mental vehicles) though seldom to the heart of it, and to touch momentarily this, that and the other attitude of thought and emotion. These reactions do not stay long enough to enable you to understand truly. You contact people on the periphery of their consciousness, but not often at their heart or their life.
(DINAI 582) Your mind is ever a questioning mind. (is this because HSD has a 1st ray mind or because HSD is a questioning person) It is my duty always to throw you back upon your own questions and see to it that you reply to them yourself. (perhaps its only the 1st ray soul which naturally wishes to ask and answer his own questions-a 1st ray mind would not naturally go within to find the answers) I would ask you to realise the wide scope which your fertile, over-active mind brings to every question, and the wide range of incidental and related questions which it asks. I would not bring this matter to your notice if I did not realise that such an inclusive mind, (must clarify if a 1st ray mind is inclusive or whether it’s the 2nd ray soul making it inclusive) developed to the point which yours has reached, is a valuable asset, making you both sensitive and inclusive—in the highest sense of those words. Such a mind is a basic requirement for all disciples and for all candidates for the Path of Discipleship. But such a mind needs most definitely controlling, wisely correlating with a stable centre and confining within limits. (again the problem of the excessively widely ranging mind more typically associated with the 3rd ray is noted)
again DK is here trying to bring HSD’s mind back down to within some sort of defined limits so he can complete some useful task-his 1st ray mind seems to be ranging far to wide and taking in more than it can practically use
(DINAI 582) My brother, let simplicity be your guide and one-pointed love your major objective. Choose a field of service which has its defined limits—for all disciples are limited and cannot cover a planetary range in their thoughts. Then work—mentally and physically—within these limits. The completion of some self-appointed task within the field of karmic limitations and of environment where your destiny has cast you is all that is required of you. What are you accomplishing at this time? There is just a certain span of years ahead of you at the age which you have now reached, and you have a frail body. Let your service lie within the field of contact where you find yourself and reach not out over the entire planet. Is there any greater or more important matter than to fulfil your task and carry it to completion before you pass over to the other side and to do it in the place where you are and with your chosen comrades?
Believe me when I assure you that I am not seeking to evade any questions which you may ask but, if I can awaken you to the realisation of the necessity for "spiritual limitation" (as it is esoterically called when defining the career of a disciple within the limits of his task), and bring to your attention the need for achieving the goal you set yourself when you started to work with me, I shall have aided you much. I feel sure that you will grasp the wisdom of these remarks.
Perhaps the 2nd ray soul force has overexpanded the range of thought of the 1st ray mind/personality causing excessive inclusiveness
(DINAI 584) If you can hold steadily to the point which you have reached during the past few months, if you can begin to utilise the second ray soul force which you have at last succeeded in contacting and if you can stabilise the work accomplished within yourself, you will find yourself entering upon a period of fruitful service.
(DINAI 586) The difficulty lies in the fact that you have a first ray personality and a first ray mental body and the two are so closely associated that you are the victim (or have been, shall we say, for all this can now be altered) of this combination of two first ray responsive aspects. It might be of interest if you studied with me for a moment how these first ray vehicles affect your demonstration in the world. Let us study them together. Your first ray mind has tended to bring about in you the following conditions:
1. A sense (sometimes unrealised) of separativeness. Where you have been non-separative, it has been because you have forced yourself to cooperate, and yet you were, all the time, conscious of it. Cooperation and human contacts are easy for you in theory, but difficult in fact, and would have been hitherto impossible had it not been for your sixth ray emotional body and the steady beat of your loving soul—now emerging into control.
2. A tendency to criticise. Need I enlarge upon this? I think not, for I realise that it is dawning upon your consciousness that you have wasted quite a number of years in criticising your co-disciples and your earnest fellow workers, and this you are now pledged to end. Twice in the last few months, I have noted your earnest efforts at the elimination of criticism.
HSD’s mind ranges so widely (the contexts are too large and inappropriate), that nothing is really understood-the mind is certainly over-inclusive
3. A great facility for over-activity. You have a mind body which is in a constant state of fever, with (symbolically speaking, of course) periods of violent activity, amounting almost to delirium. As I have earlier pointed out to you, you are so over-active and your mind ranges so widely here, there and everywhere, that you fail in understanding and in true perception. There has been no time for you to comprehend anything before you are off again in a widely different direction.
This must end, my brother. Out of the many possible lines of activity which lie open before you, will you choose two and adhere to them even when the novelty palls and you hanker to traverse new fields? Forget not that the Hierarchy stands. So stand also and give your time to two fields of service in which you choose to cooperate. Let one of them be a second ray group [page 587] with which you choose to cast your lot and let the other be in the outer world where some humanitarian effort claims your attention. Give, if you can, sixty per cent of your time to the group effort, for that is where you belong; waste not time in deciding which group it shall be. I refer here—when mentioning these percentages—to the time, strength and interest which you make available. I refer not to the time that is taken up by your home interests, obligations and duties. Give, then, the remaining forty per cent of your time to the outer activity in the world.
HSD’s 1st ray personality does two things
(DINAI 587) Your first ray personality does two things to you: It isolates you in your own mind from your associates and you need to learn the necessity for identification with those who are your co-workers. That means not only identification with the group objective or identification with the major principles of the group but it means also identification with the successes, the failures, the difficulties and the problems. This is not, therefore, the cooperation of the outsider who comes in to help, but the cooperation of one who is so closely associated with the problems and with those who are handling them that there is no sense of being apart, no critical reaction and no superior observation.
Your first ray personality, plus your first ray mind, evokes in you a love of power and a desire for that pleasurable sensation which comes from speech which evokes acquiescence. This serves to place you "in the seat of the superior person," as the Chinese call it. You will usually find, my brother, that it is easy to gather around you many little people, of relatively futile accomplishment (from the angle of world service) but that the finer minds have no time for such acquiescence; they proceed upon their way, leaving you to follow after and to catch up with them eventually. This tendency is, however, rapidly ending in you and in joyful association (coloured by your love, glorified by the group successes and learning from mistakes) you will walk in the future with your brothers in the Way.
The 1st ray personality can invoke over-emphasised dramatic action
I would like to point out two things also: First, your sixth ray astral body—sensitive, finely organised and motivated by high aspiration—is swept into dramatic, over-emphasised action very frequently because it reacts to the violent impact of your first ray personality and mind. Let this end. Train your emotions [page 588] to respond to your second ray soul and for a period at least eliminate the mind from astral control. Can you do this? If you can, you will balance and round out your nature, for the dominating factors will then be:
DK threatens to throw HSD out of the group and reprimands him for being very critical amongst other things
(DINAI 589) For several years and more, you have consistently taken the position that one of my disciples has failed to measure up to his opportunities and that my entire group of disciples has not [page 589] given the service which was demanded of it. You have so stated to a number of people and have also asserted that my work—as indicated by me in my various pamphlets and books—has not been properly done either by the group or by those who have pledged themselves to do it. You have criticised openly all that has been attempted and have steadily belittled and openly under-rated the work that has been done. You have misunderstood the attitude of my entire group. You have not helped in any way constructively. You have interjected a spirit of criticism everywhere.
Why is this? There are two reasons, my brother, and I care enough about your unfoldment to tell you with frankness what they are. One is that your fluid, uncontrolled, lower mind reverts with facility to criticism, to the formulating of group plans which are impossible of accomplishment, changing such plans at frequent intervals and using speech as a means of spreading distrust and criticism. Secondly, you are mentally and spiritually ambitious and yet you do not have the personal magnetism or the executive ability which would enable you to form your own group. It is easier to undermine another group.
Are 1st ray mental bodies impractical? I need to check this
(DINAI 590) You are full of plans and of ideas which you lay before many people but, my brother, nothing happens. The disciples in my group are facing great difficulties owing to the world condition and are rendering faithful service. I am not dissatisfied. Your choice is clear and well defined. You can either cooperate happily with this group in the work which is now being attempted and give all the help of which you are capable or you can gather together your own group and thus demonstrate your own idea.
HSD major problem a critical spirit
5. Can you train yourself to overcome a critical spirit? I would remind you that habit is potent and that you are facing your life task and your major problem. You are adequate to the task, but only if you become truly convinced of the need.
6. Can you begin to concern yourself with constructive work which will meet the present need around you? You have talked much. Can you now begin to work?
Of your sincerity and of your good intentions, there is no question. But work is done by action and not by talking. It is done by helping the people in your immediate horizon and meeting their immediate need. It is not done by the laying of vast plans (vast plans are certainly connected with the 1st ray, perhaps thought with no action is also a 1st ray problem, although it does or rather can have organising power) which fail of accomplishment because they are based on no sound foundation. I would ask you to become constructively useful and to cease functioning so destructively and negatively.
The mind in HSD’s case, can be a major directing factor
(DINAI 591) Your replies to the questions have been scanned by me and as I read between the lines (more than from what you say) I sense in you a definite change of heart which is leading rapidly to a different mental attitude—a more stabilised, a more serene and yet a more focussed service of the mind. Forget not that the mind, in your case, can be a major directing factor of the emotional life and of your physical plane activities. Of your soul purpose there has never been any doubt nor of your devotion to me, your teacher and your friend. But you have worked always in that area or that layer of mental substance wherein the tendency to criticism and to the belief (sometimes unrealised) that your personality views were right and of importance, can so easily cause illusion. From this you are rapidly freeing yourself. It is right that you should receive this encouragement from me.
The details of the Plan have in them the seeds of world salvage and can—if rightly and wisely furthered—produce lasting world effects; these details must be worked out; they can and must vary as they meet the need of different nations and circumstances but the forming of a central world party and the organising of the men and women of goodwill calls for a supreme effort.
Yet again DK has to remind HSD not to criticise and to judge
(DINAI 592) Your problem is relatively simple and your service twofold. You need a simplicity of speech and of outlook—free from the tendency to criticise and to judge, plus a willingness to serve wherever the need is greatest. That is your problem. You have already set in to solve it and you have grasped its implications subjectively. You are now beginning to work out the solution objectively. Those who have erred in any spiritual direction are always potent when changed. Your service basically is as follows: to stand by me and the work I am attempting to do in the world (and fortunately for you this too is your heart's desire), and to express this by definite work. This work falls into two categories: First of all, the giving of unchanging cooperation with those who are working in my group and under my direction and, secondly, to express your own soul in carrying revelation to small groups. This will entail less individual work and more work with small groups of people. Find these small groups and raise their vibration by brief and potent contacts, making each hour spent with them to count and to be of value, and leaving them with a wider outlook and a more sure horizon. Then pass on.
HSD with 1st ray personality and mind has to learn to stand completely alone
(DINAI 593) A disciple, at your stage of development, has two major lessons to learn. Particularly is this so when he has the combination of rays which is yours. He has to learn, first of all, to stand completely alone (though only apparently so and only for a temporary space of time), detached from contact with the Master. Sometimes even his own soul seems silent. But this is all illusion. Circumstances are staged to bring this condition about and if they are not so staged by the disciple's own soul, then the Master acts to bring the circumstance about. The disciple must be thrown upon his own resources. This stage of stabilisation now lies behind you and in time to come you must demonstrate that steady calm for this life, that "poised position at the centre" which is the gift of your immediate past experience.
HSD has to control his fluid map-making plan-formulating mind-surely these are not just the result of soul energy inflow but 1st ray qualities-
(DINAI 594) The second thing which you have to learn is the control of the fluid map-making, plan-formulating mind. This one thing nearly brought disaster to you. The danger is now, however, past. You are aware of this and will cautiously guard against it. When a disciple first comes into a Master's group (as you came into mine) the inflow of energy is so great that the mind is frequently aroused to such an intense activity that it gets temporarily out of calm control. Too much is seen at once; too much is sensed and grasped; possibilities and plans, modes and methods of teaching and of service, and potentialities (hitherto unrealised) pour unhindered and simultaneously into the disciple's consciousness. When this takes place, there follows a period of serious instability, of fluidity of thought and undertaking, of violent experimentation and of what I might term a spiritual riot. This must eventually come to an end before the disciple can enter into his real service. This resumed stability took place with you because you are fundamentally [page 594] stable and sound and because—at such periods—a Master's group supports and protects the one who is passing through the experience of over-stimulation. The protective work done in the Ashram of a Master is something little realised by the average disciple. Whilst this type of experience is going on, the outer group of a Master's disciples proves of little service; it simply stimulates the mind, providing outlets for the blind rioting consciousness. Hence your withdrawal was right and sound but need no longer be continued.
To BSW-I-7-467 a disciple of the Master Morya
(DINAI 621) My word to you is as follows: As a disciple, functioning as you do upon the first Ray of Will or Power and working under the Master of that ray, the Master Morya, I would suggest that you ponder on the fact that the first ray is the first sub-ray of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom and that you must, therefore, round out your development with love to all beings. You have succeeded most soundly in avoiding the major destructive qualities of the first ray and your utilisation of energy in the work of service is commendable. Your aim must be to avoid all static conditions. Many first ray people become static or crystallised, as that is the method whereby the first ray destroyers work—and it is all part of the divine work.
To you, my brother, I would say (and you will understand): Strength is yours, because you have steadily trodden the lonely path of the disciple. Wisdom is yours and this you use in the helping of the little ones. Beauty must be now the object of your attention. In meditation, I would have you meditate upon the twelve-petalled lotus of the heart, visualising it as a deep rose in colour with a heart of gold. I choose the colour rose, for it will vitalise the astral counterpart of the heart centre, both in the spine and in its higher aspect in the head centre. My brother need not infer from this that he loves not, but the pronounced first ray type needs what is occultly called "the rose of attachment." They find easily the way of detachment; they create with facility a protecting shell and they cherish—with high idealism—their isolation. But when the lesson of isolation is learnt and detachment is the line of least resistance, then the Rose of the soul should be nurtured and shine forth. Impersonality is easy for you. You must now learn to be personal with complete impersonality—a paradoxical acquirement but one of great value.
BSW needs to develop the capacity to react to the emotional needs of others
(DINAI 622) Your ray is pre-eminently the ray of occultism. Your Master, the Master Morya, is the head of all esoteric organisations in the world. I bring this to your attention because there is something you can do, and this work will be possible when you have developed the facility to register the psychological troubles of others with greater sensitivity. Mentally, you grasp a situation rapidly; mentally and by the use of sound speech, you respond to the need. Your head responds and your soul. To that head understanding and that soul wisdom (which you have) add the heart approach also. Go with your brothers into the valley and do not help them only from the peaks of wisdom. You have mental power, clear understanding, the faculty of wise adjustment in solution; if to all that, you add the capacity of reaction to the emotional needs of others, you will coordinate the personality in a new and helpful way and increase your ability to serve. You can work with many groups, if you so wish, and should always work as an energising factor. (1st ray people have more energy) Your spiritual diary should be kept with care from this angle and the heart motive, underlying your activities, noted with attention. Your field of service will this way be greatly increased, again through being. This can be enhanced through an increased beauty of the outflow of love and increased love of beauty.
(DINAI 623) Dissipate not your powers. Centralise your activities and work increasingly with individuals. Thus does the first ray type achieve understanding; thus does he grow in love.
The best that I can desire for you, my brother, is that this dispelling light may flood your life and evoke that simplicity which is ever the indication of soul domination. That one word "simplicity" should embody the theme of your thought [page 624] for the next few months and should constitute the keynote of your meditation.
The 1st ray person is easily strong but not so easily magnetic, which is a heart or solar plexus emanation-BSW personality goal is to become more magnetic
You are a strong soul and must hew your own way through the jungle of mundane existence. What do I mean by the words "a strong soul"? I mean not only that your first ray quality of power is expressing itself. That, of course. But I mean primarily that you are experienced and this experience of yours enables you to evidence steadfastness and that poise in isolation which conveys to others the feeling that they can depend upon you. This, in the second place, means an increasing capacity to be magnetic and in that word "magnetic" lies the goal of your personality experience. The first ray person is easily strong but not so easily magnetic, for magnetism is above all else either a heart or a solar plexus emanation.
DK adivises BSW to develop compassion which will make him more inclusive and give him the power to see things as others see them presumably making him also more magnetic
(DINAI 625) To the understanding and the inclusive love of the Christ aspect, as it expresses itself in the "fire of divine compassion," you only respond in a secondary sense. The awakening of this compassion should be one of your objectives in meditation. It will lead [page 625] to inclusiveness and the power to "see things as others see them."
(DINAI 625) Your meditation does not now require the practice of visualisation and the registering of colour. The ancient pomps and ceremonies of a priestly past lie buried in your consciousness and are easily evoked; in the thrill of stately ceremonial and of rhythmic organisation, you find your line of least resistance. The first ray person is conscious of ordered life, the majesty of ordered forces; the glory of the intelligent "arrangement" of the powers which lie behind the manifested world is his rightful field of service. But to this must be added the power to intuit the Plan as it exists in the heart of love, for only love reveals the Plan and the part to be played in it by souls at any given time and place. I am enlarging thus as I seek to enrich your life by two things: by a recognition of the Plan as it exists on the astral plane at this time, close to materialisation, and, secondly, by the recognition of the freedom of all souls to work out that Plan in unison with each other, interfering not with each other's methods but giving to each other the love and cooperation at those points where duty and obligation bring contact. Ponder on this....
In my last instruction to you, brother of old, I told you to stand as a tower of strength to your brothers. With your usual prompt acceptance of any suggestions which seem to you intellectually and intuitionally constructive, you have sought to do this. But, my brother, there has been too much of the tower in your attitude and of the highly placed and rather separative Observer in the top of the tower. Perhaps my use of the word "tower" was to blame. Maybe my vision of you as a strong and steady helper, added to your innate isolation, swept you too far apart. The first ray disciple loves isolation. It is for him the line of least resistance. He is, as you know, normally the one who stands alone. This is his strength and it is also his weakness. He glories in detachment, e'en as you gloried inwardly over your power to adapt yourself to me, as the teacher assigned to you by your own Master. You liked the [page 626] facility with which you made the adjustment, did you not?
It is not easy for the first ray disciple to learn attachment (of the right and spiritual description) any more than it is easy for the second ray disciple to learn detachment. Disciples on both those rays have an extreme lesson to learn in this connection; they have to approach the problem from differing attitudes, for the problem of attachment and of detachment is one. It is the problem of right values. The first ray type loves himself, his power and his isolation too much. The second ray type errs through deep attachment to others and through a too fluid inclusiveness which is expressed before the
disciple understands the true nature of inclusiveness. The second ray type errs through fear of not being understood or not adequately loved, and cares too much what others may think of him and say of him. The first ray type errs in not giving enough thought to the reaction of others to what he says and does; he prides himself on his detached attitude and on his immunity from attachment; he likes to have his strength and isolation appreciated. One suffers from fear. The other from pride. You exact frankness, my brother, and give it in full measure; hence my frankness with you.
It is this inner "isolation," deeply loved by you and fostered by early training and present circumstance which militates against your being telepathically sensitive to other people. Instead of so much "will to love," why not just love more simply? You and F.C.D. are extreme types on your specific rays. In him, the heart dominates, e'en though his wisdom is deep and his understanding rare. In you the head dominates, and you sit on the summit of your tower, whilst all the time the call of the heart sounds throughout your being and in your ears. Yet you fear to descend and walk among your fellowmen in loving identification with them. It is only through walking the dusty street of life with our brothers that we find ourselves passing eventually through the portal of initiation.
BSW’s sense of isolation was developed in his last life as a defence mechanism for a very sensitive personality
(DINAI 628) The problem of group integration is always a difficult one; it has been particularly difficult for you to integrate into [page 628] my group of disciples because of your much cherished and deeply rooted sense of isolation. This was developed in your last life as a defense mechanism for a very sensitive personality. This attitude you are, however, learning to relinquish. For other disciples, the reasons which militate against integration vary. For some, it is largely based upon submergence in personality problems; these hold the disciple fast in prison just as you have been held in your tower of isolation. For others, the problem is to be found in the powerful will-to-be at the centre, both in its right and noble sense and in its personality and wrong sense…….
One of the functions of 1st ray souls is to give strength and power to others
(DINAI 628) I have several times told you that your function in this particular group is to give strength and power to your fellow disciples. Can you do this with pure detachment and with deep attachment? Such is your problem. Each of them needs what you have to give, but needs it in a different manner. I commend this to you as your theme for study for the next few months and propose to you the following work. Study those of your fellow disciples whom you know and seek to get into close rapport with them. Study what they say and write and try to tune in on their souls and to understand their personalities. The result will be partially correct and partially wrong. If they discover what you are doing, you will find that they are all impersonal enough to permit you to learn some psychology from a study of their characters, their temperaments and their tendencies. It will also enable me to give you some training as a practical psychologist—never an easy thing for a first ray ego.... first ray egos do not make good practical psychologists
the 1st ray ego by sharing with others becomes a tower of strength to others rather than just to themselves
(DINAI 629) Continue the good work and see to it that this year your ivory tower—erected with care during the past six incarnations—disappears and that you are down among men, sharing with them all that concerns humanity. You will not have such a comfortable time but you can—and will—become yourself a tower of strength to others.
(DINAI 630) You have much wisdom and also the first ray capacity to take a stand upon principle. For decades, these two (wisdom and principle) have expressed themselves as far as your personality will permit. But within you, you have much deep innate love which must—under the process of balancing to which all true disciples are subjected—have more definite expression. Before you speak the words of power and of wisdom (which you speak with such facility and truth from the storehouse of a long experience), you must pour out the love of your heart upon those who turn to you for light and strength. Men today have need of love. Had I told you this five years ago, you might have believed, but you would not have understood. Now you understand.
DK seems to be
(DINAI 631) Your replies to the questions which I set you entertained me. They were so like you—earnest, sincere, mental, logical and with the impersonality of the first ray type. Your answers could have been foreseen. They should prove helpful to all who read them. Was the task helpful to you? Did the answering of those questions bring you illumination and those moments of self-revelation which are not easy for men of your type? When they come, they come on the wings of blinding light. A study of St. Paul, his revelation and his way of truth, his logical tenacity (no matter what its disastrous effects on Christianity may have been) and his impersonality should give you much—of encouragement, of warning, of truth and of necessity. You could, my brother, with ease have written the Epistle to the Romans. Will you find out why?
BSW’s tower has been one of the isolated personality-The question is whether having a1st ray soul on its own led to this isolated personality or whether he has had a 7th ray personality for the last six incarnations or not. The integration formula for the 5th and 7th rays is detachment
And so having a 7th ray personality even for only three lives could help build an isolated personality
(DINAI 634) Have you ever noticed that I am training you to come out of your tower of isolation, and yet at the same time I am training C.D.P. to stay up on the summit of her tower? But yours has been a tower of isolated personality, and she has had to learn (and is still learning) to create a tower of strength and of resistance to calls of a lower kind. Her tower has naught to do with the personality. Forget not, my brother, that when you have learned to leave your tower it does not mean that you must range the levels of personality life with no true direction.
If you will look back upon the training which I have given you during the past few years, you will note that I have had a twofold task:
1st ray Souls need to learn attachment of the right kind
1. To reveal to you that you were a first ray type and needed, therefore, to learn attachment of the right kind. You had to learn to integrate into my group of disciples and to love with inclusion and not exclusion.
2. To set you free from a tower in which you have secluded yourself. This last task has been successfully accomplished. The first task yet remains to be carried out to a satisfactory conclusion.
The group of disciples to which you belong, my brother, is upon the mental plane and exists in two parts: There is the group of disciples to whom you belong, assigned to specific work by me; there is also the hierarchical group, my particular Ashram, to which you are affiliated and into which you must be absorbed by soul dedication and later, as the years slip away, by initiation. Only one thing prevents your rapid integration into your true place; that is your ancient love for astral wandering and for psychic phenomena.
The 7th ray can suffer from astralism, which suggests BSW has had a 7th ray personality for more than jus the present one life, perhaps a few lives or even for the last six lives, this being the seventh
This tendency to astralism is a heritage from other lives and has its basis in old monastic trends and in the dream world in which you wandered in olden times to relieve the monotony of life within the four walls of the cell in which you lived, dedicated to the contemplative life. Your consciousness was then mystical, visionary and imaginative, veering off into realms of astral hallucination. This means that in this life, your astral body easily reverts to ancient ways, to ancient thoughts, to control by ancient thoughtforms and is consequently subject to facile deception.
Speaking with frankness to a 1st ray Soul (does this include 1st ray personalities?) they do not take it personally unlike the 2nd ray types-
Presumably because there’s less self referencing
(DINAI 635) With first ray disciples, I can ever speak with clarity and frankness, knowing that they will take my words in the right spirit. I tell you, therefore, with truth and understanding, that you are wandering into the delusions of astral phenomena. There is no true reality in what you are now doing. You are a soul and not a seeker of astral phenomena.
DK clarifies that the 7th ray is connected to astralism
(DINAI 636) This is due to two things: First, the fact that your personality ray is the seventh and you have likewise a seventh ray brain. Secondly, you brought this tendency over from a previous life; your task has been to transcend it all and free yourself from all magical work of every kind until you are established in soul consciousness. But at present you love this type of thing and believe that all you contact is a reality. As long as this is the case, your soul life is blocked at astral levels.
Another difficulty, growing out of this, is the fact that because of this astral impasse, your soul is focussed in the astral body. It can get no further into expression, i.e., on the physical plane, on account of the glamour which surrounds you. Your personality energy is focussed in the mental body. This brings the influence of the magical seventh ray to bear upon your mind, so that you are caught by glamour in two directions. Your brain being also an expression of seventh ray force facilitates this work of magic.
EES- One-VII-6-461, will next life have to shift her soul from the 7th to the 2nd ray-the 1st ray physical body(the fact that it is the only 1st ray vehicle) indicates that the Monadic ray is the 1st
(DINAI 647) You have a first ray physical body. This is the only vehicle or energy of expression in your equipment which is on one of the major rays. Curiously enough, this fact indicates to those of us who watch on the inner side that your monadic ray is the first and that later, in your next life, it will be necessary for you to shift the centre of your egoic or soul attention on to the second ray. The shift of emphasis has in it the main objective of this present incarnation and hence your possession of a sixth ray personality and astral body. This devoted, idealistic one-pointedness is an aid to you in your soul's enterprise. I know that this will give you much food for thought and instigate you to renewed purpose in your life endeavour.
1. The soul ray—seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.
2. The ray of the personality—sixth Ray of Devotion.
3. The ray of the mental body—fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. The ray of the astral body—sixth Ray of Devotion.
5. The ray of the physical body—first Ray of Will or Power.
To RRR-II-1-461 (Page 659)
(DINAI 649) You have handled life with courage, with inspiration and with temper. Is this not so? If you will endeavour, in the [page 650] future, to leave the last named quality out, your life of service will flow with greater freedom, and with less impediments and hindrances, and consequently lost time. I realise that there have been times when the temper has been a great relief. You have now reached the stage of the pledged worker and of the sannyasin, and you have proved your mettle in the fire of difficulty. Much dross has been burned out. Your courage has carried you through and the inspiration of your soul (which you can with such facility touch) has held you steady and sweetened your personality. See to it, for the sake of the service which you can render, that you add to these two fine capacities, the sense and power of Rest, for that is what you need.
Study the keynotes of your life. They should and can be your outstanding characteristics, and that for which you can be known before your term of service ends.
Loving detachment for RRR who is a 2nd ray soul with a 1st ray personality
(DINAI 651) There are two people, my brother, whose influence upon your life is destructive and who oft have hurt you much. (I refer not to your feeling.) Until your inner relation to them is one of complete yet loving detachment, they will be apt to hinder your unfoldment. I say no more, save that it hurts you e'en if you realise it not, but you are hurt because there is no love in your thought life where they are concerned. Loving detachment is the method which should govern your [page 651] approach to the majority of people you will contact. You evoke as yet too violent a response from others. This is due to your mishandling of the force which flows through you. Get this matter adjusted and your present sphere of service will provide a fine training ground in the matter. Then your power to help will be greatly increased. I and your group brothers on the inner side are looking for your help in world service. May I say, for your encouragement, that you have made a good beginning.
Some problems associated with the 1st ray personality are highlighted
(DINAI 653) Everything in you is however short circuited and your light and radiance, therefore, is of the personality and not of the soul; your power to stir others and to move them forward is futile. Its truth is apparent to me all the time, and if you will consider the implications of my words, you will also see their justice. It is yourself as the worker, yourself as the one who is handling situations and dealing with people, yourself as the dramatic centre of all that happens around you, yourself as the one who talks and teaches and writes, yourself as the one who yearns and struggles and is tortured and misunderstood and faced with constant crisis (of no moment whatsoever in the larger picture) which is the preoccupation of your mind. You are the one who is being happy and unhappy, who is anxious or not anxious, who is acting wisely or learning frightfully drastic lessons—everything short circuited and arrested by yourself and, therefore, no clear radiant light, unimpaired by the clouds of self, the little self, and unimpeded by the reflections of the personality.
Do I sound harsh, my brother? I am not feeling so. What [page 654] I am endeavouring to do is based on a knowledge of you as a Soul, and an appreciation of what you—as a soul—could do. You are gifted, wise and powerful, but all this is relatively negated because you cannot step out of the centre of your own picture and off your own stage, and be simply a self-forgetting channel of love and light. This, however, you are not. You are struggling furiously to be such a channel, but you are so preoccupied with your struggle and are so aware that you are struggling that the reality for which you thus struggle is oft forgotten. It is lost to sight in the dramatic picture you have of yourself as a tortured disciple, with phenomenal difficulties in your life.
But your difficulties and problems are not phenomenal, my brother. There is nothing dramatic about your experience and it is far less trying and difficult than is the experience of many. This is the message which I have for you. Your life is cleared for service, for you are free to serve, and the opportunity so to serve is given to you. You have gifts of mind, and brain and heart above the average—bound up in your personality, to be sure, but there for release and for use. They can be employed to give you much influence and the power to lift others. Your physical liabilities are of no importance, because they have no real physical basis; they are related to the emotional nature, and are expressive of the inner storms in which you so constantly live. Once you have decided to decentralise yourself and cease poisoning your body with the astral activity which sweeps you so constantly, your physical difficulties will gradually disappear.
You have a gift for words in speech and writing, which is rare and valuable, and you have a sincerity of purpose that evokes my admiration, and upon which I am depending at this time. It is, however, largely used in portraying yourself to the people around you. You are the theme of all you say. Had you realised this, my brother? I think not.
RRR, as a 1st ray personality must learn self forgetfulness
We need you in our work. You are, as I have already pointed out, in a position of responsibility. The place where you find yourself is, for you, the place of revelation and illumination. It is also the place where your best service can at present be rendered. Your problem is not at all subtle or [page 655] obscure. This makes it easier, therefore, to grasp, to solve and to handle. It is simply the problem of self-forgetfulness. When you have forced yourself out of your picture, and have learnt to be silent as to yourself and what you think, and feel and do, my brother, the richness of the contribution you will have to give will be so great that your field of service and your power to cooperate with the Hierarchy will be greatly expanded. You are needed. You are needed where you are. Will you make the necessary adjustments in cooperation with me in what I seek to do to bring about your release?
(DINAI 657) I wonder, brother of mine, if you have ever really grasped the truth that the sense of being at the centre of the stage in your life is a first ray characteristic? In your case, it is dominantly a personality trait, for second ray people are not prone to this dramatic ego-centric attitude. When, therefore, your second ray soul really dominates, that sense which now controls (the sense of being always at the centre, the focal point of interest) will begin definitely to fade out.
The 1st ray personality can strengthen others when the focus is not on the personal self
This, my brother, must change and can change, if you so desire. A study of your personality rays may serve to throw light upon your problem. You are needed in the work and have much to give. You have strength and can strengthen others when your own strength is deflected away from yourself and your dramatic sense of self-pity. You have great wisdom and can use it, once you lose sight of yourself as a teacher. You do not suffer from an inferiority complex, as that much misused word is oft employed, nor are you the victim of a defeatist complex. To believe so at times and to comfort yourself with the idea is only a form of self-illusion and a way of escape from the responsibility of bringing about right interior attitudes. Your physical condition, your likes and dislikes and your emotional reactions and your own ideas loom so large that your wise, loving, intelligent soul has a hard task to make its presence felt. There is almost a chance that your sense of drama and of self-pity will cause you to lose the significance of the lesson I am seeking to give you. Is this not so?
When you can realise that in these days of human crisis (when the call has gone out to all disciples and aspirants to rally to the helping of mankind) that none of these personality things matter and that a lot of them will fade out when your preoccupations are of a higher standard of values, then your work will take on fresh life, and your service will become a dynamic, magnetic, focal point of spiritual force which at present I know you realise it is not.
RRR thought he had a 1st ray mental body-but it is the 4th-if it was 1st ray it would have dominated his astral body, (in what way the 1st ray mental body would have dominated the 6th ray astral body we need to ponder)
Your mental body is on the fourth ray of Harmony through Conflict, and not on the first ray as you have sometimes believed. Had it been on the first ray, it would have dominated your astral body and your personality would have been of a very different calibre. But it is of the fourth ray type. This means that harmony appeals to you and the bringing together of opposites into an intelligent unity. But it is a harmony interpreted in terms of emotion; to this fact I would call your attention. You must ponder on harmony as the mind understands it, and remember that only those succeed in resolving discord [page 659] into harmony who themselves work from a stable centre of adjustment……
Your physical body is first ray in type and this gives your first ray personality an easy line of least resistance, for the predominating colour of your brain cells at this time (if I may speak symbolically) is first ray. Think this out carefully.
Because the 1st ray energy is not complicated by subsidiary attributes such as 3,5 or 7 it is not difficult to tune into the 2nd ray soul-(which suggests that it would have been more difficult to tune into the 2nd ray soul if the mental body was 3, 5 or 7)
You should, however, feel encouraged as you study your ray combinations, because second ray energy definitely predominates, 2.4.6, and though the first ray characteristics are strong and powerful, they are not complicated by any of the subsidiary attributes, such as 3.5.7. It is not so difficult for you, therefore, to tune in on the Love-Wisdom line of energy in manifestation. It is your line of least resistance. Your problem is the linking up of this triangle of force (2.4.6) so that there is free interplay and circulation of energy. Thus will your soul assume control. I have stated in the above few words both your problem and its solution. I would remind you, nevertheless, that it is a soul problem and not a personality problem. If you approach this problem from the angle of the personality, you will not succeed in solving it for
your personality will become the centre of the triangle, whereas there should be no centre, but you should be living in the experience of humanity as a whole at all times.
Indifference is the key to release from the 1st ray personality for RRR
I am going to ask you to study for six months the words "a trained indifference" and each morning to do the Review on Indifference, prior to assuming the duties of the day. For you, indifference holds the key to release—release from personality control and reactions, release from self-pity, release from physical and emotional limitations. Your problem is not to get rid of difficulties but simply to be indifferent as to whether they exist or not.
RRR is learning to identify himself with others
Have I given you a "hard saying," brother of mine? If I have, the reaction to hardness is on your side and not mine. I only seek to help you and to release you to fuller and more [page 660] joyful service, to a self-forgetfulness which eventuates in the power to identify yourself with others, and, therefore, to a life of loving service which will obliterate the strenuous ways of the past.
(DINAI 661) All of this may be true, my brother, but these statements do not constitute an alibi for what is wrong. The thing that can wreck the building work, which your group is intended to do, is the violence of your reactions and vibrations when you are emotionally upset (and this is of frequent occurrence) and the furious self-assertion whereby you endeavour to justify such violence, and your dramatic self-pity. Unless you can learn to decentralise yourself, and cease this constant self-thought and self-commiseration under all circumstances, and stop visualising yourself at all times as in the centre—yourself as the worker, yourself as the group member, yourself as the sufferer from others' misunderstandings and mistakes, yourself as of importance—and learn to see yourself as you truly are, you can and do hinder the work and imperil the future constructive work of the group. This you know.
RRR suffers from the typical problem of 1st ray personalities which is a lack of magnetism
You love no one truly but yourself. If you loved truly and impersonally, you would not cause the pain you do to those who love and believe in your capacity; you would be more magnetic and this on a wider scale, for, as yet, you are only magnetic to those who recognise your personality and love your personality. It is from this lack that your work suffers. Yet it could so easily all be changed, if you learnt that divine indifference which you need—indifference to yourself and to your personality interests, likes and dislikes, indifference to your cares, anxieties and successes. You would then be in a position, really, to sense the importance of the work, the uniqueness of your opportunities at this time, and your really strategic position. But you are too full of fear and of self-interest and so fail to [page 662] make the needed impact upon those who need your help. They get the impact of your cares and fears and your demand to be liked. Can you change this? I am telling you nothing new. Among the chelas in my Ashram, you are in the position of the naughty, wilful child, for your errors and faults are those of a child and are not adult faults at all. You dream in a child's dream world.
1st ray personalities are often destructive as is RRR
You must grow up, my brother, for the world needs adult workers at this time and you can meet the need; you can do great and good work; you can make a soul impact upon those around you; you can cease from being a destructive agent and become a constructive worker. But this will only be possible if your likes and dislikes, your personality determinations and affections, your feeling and your physical ailments fade out of the picture and only the world's need remains and the longing to meet it—as you can. As, I repeat, you can. I and the group need you.
Are violent explosions a characteristic of 1st ray personalities
I offer you neither suspension nor the opportunity to resign. I ask you to face the issue and make good. Fight this matter out and fight it out alone. Learn to keep the things which concern yourself to yourself—a thing you have never yet learnt. Do not let your group brothers down by resigning or by a violent explosion—the repercussions of which must hurt and damage. Face life steadily, like an adult who has learnt in the school of wisdom, that the trend of all things is good. Handle life with love as a member of the New Group of World Servers.
(DINAI 666) Your astral body is
closely linked with your soul and governed by the second ray, thus making
for you the line of least resistance in this life. For you, the line of feeling-intuition,
of astral-buddhic approach has been the way. It is right here that the fourth
ray problem of your mind has its major difficulty [page 666] and this for
the following reason: In this life your major vibration runs along the line
Your rays, therefore, are:
1. The ray of the soul—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
2. The ray of the personality—the sixth Ray of Devotion.
3. The ray of the mental body—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.
4. The ray of the astral body—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.
(DINAI 669) When you have further steeped yourself in the subject, approaching it in happiness and in the spirit of service, I will give you later some ideas upon which you might work. I will not do so now as I want you to read and think through into a greater clarity of vision and a clearer perception of what it is you are seeking to undertake. One reason why you can do this work is that all your rays are along the line of building and of religion. You can, therefore, approach the scene in a far more detached manner than if your rays were purely mental or along the line of the first ray which is the ray that always brings withdrawal and abstraction and is the ray of the destroyer or of death itself. Ponder on this. There is a connection with the first ray aspect which is will, and that of death. Death is now the result of the will of the soul. Eventually it has to be the result of the united will of the soul and the personality and when that happens there will be no fear of death. Ponder also on this.
(DINAI 730) Each Master has reached
the point where the vision is clear to Him; this is part of the reward accorded
to the initiate. He identifies Himself with it, colouring it necessarily,
richly and helpfully with His ray "apprehension," and interpreting
it in terms of His contribution to the whole. Therein lies the secret of the
inevitable and the unhinderable (is there such a word, brother of mine?) success
of the vision as it is materialised through the combined efforts of the Hierarchy,
conditioned in time and space by some Master or group of Masters, working
on some one ray or rays. In the early days of the present cycle of hierarchical
effort (between 1925 and 1936), the
ray at work upon humanity was the first ray. The activity of this ray culminated in the declaration
of war by
1. The first Ray of Will or Power, expending its force.