Category: Alchemy Written by Robert Wilkinson
Our Different Rays Show Us The Path To Higher Realizations.
As noted in the other parts, the 7 Rays play out in our lives and relationships in countless way, both in what we learn and how others relate to us, harmonize with us, and challenge us.
As we change and evolve over time, some of our Rays also change while others remain the same throughout our lives. They reveal why we’ve had to learn certain lessons while bypassing others. These 7 Emanations in the greater Light Field show us our connectedness to all others.
If you’re not familiar with the Rays, a quick re-read of the material in both previous articles in this series will be beneficial.Part 1, The 7 Rays – The 7 Energies of Human Existence began our journey with an overview of how these 7 energies are present throughout our lives and the lives of others, what they are, and various ways they come into play in all our interactions.
In part 2, The 7 Rays – What They Are and How They Affect Our Life and Relationships, we explored the nature of each of the 7 Rays, how each expresses a facet of the God force, how they interrelate, and the various ways they impact life, human endeavors, and the process of accomplishing anything. Today we’ll explore how certain Rays may manifest, how to recognize which are in play during our interactions and personal experiences, and how to be clear about which energies you must deal with in various experiences.
The 7 Rays and How They Apply in Our Lives
Briefly, to recap: The First Ray is Power, the Second Ray is Love-Wisdom, and the Third Ray is Intelligence in Action. The Fourth Ray is Harmony Through Friction, the Fifth Ray is Concrete Knowledge, the Sixth Ray is Devotion, and the Seventh Ray is Ordered Activity. Each of these is an all-pervasive energy in our Solar System, and are beyond measure in their applications.
Just as we have a physical body, an emotional body, and a mental body, so we are told we have a physical Ray, an emotional Ray, and a mental Ray. These are said to be the three subrays of our Personality Ray. While we often have a “main Ray” for each of our bodies, as we go through personality changes in our lives due to experience, we learn new ways to apply Ray energies which may not have been important before then. By taking a look back at our personality changes, the changes in our attitudes, ideas, and views as a result of experiences, we come to understand the different ways we’ve realized and applied various Ray energies.
Let’s look at a few examples of how the Rays impact our various lower vehicles. How we relate to our body offers us clues about our physical Ray. We may be devoted to our body, or take a more scientific approach to it. We may be learning how to be intelligent in its use, or finding harmony despite physical problems. Or all of these and more over time, depending on which chapter of life we’re in.
While we may or may not be intelligent in our physical actions when younger, we must become intelligent in our physical awareness when older or we’ll have needless injuries. Devotion to good looks when younger is a different 6th Ray application than being devoted to good health when older!
Emotionally, at times we are learning harmony through friction, or learning to use our intelligence when responding to things and events which we feel deeply. We may have to explore what stirs our devotion, or figure out a method by which we can express what we feel. Some are more ritualistic in expressing their emotions, while some bounce between them, trying to find harmony despite the friction.
Of course, the 4 Rays of Attribute always lead us to the synthesized Divine energies of the 3 Rays of Aspect. Regardless of which Rays we’re using to refine our personalities at any given stage of life, all roads lead to our Loving, Wise Intelligence. Just as our Personality is a blend of several subrays, so all subrays lead us to our Higher Self.
The Rays show us how individual minds work. At any given chapter in life we may be learning to discipline our mind, or train it to learn in an orderly manner. We may be exploring its adaptability (intelligence), or learning the science of how it works, or simply learning to love its processes. Certainly if we want to master any intellectual discipline, we’ll have to use Order, Devotion, and Knowledge to find the Art in the discipline.
Our Rays Shift Over Time
If over the course of our life we are learning to be more devoted in how we care for our body, learning knowledge of what pushes our emotional buttons and finding concrete forms of mental discipline, then this could be an example of being primarily on the 6th Ray when it comes to our body, on the 5th Ray when it comes to our feelings, and on the 7th Ray when bringing forth the best our minds can offer. These 3 together create the Personality Ray, which is the one of these three which is the dominant Ray in our example.
As noted, Devotion to good looks when younger is a different 6th Ray application than being devoted to good health when older. Devotion to our body means all kinds of things, from the knowledge we need sunscreen to the rituals of exercise. Knowing about our young body is a totally different task than learning about an old body! And hopefully, all our “harmony through friction” lessons when younger helped us acquire the emotional skills so we don’t have much friction when older while still having a lot of harmony!
That makes it evident that our personality Rays can change over the course of a lifetime. As our various Rays and sub-rays shift with time and experience, they mark points of primary personality reorientations. If we would master piano, we must learn to play in various keys. While we are always primarily of one orientation, in mastering that Ray we still must learn how it applies through and with other Rays.
In this sense the Rays are impersonal energies. We are the ones who use those energies accurately or inaccurately, positively or negatively. It is easy to see how one who is learning “Harmony Through Friction” in their emotional responses has to go through friction in order to learn harmony. Harmony is not just an attitude, but involves mastery of those energies so a) we don’t fall into disharmony when confronted with friction, and b) we can serve others who are also learning those lessons.
All Ray Roads Lead to Our Highest Self
All lessons, whether involving self, others, or transpersonal events involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Rays lead to what is called “the Main Ray,” the 2nd Ray of Love-Wisdom. Regardless of which paths we’ve taken or what apparent truths we’ve found, it all ultimately leads us to learn to realize and express Love-Wisdom. Here I’ll offer that the first 3 Rays always work together, and never separately from the perfect expression of each in the spiritual field. To be lovingly wise and wisely loving is the goal while we’re here. We learn how to BE those qualities through experiences where our potential to master the various Ray and subray energies are consciously developed.
In the literature, we are also told we have a Soul (Buddhic) Ray, a Spirit (Atmic) Ray, a "Monadic" Ray, a group Ray, a racial Ray, a national Ray, and many, many others. These Rays are the shades and tones and subtones of our existence in inner and outer space. Some are relatively permanent, while others are subject to change. That's why we harmonize with some groups or areas at some times, and not at others.
When it’s time to move into new experiences, some Ray orientations and lessons will end and others begin. That’s usually when we experience a major enduring personality shift. These crucial points of evolutionary change in our life mark times when we begin to learn how to use new energies in new ways.
An example of this kind of evolutionary leap is when we've learned all we can along one line of response and need to embrace a new "wave form" of expression. Mostly these Ray shifts are on the personality level.
Some of the higher Rays, like the Monadic Ray, never change, since that’s the God we seek. Only our mind is capable of believing it could ever seek another “God.” We can never be anything other than an expression of our Eternal Unitary Godhead that is indivisible from All-That-Is. Almost all life on Earth are 2nd Ray Monads, in that Love is the highest “God force” we know and experience.
While there are an infinite number of Higher Evolutionary Paths (beyond life on Earth) where we cooperate within the vaster Galactic Evolutionary Symphony, our Monadic Ray is invariable. The Monad is our point of contact with even higher Planes of Consciousness beyond the Cosmic Physical Plane, which encompasses all we know of Heaven and Earth. Our Monad is where we experience an indescribable At-One-Ment within the infinite Field of Light/Life.
It would be impossible to change our Racial Ray, since that’s encoded in our genetic makeup. However, can learn not to identify with only that Ray we were born with, and so expand our response-ability as part of the larger Racial unit which is Humanity. We all can attain a view of our Oneness with all of Life, setting aside ethnic distinctions as we experience our common humanity.
Our Soul Ray almost never changes, since that would imply a fundamental reorientation of our Soul. When it comes to our higher Spiritual Triad, almost everyone is on either the 2nd or 3rd Ray, which may be expressing through one or more of the Rays of Attribute.
Others parts of our makeup, like the Group Ray, usually don’t shift unless we renounce one type of Spiritual Community and embrace another of a different nature. Examples of this include those on the 6th Ray who renounce cults and embrace other, non-devotional types of groups, like science (5th Ray) or art (4th Ray). However, we all experience various subrays within our larger Group Ray, even when the main Group Ray doesn’t change over the course of a life. That’s why some specialized studies can build on what we already know while taking us into unknown areas where we work with other groups.
The Rays Show Us Our Ability To Master Existence
Eventually, we learn to recognize how to use all 7 of these Rays in the right ways and times to assist our evolution toward wholeness, in action, thought, and feeling, to serve fragmented humanity. We learn from both the odd and even Rays through the process of realization, then applying those realizations in a variety of ways, until wisdom born of experience comes out of the interactions. And there are at least 10,000 Ray interactions at any moment in the on-going process of our evolution.
In the source work titled Initiation Human and Solar, the Tibetan Master D.K. makes an important statement about the nature of the evolving Disciple and the Rays. He offers this:
“We need to remember that initiation gives the initiate power on the rays, and not power over the rays, for this marks a very definite difference. Every initiate has, of course, for his primary or spiritual ray one of the three major rays, and the ray of his Monad is the one on which he at length gains power. The love ray, or the synthetic ray of the system, is the final one achieved.”
By knowing what the Rays are and how they manifest, we’ll learn to see what energies are at work in our life circumstances, what we have to deal with, and how we can use certain energies expertly according to our experience, And beyond all this, it really is about becoming accustomed to finding our Loving Wisdom that we can apply in Intelligent Actions expressing a Divine Power that demonstrates our true purpose for being alive on Earth in an human body.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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