by Robert Wilkinson
Astrology helps us know the timing on events and reasons why things happen when they do. However, it is important to investigate the nature of our reality from other angles of observation to find what energy tools we have to master in order to deal with our experiences effectively. This includes how these are most naturally applied, and how to confirm our progress or note when we need a change in tools or methods. To that end, today we take a look at what are called the 7 Rays.
I was exposed to the Rays first through the Theosophical literature and then learned much more about them from the Alice A. Bailey teachings attributed to the Tibetan Master D.K. (known by other names through many incarnations). I have studied and observed them in operation for many years, and find these 7 energies pervade our world and our Solar system, manifesting in many ways. They can be applied in psychology, art, and many areas of "natural" science. They of course have their correspondences with the 7 colors, 7 tones of the scale, 7 planes of consciousness, the 7 senses, the 7 directions, the 7 Ages of Humanity, the 7 traditional schools of Yoga, and probably even the 7 holes in our heads! ;-)
Today will not be an exhaustive dissertation on the seven Rays, since that would be about 3000 pages of material. In fact, there are at least that many pages written about them already. What we'll do today is explore in brief some of the primary qualities, and how they interrelate.
The First Ray is Power. The Second Ray is Love-Wisdom. The Third Ray is Intelligence-in-action. These are called "Primary Rays," in that they describe the 3 primary attributes of what we call "God." The First Ray corresponds to the natural law we call "Economy of Energy." The Second Ray corresponds to the natural law we call "Magnetic Attraction." The Third Ray corresponds to what we call "Synthesis." The First Ray is "God the Father." The Third Ray is "God the Mother." The Second Ray is "God as Creative Offspring."
The Ray of Power moves and interacts with the energies of the Third Ray, a.k.a Maya, or the Divine Mother-Holy Spirit Matrix from which all forms come and to which all forms return. These infinite interactions result in "the 10,000 things" through the magnetic attraction of Love-Wisdom. God Force expresses through the ever-changing medium of the substance of all form so that which is magnetically attracted through inherent harmony comes into expression. Omnipotence interacts with Omnipresence to create Omniscience. An example of this in the scientific world is the process of "Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis," or "Action, Reaction, and Result." There are many other ways a Primal Triad can manifest in 10,000 ways or more.
The other 4 Rays are said to be "Rays of Attribute," as they are the attributions of the interactions of the Primal Triad. They are the effects of the First, Second, and Third Rays interacting to bring forth 7 forms in all. In number theory, A, B, and C can interact in 7 ways. A, B, C, AB, AC, BC, and ABC. In this are clues to how things interact in our inner and outer self and the world at large.
The Fourth Ray is Harmony Through Friction. The Fifth Ray is Concrete Knowledge. The Sixth Ray is Devotion. The Seventh Ray is Ordered Activity. The Fourth Ray is said to "govern" Art. The Fifth Ray is said to "govern" Science. The Sixth Ray is said to "govern" religion, as well as all devotional exercises, such as the armed services in all nations. The Seventh Ray is the foundation of all disciplines, all ordering, all rituals and all forms of "karma yoga."
The ritualist seeks order. The devotee seeks the object of devotion. The scientist seeks knowledge. The artist seeks to bring harmony, or beauty, out of friction, or the intensity of feelings that infuse all genuine art. That's also why art, science, and devotion can all lead to transcendence, if an ordered discipline is practiced.
As an aside, there is another system of correspondence whereby the Divine First finds expression in the worldly Seventh, the Divine Second finds expression in the worldly Sixth, and the Divine Third finds expression in the worldly Fifth, with the Fourth as the bridge between the Above and below in our existence. This also finds correspondence in the Upper Triad of our Spiritual Body and the Lower Triad of our Earthly vehicle, but these are more advanced discussions for another time.
On a final note, 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. Then we have a Soul Ray, a Spirit 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, inner and outer. That's why we harmonize with some at some times, and not at others. Some of these shift at crucial points of evolutionary change in our life, such as when we've learned all we can along one line of response and need to embrace a new "wave form" of expression.
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.
We don't have to know all of them, but it's always good to know what energies are at work, what we have to deal with, 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 beyond our understanding.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson