by Robert Wilkinson
Today we take a look at how the Rays play out in our lives and relationships. They show us how we’ve changed and evolved over time, and 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.
It may be useful to re-read the material in both articles in this series preceding this one. Part 1, The 7 Rays – Primary Energies of Earthly Existence and Human Relations, introduced the subject offering a broad sweep of how to regard these 7 energies that pervade human life and all our interactions, both material and spiritual.
In part 2, The 7 Rays - The Qualities of the 7 Primary Energies of Life, Truth, 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. Today we’ll explore what Rays we’re dealing with, some examples of how they might express in life, and how to be clear about which energies you must deal with juxtaposed with energies you don’t need to deal with.
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. Just as we go through personality changes in our lives due to experience, the changes in our attitudes, ideas, and views show us different Ray lessons.
Here are a few brief examples of how the Rays impact our various lower vehicles: 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.
We can be learning harmony through friction emotionally, or learning to use our intelligence in things 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.
At any given chapter in life we may be learning to discipline our mind, or train it to run 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.
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 5rd 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 likely one of the 3 Rays in our example.
It should be obvious that these 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 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 might have to go through friction in order to learn harmony. Harmony is not just an attitude, but involves mastery of those energies so that we can serve others who are also learning those lessons.
All of it leads 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. To be lovingly wise and wisely loving is the goal while we’re here. And we can only learn that through experiences showing us our potential to master the various Ray and subray energies.
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, inner and outer. 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 move through and use new energies.
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 live.
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.
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 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 those whose main Group Ray doesn’t change over the course of a life.
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 DK makes an important statement about the nature of the evolving Disciple and the Rays. He states
“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.
© Copyright 2007, 2014 Robert Wilkinson