A rather long
post on the Seven Rays, from a bit of a Christian perspective
, which I wrote for another thread, but which properly belongs here:
(Artwork is Bruce Lyon's
, symbolizing Rays 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 ... follow link
for 1 & 7 )
There's a perfect example (a reflection, as it were) in the world of ordinary science ... quite beautiful, actually:
We know there is but One, White Light. And it is
one, and whole, and complete, and from the perspective of the seven colors
- it is their perfect synthesis
. But as we both know, the White Light is whole unto itself, and does not depend on its subsidiary, or component colors, for being whole. Rather, it just is!
Now science may provide various explanations, and we must not forget - that the visible
spectrum of light is just the tiniest portion
of the vast electromagnetic spectrum. Warmer than red, is infrared
, or heat energy - with radio being the slowest frequency, and greatest wavelengths. On the other end of visible light, is ultraviolet
, and although the temperature is cooler, it is a faster vibration
, with a shorter wavelength. Beyond UV, there is X-Ray, and Gamma radiation, and we're not sure just how fast the vibrations actually get! And although this is pure science, Who
is the author - of the electromagnetic spectrum itself?
But of course!
And so what we have is the earthly reflection (one among zillions
, yet one which is particularly important
to all lifeforms upon the planet) - of a Heavenly Truth ... again
, as a belief ...
We know that white light, upon entering a prism
, is divided into Seven colors
... ROYGBIV, red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet
. And there is a correspondence with the Seven Rays, as these colors could be considered one of many, many outward symbols - except that they are more than symbolic, they are true correspondences (or results!)
. The evidence, as it were - is one way to look at it.
Anyway, no color is better than the other, or more important, although - aha, and here's the kicker ... yes, there are
three primary colors
, red, green, and blue. These three can be variously mixed to produce the four subsidiary colors, but certainly,
there is a correspondence here to the Christian Trinity - in a philosphical sense. The primary colors also match the Hindu Trimurti, Siva-Vishnu-Brahma
, as well as the Egyptian Osiris-Horus-Isis
, and a few dozen other handy spiritual trinities.
Anyway, if you glance at the album cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
, there you have it. The nature of life upon earth, is like the effect of a prism. God's loving energy reaches us as the one white Light, split into Seven Rays. And esoterically, they are universally present, always, everywhere
. Every single atom in Cosmos, is affected by all seven Rays. And thus all forms are affected, all entities, in every world
... spiritual and material, from the beginning of time to the very end!
The way in which the Rays reach us, as the chart in my earlier post shows ... is this: From God the Three-In-ONE
, or the Godhead/Absolute, emanate the Trinity. These show up in Christian teachings as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And this trinity also exists in every spiritual tradition. That's not why
it exists, rather, vice versa
The Trinity, is like the three primary colors which white light is split into. If combined, that again form the One
, the original White Light. But that would be a very short journey indeed, and the prodigal would have hardly had time to get down the street!
So God points his finger (see William Blake's well-known painting, the Ancient of Days
) ... down
, into greater distinction, still the Divine impulse
... and the three colors blend individually, becoming an additional four colors
, to make the prism's Seven
Thus, God Rays forth
His very Life, His very Love, and the very Wisdom itself
which is God
, and which is of God
. These Seven Rays
, just as the colors of the visible spectrum, are all equally important
, and if combined, there is the original white light ... yet even the primary three
, if combined, will yield the same. This is certainly interesting, even from a purely physical perspective, but esoterically, it reveals a profound truth. It is the relationship of the four Rays of Attribute
to the Three Rays of Aspect
. But this has nothing to do with "position," it simply means that the Divine Trinity must somehow
recombine itself into additional variations ... if there is to be any more diversity. And diversity there is, since not only do we have 7 prismatic colors, but even a computer monitor displays literally millions
of various hues, shades, and saturations. This, is like the multiplicity of the world we live in. And it is necessary, and good.
So the Prodigal has gone forth, for a longer walk, because just down the street
is hardly far enough to experience the wonder of God's Creation. Until a Soul has garnered its needed experience, esotericists regard additional incarnations as the greatest Gift a loving God could possibly bestow upon us! It is the Blessing, of allowing us to walk a bit longer in the wide world around us
. This world, too, is God's Creation, after all.
Thus, from within the Father's House
, where all Souls originate upon their earthly journey ... the command is given, Go Forth
, and garner experience
. Perfect Thyself
. We, the Prodigal, "went out" - because of God's love, and because we needed to experience life in the world -
in order to understand the fullness of God's Creation, and so that we would have a better developed
perspective from which to understand the true meaning, the true Purpose, and the true nature - of God (and of ourselves) ...
We came forth, not separately, and not individually
, but rather as Groups
, there being Seven distinct Ray-groupings
, and these are mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the Seven Spirits before the [One] Throne
. No Ray is more important than another, although Rays 4, 5, 6 & 7 are technically subsidiary to the 3rd Ray.
... the idea is that we could almost view these Ray energies as streams of Divine Life and Love
, carrying us gently into the worlds of form and material living. They influence us, affect us, and predispose us, both spiritually and psychologically ... as well as
in our very bodies.
A different ray is said to affect one's body, one's emotions, and one's mind. These three are synthesized by a personality ray,
which can be any one of the Seven. We learn to attune ourself to the Ray of the Soul ... of our more spiritual
being. We cannot simply ignore the other rays that affect us, so always it is a question of learning to balance energies, within & between our mind/emotions/body, yet also between the personality and the Soul. A person on the 5th Soul Ray for example, while driven by their very Purpose
to think as a scientist, and approach God through science
, might have a struggle if the personality ray is Ray 4, the artistic Ray
. One's natural abilities, and inclinations - will show up in a desire to express things artistically, whether via music, the performing arts, or via painting, writing, etc. Yet the very essence of one's being, in this case, will be the Divine Scientist.
S/he who does not think God is a Scientist
... hasn't actually really thought very much about God, imo
. God is an artist, a poet, a scientist, a philosopher, the Divine Politician (!)
, a diplomat, and also surely the greatest Economist
that once has ever imagined. Efficiency
as we would but dream! Not a sparrow falls ...
And certainly God is also the greatest lover, and the greatest Teacher, Whom and which any of us will ever know! And that
is the usefulness of the Rays ... to help us understand more about the very Purpose
for which God created us, and sent us forth, and in which of the Divine manners of approach
... He is calling us back to Him. He who answers that it is through a life of religious devotion, and contemplation, and praise & worship .. that we should & shall approach God, has spoken worlds
to the esotericist. One does not hastily draw conclusions, but clearly, such a person is demonstrating the characteristics and qualities ... of the 6th Ray
, which is Devotion and Idealism (often, but not always, showing up via religion).
And this might mean that a person's emotions
(or astral body) is conditioned by the 6th Ray. That would make sense. But it is equally possible, that the person's entire personality
is upon the 6th Ray, this might indicate even stronger
6th-Ray tendency, and approach to life (and God). If the personality Ray and the emotional ray are both 6th, Wow! Double-whammy
, and we're getting into zealot territory. The rays are good, and 100% positive unto themselves, of course - being Divine Emanations. But we are not
as yet perfect, or Adept
at directing, and wisely using, life's (God's) energies. And thus, too much "6" may mean that part of our unique life's challenge will be to wrestle with a balanced approach. Perhaps the leavening influence of a 5th-ray mind, would help such a person. That is the ray of science, and of the mind per se
, and so that person would be able, if s/he chose, to think quite clearly
... upon rational, analytical terms, with a firm grasp of logic. That's if
, s/he could practice objectivity, and not become swept with emotion (ray 6 corresponds more so to the emotions, just as ray 5 corresponds to lower mind).
All of this must be put into context, however, because the various rays of our personality are not the only rays that affect us. Our Soul
is also found upon one of the Seven Rays, and for esotericists, it is the Soul which serves as the Christ principle, or the bridge we cross
on our way (back) to God. And this may be a bridge of the nature of any of the Seven Rays
, though we are told that Ray 1 Souls are rare
, since they would be too powerful
for our planet at this time!
So much more could be said regarding different Ray combinations in an individual, but as a final example, consider the person with dual ray 6, and a ray 5 mind. Now suppose, that this person find himself on the 7th
Soul Ray. That might mean, that as this person learns to balance the natural predisposition to devotion, idealism, and even fanaticism ... with a more level-headed, analytical insight ... the very purpose
for this person's existence (and the way back to God
) will become revealed - as intimately involving Order, and Organization, and perhaps also Ritual, or Ceremonial
. This might prompt such an individual, if formerly a religious devotee
(perhaps a student of Sai Baba, or an adherent of radical Islam) ... to investigate Baha'i, or Freemasonry, or even the idea of Service Entrepreneurship
, wherein one starts a foundation for reaching out to the economically disadvantaged, by helping them learn useful skills for the marketplace. The possibilities are endless, but as Soul purpose
unfolds for this individual ... it will take a characteristic "7th-Ray flavor,"
and this is because such a person is growing closer & closer to the Father's house, wherein all Ray energies
are gradually, increasingly synthesized. Eventually, that person may even transition to the 3rd Ray (spiritually, as a Soul), since this provides a natural synthesis for folks on Rays 5 and 7. Souls on Rays 4 and 6 likewise eventually transition to Ray 2, but these changes only occur at the very end
of the spiritual path.
As a distinction between Rays 2 & 6, esotericists regard Master Jesus
, the Syrian Master, as the prime example
of a perfected
6th-Ray man. All zealotry, all fanaticism, all of the impractical
portion of the true Spirit of Idealism ... has long since been balanced within his being, and the fullness
- of what a person on the 6th Ray can accomplish, has been demonstrated (for a couple thousand years, actually). He has gone so much farther, in fact, that all 6th-Ray Souls are spiritually bound to Him, or guided, as it were, in the inner worlds
. Such a Master is beyond
Masterhood, and is a Lord of a Ray
, being the direct representative upon our planet for the 6th Ray within our System - and in its Cosmic origin
. Thus, to attain that level of perfection ... may seem impossible to us, and isn't exactly going to come tomorrow
, but it will certainly not help if we say to ourself, "I could never
be like that." I believe Master J. would frown slightly, to hear such a thing.
Other Masters have reached perfection upon the other Rays, though a true Master is a Master of all the Rays
... and simply continues to direct
the energies of one of them more so than the rest - especially if a Chohan, or `Lord
.' Upon Ray 2, is the Master KH (Kuthumi, or Koot Hoomi), a Kashmiri Brahmin, by outer appearance ... and very different in many ways, than Master Jesus. This is the Ray of Love-Wisdom
, central to Christianity, and also to Buddhism. Master KH is the Ray Lord
of this 2nd Ray ... yet it might be said that a more perfect expression
of this Divine Energy - is the Christ. This is not a slight to Master KH, but simply indicates that spiritual evolution continues, and that beyond Master KH's attainment (and in His future), is that of the Christ Himself. In the East, Christ is called the Bodhisattva
- and this literally means, Awakened to the Law. Who
, but one fully awake
to the Law of Love ... could and would make the pledge, to steward
the entire spiritual evolution
of all of Humanity, and of the Angelic Kingdom
(numerically, more than twice
as large as we are)?
A lot of this is scanty ... but then, I'm no expert! Just have a few ideas that are the syntheses of studies, experiences and insights ...
Love & Light,