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Esoteric Psychology I - Section Two - I. The Seven Creative Builders, the Seven Rays
What is the real nature of a true mystic or introvert? He is [161] one whose soul force, ray or quality is too strong for the personality to handle. The man then finds that the path to the inner worlds of desire-emotion, of mind and of spiritual vision are, for him, the line of least resistance, and the physical plane integration and expression suffer as a consequence. The "pull" of the soul offsets the outer "pull," and the man becomes a visionary mystic. I refer not to the practical mystic who is on the way to becoming a white occultist. The reverse condition can also be true, and then you have the pure extrovert. The personality ray focuses itself upon the physical plane, and the inner lure of the soul is temporarily offset, sometimes for several lives. Where this outer condition and "pull" is over-strong, and when all the personality ray qualities are focused to a point, you will have either a display of exhibitionism, as it is called, or a constructive high grade personality, expressing genius and the creative possibilities of a coordinated physical, emotional and mental expression. The manifestation of this coordination will be outward into the world of doing, and not inward into the world of being or of the soul. Both these conditions indicate the "genius towards perfection;" where the equipment is mediocre, you have a thwarted or frustrated complex and a strong sense of inferiority which may diverge towards an abnormal exhibitionism. Where the equipment is fine and trained, you will have a brilliant worker in the varying fields of human endeavor. When, as is occasionally the case, you have added to the above a tendency to introvert, with the consequences of soul knowledge and of intuitional development, you then have a leader of men, a teacher from the gods, and a spiritual power. Hence the value to psychologists in these modern days (temporarily at least) if they will interest themselves in the hypotheses of the school of esoteric psychology. They may gain thereby, and in any case they lose nothing. [162]

The four rays of attribute, which find their synthesis in the third ray of aspect, produce the varying qualities in greater detail than do the three rays of aspect. It might generally be stated, as we endeavor to clarify our problem, that the three rays of aspect find their main expression in relation to mankind through the medium of the three periodical vehicles:

 
Ray I Power Life Ideas The Monad.
Ray II Love-Wisdom Consciousness Ideals The Soul.
Ray III Active Intelligence Appearance Idols Personality.
 
They find their secondary expression in the three bodies which form the personality of man:
 
Ray I Power Ideas Mental body Purpose, Life.
Ray II Love Ideals Astral body Quality.
Ray III Intelligence Idols Physical body Form.
 
The rays of attribute, though expressing themselves equally on all the planes and through the periodical vehicles and the three aspects of the personality, find their main expression through one or other of the four kingdoms in nature:
  • Ray IV - Harmony, Conflict - 4th kingdom - Human.
    The Balance.
  • Ray V - Concrete Knowledge - 3rd kingdom - Animal.
  • Ray VI - Devotion - 2nd kingdom - Vegetable.
  • Ray VII - Ceremonial Ritual - 1st kingdom - Mineral.

These are their main fields of influence in the three worlds, and upon this we shall later enlarge.

In relation to mankind, these four rays of attribute find a wide expression in connection with the four aspects of the personality, or with the quaternary. The relationship is as follows:

  • Ray IV - Harmony through Conflict - the Physical body.
  • Ray V - Concrete Knowledge - the Etheric body.
  • Ray VI - Devotion - the Astral body.
  • Ray VII - Organization - the Mental body. [163]

But again remember that the interrelation and interplay is synthetic on all planes, on the formless levels and also on the planes of form, and in this connection, with all states of consciousness and throughout the created universe.

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