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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter I - The Egoic Ray - Rules for Inducing Soul Control
2. The Seven Rules

The seven factors or "Rules for Inducing Soul Control" are:

1. The tendency, innate and ineradicable, to blend and synthesize. This is a law or rule of life itself.

  1. This tendency results, on the form side, in destruction and wreckage, with its accompaniments of pain and sorrow. On the life side, it results in release, liberation and subsequent expansion. [221]
  2. This tendency is the basic cause of all initiation - individual, racial, planetary and systemic.
  3. It is the result of an act of the will, and is caused by the impulsion of the sensed and innate purpose of God. However (and this is a point oft forgotten) this tendency is motivated by the recognition of the planetary Logos, that His plan is conditioned in its turn, and is an integral part of a still larger plan - that of the solar Deity. God, the solar Logos, is likewise conditioned by a still higher life purpose.

2. The quality of the hidden vision.

  1. This quality, on the form side, produces physical sight, astral illusion and concrete knowledge. On the life side it produces illumination. This includes the widespread illumination reflected by our planet in the heavens, as well as that which makes an individual man a light-bearer, and which will eventually enable humanity, (as a whole) to constitute a station of light upon earth.
  2. This quality is the basic cause of all sensory perception and is the instinctive urge to consciousness itself, in all its many phases. With this quality the Hierarchy has to work, intensifying it and giving it magnetic power.
  3. It is the high result of desire, which is itself intrinsically founded on the will to form a plan and a purpose.

3. The instinct to formulate a plan. This instinct governs all activity which, in process of evolution, divides itself into instinctual activity, intelligent activity, intuitional or purposive activity, and illumined activity, as far as mankind is concerned. This includes that department of the [222] Hierarchy which works with humanity. The higher phases of planned activity are many and diverse, and are all synthesized under the third ray activity, at present focused in the seventh ray.

  1. Viewed from the form side, this faculty of planning leads to separative and selfish activity. Viewed from the life side, it leads to a blended cooperation which swings each unit of energy in every form, in all its subjective and unified aspects, into the task of unification. This is potently taking place in the world today. It is the tendency to at-one-ment which leads the human being, first of all, to the development of an integrated personality, and then to the submergence of that personality in the good of the greater whole.
  2. This constitutes the basic cause of evolution itself - individual, planetary and systemic.
  3. This instinct is the result of the development of manas, or mind, and the emergence of the intelligence. It is the peculiar quality or instinctual nature through the means of which humanity expresses the first Ray of Willed Intent, fostered by desire, and transmuted into intelligent activity.

4. The urge to creative life, through the divine faculty of imagination. This urge is, as can easily be seen, closely connected with the fourth Ray of Harmony, producing unity and beauty, won through conflict.

  1. This, on the form side, leads to warfare, struggle and the building of forms which must later be destroyed. On the life side, it leads to quality, vibratory radiance and the revelation upon earth of the world of meaning.
  2. It is therefore the basic cause of that subtle essence or [223] revelation which is seeking expression through every form in each kingdom in nature. There seems to be no better term by which to express this hidden wonder which must be revealed than the revelation of meaning. This is beginning to happen today.
  3. It is the result of the ability - sometimes adequate and sometimes inadequate - of the inner consciousness to reveal its measure of control by the Plan, and its response to the larger intent. It is upon this response that the Members of the Hierarchy are today counting, as They endeavor to bring the hidden meaning to the fore in the consciousness of man.
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