The man who has awakened to full consciousness in the various aspects of his nature: emotional, mental and egoic, realizes himself first of all as a personality. He integrates his various bodies with their different states of consciousness into one active reality. He is then definitely a personality and has passed a major milestone on the Path of Return. Inevitably, the evolutionary process must bring to pass this phenomenal occurrence in the case of every human being, but it can be produced by a planned mental application to the task, and an intelligent consideration of the relation of the part to the whole. It will be found that the purely selfish, material personality will eventually arrive at the condition wherein the man will be conscious of integrated activity and power because he has developed and integrated his own separative "parts" into one whole and because he has studied and used his environment, or the whole of which his personality is but a part, in such a way that it contributes to his desire and his emergence into prominence. In doing this, he necessarily has had to make some living contribution to the whole, in order to evoke its integrating power. His motive, however, being purely selfish can only carry him a certain distance along the path of the higher integration.
The unselfish, spiritually oriented man also integrates the various aspects of himself into one functioning whole, but the focus of his activity is contribution, not acquisition, and, by the working of the higher law, the Law of Service, he becomes integrated, not only as a human being within the radius of the prevalent civilization, but also into that more inclusive world of conscious activity which we call the Kingdom of God. The progress of humanity is from one realized integration to another.
Today in our Aryan race, humanity is occupied with the task of adding another aspect: that of the mind. To the achieved facts of livingness and sensitivity, he is rapidly adding reason, mental perception and other qualities of mind and thought life.
Advanced humanity upon the Probationary Path is fusing these three divine aspects into one whole, which we call the personality. Many hundreds of thousands stand at this time upon that Path, and are acting, feeling and thinking simultaneously, making of these functions one activity. This personality synthesis comes upon the Path of Discipleship, under the direction of the indwelling entity, the spiritual man.
This integration constitutes alignment. When a man has achieved this, he passes eventually through a process of reorientation. This reveals to him, as he slowly changes his direction, the still greater Whole of humanity. Later, upon the Path of Initiation, there will dawn upon his vision, the Whole of which humanity itself is only an expression. This is the subjective world of reality, into which we begin definitely to enter as we become members of the Kingdom of God.
On the Probationary Path, though only during its later stages, he begins to serve humanity consciously through the medium of his integrated personality and thus the consciousness of the wider whole gradually supersedes his individual and separative consciousness. He knows himself to be but a part.
On the Path of Discipleship, the process of integration into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Souls, proceeds until the third initiation is undergone. Bear in mind that these ray techniques are imposed by the soul upon the personality after it has been somewhat integrated into a functioning unity and is therefore, becoming slightly responsive to the soul, the directing Intelligence.
"The love of power must dominate. There must also be repudiation of those forms which wield no power. The word goes forth from soul to form: 'Stand up. Press outward into life. Achieve a goal. For you, there must be not a circle, but a line. Prepare the form. Let the eyes look forward, not on either side. Let the ears be closed to all the outer voices and the hands clenched, the body braced and mind alert. Emotion is not used in furthering of the Plan. Love takes its place.'
The symbol of a moving point of light appears above the brow. The keynote of the life though uttered not, yet still is clearly heard: 'I move to power. I am the One. We are a Unity in power. And all is for the power and glory of the One.'"
Such is the process of the life of the man upon the first ray who is seeking to control his personality and then to dominate his environment. His progress is that of "achieved control; that of being controlled, and then again controlling." At first, his motive is that of selfish achievement, and then comes failure to be satisfied. A higher achievement then takes place as a result of the service of the Plan, until the time comes when he can be trusted to be God's Destroying Angel—the Angel who brings life through the destruction of the form. Such integrated personalities are frequently ruthless at first, selfish, ambitious, cruel, undeviating, aware of implications and of the results of action but, at the same time, undeviating, moving forward to their purposes. They destroy in order to rise to greater heights upon the ruin they have wrought. They do thus rise. They trample on other men. They integrate their surroundings into an instrument for their will and move relentlessly forward upon their own occasions. This type of man will be found expressing these qualities in all walks of life and is a destroying force in his home, business or in the nation. All this is made possible because the first ray has at this stage integrated the personality vehicles and has achieved their simultaneous control. The man functions as a whole. This method of work brings him eventually to a point of crisis—a crisis based upon the fact of his essentially divine nature, which cannot remain satisfied with the gaining of power in a personality sense and in a material world. Power selfishly used exhausts its user and evokes a display of power antagonistic to him. He is thereby destroyed, because he has destroyed. He walks alone because he has cried forth to the world: "I will brook no companion; I am the one alone." This crisis of evocation brings him to an inner point of change, which involves an alteration in his direction.
The change of direction takes him back to the center of his being: the heart. Instead of moving straight forward, he waits in patience and seeks to feel. A change of attitude can be noted. He reaches out his arms to his fellow men...to the greater whole...and thus becomes inclusive. Searching within himself for responsiveness to his environment, he thus loses sight of self and the light breaks in. In that light, the first thing which is revealed to him is the devastating sight of that which he has destroyed. Slowly calling in the power of his soul, he proceeds to rebuild that which he has destroyed. In rebuilding, he lifts the entire structure on to a higher level than any he has hitherto touched. This is the task of the destroyers and of those who work with civilizations and who can be trusted to act as agents of destruction under the Plan.
It is interesting to note that when this stage is reached, he will usually pass through four incarnations in which he is first of all "the man at the center," a focal point of immobile power. He is conscious of his power, gained whilst functioning as a selfish destroyer, but he is also conscious of frustration and futility. Next, he passes through a life in which he begins to reorganize himself for a different type of activity. It will be found that in these cases, he will have a third or a seventh ray personality. In the third incarnation he definitely begins rebuilding and works through a second ray personality until, in the fourth life, he can function safely through a first ray personality without losing his spiritual balance. Through this type of personality, his first ray soul can demonstrate, because the disciple has "recovered feeling, gained divine emotion, and filled his waiting heart with love." In such cases as this, the astral body is usually on the second ray, the mental body upon the fourth ray and the physical body upon the sixth ray. This naturally tends to balance the intensity of the first ray vibrations of the personality and soul. It is in the third life of reorientation that he gains the reward for the arresting of his selfish efforts and aspects of the Plan are then revealed to him.
"'Again I stand; a point within a circle and yet myself.' The love of love must dominate, not love of being loved. The power to draw unto oneself must dominate, but into the worlds of form that power must some day fail to penetrate. This is the first step towards a deeper search. The word goes forth from soul to form: 'Release thyself from all that stands around, for it has naught for thee, so look to me. I am the One who builds and draws thee on and up. Look unto me with eyes of love, and seek the path which leads from the outer circle to the point. I, at the point, sustain. I, at the point, attract. I, at the point, direct and choose and dominate. I, at the point, love all, drawing them to the center and moving forward with the travelling points towards that great Center where the One Point stands.' What mean you by that word?"
It is advisable to recollect that all the rays are but the SUBRAYS of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom. The One in the center, Who is the "point within the circle" of manifestation, has three major qualities: life or activity in form, love and the power of abstraction. It is these last two qualities of Deity with which we are concerned in connection with the second ray, the dualities of attraction and abstraction emerge, both latent and both capable of perfected activity in their own field.
There comes the moment in the life of the aspirant when he begins to consider the significance of finding no satisfaction in the familiar things; the old life of desire for well known forms or existence. The attractive power of the ONE at the center, also fails. It is not yet a familiar "call." It is at this point that he must reflect upon and use this formula. What should now be the procedure and right use? Upon this it is not possible to enlarge, beyond pointing out that all the meditation processes concerned with the Raja-Yoga system are intended to bring the aspirant to a point of such intense inner focussing and mental detachment that he will be in a position to use these formulas with understanding, according to his ray type. His meditation produced the needed alignment. There is a direct line between the thinking, meditative, reflective man upon the periphery of the soul's influence and the soul itself, the One Who is at the center. The crisis of evocation succeeds, once this line of contact has been recognized and a crisis of intense activity ensues, wherein the man occultly "detaches himself from the furthest point upon the outer rim of life, and sweeps with purpose towards the central Point." This crisis usually persist for a long time, a far longer one than is the case with the aspirant upon the first ray line of activity. It is this period of crisis, which presents the major problem to the advanced aspirants of today. Instead of treating the difficulty as a sign of progress, the psychiatrist and psychologist, treat it as a disease of mind and of the personality. Instead of regarding the condition as one warranting understanding but no real concern, the attempt is made to arrest the difficulty by elimination and not by solution, and though the personality may be temporarily relieved, the work of the soul for that particular life cycle is arrested.