It is not necessary here to elaborate upon the energies which form the emotional body or the physical body. The 2nd and the 6th rays color the astral body of every human being, whilst the physical body is controlled by the 3rd and the 7th rays.
The etheric body is the instrument of life, predominantly, more so than the instrument of quality. It is the factor which sustains the instrument of appearance: the physical body. The human being is differentiated into three divine aspects: Life, Quality and Appearance. Through the seven centers in the etheric body, the seven ray energies make their appearance and produce their effects, but at the heart of each chakra or lotus, there is a vortex of force which is composed of pure manasic energy and therefore, is purely energy of the first three rays. This energy is quiescent until an advanced stage of discipleship is reached. It only sweeps into its divine rhythm when the three tiers of petals, found in the egoic lotus (the higher correspondence) are beginning to unfold and the center of the egoic lotus is becoming vibrant. Though the etheric body of man is an expression of the seven ray qualities in varying degrees of force, the etheric body of a Master is an expression of monadic energy. It comes into full activity after the third initiation.
When the psychologist takes into consideration the various types of energy such as the rays, which are conditioning a patient, then great strides will be made. Speaking technically, the extreme psychological position (as it is expressed in the Behavioristic School, which is essentially sound where the dense material mechanism of man is concerned) will fall into its rightful place. Materialistic psychologists have been dealing with the substance energies and with the instinctual life of the organism. These constitute the sum total of the available energies, organized into the form of the automatic physical body, colored as its atoms are by the qualities developed in a previous solar system. In our solar system we are arriving at an understanding of the consciousness aspect of divinity, its quality and characteristic, just as instinctual intelligence was the contribution of the earlier manifestation of God, in which the third aspect was dominant. The problem can be made clear by the following tabulation which gives the rays that may be imagined to control a hypothetical man in a particular incarnation:
The Ray of the Monad (the Life Aspect) 2nd Ray of Love Wisdom
The Ray of the Soul (the consciousness aspect) 1st Ray of Will or power
The Ray of the Personality (the matter aspect) 2nd Ray of Love Wisdom.
a. Ray of the mental body 5th Ray of Concrete Science
b. Ray of the astral body 6th Ray of Devotion
c. Ray of the physical body 2nd Ray of Love Wisdom.
Only initiates are in a position to sense, determine or discover the nature of their monadic ray or that of their disciples. The monadic ray is that life element in man with which They have definitely to deal as They seek to prepare him for initiation. It does not, however, greatly complicate his problem in the three worlds, as it remains relatively quiescent until after the third initiation, though it basically conditions the etheric body itself.
The three periodical vehicles are the rays of the monad, the ego and the personality. They are essentially three streams of energy, forming one great life stream. These relate a human being to the three aspects or expressions of divinity in manifestation.
The monadic ray is the energy which, when consciously employed, relates the initiate to the Father or Spirit aspect and gives Him "the freedom of the solar system". The egoic ray, when consciously utilized, relates the disciple to the second aspect of divinity and gives him the "freedom of the planetary sphere". The personality ray, when consciously employed, relates a man to the matter or substance aspect of divinity and gives him the "freedom of the three worlds" and of the subhuman kingdoms in nature.
Taking the hypothetical chart above, students should notice how the rays of the personality relate them, within the periphery of their own manifestation, to the major rays of the monad, ego or personality. This is a correspondence (within the microcosmic manifestation) to the macrocosmic situation, touched upon in the previous paragraph. In the case cited, which is one of quite usual occurrence, we find that
a. The fifth ray of the mental body relates the man to his egoic ray, thereby facilitating soul contact. Had it related him to his monadic ray, a very different situation would have eventuated. The line of 18.104.22.168. must ever be remembered.
b. The sixth ray of his astral body relates him to his monadic ray. It will constitute his astral-buddhic approach to life and will be employed when he takes the fourth initiation. This ray relates him also to his personality and intensifies his natural problem. The line of 2.4.6. must be borne in mind.
c. The second ray quality of his physical body relates him both to the personality and finally to the monad. It is for him a great problem, a great opportunity and a great "linking" energy. It makes the life of the personality exceedingly dominant and at the same time facilitates the future contact (while in a physical body) with the monad. His problem of soul consciousness will not, however be so easily solved.
You will note that the monad (2nd ray), the astral body (6th ray) and the physical body (2nd ray) are all along the same line of divine energy, creating a most interesting psychological problem. The soul (1st ray) and the mental body (5th ray) are along another line entirely. This combination presents great opportunity and much difficulty.
In the lower expression of the man whose psychological chart we are considering, the psychologist will find a person who is intensely sensitive, inclusive and self-willed. Because of the fact that the second ray personality and the physical body are related by similarity of ray, there will also be a clearly pronounced tendency to lay the emphasis upon material and tangible acquisition. There will therefore, be found in this person an exceedingly selfish and self-centered man. He will not be particularly intelligent, as only his fifth ray mental body relates him directly to the mind aspect of Deity, while his first ray egoic force enables him to use all means to plan for himself and to use the will aspect to acquire the material good he thinks he needs. His predominant second ray equipment, however, will eventually bring the higher values into play.
In the higher expression of the same man and when the evolutionary cycle has done its work, we will have a sensitive, intuitive, inclusive disciple whose wisdom has flowered forth, and whose vehicles are outstandingly the channel for divine love.
Students would find it of interest to study themselves in this way. They could formulate their own charts, study what they think may be their own rays and the consequent ray effect in their lives. The moment a man becomes an accepted disciple, some such chart is placed in the hands of his Master. In fact, four such charts are available, for the rays of the personality vary from one cycle of expression to another and necessitate the keeping of the personality chart up to date. The four basic charts are:
1. The chart of a man at the time of his individualization. In it, the rays of the mental body and of the emotional body are the most difficult to ascertain as there is so little mental expression or emotional experience. Only the ray of the soul and of the physical body are clearly defined. The other rays are regarded as only suggestive. This is the chart of the man who is asleep.
2. The chart of a man's expression when the personality reaches its highest independent point of development: before the soul has taken over CONSCIOUS control and is functioning at all dominantly. This is the chart of the man who dreams.
3. The chart of a man's expression at that moment of determining crisis when the soul and personality are at war, when the battle for reorientation is at its highest and the aspirant knows it. He knows that upon the issue of that battle much depends. He is Arjuna upon the field of Kurukshetra. This is the chart of the man awakening.
4. The chart of a man's expression during the life wherein the orientation has been altered, the emphasis of the life forces changed, and the man becomes an accepted disciple.
The Master only deals with general tendencies and never with detail. General predispositions and characteristics concern Him, and the obvious life patterns.
I would call your attention to the increasing use by psychologists of the word "pattern". It is a word which has a deep occult significance. One of the exercises given to the disciple upon the inner planes is connected with these psychological charts or these life patterns. He is asked to study them with care and then to draw up the pattern, which embodies for him the goal as far as he, at his present point of development, can sense it. When he takes the first initiation, then the Master adds another pattern or chart to the dossier of the disciple and the latter can then study:
1. The chart of his condition at the time he became an accepted disciple.
2. The hypothetical chart which he himself drew up earlier in his training as an accepted disciple.
3. The chart of his general psychological condition at the time he took the first initiation.
By a careful comparison of the three charts, he can discover the accuracy or the inaccuracy of his own diagnosis, and thus develop a better sense of proportion as to his own mental perception of himself. It would be interesting later, if students could be set some such task as drawing up an analysis of themselves which could be embodied in a chart, giving the rays that they believe govern their equipment, and stating the reasons for assigning these qualities.