Light reveals. The stage of revelation now follows. This light upon the way produces vision and the vision shows itself as:
1. A vision, first of all, of defects. The light reveals the man to himself, as he is, or as the soul sees the personality.
2. A vision of the next step ahead, which, when taken, indicates the procedure next to be followed.
3. A vision of those who are travelling the same way.
4. A glimpse of the "Guardian Angel," who is the dim reflection of the Angel of the Presence, the Solar Angel, which walks with each human being from the moment of birth until death, embodying as much of the available light as the man—at any given moment—can use and express.
5. A fleeting glimpse (at high and rare moments) of the angel of the Presence itself.
6. At certain times and when deemed necessary, a glimpse of the Master of a man's ray group. This falls usually into two categories of experience and causes:
a. In the early stages and whilst under illusion and glamour, that which is contacted is a vision of the astral, illusory form upon the planes of glamour and illusion. This is not, therefore, a glimpse of the Master Himself, but of His astral symbol, or of the form built by His devoted disciples and followers.
b. The Master Himself is contacted. This can take place when the disciple has effected the needed integrations of the threefold lower nature.
It is at this moment of "integration as the result of revelation" that there comes the fusion of the personality ray with the egoic ray. The personality ray is always a subray of the egoic ray, in the same sense that the seven major rays of our solar system are the seven subrays of the Cosmic Ray of Love-Wisdom, or the 7 planes of our system are the 7 subplanes of the cosmic physical plane. This is a valuable point for all to grasp. Ponder upon it, for it is self-explanatory. It will make it possible to solve the problems of Alignment, the lines of least resistance; the processes of substitution, the alchemy of transmutation, the fields of service, avocation and vocation.
The lack of balance will also emerge. A study of the two formulas of the 1st and 2nd rays will make it clear why in humanity and in the solar system also, these two major rays are always so closely associated. At a certain stage upon the Path all the rays governing the mental body shift their focus onto rays one and two, doing this via the third ray. This ray holds the same position to the other rays that the solar plexus center does to the other six centers, for it constitutes a great clearing house. The first ray penetrates and produces the line along which Light comes. The second ray is the "light-carrier," and supplements the work of the first ray.
"'Pulling the threads of Live, I stand, enmeshed within my self-created glamour. Surrounded am I by the fabric I have woven. I see naught else. "The love of truth must dominate, not love of my own thoughts, or love of my ideas or forms; love of the ordered process must control, not love of my own wild activity.'
The word goes forth from soul to form: 'Be still. Learn to stand silent, quiet and unafraid. I, at the center, AM. Look up along the line and not along the many lines which, in the space of aeons, you have woven. These hold thee prisoner. Be still. Rush not from point to point, nor be deluded by the outer forms and that which disappears. Behind the forms, the Weaver stands and silently he weaves.'"
It is this enforced quiet which brings about the true alignment. This is the quiet not of meditation but of living. The aspirant upon the third ray is apt to waste much energy in perpetuating the glamorous forms with which he persistently surrounds himself. How can he achieve his goal when he is ceaselessly running hither and thither—weaving, manipulating, planning and arranging? He weaves for the future, forgetting that his tiny bit of weaving is an intrinsic part of a great Whole and that time may enter in and frustrate—by change of circumstance—his carefully laid plans. To offset this, he must stand quiet at the center and cease from weaving. When he can do this, he will discover that he has suddenly achieved alignment. This alignment produces a crisis which is characterized by two qualities:
a. The quality of deep distress. This is a period of difficulty and of real concern because it dawns upon his consciousness how useless, relatively, are his weaving and his manipulations and how much of a problem he presents to other Weavers.
b. The quality which might be expressed as the determination to stand in spiritual being and to comprehend the significance of the ancient aphorism, given frequently to third ray aspirants: "cease from thy doing. Walk not on the Path until thou hast learnt the art of standing still. Study the spider, brother, entangled not in its own web, as thou art today entangled in thine own."
This crisis evokes understanding, which is, an aspect of light. The aspirant slowly begins to work with the Plan as it is, and not as he thinks it is. As he works, revelation comes and he sees clearly what he has to do. Usually this entails a disentangling and a release from his own ideas. The third ray aspirant is always slower to learn than the second ray, just as the first ray aspirant learns more rapidly than the second ray.
After he has learned to do it, integration then takes place. The first result of the use of these three formulas can each be summed up in one word. These words embody the first and simplest steps upon the way of at-one-ment.
Ray One Inclusion.
Ray Two Centralization.
Ray Three Stillness
We will now take the formulas which will embody the techniques of integration for the four minor rays. We will emphasize the five stages of the technique we are studying:
A crisis of evocation.
Bear in mind that the alignment with which we have hitherto been occupying ourselves is that of a form of expression. This is achieved through discipline, meditation, and service. These techniques of integration, however, refer to the establishing of a continuity of consciousness within the aligned forms. Therefore we begin with alignment in these cases and do not end with it.
"'Midway I stand between the forces which oppose each other. Longing am I for harmony and peace, and for the beauty which results from unity. I see the two. I see naught else but forces ranged opposing, and I, the one, who stands within the circle at the center. Peace I demand. My mind is bent upon it. Oneness with all I seek, yet form divides. War upon every side I find, and separation. Alone I stand and am. I know too much.' The love of unity must dominate, and love of peace and harmony. Yet not that love, based on a longing for relief, for peace to self, for unity because it carries with it that which is pleasantness. The word goes forth from soul to form. 'Both sides are one. There is no war, no difference and no isolation. The warring forces seem to war from the point at which you stand. Move on a pace. See truly with the opened eye of inner vision and you will find, not two but one; not war but peace; not isolation but a heart which rests upon the center. Thus shall the beauty of the Lord shine forth. The hour is now.'"
This fourth ray is preeminently the ray of the 4th Creative Hierarchy, the human kingdom, It has a peculiar relation to the functions and the service of man, as an intermediate group, a bridging group, upon our planet. The function of this intermediate group is to embody a type of energy, which is that of at-one-ment. This is brought about by the soul qualified by the ray in question. The relation of the human family to the divine scheme is that of bringing into close rapport the three higher kingdoms upon our planet and the three lower kingdoms of nature, thus acting as a clearing house for divine energy. The service humanity is to render is that of producing unity, harmony and beauty in nature, through blending into one functioning, related unity the soul in all forms. This is achieved individually at first, then it takes place in group formation and finally it demonstrates through an entire kingdom in nature. When this takes place the fourth Creative Hierarchy will be controlled predominantly by the 4th ray. The majority of its egos will have 4th ray personalities, thus facilitating the task of fusion and the consciousness of its advanced units will function normally upon the 4th plane of buddhic energy. It is an almost undefinable consciousness of group fusion with a grater whole, and not so much individual fusion with the whole. When this 4th ray alignment is produced and the disciple becomes aware of it, a crisis is evoked. The crisis leads to fresh illumination which it is properly handled. These crises are produced by the bringing together of the higher forces of the personality and soul energy. It is the integrated personality force, brought into relation with soul energy, which ever produces the type of crisis which is here discussed. This 4th ray crisis evoked by a right understanding and a right use of the fourth ray formula, produces the following results:
1. A sense of isolation. Putting this into more modern language, a complex is produced of the same nature as that which temporarily overcame Elijah. He was overwhelmed with a sense of his clarity of vision in relation to the problem with which he was faced, of his unique response to it, and also with a sense of aloneness which devastated him.
2. A sense of despairing futility. The forces arraigned against the disciple seem so great and his equipment so inadequate and feeble!
3. A determination to stand in the midst and, if not victorious, at least to refuse to admit defeat, taking with determination the position which St. Paul expressed in the words: "Having done all, to stand."
4. A sudden recognition of the Warrior within, Who is invisible and omnipotent but Who can only now begin His real work when the personality is aligned, the crisis recognized, and the will-to-victory is present. We would do well to ponder on this.
When this state of mind is achieved and the disciple and inner Master, the soldier and Warrior are known to be at-one, then there takes place what has been called in some of the ancient books "the breaking forth of the light of victory"—a victory which does not inflict defeat upon those who are at war, but which results in that triple victory of the two sides and of the One Who is at the center. All three move forward to perfection.