WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
Some esoteric students are inclined to consider only unfavorable aspects of the
astral body. They tend to regard their own sentient or emotional reactions to life as a
troublesome obstacle to spiritual progress.
Others believe that the manifesting power of desire, the
dramatic value of emotion, the warmth of feeling and the pleasurable satisfaction of
sensation are very important. These people consider their emotional response to the
Teaching and to meditation to be the most precious part of their spiritual life.
A pure and controlled emotional body has constructive uses, and is
an essential part of the servers equipment in the outer world. When under the
How does the disciples emotional equipment serve his own
How can he use his astral body in service to others?
The Tibetan repeatedly urges us to maintain the position of a serene
One emotional equipment is always in use; it is always
functioning. One should not try to turn it off but should use it constructively and
How can the disciple make full use of his emotional equipment and
still remain throughout the day the calm, detached observer?
You are now approaching a fascinating, useful and informative area
of the teaching the sevenfold division of life-energy known as the seven rays. This
is material of such a practical nature that you will wonder how you ever managed to
interpret life without it. And yet this very practicality has its pitfalls about which we
are obliged to caution you. Our earnest warning is this: try not to form a fixed viewpoint
on your interpretation of each of the ray energies. Let the teaching on the rays flow
through your mind and way small waves on the seashore wash over young children who lie on
the wet sand pretending to swim. The children lie on the sand and wait for the waves
without any sense of urgency. So we urge you to let the ideas lave your mind for awhile
without trying to apply them.
As we said this ray knowledge is practical and as you realize its
practicality you will be tempted to apply the information to those close to you. You will
want to try to analyze your family and friends in the light of the new teaching.
When reading, ones mind tends to move from the ray to the
certain person whom the ray reminds one of. Then every time one reads about that ray, he
remembers the person he connected with it. In this way one begins to personalize the ray
teaching and he tends to build an image of the ray that resembles the person he has
associated with the ray rather than thinking about the ray itself. Then ones view of
the teaching becomes distorted so that it becomes ones view of the person and not
Since most people represent five rays, it is not possible to find a
particular person who exemplifies any one ray. The soul, the personality, the mental body,
the emotional body and the physical body each channel a ray energy. An individual man is
composed of many forces.
Unfortunately, astrology has been popularly used to type people. Too
many students of astrology have, too early in their contact with astrology, formed
definite opinions about the zodiacal signs. As most people use astrology, it diminishes
rather than augments their understanding of human nature. They have come to see their
fellowmen of stereotypes of certain signs without ever fully understanding the true
meanings which those signs symbolize. We must not let the teaching on the rays become as
stereotyped as astrological teaching has become.
One of the difficulties of the Aquarian cycle, into which we are so
newly entered, is the tendency of the seventh ray energy to formulate too soon. We must
guard the teaching from distortion by permitting our minds ample time to chew upon new
ideas, digest them thoroughly and assimilate them slowly. There will be plenty of time to
make practical application of the teaching on the rays.
The number of pages assigned to you are not excessive, but because
the ideas in the reading material are new, it should be read slowly and thoughtfully.
Because of this, we have not included extra study material in this study set.
Continue to be mindful not to formulate your opinions o the rays
while you absorb this essential part of the wisdom teaching. That which is brittle breaks
easily; so keep your thoughts pliable. We know you will enjoy the greater vistas in
consciousness which the teaching on the seven rays open up to you. We rejoice with you as,
together, we learn to draw upon Hierarchical teaching and thus train and equip ourselves
to aid and hasten humanitys progress.
Your companions on the way,
The Staff of ARCANA