|b. The Rays and Initiation
It will not be
possible for me to make clear the ray reactions to the final process which we have
considered briefly, namely the stage in the liberation of the spirit which we call
Identification. All that is possible, even in the case of Initiation,  is to give the
elementary stanzas which convey to accepted disciples some of the significance of the
first initiation. As regards identification, the reactions of the illumined initiate are
made available to his intelligence in symbolic form, but if these forms were described,
they would be completely misunderstood. When the third initiation takes place and the
wider open door looms before the initiate, he will then discover the meaning of that type
of realization which is here called (for lack of a better name) Identification.
"The Angel of the Presence stands within the light divine - the center and the
meeting place of many forces.
forces meet and blend. They focus in the head of him who stands before the Angel.
Eye to eye,
and face to face, and hand to hand, they stand. Will reinforces will, and love meets love.
The will-to-power merges with the will-to-love and strength with wisdom meets. These two
are one. From that high spot of unity, the One who is released stands forth and says:
from whence I came; from the formless to the world of form I make my way. I will to be. I
will to work. I will to serve and save. I will to lift the race. I serve the Plan with
will, the Whole with power.' "
"The Angel of the Presence draws the wanderer to him. Love divine attracts the
seeker on the Way. The point of merging is achieved.
mouth, the breath is drawn forth, and the breath is drawn in. Heart to heart, the beating
of these twain is merged in one. Foot to foot, the strength is passed from the greater to
the less, and thus the Way is trodden.
inspires the Word, the Breath. Love inspires the heart, the life. Activity controls the
treading of the Way. These three produce the merging. All then is lost and gained.
goes forth: 'I tread the Way of Love. I love the Plan. Unto that Plan, I surrender all I
have. Unto the  Whole, I give my heart's deep love. I serve the Plan; I serve the Whole
with love and understanding.' "
"The Angel of the Presence stands within the center of the whirling forces. For
ages long, thus has he stood, the center of all energies from above and from below.
intelligence, the Angel works to make the One Who is above and the one who is below
to blend and be as one. With twelve clear notes, the hour sounds forth, and then the two
are one. The Angel stands entranced.
Ear to ear,
breast to breast, right hand to left, the two (who are the three) produce the merging of
their lives. Glory shines forth. Truth is revealed. he work is done.
who is the soul, cries forth with power: 'I understand the Way - the inner Way, the silent
Way, the manifested Way, for these three Ways are one. The Plan proceeds upon the
outer Way; it shews itself. The Whole will stand revealed. That Plan I know. I will,
with love and mind, to serve that Plan.' "
"The Angel of the Presence stands in his beauty rare upon the lighted Way. The
glory of the Presence pours throughout the field of combat and ends, in peace, the strife.
stands revealed. His work is done. Back to back, the Angel and the Warrior stand, their
auras meeting in a radiant sphere of light. The two are one.
goes forth: 'Harmony is restored and the beauty of the Lord of Love shines forth. Such is
the Plan. Thus is the Whole revealed. The higher and the lower meet; form and the formless
merge and blend, and know themselves as one. In harmony with all united souls, I serve the