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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter II - The Ray of Personality - The Appropriation of the Bodies
The Mental Body

This provides (in the case of the unevolved or the highly developed) the following possibilities:

Ray One

In unevolved Man

  1. The will to live or to manifest upon the physical plane.
  2. The impulse which works out, therefore, as the instinct to self-preservation.
  3. The capacity to endure, no matter what the difficulties.
  4. Individual isolation. The man is always the "One who stands alone."

In the advanced Man

  1. The will to liberation or to manifest consciously upon the plane of the soul.
  2. The capacity to react to the plan, or to respond to the recognized will of God.
  3. The principle of immortality.
  4. Perseverance or endurance upon the Way.

Ray Four

In unevolved Man

  1. Aggressiveness and that needed push towards the sensed goal which distinguishes the evolving human being. This goal, in the early stages, will be of a material nature.
  2. The fighting spirit or that spirit of conflict which finally [292] brings strength and poise, and which produces eventual integration with the first ray aspect of deity.
  3. That coherent force which makes a man a magnetic center, whether as the major force in any group unity, such as a parent or a ruler, or a Master in relation to his group.
  4. The power to create. In the lower types, this is connected with the impulse, or the instinct, to reproduce, leading consequently to the sex relation; or it may lead to construction of thought-forms or creative forms of some kind, even if it is only the hut of a savage.

In the advanced Man

  1. The Arjuna spirit. This is the urge towards victory, the holding of a position between the pairs of opposites, and the eventual sensing of the middle way.
  2. The urge to synthesis (again a first ray impulse) blended with a second ray tendency to love and to include.
  3. The attractive quality of the soul as it expresses itself in the relation between the lower and higher selves. This eventuates in the "marriage in the Heavens."
  4. The power to create forms, or the artistic impulse.

It will be noted in this connection how accurate was the earlier statement that the artist is found upon all the rays, and that the so-called Ray of Harmony or Beauty is not the only ray upon which the creative worker is found. The mental body of every human being, at some time or another, is found upon the fourth ray and usually when the man is nearing the probationary path. This means that the mental vehicle is governed by an elemental of fourth ray nature or quality and that, therefore, creative, artistic activity is the line of least resistance. We then have a man with an artistic tendency or we have a genius along some line of creative work. When, at the same time, the soul or the personality is also upon the fourth ray, then we will find a Leonardo da Vinci or a Shakespeare. [293]

Ray Five

In unevolved Man

  1. The power to develop thought.
  2. The spirit of materialistic enterprise, the divine urge, as it evidences itself in the early stages.
  3. The tendency to enquire, to ask questions and to find out. This is the instinct to search and to progress, which is, in the last analysis, the urge to evolve.
  4. The tendency to crystallize, to harden, or to have an "idée fixe." In this connection, it will usually be discovered that the man who succumbs to an "idée fixe" has not only a fifth ray mental body but either a sixth ray personality or a sixth ray emotional body.

In the advanced Man

  1. The true thinker, or mental type - awake and alert.
  2. The one who knows the Plan, the purpose and the will of God.
  3. The one whose intelligence is being transmuted into wisdom.
  4. The scientist, the educator, the writer.

I have given the above in connection with the rays of the mental body in order to enable us to grasp not only the complexity of the problem but also the inevitability of success through the play of the many energies upon and through any one single human mind. It is not necessary here to elaborate upon the energies which create and form the emotional body, or the physical body. The second and the sixth rays color the astral body of every human being, whilst the physical body is controlled by the third and the seventh rays.

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