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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter II - The Ray of Personality - The Coordination of the Personality
Ray Three

" 'Pulling the threads of Life, I stand, enmeshed within my self-created glamor. 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 manages to get nowhere. Ever he is occupied with the distant objective, with that which may materialize in some dim and distant future, and he fails ever to achieve the immediate objective. He is often the expression and example of waste energy. 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, and the dreams of earlier years. Therefore futility is the result.

To offset this, he must stand quiet at the center and (for a time at any rate) cease from weaving; he must no longer make opportunities for himself but - meeting the opportunities which come his way (a very different thing) - apply himself to the need to be met. This is a very different matter and [361] swings into activity a very different psychology. When he can do this and be willing to achieve divine idleness (from the angle of a glamored third ray attitude), he will discover that he has suddenly achieved alignment. This alignment naturally produces a crisis which is characterized by two qualities:

  1. 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 the other Weavers.
  2. 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, as many will recognize, 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 first of all a disentangling and a release from his own ideas. This process takes much time, being commensurate with the time wasted in building up the agelong glamor. 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. When, however, he has learnt to be quiet and still, he can achieve his goal with greater rapidity. The second ray aspirant has to achieve the quiet which is ever [362] present at the heart of a storm or the center of a whirlpool. The third ray aspirant has to achieve the quiet which is like to that of a quiet mill pond, which he much dislikes to do.

Having, however, learned to do it, integration then takes place. The man stands ready to play his part.

It is interesting to note that the first result of the use of these three formulas can each be summed up in one word, for the sake of clarity. These words embody the first and simplest steps upon the way of at-one-ment. They embody the simplest aspects of the necessary technique.

  • Ray One - Inclusion.
  • Ray Two - Centralization.
  • Ray Three - Stillness.

The above will suffice for the techniques of integration of these three major rays. We will now take the formulas which will embody the techniques of integration for the four minor rays, and glimpse the possibilities which they may unfold. We will emphasize in connection with each of them the same five stages of the technique we are studying:

  1. Alignment.
  2. A crisis of evocation.
  3. Light.
  4. Revelation.
  5. Integration.

At the same time, we will bear in mind that the alignment with which we have hitherto been occupying ourselves is that of a form of expression and that 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. [363]

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