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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter VII - The Use of Color and Sound
August 31st, 1920

In continuing our study of color and meditation, and our particular division in that study, I would - for your encouragement - point out that the part that falls to you is the reception and publication of these letters and of the imparted data, whereas the responsibility for that data rests with me. Even if you understand them not, and even if it seems to you that some of the data may be contradictory, I would suggest for your consideration that in the esoteric interpretation lies hid half the mystery, and the other half is concealed by the fact that all interpretation depends upon the standpoint of the interpreter, and the plane whereon his consciousness is working. The value of what I impart now consists in this: that in the study of color (which is one form of the study of vibration) comes the ability to understand personal vibration, to attune that vibration to the egoic one, and to synchronize it later with that of the Master. One of the main methods of effecting this synchronization is meditation. When the intelligence grasps the scientific facts anent this subject, then comes the utilization of these facts for the advancement of vibration, and the wise development of the colors necessitated. [216]

We dealt in my last letter with the four colors - blue, indigo, green, and yellow, - and in this primary grouping lies much of interest. We now come to a different group of colors, and one that falls naturally together, orange, red, and violet.

Orange. This color is for our purpose the color of the mental plane, the color that marks burning; it is the symbol of flame, and curiously enough the color that epitomize separation. But I would have you note that the occult orange is not exactly the color that you understand by the term. Esoteric orange is a blend of yellow and red; esoteric orange is a purer yellow, and the red scarcely is seen at all. This orange comes in as a vibration set up by a cosmic ray, for you have to remember that this fifth ray (just as the fifth plane and the fifth principle) is closely allied to the cosmic ray of the intelligence, or to that activity aspect that found its great expression in the first solar system. The synthetic ray of that time was the green ray, and it found one of its closest alliances in the ray of orange, or mind or intelligence demonstrating through form. You get a correspondence in this solar system in the synthetic Ray of Love and Wisdom, and its close relationship to the fourth Ray of Harmony. It finds a demonstration in the triangle formed by their interaction, as follows: [217]

Green Ray
Third Aspect
Activity or Intelligence

Third subray
Fifth subray
Manas, mind

Indigo Ray
Second Aspect
Love and Wisdom

Second subray
Love and Wisdom
Fourth subray
Indigo-yellow [218]
In the activity system you have the third aspect of universal mind or activity, demonstrating through the orange of the concrete subray... adaptability through form - form which perfectly expresses that latent activity. Similarly in the second system of love, you have the love aspect demonstrating through the yellow of the ray of harmony or beauty - love expressing itself perfectly through unity, harmony or beauty. Note here the fact that I again use terms that are dependent for their correctness upon their exoteric or esoteric interpretation.

Therefore to return to what I earlier said, this orange comes in as a vibration set up by the earlier cosmic ray of activity in the earlier solar system; the force of orange (which is scientific apprehension by the intelligence) comes in to perfect the link between spirit and form, between life and the vehicles through which it is seeking expression.

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