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A Treatise on White Magic - Rule Ten - The Centers, Energies and Rays
The occult aphorism: "To will, to know, to dare, and to be silent", has a special significance not hitherto revealed and at which it is only possible for me to hint. Those of you who have the inner knowledge will comprehend at once.
  • To Will. These words relate to the ultimate achievement, when, by an act of the combined will of the soul and of the lower man, unification and realization are brought about. It concerns the center at the base of the spine.
  • To Know. These words concern the Ajna center, the center between the eyebrows. A hint lies in the words 'Let the Mother know the Father'. It has relation to the marriage in the Heavens.
  • To Dare. These words give the clue to the subordination of the personality, and have a close connection with the solar plexus, the great clearing house of desire and of the astral forces, and also the main center of the transmutative work.
  • To Be Silent. This phrase relates to the transmutation of the lower creative energy into the higher creative life. The sacral center has to relapse into silence.

It will be seen then that for the disciple the following centers are of paramount importance:

  1. The ajna center, through which the purified personality expresses itself.
  2. The center at the base of the spine, which is the center through which complete and utter control and coordination is achieved, through the arousing of the purifying agency of fire.
  3. The sacral center, wherein the basic force of our particular solar system, the force of attraction of form to form is transmuted, and the attractive force of the soul takes the place of the reproductive creative material activity. [288]
  4. The solar plexus center which, situated in the center of the body and being the organ of the astral body and of the lower psychism, gathers together all lower forces and redirects them under the impulse of the soul to their higher repositories.

I realize that the teaching given here is both deep and abstruse, but it is needed for the few, and their numbers will increase as time elapses.

The complexity of the subject is also increased by the fact that each ray holds within its teaching a different approach and a different method for those souls who are found responsive to its peculiar impulse.

I give here the seven keys for each of the ray methods. These can be studied in relation to the above tabulations and in connection with the four words we have been considering. We must remember that "To Will" is the prerogative of Spirit, "To Know" is the function of the Soul, "To Dare" is the duty of the personality, and "To Be Silent" is the ultimate dharma or destiny of the matter aspect, of the animal nature in its interplay with the soul.

  • First Ray: - Let the Forces come together. Let them mount to the High Place, and from that lofty eminence, let the soul look out upon a world destroyed. Then let the word go forth: "I still persist!"
  • Second Ray: - Let all the life be drawn to the Center, and enter thus into the Heart of Love Divine. Then from that point of sentient Life, let the soul realize the consciousness of God. Let the word go forth, reverberating through the silence: "Naught is but Me!"
  • Third Ray: - Let the Army of the Lord, responsive to the word, cease their activities. Let knowledge end in wisdom. Let the point vibrating become the point quiescent, and all lines gather into One. Let the soul realize the One in Many, and let the word go forth in [289] perfect understanding: "I am the Worker and the Work, the One that Is."
  • Fourth Ray: - Let the outer glory pass away and the beauty of the inner Light reveal the One. Let dissonance give place to harmony, and from the center of the hidden Light, let the soul speak: Let the word roll forth: "Beauty and glory veil Me not. I stand revealed. I am."
  • Fifth Ray: - Let the three forms of energy electric pass upward to the Place of Power. Let the forces of the head and heart and all the nether aspects blend. Then let the soul look out upon an inner world of light divine. Let the word triumphant go forth: "I mastered energy for I am energy Itself. The Master and the mastered are but One."
  • Sixth Ray: - Let all desire cease. Let aspiration end. The search is over. Let the soul realize that it has reached the goal, and from that gateway to eternal Life and cosmic Peace, let the word sound: "I am the seeker and the sought. I rest!"
  • Seventh Ray: - Let the builders cease their work. The Temple is completed. Let the soul enter into its heritage and from the Holy Place command all work to end. Then in the silence subsequent, let him chant forth the Word: "The creative work is over. I, the Creator, Am. Naught else remains but Me."
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