frequently asked questions
This area is not intended to answer specific questions about your PIP II or Spectrum Profiler results. We have a list of Evaluators at the Seven Ray Institute, which is available to provide individual evaluations.
This area also cannot answer the deep philosophical questions that can sometimes be raised in the study of the Ageless Wisdom. We would encourage you to consider applying for study with the Morya Federation, or going to the Discussion Forum at the School of Esoteric Studies if you have those types of questions.
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What Are The Seven Rays?
Briefly, the Rays are seven great streams of subtle energy which condition all lives within our local cosmos system. The Tibetan Teacher's definition of a Ray is as follows: "A ray is but a name for a particular force or type of energy, with the emphasis upon the quality which that force exhibits and not upon the force aspect which it creates. This is a true definition of a ray." (Esoteric Psychology I 316)
- Ray I: the Ray of Will and Power
Type 1A: Steadfastness and endurance emphasized
Type 1B: Dynamic liberation and freedom emphasized
- Ray II: the Ray of Love and Wisdom
Type 2A: Loving-understanding emphasized
Type 2B: Wisdom and complete understanding emphasized
- Ray III: the Ray of Active Intelligence and Adaptability (also, the Ray of Creative Intelligence)
Type 3A: Abstract thought and creative reasoning emphasized
Type 3B: Activity and adaptability emphasized
- Ray IV: the Ray of Harmony Through Conflict (also, the Ray of Harmony, Beauty and Art)
Type 4A: Creation of harmony and beauty emphasized
Type 4B: Involvement in conflict emphasized
- Ray V: the Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Science
Type 5A: Factual knowledge and great accuracy emphasized
Type 5B: Practical experimentation and technical inventiveness emphasized
- Ray VI: the Ray of Devotion and Idealism
Type 6A: Devotion and openness to guidance emphasized
Type 6B: Fiery aspiration and intense idealism emphasized
- Ray VII: the Ray of Organization and Ceremonial Order or Magic
Type 7A: Preservation of established forms and structures emphasized
Type 7B: Creation and reorganizing of forms and structures emphasized
Additional information on the rays can be found on this site by clicking here.
What Are The Vehicles?
The vehicles are:
- Monad: The One. The threefold spirit on its own plane. The unified triad of atma, buddhi and manas. The immortal essence of ourselves which uses the soul to incarnate through, just as the soul incarnates through our personality.
- Soul: Neither spirit nor matter but the relation between them. It is the middle or love principle and that which reincarnates in different bodies -- the Mediator or Middle Principle; that entity which is brought into being when the spirit aspect and the matter aspect are related to each other; neither spirit nor matter but the relation between them; the link between God and His form; another name for the Christ principle, whether in nature or in man; the form-building aspect; the force of evolution itself. In the world of phenomenal appearance, it is the creating agent, the major building factor, the constructor of forms.
- Personality: The sum total of the three fold lower self: the physical, astra and mental vehicles.
- Mental Vehicle: The mind, mental faculty. The "Individualizing principle". It is divided into two parts -- higher mind/lower mind. It is the lower mind with which the Mental Ray is associated with.
- Astral Vehicle: The emotional or feeling body. Watery in nature and the seat of our desires and emotions. It is one of the most difficult bodies to control.
- Physical-Etheric Vehicle: The physical plane is divided into seven sub-planes (as are all planes). The lower three sub-planes represent the physical body, and the higher four sub-planes represent the etheric body.
Another way to view this is through a study of the Constitution of Man, although a discussion is beyond the scope of this frequently asked questions area, we have included a brief exploration of it here.
Can Any Ray Be In Any Vehicle?
Yes, in theory, this is possible, but at our present stage of human development it is not probable.. The Tibetan (Djwhal Khul or D.K.), one of the Masters, had some fifty students to whom He assigned a ray formula.
The Mental Ray:
In the information concerning the mental ray none were assigned the sixth ray, though the Buddha and the Catholic Church were said to have this type of mental way. Only two individuals had the Ray III mental vehicle and three individuals, Ray II. The majority of mental vehicles were found upon Ray IV, with a good representation of Rays I and V The probability, therefore, is that your mental ray is either the first, fourth or fifth, but in some rare cases (and if the individual is truly a disciple) the second and third rays can be the mental vehicle. As well, DK discussed certain instances in which Ray VII could condition that vehicle around the time of the first initiation. It is usually best to go with probabilities, but exceptions are also possible.
The Astral Ray (Ray of the Emotional Vehicle):
The following is the break-down mentioned for the emotional vehicle of the Tibetan’s students:
- Ray I: about 20%.
- Ray II: less than 20%.
- Ray III: None, but in an example of psychological pathology the Tibetan said Ray III could condition the emotional vehicle.
- Ray IV: None, not even in hypothetical examples.
- Ray V: None, but one hypothetical example given.
- Ray VI: Most Frequent - greater than 50%.
- Ray VII: None, but one hypothetical example given.
So you can see that you, most likely, will have an emotional vehicle which is conditioned by Ray II or VI with some possibility of the a first ray conditioning if you are truly a disciple. Still, an emotional vehicle on the first ray is relatively a rarity.
The Etheric-Physical Ray:
The following is the analysis of the physical vehicle of the Tibetan's students:
- Ray I: 16%.
- Ray II: One person.
- Ray III: 35%.
- Ray IV: None.
- Ray V: None, though the Tibetan indicated that it was possible when predicting the future ray structure of one of His students, should that student not desist from the prevailing tendencies in his life.
- Ray VI: Two people.
- Ray VII: 40%.
So you can see that your physical-etheric vehicle will probably be Rays III or VII and in some cases, when the individual is truly a disciple, Ray I.
A summary of our thoughts comes from Dr. Michael Robbins' Tapestry of the God's, Volume I, page 502:
In considering unusual ray choices (such as the seventh, fifth, fourth or third ray astral body) it would be profitable for the student to ponder over the possible reason for the soul's choice. What, from the point of view of evolution, could be gained by having an astral vehicle qualified by one of these uncharacteristic rays? There are probably some general ideas which are valid, but naturally, the specific reasons would vary in each case. The same kind of pondering could be extended to unusual mental or physical rays. If the soul's purpose in an unusual choice is fathomed, the unusual ray quality will be used to better spiritual effect.
Does The PIP II Place The Rays In The Vehicles?
No. The most the PIP II can do is give one a good notion as to one's most prominent rays. These will probably be the Soul and Personality, but could be the ray of the Mental Vehicle or even the Emotional or Etheric-Physical Vehicle. Many people have also found the PIP II useful to helping to eliminate the rays, which are less likely to be found conditioning the vehicles. Only a Master can determine the five rays or your ray chart with exactitude. It is best for the student to work hard at determining his or her rays—at least hypothetically, which is all that is really possible. Many 'experts' are ready to assign you your rays, but it is best to accomplish this task yourself, though the perspective of others can sometimes be useful.
Our goal with the TARA, which you may wish to take following the PIP II, is to improve our ability to assign the rays in the vehicles. But at this stage of humanity's development and knowledge of the Science of the Seven Rays, coming a bit closer is all that is really possible. We do not yet have the capability of an "expert diagnosis" of the most prominent rays and their position in the ray chart.
Where Should I Go After Taking The PIP II To Determine My Ray Makeup?
First, download the manual and read it. Second, download the Tapestry of the Gods books. In particular Section II of Volume I "An Analysis of the Differences and Similarities in Ray Qualities" is helpful in promoting one's understanding of the rays and their 'positions'. Then, one might wish to use Section V of Volume II "The Seven Rays and the Dynamics of Soul/Personality Integration" to "try out" various combinations of Soul/Personality Rays. This last exercise is particularly good for those individuals who are having trouble determining which of two rays is their soul or personality ray, as it can provide valuable insights. For instance, when taking a combination of any two rays which are felt to be strong in one's energy system, one of the rays can be hypothesized as the soul ray and the other as the personality ray; then the positions can be reversed. The soul ray will always indicate one's deeper purpose. The soul ray is the "end" and the personality ray provides the "means".
And, as mentioned, there is the TARA and there are Seven Ray Seminars and Evaluators available through the Seven Ray Institute.
Where Should I Go After Taking The Spectrum Profiler?
The answer is to take the PIP II. (Smile.)
Where Do I Go If I Wish More information?
One should understand that understanding the energy of the Seven Rays and their effect upon one's energy system is only a part of an individual's task when pursuing spiritual development.
The Ancient Greek aphorism "Know thyself", Greek: γν?θι σεαυτ?ν, English phonetics pronunciation: gnōthi seauton, was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek periegetic (travelogue) writer Pausanias. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC.
Plato (424/423 BC[a] – 348/347 BC) employs the maxim 'Know Thyself' extensively by having the character of Socrates use it to motivate his dialogues. Plato makes it clear that Socrates is referring to a long-established wisdom. Socrates uses the maxim 'know thyself' as his explanation to Phaedrus for why he has no time for mythology or other far-flung topics. Socrates says, "But I have no leisure for them at all; and the reason, my friend, is this: I am not yet able, as the Delphic inscription has it, to know myself; so it seems to me ridiculous, when I do not yet know that, to investigate irrelevant things." Plato also alluded to the fact that understanding 'thyself,' would have a greater yielded factor of understanding the nature of a human being. Syllogistically, understanding oneself would enable thyself to have an understanding of others as a result.
There are certainly many sources for learning about oneself - good friends, psychological instruments, the Spectrum Profiler, the PIP II, vocational instruments, group psychotherapy, meditation, astrology, palmistry, etc. The most important way is to listen to yourself, whether you call it "your gut instinct", "your inner voice", "your true Self", etc. While methods which aid you to get in touch with your inner self are certainly beneficial, it's your journey, your path -- so until the days when the true Masters of the Wisdom are available as Teachers upon the physical plane, only YOU can tell which methods are best for YOU to get in touch with YOUR inner self.
One resource you might consider on your journey is the Seven Ray Institute which has Seven Ray Seminars available for further insights and Evaluators available. Much of the Ageless Wisdom material comes from the books of Alice A. Bailey, written in cooperation with a Tibetan teacher between 1919-1949, they constitute a continuation of a body of esoteric teaching handed down from ancient times in a form which is always suitable to each period. Therefore the Alice A. Bailey books are another and highly valuable source to consider.
If you wish further study you might wish to apply to the Morya Federation, the Arcane School or The School of Esoteric Studies as schools that represent the Ageless Wisdom in a solid and worthy manner. These three schools are mainly online and done via correspondence. If you are interested in a residence program there is the Christ College of Trans-Himalayan Wisdom in New Zealand.
Once you gain some proficiency in the knowledge of the Seven Rays, you might also wish to do your own Workshop -- or at least download the Workshop materials on this website and review them even, if you do not wish to do a Workshop. Teaching has always been one of the best ways to learn.