Propositions of Esoteric Psychology
In concluding this section of our
treatise, and before starting on our real study of the rays, I seek to
formulate for you the fundamental propositions upon which all this teaching is
founded. They are for me, a humble worker in the Hierarchy, as they are for the
Great White Lodge as a whole, a statement of fact and of truth. For students
and seekers they must be accepted as an hypothesis:
- One: There
is one Life, which expresses Itself primarily through seven basic
qualities or aspects, and secondarily through the myriad diversity of
- Two: These seven radiant qualities are the seven Rays, the seven
Lives, Who give Their life to the forms, and give
the form world its meaning, its laws, and its urge to evolution.
- Three: Life, quality and
appearance, or spirit, soul and body constitute all that exists. They are
existence itself, with its capacity for growth, for activity, for
manifestation of beauty, and for full conformity to the Plan. This Plan is
rooted in the consciousness of the seven ray Lives.
- Four: These seven Lives,
Whose nature is consciousness and Whose
expression is sentiency and specific quality, produce cyclically the
manifested world; They work together in the closest union and harmony, and
cooperate intelligently with the Plan of which They are the custodians.
They are the seven Builders, Who produce the radiant temple of the Lord,
under the guidance of the Mind of the Great Architect of the Universe.
- Five: Each ray Life is
predominantly expressing Itself through one of the seven sacred planets,
but the life of all the seven flows through every planet, including the
Earth, and thus qualifies every form. On each planet is a small replica of
the general scheme, and every planet conforms to the intent and purpose of
- Six: Humanity, with which this treatise deals, is an expression of the
life of God, and every human being has come forth along one line or other
of the seven ray forces. The nature of his soul is qualified or determined
by the ray Life which breathed him forth, and his form nature is colored
by the ray Life which - in its cyclic appearance on the physical plane at
any particular time - sets the quality of the race life and of the forms
in the kingdoms of nature. The soul nature or quality remains the same
throughout a world period; its form life and nature change from life to
life, according to its cyclic need and the environing group condition.
This latter is determined by the ray or rays in incarnation at the time.
- Seven: The Monad is the
Life, lived in unison with the seven ray Lives. One Monad, seven rays and
myriads of forms - this is the structure behind the manifested worlds.
- Eight: The Laws which
govern the emergence of the quality or soul, through the medium of forms,
are simply the mental purpose and life direction of the ray Lords, Whose
purpose is immutable, Whose vision is perfect,
and Whose justice is supreme.
- Nine: The mode or method
of development for humanity is self-expression and self-realization. When
this process is consummated the self expressed is the One Self or the ray
Life, and the realization achieved is the revelation of God as the quality
of the manifested world and as the Life behind appearance and quality. The
seven ray Lives, or the seven soul types, are seen as the expression of
one Life, and diversity is lost in the vision of the One and in
identification with the One.
- Ten: The
method employed to bring about this realization is experience, beginning
with individualization and ending with initiation, thus producing the
perfect blending and expression of life-quality-appearance.
This is a brief statement of the Plan. Of
this the Hierarchy of Masters in Its seven divisions (the correspondences of
the seven rays) is the custodian, and with Them lies
the responsibility in any century of carrying out the next stage of that Plan.