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Ray Three - The Ray of Active Intelligence

Ray Three - The Ray of Active Intelligence

Ray three is known as the ray of active intelligence. It finds its expression on earth through humanity. The energy of active intelligence is the easiest for modern humanity to receive. Sadly most of this type of energy has been crystalized into money due to selfish perceptions and desires. As a matter of fact, the human intelligence has mainly used on the side of materialism rather than spirituality .

Ray Three – Ray of Activity & Adaptability

Special Virtues Wide views on all abstract questions, sincerity of purpose, clear intellect, capacity for concentration on philosophic studies, patience, caution, absence of tendency to worry himself or others over trifles.
Vices of Ray Intellectual pride, coldness, isolation, inaccuracy in details, absent-mindedness, obstinacy, selfishness, over much criticism of others.
Virtues to be acquired Sympathy, tolerance, devotion, energy and common-sense.

This is the ray of the abstract thinker, of the philosopher and the metaphysician, of the man of delights in the higher mathematics but who, unless modified by some practical ray, would hardly be troubled to keep his accounts accurately. His imaginative faculty will be highly developed, i. e., he can by the power of his imagination grasp the essence of truth; his idealism will often be strong; he is a dreamer and a theorist, and from his wide views and great caution he sees every side of a question equally clearly. This sometimes paralyses his action. He will make a good businessman; as a solider he will work out a problem in tactics at his desk, but is seldom great in the field. As an artist his technique is not fine, but his subjects will be full of thoughts and interest. He will love music, but unless influenced by the fourth ray he will not produce it. In all walks of life he is full of ideas, but is too impractical to carry them out.

One type of this ray is uncovered to a degree, slovenly, unpunctual and idle, and regardless of appearances. If influenced by the fifth ray as the secondary ray, this character is entirely changed. The third and the fifth rays make the perfectly balanced historian who grasps his subject in a large way and verifies every detail with patient accuracy. Again the third and the fifth rays together make a truly great mathematician who soars into heights of abstract thought and calculations, and who can also bring his results into practical scientific use. The literary style of ray three man is often vague and involved, but if influenced by the first, fourth and fifth or seventh rays, it will change; and under the fifth ray he will be a master of the pen.

The curing of disease by ray three man would be by the use of drugs made of herbs or minerals belonging to the same ray.

The method of approaching the great Quest, for this ray type, is by deep thinking on philosophical or metaphysical lines till he is led to the realization of the great Beyond and on the paramount importance of treading the Path that leads at thither.

Just as the grasping and attracting are terms applicable to the methods of the two first rays, so a process of “selective manipulation” is the characteristic of ray three. This method is totally different in its technique to that of the two mentioned above. It might be said that the note which generates the activity set up by souls of this ray, is such that atoms of the different planes are moved as if consciously responding to a selective process. The vibratory activity of the soul makes itself felt and atoms collect from widely different points in response to a certain quality in the vibration. It is far more selective than in the case of the second ray.

...the Center We Call Humanity.

Just as souls in the first ray seem to grasp indiscriminately what they need, and force the substances thus grasped into the form or appearance required, enduring it with quality needed in a dynamic and forceful way, and just as souls on the second ray set up a motion which gathers material out of it immediately surrounding environment, and imposes on it, through magnetic attraction, the desired quality, so in the case of souls on ray three the required material is chosen here and there, but that chosen already has the needs quality and nothing whatever is imposed.

If the student is using ray three force, in a personal manner, he will be devious in his propositions, subtle and elusive in his arguments. Using manipulation in his relations with his fellow men, or be an interfering busybody, actively engaged in running the world, in managing other people’s lives for them, or in grasping so firmly the reins of government in his own self interest that he will sacrifice everything and everybody in furthering his own busy ends. If he is, however, a true disciple and aspirant, he will work with the Plan and wield third ray force to bring about the loving purposes of the spiritual Reality. He will be busy and active and his words will carry truth, and will lead to the helping of others, for they will be detached and true.

Ray three finds its expression through the third major center on the planet; the center we call Humanity.

Read more about Master Paul the Venetian, the Chohan of third ray


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