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What is the real nature of a true mystic or introvert?
He is one whose Soul force, Ray or quality is too strong for the personality to handle. The man then finds that the path to the inner worlds of desire-emotion, of mind and of Spiritual vision are, for him, the line of least resistance, and the Physical plane integration and expression suffer as a consequence. The "pull" of the Soul offsets the outer "pull," and the man becomes a visionary mystic. I refer not to the practical mystic who is on the way to becoming a white occultist.
The reverse condition can also be true, and then you have the pure extrovert. The Personality Ray focusses itself upon the Physical plane, and the inner lure of the Soul is temporarily offset, sometimes for several lives. Where this outer condition and "pull" is overstrong, and when all the Personality Ray qualities are focussed to a point, you will have either a display of exhibitionism, as it is called, or a constructive high grade personality, expressing genius and the creative possibilities of a coordinated physical, emotional and mental expression. The manifestation of this coordination will be outward into the world of doing, and not inward into the world of being or of the Soul.
THE RAYS OF ASPECT VS. ATTRIBUTE
Group I: Rays of Aspect, the three major Rays.
Group II: Rays of Attribute, the four minor Rays.
The three great Rays, which constitute the sum total of the divine manifestation, are aspect Rays, and this for two reasons:
First, they are, in their totality, the manifested Deity, the Word in incarnation. They are the expression of the creative purpose, and the synthesis of life, quality and appearance.
Secondly, they are active in every form in every kingdom, and they determine the broad general characteristics which govern the energy, the quality and the kingdom in question; through them the differentiated forms come into being, the specialised lives express themselves, and the diversity of divine agents fulfill their destiny in the plane of existence allocated to them.
The four Rays of attribute, which find their synthesis in the third Ray of aspect, produce the varying qualities in greater detail than do the three Rays of aspect. It might generally be stated, as we endeavour to clarify our problem, that the three Rays of aspect find their main expression in relation to mankind through the medium of the three periodical vehicles:
They find their secondary expression in the three bodies which form the personality of man:
The Rays of attribute, though expressing themselves equally on all the planes and through the periodical vehicles and the three aspects of the personality, find their main expression through one or other of the four kingdoms in nature:
In relation to mankind, these four Rays of attribute find a wide expression in connection with the four aspects of the personality, or with the quaternary. The relationship is as follows:
Harmony through Conflict
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