An overview of the seven rays
By Kim Michaels
Why would you care about the spiritual rays? These are the basic reasons:
- Everything you do is done with the energy of one or several of the spiritual rays. The entire material world is made from the seven rays.
- Every limitation you face is created out of a perversion of one or more of the seven spiritual rays.
- The ONLY way to transcend a given limitation is to free yourself from a): the belief that created the limitation and b): the low-frequency energy that has been generated.
- The ONLY way to transform the low-frequency energy that is created by perverting a given ray is to invoke the pure energy of that ray. Any ray is the anti-dote to the perverted energy from that ray.
In summary, only by knowing the spiritual rays can you effectively identify and overcome the limitations you face. The following is a description of each ray and its pure qualities as well as the perversions. Each rays has certain spiritual offices, held by ascended beings:
- The Elohim represents an office held by the beings who actually built the material universe.
- The archangel is an office held by beings who serve as messengers or intermediaries between the spiritual and the material realm.
- The Chohan is an ascended master who is primarily working on helping unascended beings walk the path of initiation that leads towards the ascension.
Color: Electric blue
Corresponding chakra: Throat
Elohim: Hercules and Amazonia
Archangel: Michael and Faith
Chohan: Master MORE, also known as El Morya, Morya, Master M, M, or Bapu.
Traditionally as the ray of power and will, yet from a deeper understanding the first ray represents the creative drive. This is the desire for self-expression, a willingness to experiment, even when the outcome of the experiment cannot be known ahead of time. Also a willingness to flow with life and learn from every experience. The first ray gives rise to the sense that everything matters, that life is exciting and that the individual truly can make a positive difference. The first ray is also the key to your willingness to work for raising the whole, instead of raising only yourself.
The perversion of the creative will is a fear of the unknown, which is expressed as an ability to abuse power in order to control one’s circumstances, including other people. There is a fear of engaging in activities where the outcome cannot be predicted or guaranteed, which obviously stifles creativity. People with perverted first ray qualities are often engaged in a variety of power games with other people, all based on the desire to control the outcome. This is an attempt to quell the very life force itself, which always points towards self-transcendence, and instead protect the separate self and what it thinks it can own in this world. This can lead to a sense of ownership over other people, which is one of the major sources of conflict on this planet. In milder cases, people have a fear of being creative and a sense of powerlessness, feeling that nothing really matters and that an individual cannot make a difference—thus, why even bother trying.
Color: Golden yellow
Corresponding chakra: Crown
Elohim: Apollo and Lumina
Archangel: Jophiel and Christine
Chohan: Lord Lanto
Traditionally seen as the ray of wisdom, illumination and self-knowledge. Yet at a deeper level, it is the ray that empowers you to see that the separate self is unreal and that separation is an illusion. It is through the second ray that you can experience the underlying reality that all life is one, because nothing can be separated from the omnipresent Creator. Openness to a higher understanding is also a quality of the second ray, as is the realization that there are many valid expressions of truth that all point to the same underlying reality of oneness.
The perversion of the second ray is the false wisdom, which thinks it knows everything or has an ultimate truth. This illusion is based on the central illusion of duality, namely that “reality” can divided into separate compartments and that the separate mind has the right and the ability to decide which is true and which is untrue. The perversions of the second ray can be seen in people who are absolutely sure that they are right – especially those who have become fanatical – and are willing to force others into compliance. Another perversion is intellectualism, where people can argue for or against any idea without ever going beyond the idea to a direct experience of the Spirit that is beyond words.
Corresponding chakra: Heart
Elohim: Heros and Amora
Archangel: Chamuel and Charity
Chohan: Paul the Venetian
Traditionally, the third ray has been seen as the seat of love, compassion, charity, appreciation for beauty and selflessness. Yet a deeper understanding is that the third ray is the seat of balance.
Love can be seen as the balancing force in life, the force that balances the two basic forces of creation, namely the outgoing (masculine or Father impulse) and the contracting (Feminine or Mother impulse). If these two forces are not balanced, there will be a tendency to take one of them towards the extreme. This means that anything which is created from imbalance will either be taken too far and thus blow apart, or it will not be taken far enough, and thus will not come to fruition and will eventually self-destruct through contraction.
The pure third ray qualities give you the ability to experience unconditionality, namely the one reality that is beyond the two extremes created by the dualistic mind. You can feel when something is dualistic, even though you may not yet have a detailed explanation. You simply sense that conditionality is not “right,” because you experience the unconditional nature of God/reality in your heart.
Third ray qualities lead to a deep inner sense of oneness with all life, which gives rise to the ability to discern when something feels right (because it seeks to raise all life) or feels not right (because it seeks to raise one part of life while putting down another). It is through the third ray that you can know what is the right thing to do, even if you cannot yet explain why through the mind. It is also through the third ray qualities that you can sense when something is driven by a selfish impulse, which gives you the power to balance yourself.
The primary perversion of the third ray is a lack of balance, but this can be expressed in many subtle ways. One way is what many people call love, but which is really a possessive attempt to control others. In extreme forms, this can be expressed as hatred and the desire to punish or destroy those who refuse to be controlled. For example, many people fall in love but then begin to express a sense of ownership towards the person they claim to love.
Another perversion is the firm belief that the ends can justify the means, meaning that because a person loves this superior cause, it is justified to force or kill other people in order to further the cause. This perverted form of love has caused some of the worst atrocities in human history. Few people are harder to convince than those whose outlook on life has become unbalanced by fanaticism. It is what causes people to believe that in order to demonstrate their love for God, they have to kill other people.
Color: Brilliant white
Corresponding chakra: Base
Elohim: Purity and Astrea
Archangel: Gabriel and Hope
Chohan: Serapis Bey
Traditionally, the fourth ray qualities are seen as purity, hope and self-discipline. Yet at a deeper level, the fourth ray is the interface between your Spirit and your physical body and the material world. The question asked at the level of the fourth ray is whether you will allow the material world to have power over your Spirit, so you limit your expression in this world. The question is whether you believe the current conditions in the material world are real, permanent and unchangeable, or whether you are willing to unleash your creative power in order to accelerate the material world – the Mother element – beyond current conditions.
The fourth ray qualities empower you to avoid being trapped in the illusion, that the appearances in the material world are real or permanent. You will thus be able to avoid being trapped in an endless cycle of seeking to fulfill lower, bodily, carnal or human desires. Instead, you will see this world as only a tool for your growth in self-awareness. This means you will effortlessly avoid activities that do not serve this purpose. Yet this has a deeper layer of understanding, as you will realize it is not a matter of avoiding all human or physical activities—it is a matter of spiritualizing them.
The last illusion to overcome on the spiritual path is the idea that there is a division between the spiritual and the material realm, between spiritual and material activities. Instead, you will be able to remain in oneness, making anything you do a spiritual activity. This will then serve to fulfill the purpose for taking embodiment in the first place, namely to accelerate the vibration of the entire material universe to a higher level, where it can become a permanent part of the spiritual realm.
Traditionally the perversion is seen as impurity, and chaos. Yet at a deeper level, the perversion is the sense that current conditions are real, are the way they should be or are beyond your power to change. You begin to think this world is separated from the spiritual realm, perhaps even that it belongs to the devil and that you should leave it alone, not seeking to change it.
You might even believe you have no right to be a spiritual person in this world or that you have no right to express your spiritual powers in this world. Instead, you think you should accept current conditions and adapt to them. As the ultimate perversion, you might even believe that you are an entirely material being, a product of the material universe—that you have come form dust and that to dust thou shalt return. In this state of mind, there is, of course, no hope of acceleration to a higher state. Yet given that life itself is acceleration into More, this is a state of mind that Jesus called “death,” meaning spiritual death.
Color: Emerald green
Corresponding chakra: Third eye
Elohim: Cyclopea and Virginia
Archangel: Raphael and Mother Mary
Traditionally, the fifth ray qualities are seen as truth and vision—yet vision of what? The fifth ray is the seat of single vision, as illustrated by Jesus in the remark: “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” The single-eyed vision is the Christ vision, which sees beyond duality. This is based on the realization that ANY expression of “truth” in the material world is less than the Spirit of Truth, and thus one must look beyond ANY outer expression in order to experience truth.
When one does, one sees that all divisions are unreal, and one sees the need to raise all life.This gives rise to Christ discernment, the ability to instantly identify and see through the lies of duality, that always seek to raise up one part of life by putting down another. This is exemplified in the situation in the Garden of Eden, where the Serpent said to Eve: “Thou shallt not surely die,” thus inserting the element of doubt in her consciousness. The fifth ray qualities empower you to see through this serpentine logic. You can also see that all appearances in the material world are only temporary, and thus you can hold the immaculate vision for people or conditions to be transformed.
The perversions are lack of vision, a lack of ability to discern between the one non-dual Truth and the many dualistic “truths,” leading to doubt and a sense of hopelessness or the sense that there is no truth. It is also the belief that there is only one truth, and that it is our truth. Also the sense that because we have the only truth, we are locked in a battle against those who promote another thought system, and that it is necessary and justified for us to criticize or even destroy their system. People who are critical of others people or ideas have perverted the fifth ray qualities. Another perversion is the tendency to say that if people do or believe certain things, they are bad people—failing to see beyond temporary appearances.
Color: Purple and gold
Corresponding chakra: Solar plexus
Elohim: Peace and Aloha
Archangel: Uriel and Aurora
Traditionally, the primary sixth ray quality is seen as peace, but it is a “peace that passeth understanding.” Thus, it is an inner sense of being unmoved by the dualistic appearances that are pulling at one from all sides. It is the ability to stand in the midst of a raging conflict and feel the stillness within. It is the ability to feel the pull that seeks to draw you into an unbalanced expression of anger, yet you can remain centered and decide that you do not want to go there.
When you have this peace, you can then give truly selfless service, because you will intuitively work to bring harmony into every situation. And of course, harmony is the key to helping people see beyond the dualistic struggle and find common ground. A person with developed sixth ray qualities is always looking for common ground and has an ability (especially when the upper chakras are also pure) to draw people towards common ground.
The immediate perversion of the sixth ray qualities are anger and agitation, expressed as a very aggressive drive to force others to change or to punish those who resist. It is a non-peace that also passeth understanding, because there is no way to reason with a person who has perverted the sixth ray qualities. They act blindly on their feelings of rage, and they will time and time again do or say things they regret later. They will even do things that everyone knows is wrong, yet be completely blind to it at the moment.
Another perversion is what some see as peace, but it is truly passivity, the unwillingness to take a stand for anything. Thus, people with this perversion tend to act as victims, who can only react to external forces and refuse to take responsibility for their lives. There are also people who lose individuality and become part of a “mob mind” that acts blindly or blindly follows a strong leader. Another perversion is a blind sense that violence and warfare can provide viable solutions or that in some situations they are the only way to react, even justified ways to react.
Corresponding chakra: Seat of the soul
Elohim: Arcturus and Victoria
Archangel: Zadkiel and Amethyst
Chohan: Saint Germain and Kuan Yin
Traditionally, the seventh ray qualities are seen as freedom, forgiveness and justice. Yet a deeper understanding is that the seventh ray is the seat of your playfulness, your willingness to approach life according to Jesus’ statement: “Unless you become as a little child, ye shall in no way enter the kingdom.”
When you embody the pure seventh ray qualities, you feel that you live in a world that is basically good, and you are here to express yourself and play with what is available. You are not worried or anxious about life or the future, and you trust that Spirit will protect you and that the Mother will nurture you. Thus, you feel a sense of bubbling freedom and a desire to experience what the world has to offer and to add to it through your own creative expression.
The primary perversion of the seventh ray qualities is a tendency to take life very seriously. This can be expressed as a perversion of both freedom and justice, which combines into the sense that you live in a world where everything is a struggle, perhaps even a struggle against a force that is unjustly seeking to take away your freedom.
Take the old saying: “Laugh at the devil, and he runs away from you.” There is a truth here, in the sense that if you take something too seriously, you give it power over you. Of course, one might say that there are many things in the world that are seeking to limit your freedom and that are unjust, so does that mean you should not take them seriously? Yet there is a balance, where one realizes the truth in another statement by Jesus: “Be ye wise as serpents, harmless as doves.” There is a fine balance between being naive to the temporary conditions in the world and taking them so seriously that you think you cannot feel free until they are changed.
The extreme perversion of the seventh ray is the epic mindset, where one thinks the world is locked in an epic battle between good and evil, meaning that anything can be justified in the fight to destroy evil. This leads to complete insensitivity towards life, which has led to some of the worst examples of human cruelty. Yet, as with everything else, insensitivity towards others comes from an insensitivity towards oneself.
When you have perverted the seventh ray qualities, you tend to think that the problems in the world exist because other people don’t take them as seriously as you do. As you overcome this imbalance, you realize that the conditions are still here because people take them too seriously, thus thinking the conditions of the material world have power over their Spirits. In reality, we are all spiritual beings, and one of our ultimate tasks on earth is to demonstrate that we will not allow material conditions to limit our Spirits and their expression in this world. Allowing our higher selves to express themselves through us is the key to freedom, and it is the playfulness of the divine man-child, who knows he or she is one with the Father—and with God all things are possible.
Corresponding chakra: Secret chamber of the heart
Chohan: The Maha Chohan
The eight ray is called the Ray of Integration, because it requires you to integrate the positive qualities of the first seven rays. This means you must have transcended the perversions of the first seven rays, or they will pull you away from integrating all rays.
Copyright © 2012 by Kim Michaels