The Sixth and Seventh Rays


Incoming Seventh Ray

We are quite aware of the changing of consciousness as predicted by wisdom schools around the world. The school of Seven Rays as taught by Alice A. Bayley (AAB) explains it in terms of the Sixth Ray giving way to the Seventh Ray. But not without resistance. We visited the Lucis Trust website to refresh our memories about the Seven Rays. We found not only a succinct summary here, but also a discussion of what these changes are that we are undergoing. These excerpts are from the Alice Bayley website, Lucis Trust,

Sixth vs. Seventh Rays

The past 2000 yrs have been conditioned by the 6th Ray of Devotion and Idealism. This ray has fostered the growth of the great world religions because the 6th ray endows the “capacity for abstraction”. The outstanding quality of human experience over the past 2000 years has been the growing expression of idealism. But after 2000 years, the conditioning has led to the tendency to impose one’s own particular ideal on others, at the expense of the original idea.

The 6th ray is the ray of blind procedure; only one aspect of reality is seen at a time – and usually the least desirable. All else is sealed to them; they vision only one picture; their horizon is limited to only one point of the compass. To most of humanity, this vision has focused on the material world, material comfort, material possessions and material enterprises. To this the labour movement today bears testimony, AAB [Alice A. Bailey] pointed out.

Two of these rays are struggling for expression – one incoming (7th) and one outgoing (6th). Although the 6th ray began to pass out around 1625, it’s still the most powerful influence. The influence of the 6th ray has led to the development of taste in all forms. “Good taste” is highly valued; now disciples must transmute this into the discriminating sense of spiritual values. Interestingly, when a ray cycle passes out, the lower manifestation of that ray lingers on longer than the higher expression. Thus, the 6th ray is expressing now through the reactionary forces, clashing with the progressive forces of the incoming 7th ray which are seeking to govern and which would take world civilisation in drastically different directions. One ray is fostering crystallisation and the perpetuation of the existing culture, and one is fostering the creation of something entirely new out of the present world upheaval. 6th ray people are often the reactionaries, the conservatives, diehards and fanatics, who hold on to the past and hinder progress. They provide, however, a needed balance and steadying.

The forces of the 7th ray work out on the seventh or physical plane – the plane whereon major changes in all forms are made. This produces the precipitation of karma, but because of this grounding effect, the 7th ray will foster the spiritual advancement of all grades. But it’s important to remember that the 7th ray is the direct line along which first ray energy can travel, bringing the release of life into new and improved forms and the destruction of old ways of living. “You can’t pour new wine into old bottles”, it’s been said. Does this explain the growing sense that something is being destroyed in order to make way for the new? Is this what’s evoking the “reactionary” elements and the growing fundamentalism we see in so many areas of life?