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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter II - The Ray of Personality - Some Problems of Psychology
The third factor to be considered by the man who is working towards the well-being of his fellows is the study of the [518] effects of the new incoming forces upon the present mechanism of man. This is not yet being done but is a determining factor in the successful development of the human unit. Therefore, it is of vital importance to educators, psychologists, parents and esotericists. There is, however, as yet no real recognition of the fact and the urgency of these incoming forces, nor is there any appreciation of the potency of the energies emanating from
  1. The sign of the zodiac into which we are now passing.
  2. The effect of the relation existing between the forces emanating from the sign Aquarius and the sign Leo which is its polar opposite and, therefore, closely related to it. The interplay of the two signs is, at this time, responsible for the appearance of the great and modern human movements, involving vast numbers of men and engineered usually by some dominant personality. It is responsible also for the intense individualism which is manifesting in every department of human life today.
  3. The effect of the new zodiacal influences upon the eleven other signs. This is a most interesting theme and one that has been little considered. What effect will the potency of the sign Aquarius (which is becoming increasingly dominant with each decade) have upon a person or a nation which is governed by the sign Taurus, for instance, or by Sagittarius, or Pisces? In coming centuries, this aspect of astrological science will be of definite importance and will be considered by those responsible for the rearing and education of children during the coming centuries. It will be one of the most important themes to be dealt with in all systems of psychological and esoteric service to humanity, and will [519] eventually cause a reorganization of the methods employed up to date to aid and liberate man.
    This we shall endeavor to elucidate as one of the points in Volume III of A Treatise on the Seven Rays, and it will contribute an entirely new approach.
  4. The effect of the relation of the seven rays to the zodiacal forces. It should be remembered that there is a close interplay between the seven rays and the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Another task of the psychologist is to investigate the effect or the relation of the seven centers of force, which are to be found in the human body, in the etheric counterpart of the physical body. Many of the modern physical ills and a large number of undesirable psychological conditions will then be traced to their true source. This is the over-stimulation, plus the underdevelopment, of the centers of energy found in the human mechanism and closely connected with the endocrine system. This is part of the new Science of Humanity.

You will see from the above how vast and intricate is our theme. It will not be possible for me to do more than generalize, and point out the way to certain broad trails or lines of investigation along which the modern student and scientist would do well to go. I would like to remind you also that the problem of the human being is essentially and basically the problem of consciousness or awareness. The five aspects of man

  1. The physical body.
  2. The vital or etheric body.
  3. The astral body.
  4. The mental body.
  5. The soul body or the egoic lotus,

are basically only open doors into the larger whole of which [520] the individual unit is a part. They put the man into relation with the divine expression and manifestation in the same way that his five senses put him in touch with the tangible world and enable him thus to share the general life.

Many of our present problems (arising out of the mystical or the spiritual life) and a large number of our psychological difficulties are connected with this fact. Many a man also is over-developed in some one of these directions and, therefore, (through this developed sensitivity of some aspect of the fivefold instrument of contact) he becomes aware of a realm of consciousness and of states of awareness with which he is not competent to deal, owing to the underdevelopment of his mind and the lack of soul contact.

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