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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter III - Humanity Today - The Great Approaches
In these four points there is probably indicated enough to [709] make clear, or at least to suggest two important things. First, that much, if not all that can be seen going on in the world today, is caused by a greatly increased soul stimulation, to which the entire human family is reacting, even though, as individuals, they have not made a soul contact. This increased stimulation is due to two things
  1. A great many men, and the number is rapidly increasing, are making contact with their souls through an intense aspiration and - in many cases - very real desperation.
  2. The Hierarchy of Masters is exceedingly active today, and this is due to two things:
    1. The demand on the part of humanity which has reached Their attention continuously for the past few decades, and which is calling out an inevitable response.
    2. A stimulation of the planetary Hierarchy itself. This leads many in the ranks of the Hierarchy to pass through one of the higher initiations. They therefore become much more potent and their influence is much more magnetic and radiating.

If we take the four points above enumerated and apply them both to the individual and to the race, we will find the answers to many questions, and the potency of the effects can be noted.

A study of the egoic ray, when rightly understood, will give the clue to all that is happening today. It might be stated that, in the initial stage of this study, the theme should be approached as follows: A close analysis of the life, quality and characteristics of the aspirants in the world should be made from the standpoint of modern, academic, psychological research, but the fact of the soul should be accepted as a hypothetical possibility. From that premise, the investigator [710] can seek to understand the complexity of the nature of the men and the women under observation.

Some study of the psychology of the mystics (mostly those of the Middle Ages and therefore of the past), and some understanding of the phenomena which they experienced, has been carried forward. Little, however, has been done in connection with the mystics of modern times, with their higher mental equipment and their wider knowledge of the world. Nothing has been done really as yet in relation to the psychology of the occultist, who is only the mystic functioning on a higher plane - that of the mind. These are the brilliant people, normal in most of their expressions of life but possessing that something plus which differentiates them from the rank and file of their fellow men. They rise to the top of their profession, whatever it may be; they have outstanding creative ability in some department of the creative arts; they are phenomenally magnetic and influential in their effect on others; they unify and blend and gather around them groups of people.

This group of advanced people is coming increasingly under the influence of, and responding to, the energy of their souls. They do this either consciously through aspiration, meditation and service, or unconsciously, simply expressing their point in evolution and demonstrating the work done in other lives. This group might be regarded in many ways as supernormal. Its members are frequently misunderstood and it is difficult to account for all that they are and do. They dominate in world affairs, in the realm of art or in the world of business and are the guiding group in the world today. They are found active in government and in churches. They express predominantly a sense of responsibility, or a sense of synthesis, or a sense of God, or a sense of beauty, and modern psychology must answer the question: What is it that [711] differentiates these people from their fellowmen? Heredity, opportunity, environment and the state of the glandular equipment, are some of the reasons brought forth today, but the question really remains unanswered, and will so remain until some understanding is gained of egoic unfoldment, and of soul contact, with its consequences: - stimulation, integration, the inflow of energy, and the use of that energy, according to the predisposition of the man and his group response.

Much has been given in this Treatise on the Seven Rays which should serve to clarify the problem. The soul ray of an individual, the soul ray of a nation, the potency in time and space of an incoming or an outgoing ray - all these give hints and clues to the understanding of the problem and should eventually lead to a better handling of the human being and his equipment, both by himself and by those who are endeavoring to handle him.

Sometimes I ask myself what real use can be made of this teaching and whether the wealth of information is of real service. Knowledge when given must be used; it must be made of practical application in the daily life. Upon all of you who read these words, as they come fresh from my heart, my mind and lips, rests a duty of doing three things, which I give to you in the order of their importance:

  1. The moulding of your daily lives upon the basis of the imparted truth, if it is to you indeed a truth. It is perhaps to you simply interesting, a fascinating side line of study; perhaps it is something which it pleases you to get because of its novelty and because it is a little different from the general run of teaching; perhaps it pleases you to get these instructions a little ahead of the rest of humanity. All these reactions are of small importance, [712] being those of the personality. They are perhaps the most probable reactions for the majority. If there is nothing deeper in your reaction than those I have mentioned, then these teachings are not for you, for the responsibility upon your shoulders is thereby very great; but if you are attempting, no matter in how small a way, to apply the truth as you see it to your own life, then they are for you.
  2. The building of that structure of thought which will embody this newer teaching. You can - if you so desire - help construct the thought form of the New Age teaching. You do this, above all, by your thought; by your practical application of any truth, which you may have understood, to your personal life at any cost; by your sacrifice and your service to your fellow men and by the constant dissemination of any knowledge which you may possess.
  3. Distribution of the teaching over a long period of time. Have you done anything along this line, thus shouldering your responsibility?
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