The Impulse to Synthesis

At the end of the previous post, I put a snapshot of the booklet handed to participants at an event which was my brainchild and which I facilitated.  The event brought together “scientists” and “artists” with me as a hobby poet acting sometimes as a bilingual interpreter between the two camps. It was driven by the impulse to synthesis, which might be another term for alchemy. The idea was to drop the thought into young minds that these two camps are not opposed and that they can work together creatively. It was a seed thought.

I am susceptible to the impulse for synthesis because of my seventh ray personality vehicle. When I use comparative mind, I see similarities first, possibilities of overlap and not differences. I do appreciate differences but that is not my first port of call. This seeing of differences is in a part a legacy of the outgoing sixth ray of idealism / devotion. Or as I think of it the Gary Glitter ray; “do you want to be in my gang, my gang?” This ray of idealism, at its worst, imagines that it knows best, is ultra-dogmatic and insistent that it does and anyone who does not subscribe to that view is an enemy to be vanquished. It is an evangelical ray that seeks to convert.

I have mentioned being avant garde, and in the sense of my sensitivity to the incoming ray, I am. Others will be incarnate and similarly susceptible; yet more will be born. Someone once told me he experienced prejudice for being brown, until he mentioned it, I had not noticed that he was. Because of this sensitivity I see synergies, where others do not. I see how things could be put into an alchemist’s cauldron of inspiration and stirred over a low flame to create new stuff. Unfortunately, not everyone can follow my ideas nor trust in them.  The phrase “but what if?”, is a real soul sapper. There are some people who think it is “clever” to rip stuff to shreds before giving it due consideration. These are the seekers of holes which they point out with stiletto fingers. Pouring energy onto them is like putting water in a colander.

The seventh ray is the entrepreneurial ray, it brings together to synthesise. On the circle it is next to the first ray which destroys, the seventh brings things back together at end of cycle. It sees worth in all parts and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Harry Potter as a notion is a symptom of the incoming seventh ray. All over the world young children play with wands. Expelliamus! I suspect its author has some seventh ray in her make-up, maybe even at causal vehicle level.

For a number of years, I gave workshops on team development. I felt impelled so to do, it was not good for my academic career. I am also pretty keen on planning {present participle}.

If you have any seventh ray “flavour” to you these following quotations will speak to you. You can see that it is entrepreneurial in bent.


From Esoteric Psychology 2 by Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul


This ray provides at this time an active and necessary grouping of disciples who are eager to aid the Plan. Their work lies naturally on the physical plane. They can organize the evoked ideal which will embody as much of the idea of God as the period and humanity can evidence and produce in form upon the earth. Their work is potent and necessary and calls for much skill in action. This is the ray that is coming into power. None of these ray participants in the hierarchical crusade today can really work without each other, and no group can carry on alone. The difference between the methods of the old age and that of the new can be seen expressed in the idea of leadership by one and leadership by a group. It is the difference between the imposition of an individual’s response to an idea upon his fellow men and the reaction of a group to an idea, producing group idealism and focalizing it into definite form, carrying forward the emergence of the idea without the dominance of any one individual. This is the major task today of the seventh ray disciple, and to this end he must bend every energy. He must speak those Words of Power which are a group word, and embody the group aspiration in an organized movement, which, it will be noted is quite distinct from an organization. A striking instance of the use of such a Word of Power being enunciated by a group has lately been given in the Great Invocation which has been used with marked effect. It should continue to be used, for it is the inaugurating mantram of the incoming seventh ray. This is the first time such a mantram has been brought to the attention of humanity.


The Direction of Ray VII

  “Under an arch between two rooms, the seventh Magician stood. One room was full of light and life and power, of stillness which was purpose and a beauty which was space. The other room was full of movement, a sound of great activity, a chaos without form, of work which had no true objective. The eyes of the Magician were fixed on chaos. He liked it not. His back was towards the room of vital stillness. He knew it not. The arch was tottering overhead…

He murmured in despair: ‘For ages I have stood and sought to solve the problem of this room; to rearrange the chaos so that beauty might shine forth, and the goal of my desire. I sought to weave these colors into a dream of’ beauty, and to harmonize the many sounds. Achievement lacks. Naught but my failure can be seen. And yet I know there is a difference between that which I can see before my eyes and that which I begin to sense behind my back. What shall I do?’

Above the head of the Magician, and just behind his back, and yet within the room of ordered beauty, a magnet vast began to oscillate… It caused the revolution of the man, within the arch, which tottered to a future fall. The magnet turned him round until he faced the scene and room. unseen before…

Then through the center of his heart the magnet poured its force attractive. The magnet poured its force repulsive. It reduced the chaos until its forms no longer could be seen. Some aspects of a beauty, unrevealed before, emerged. And from the room a light shone forth and, by its powers and life, forced the Magician to move forward into light, and leave the arch of peril.”


Ray Seven

” ‘I seek to bring the two together. The plan is in my hands. How shall I work? Where lay the emphasis? In the far distance stands the One Who Is. Here at my hand is form, activity, substance, and desire. Can I relate these and fashion thus a form for God? Where shall I send my thought, my power the word that I can speak?

‘I, at the center, stand, the worker in the field of magic. I know some rules, some magical controls, some Words of Power, some forces which I can direct. What shall I do? Danger there is. The task that I have undertaken is not easy of accomplishment, yet I love power. I love to see the forms emerge, created by my mind, and do their work, fulfil the plan and disappear. I can create. The rituals of the Temple of the Lord are known to me. How shall I work?

‘Love not the work. Let love of God’s eternal Plan control your life, your mind, your hand, your eye. Work towards the unity of plan and purpose which must find its lasting place on earth. Work with the Plan; focus upon your share in that great work.’

The word goes forth from soul to form: ‘Stand in the center of the pentagram, drawn upon that high place in the East within the light which ever shines. From that illumined center work. Leave not the pentagram. Stand steady in the midst. Then draw a line from that which is without to that which is within and see the Plan take form.’ “