|The Destiny of Nations|
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7. Initiation in the Aquarian Age
I have hinted at the orientation which has been or will be carried out in connection with the three major world centers; I have also hinted at the relation of certain of the major initiations to these centers. These hints constitute a new line of thought. In this connection there are one or two points which I would like to develop in connection with this, so as to make the entire subject considerably clearer than it is at present. I would like also to relate these centers to the rays which are now in manifestation (either coming in, passing out or in full expression). Speaking with brevity, we could say that:
The first initiation is closely related to the planetary center which is humanity itself. It will produce, when over, an increased stimulation of the intellect as it expresses itself as ordered activity upon the physical plane. It is also closely connected with the third Ray of Active Intelligence. This third ray has been in objective manifestation since 1425 A.D. and will remain in incarnation throughout the Aquarian Age. Its cycles are the longest of any of the ray cycles. However, within these major cycles there are periods of intensified activity which are like the beat or pulsation of the heart and these periods last approximately three thousand years. They are, when out of incarnation, called  "cycles of withdrawal but not of abstraction." They are three thousand years also in incarnation. One of these three thousand year periods of expression is now here and we can look for much development of the intellectual faculty and a marked increase of creative work during this time. This particular cycle of expression marks a climaxing point in the larger cycle. During the coming age, the intelligence of the race and its active development will assume real proportions and this with much speed.
The intensification of the life of the human center will proceed apace and this is the reason why so many people (as I have earlier hinted) will take the first initiation. Students are apt to forget that the first initiation can be described, in reality as:
These are a few of the correspondences which it is helpful for us to bear in mind in so far as they reveal divine quality, spiritual intent and universal objectives.
|Discipleship and the Rays|
|Ray I||Force||Energy||Action||The Occultist.|
|Ray II||Consciousness||Expansion||Initiation||The true Psychic.|
|Ray III||Adaptation||Development||Evolution||The Magician.|
|Ray IV||Vibration||Response||Expression||The Artist.|
|Ray V||Mentation||Knowledge||Science||The Scientist.|
|Ray VI||Devotion||Abstraction||Idealism||The Devotee.|
|Ray VII||Incantation||Magic||Ritual||The Ritualist.|
|In the Aquarian Age, as a result of the existing
combination of ray influences, humanity enters into an expansion of consciousness which
will reveal to him group relations instead of his individual and self-centered personal
relations. I would remind you that Aquarius is to be found in the upper half of the
zodiacal circle and is exactly opposite to Leo which is found in the lower half. Leo is
the sign of individual unfoldment and of the self as self-assertive. This highly
individualized sign consummates in Aquarius wherein the individual finds full expression
through the medium of the group, passing from service to himself and expression of himself
as a personality to service of the group and a growing expression of the Hierarchy to
which he steadily draws closer. To this end, the ray influences will increasingly and
steadily be directed. Humanity has reached a stage where the sense of individuality is
rapidly emerging. In every field of human expression, men and women are becoming
definitely self-assertive. The Old Commentary refers symbolically to this in the
following words: 
Those with vision can see this happening upon every side today. The water-carrier (another name for the world server) is starting upon his self-appointed task. Hence the anchoring upon earth of the New Group of World Servers, whose representatives are found in every land and in every great city. This, I would remind you, has taken place without exception in every land and they work on all the different rays; they express many points of view; their field of service is widely differing and their techniques so diverse that in some cases comprehension is not easy to the smaller minded person. But, they all carry the pitcher containing the water of life upon their shoulder, reverting to the language of symbolism, and they all emit the light in some degree throughout their environment.
To you, who live and work in this interim period and in this cycle of transition, with all its resultant outer chaos and upheaval, is given the task of expressing steadfastness, service and sacrifice. Those are the three words which I give you. I have no spectacular information to give you, as has sometimes been the case. Too much of this engrossing and novel information can lead to deep seated insensitiveness. You need to absorb and to act upon the information you already have, before there is evoked from you that basic demand for further light which necessitates response from those of us who work within the limits of the Hierarchy. For that demand, we patiently wait.