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Birthing a Civilization Amidst the Decay of the Old:
The Shift from 6th to the 7th Ray

© 2003 Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson


“He not busy being born is busy dyin’.” --Bob Dylan

Our current social institutions and the mental paradigms that support them are suffering from “civilizational chronic fatigue.” Have you noticed that many old patterns no longer seem to work, yet countless people continue them despite feeling exhausted and stressed out, because they do not see any other way to live?  As the moldering garbage pile of old, limiting beliefs and separative attitudes heats up like a compost pile, we can smell the “old world odor” of decay. The current upheaval is the composting of the old system to nurture the growth of new forms carrying new light and new vision.

Those who live in a cloud of foreboding and fear have only to shift their awareness from what is breaking down to the dynamic new life that is growing all around us. This immediately brings a sense of upliftment. We seem to have needed a crisis this acute –with terrorism, war, mounting debt, environmental destruction, economic decline, tightening of media control, and mounting threats to our constitutional freedoms – to wake us up.  Solutions to these crises do not lie within the current paradigm of separation and greed, but rather are emerging from a spiritual consciousness of human unity and co-creation with the Divine.

This is really a crisis of the darkness before the dawn. A crisis is successfully resolved through accurately identifying the crisis, building a new point of spiritual tension around what has to be done, and then using the will to take clear action and emerge from the crisis. We are still at the point of trying to identify the true crisis. The crisis is not really terrorism or economic decline (which are symptoms), but the control of the resources of this planet by a small elite for their own benefit, ignoring the terrible suffering they impose on the rest of humanity through their greed, separativeness and selfishness.

And while many brave souls of outstanding courage and selflessness are standing up to the injustice, greed and violence of the old world order, it is not everyone’s dharma or life task to do this.  We do not all need to fight the old order, as it is rapidly destroying itself.  However, we must each find compassionate ways to relieve the suffering the old order is causing, while at the same time, developing detachment from that which is dying. 

To do this, we need to focus on the breakthrough in consciousness that is occurring at the same time as the breakdown of old forms.  The choices we each make day to day serve either the new order or the old.  A great number of people are needed now to build the new civilization, to show what’s possible and to give hope to those who are despairing that a better world is possible.  Everywhere around the world, people are already building new lives of love and creativity, even as the old society is breaking down all around us. A new civilization with a higher frequency is being born, from the lighted hearts and minds of awakened human beings in all nations.

Eliminating Truth Decay

Through a simple shift in perspective we can focus our attention away from what is dying to what is being born, from the world of separation, violence, and greed, to the world of interdependence, love and sharing. To make this shift requires that we become as acutely conscious of our emotional and mental diet as we are of our food diets. Westerners are not only overstuffed with processed, poor quality physical food, but we are suffering from pre-processed, glamorous and violent emotional diets, and nutritionless mental food that gives us superficial and useless descriptions of what is happening in the world.

We need to become more spiritually awake to what we consume on every level of our being each day if we are to free ourselves from the noxious fumes of our decaying society. And the biggest decay of all in our world is “truth decay”— a disregard for telling the truth in all levels of our society, but more significantly, a closing off to higher spiritual truths.

The Shift From the Sixth to the Seventh Ray

What is the deeper cause of the upheaval and chaos in our world today? Insights from the Ageless Wisdom (the golden thread which connects the inner, hidden teachings of the world’s spiritual traditions) can shed light on the deeper causes of our current crisis. This Wisdom teaches that all life is an expression of different frequencies of cosmic energies, called “ray” energies. There are seven basic ray energies, like the seven colors of the spectrum. In their totality they embody all of the divine aspects of God, or the one basic energy of the Universe. Various rays cycle in and out of influence on the planet over specific periods of time, providing different energetic impulses for the unfoldment of consciousness.

These seven rays are: The First Ray of Will and Power, the Second Ray of Love/Wisdom, the Third Ray of Active Intelligence, the Fourth Ray of Harmony Through Conflict, the Fifth Ray of Concrete Science, the Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism, the Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order and Rhythm. These ray energies  condition each individual’s personality and Soul.

Long cycles of activity and whole civilizations are governed by incoming and outgoing rays, which condition all aspects of human life. As a ray cycles into expression on earth, new ideas, impulses and life force affect changes in human life and society. As a ray leaves expression, the underlying energy that has supported the forms of a social order is withdrawn, and the structures begin their inevitable decline. Such is the situation today.

The Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism has been a primary influence in human affairs for the past 2,000 years of the Piscean era. The Sixth Ray energy has helped humanity develop the capacity to imagine higher ideals in religion, politics and education, which is evident in the devotion to current scientific ideologies and religious belief systems. This Ray emphasizes aspiration towards God transcendent, but often does not apply the ideals in daily life. The Sixth Ray also has tendencies towards fanaticism, personality worship and the desire to impose beliefs on others – a tendency that manifests strongly when a ray reaches the end of its cycle of expression.

This is the deeper cause of the fanatical fundamentalism we see in very part of the world today. The Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism is most clearly expressed by religious fundamentalism in all religions and nations, some of whom may be reactionaries or fanatics. Some, in desperation from being unheard or unloved, and lacking all hope for a better life, lash out in violence and anger. There are terrible tragedies going on, but this is only the shattering of crystallized and fanatical religious fundamentalism—Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or Hindu --or economic and scientific fundamentalism.

The Sixth Ray rules emotionalism in religion and ideologies, and can be seen in chauvinistic patriotism or scientific dogmatism that refuses to admit new data or hypotheses outside the current paradigm. The Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism is waning in influence, and the Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order and Rhythm is entering with the incoming Aquarian era.  During this shift, the clashing of these two energies is producing chaos and turmoil in the world.

The gradual but increasing Seventh Ray energy works to create new forms and rhythms of daily living based on group consciousness and awareness of the whole, rather than individualistic approaches. The 7th Ray brings Divine Purpose into new forms that more fully respond to the incoming spiritual energy. It helps human beings contact and recognize God within themselves and all humanity – God Immanent – bringing together Spirit and matter. The Seventh Ray provides the impetus for manifesting spiritual principles here on earth, in our daily lives, in contrast to the earlier Sixth Ray emphasis on an other-worldly spirituality trying to reach a transcendent God beyond a sinful world.

The Seventh Ray sees all life – the planet and all peoples and species-- as sacred. The inflow of Seventh Ray energy is the inner, hidden cause of the environmental movement and the health and fitness movement --caring for the earth and our bodies as temples of the indwelling Spirit. Those under influence of the Seventh Ray are innovators who work with steady practicality to create new cultural, economic and political forms, such as consensus-based decision-making, multi-stakeholder dialogues, socially responsible businesses, community supported agriculture, and the use of new participatory rituals to affirm the oneness of all life.

Conflicts today both within and between nations are usually based on clashes between those who think things are fine the way they are and those who feel things are “out of order” and need to be put right. Many are working to “put things right” by working for justice and equity in allocating global resources or protecting and restoring the natural environment. The way forward is to combine the best of traditional values with the energy and impetus of the new, incoming life energies. This will create a higher synthesis that will open and expand consciousness, while maintaining enough stability to allow us to adjust to the increasingly rapid changes.

Throughout history, we have seen many civilizations come and go.  Our modern civilization is now facing a great spiritual crisis, since the Sixth Ray patterns and paradigms we have used to organize ourselves are no longer working. Once people see that the old systems are really decaying and corrupted and cannot meet their needs, they will withdraw legitimacy from them (as Willis Harman predicted) and create new systems more accountable to the good of all, which thousands of people are already doing.

The New Wisdom Civilization

In the midst of this fading, dysfunctional civilization, a New Wisdom Civilization (as sociologist Paul Ray calls it) is being born from the spiritual radiance of thousands of lighted human beings. Their creative projects around the world are steadily growing in power and influence, because they carry the energy of new life.

These subtle networks of woven, lighted thought, visionary planning and activity that encircle the globe are the fabric of this emerging new Seventh Ray civilization. The most creative, practical visionaries of today stand steady in this light, preserving the best values from the past, building new forms for the new life to flow through.

Our times could be compared to the end of the Roman Empire, when the Christians were  a tiny sect hiding in the catacombs keeping their vision alive. But eventually they used the Roman roads to travel the remains of empire and spread their message, sowing the seeds for the new civilization. So today we use the internet and all the technology and tools created by the old empire to share spiritual solutions to social problems and practical ways to live together on this planet in unity, peace and plenty.     

New Life Emerging from the Compost Pile

Led by the example of leaders such as The Dalai Lama, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Gro Brundtland and Mary Robinson, thousands of world servers in every country, race, and religion, are radiating their soul light into new projects in every field such as:

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Interfaith Dialogues

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Conflict Transformation Training

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Socially Responsible Business

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Social Investment 

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Spirit in Business

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Spiritual Politics

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Transpersonal Psychology

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Wholistic Health

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Organic Food and Community Supported Agriculture

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Vibrational Energy Medicine

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Sustainable Development

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Environmental Restoration

These projects, like sprouts of new life emerging from the compost of the old order, are showing up everywhere, and will continue to grow despite efforts to choke them out. They cannot be stopped because they carry the power of the incoming, 7th Ray Aquarian life energies. There currently exists a spiritually based solution to every social problem that has already been pioneered by some individual or group innovator. We need only support them with our fuller attention and resources.

Why We’re Optimistic

We are very optimistic despite all the current problems we face, because we know that evolution is moving in our direction ---towards the Unity of all humanity-- and nothing--- absolutely nothing-- can stand for long against the tide of evolution. No amount of money, violent force, deceit, media spin, lies, or voting machine manipulation will ultimately win because there are Higher Spiritual Forces supporting what we are all trying to achieve. All we need to do is call upon Them when we are in service to the whole, and They will ALWAYS provide the insight, energy and resources we need to meet the needs at hand.

The task for each of us is to discover what is our unique purpose and function in the Higher Plan of evolution and to get really good at it.  Just knowing our purpose is not enough, for we also have to develop skill in action. And when we know our purpose and are moving it forward with elegant action, we will experience an ever flowing abundance of NEW LIFE. There is no function and no task that cannot be made into a spiritual practice, and turned into a center for the radiation of love, light and joy into the world.

If  we all were dedicated to fulfilling our unique higher purpose, what a wonderful world it would be! Love would be present everywhere. And the world would be lifted out of the darkness of separated, conflicted living into the light of oneness and love.

This is no foolish dream, for it is the dream that lives in the hearts and minds of all humanity, even the most cynical. And when we speak and live this dream we call it forth into being here in this world. Our task in this new era is to bring heaven down to earth and lift earth towards heaven—this is the opportunity the incoming Seventh Ray provides all of us. In the Great Plan, no situation, however dire, is left without the spiritual help to create transformation.

So take heart, and seek out the forces of new life wherever you find them.  Give them your nurturing love, financial support and your volunteer time and energy. It is both our challenge and our blessing to be gifted with the spiritual destiny to create a new civilization from the ashes of the old, and we are worthy and ready for this challenge. Indeed, it is the purpose which we have all come here to fulfill.

 

Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson are co-authors of Spiritual Politics (Foreword by the Dalai Lama), and Builders of the Dawn.  They are co-founders of The Center for Visionary Leadership and co-founders of Sirius, a spiritual community in Massachusetts.  Corinne coordinated a national task force for President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.  Gordon was formerly the Executive Director of the Social Investment Forum and of The Center for Environmentally Responsible Economies. They both have served on the adjunct faculty of The American University and are Fellows of The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. They have been teaching courses on spiritual development for over 25 years around the U.S. and Europe.

 

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