Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
Personality Ray Character Types
by George Boyd © 2002
Personality Ray is determined by the attunement of the Self, or human soul as it is referred to in Theosophy. Distinguishing qualities of the Ray types are shown in table one.
The first Ray personality utilizes will as its dominant personality element. The second Ray uses intuition; third Ray, intellect; fourth Ray, imagination and desirability; fifth Ray, reason and concrete mind; sixth Ray, conscience and feeling center; seventh Ray, etheric and physical bodies, as their respective dominant elements.
Recognizing personality Ray types will give the disciple understanding about why people view the world and act in such divergent ways, and will help him/her to comprehend the stable modes of responding characteristics of these types. Meditation upon the personality Ray of an individual will further guide the disciple in being able to communicate with that individual in a language that he/she can understand.
As can be predicted, some personality Rays have a greater difficulty relating to and working with some Rays than others. For example, the controlling first Ray personality is utterly exasperated by the capricious fourth Ray personality. However, the first Ray type likes the predictability of the third Ray type and the methodical way he/she sets and obtains goals. The difference is that, to the perception of the first Ray person, the third Ray person gets results but it is unclear to the first Ray person exactly what results, if any, the fourth Ray individual gets.
It is not surprising, then, to notice that certain Ray types choose similar professions, friends and lovers among the same or compatible Ray types.
First Ray individuals often become entrepreneurs, leaders of companies, policemen, officers and generals.
Second Ray individuals readily become teachers, writers and psychotherapists.
Third Ray individuals can be seen as philosophers, planners and administrators.
Fourth Ray individuals develop into artists, world travelers and designers.
Fifth Ray individuals seek detailed work and may be seen as mechanics, engineers, investigators, scientists and mathematicians.
Sixth Ray individuals, seeking to assuage and comfort, may gravitate towards the helping professions as physicians, nurses, psychotherapists and clergy.
Seventh Ray individuals use their ability to charm and persuade to become actors, film directors, athletes and salesmen.
Gaining a greater understanding of the personality Rays is valuable both in enhancing communication and getting along with individuals with divergent agendas and visions. In this way, the disciple can work with different personality Rays with harmony, tolerance and understanding in order to accomplish the greater work of service to humanity and to the soul.