The Eighth Ray

2002-1-24 04:11:00

I have been very busy my friends, but want to take a moment here so you will know I have not deserted you.

I'm still waiting for what the 7th Ray had to do with the Beatles and the other categories. Blayne was on the right track in his comments of the 7th Ray influencing the foundation of the United States.

I want to thank those of you who made comments on the laughter experiment.

Thanks for sharing how it helped you, Blayne and Keith, not only is the Buddha smiling, but I smiled as I heard you say how you see a smiling Buddha when you sing the Song.

Glenys is also a good example of positive use of humor and laughter. She recently had a successful struggle with cancer and a number of times she cracked the overly serious doctors up with her good humor and laughing at her situation. I'm sure her light-heartedness helped with her healing.

I had a small opportunity to try it out. One of my eyes felt irritable, like it was developing an infection so I laughed in the direction of the discomfort and it immediately felt about 50% better. Then the next morning the eye was normal.

When you think of it, laughter has the power of negation and can be used for good or evil. Often has been the time that a person has attempted a project good and noble, but has attracted the laughter of his comrades. Such laughter will tempt the aspiring soul to believe that his efforts are negated, or in vain, and stop in his tracks before he even gets a good start.

In this case, laughter negated something that was good.

The key to the correct use of laughter is to negate that which is undesirable. If nothing else, a harmless laugh at good humor at the end of a day may negate a day or boredom, or meaninglessness, and make the person feel that life is not so tough after all.

But, if we laugh at the negativity in the world or those things that bother or hinder us it can tend to recharge our forces giving us strength to forge ahead as if the negative does not exist.

This brings us to an associated subject which may give us a break from contemplating heavy material:

The Principle of Play.

Perhaps we could humorously call these aspects of the Eighth Ray: Humor - Laughter - Play

Is play an important ingredient in the life of the disciple? Does an enlightened person leave this principle behind and concentrate on serious things or does he or she keep this as an important part of his life? Why? What benefit does it serve?