Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Fourth Dimension, by Patrick J. Sullivan


The Fourth Dimension, by Patrick J. Sullivan
(c) MOMA

I can't really put into words how much I adore this painting by Patrick Sullivan. It hands very casually in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in some small corner surrounded by other pieces of art. If you weren't looking for it you would never notice it; it hands basically near the ground or at least it did when I first saw it about 3 years ago. My Aesthetics class professor told us to go to the MOMA (which students at my college have free access to) and to choose a piece of art to discuss in class and write a short report on. I wasn't in MOMA for more than 10 minutes when I turned a corner and saw this painting hanging from across the room. Who says there's no such thing as love at first sight? Strangely I found that Sullivan be very mysterious. He's not very well known outside of artistic circles, and his art is so scarce it almost counts as "found art". He's known for his crudely drawn almost troll like people, and dark imagery. I was asked by my professor if I believed his art belonged in a museum, and I said no it would probably be better appreciated hanging in my living room! I love this piece because although dark, in my interpretation of it I see nothing but hope.

The chained man on the left faces an infinite universe just waiting to be explored. He looks like he's longing to see more but he cannot because he is literally stuck where he is and must wait until he is no longer stuck. In the center we have what looks like an hour glass with light emanating from it to signal the passage of time. The hour glass also points to the only sun in the universe that the man can see. The man on the left , who is presumably the same man, has passed on and is no longer chained, and his ethereal form is now free to roam as it wishes. The man's "ghost" or "spirit" has a relaxed expression; the same expression as the man's corpse. He's no longer stressed, or angry, or panicked; now this man has all the time in the universe, and is no longer constricted to the hour glass or the chain. He isn't even constricted to the planet anymore!The fourth dimension is thought to be the realm of time where time is itself is a force (although many scientists are attempting to change our minds of that). It has been considered to be the front door and gateway to the infinite universe, and to heaven itself. It is also been hypothesized to be where spirits roam after death. The fourth dimension may very well be all of these things. Most importantly I feel that the Fourth Dimension is a place of peace and rest. I believe this is where the wholeness of our true-selves really resides and we're just trying to find a way to reconnect with it.

I'm not sure what sort of man Patrick Sullivan was, or what his spiritual beliefs were. I think though that like a lot of us he might have lived a dull or gloomy life, but that he still hoped for a beautiful where he could truly be free.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Education and the Fallacy of Standardization


Education in the US has always had a Eurocentric and industrialized feel to it. Billions of dollars pour into the big companies who are in charge of our standardized testing, publish our textbooks, and who control how we take in information. We are not taught how to learn, but what to remember and regurgitate information. That's not learning, it's just the reasonable facsimile that the US population has accepted as the norm. In our decedent modern era, learning has become much easier, but standardized testing shows us a different story. We live in a time where we can learn to a multitude of means and platforms and technologies, but the results of standardized testing show us as falling behind in education when compared to a global perspective.

This is largely due to how academia is structured in the US. The factory line framework of our school system was not built with progression in mind, but rather it was a system built with the concept that people from certain backgrounds or social classes were incapable of learning. That somehow because common folk were not people of status, that they should be taught as though they were handicapped. Since the indoctrination of our of school system, there have been countless of viewpoints of how we should be educated, so the quest for some sort of foundation or standard began. It has worked in some small facets, but largely it has been detrimental to our capacity to learn. There has been this assumption that there were basically two types of people; smart people and stupid people. It used to be that those who were strong academically were considered to be intelligence, and if you weren't a strong student you were a dunce. Funny thing though, a "dunce" used to be considered someone of high intelligence and the pointed hat was based off the hats worn by wizards and alchemists. The word "dunce" itself was inspired by a man named John Duns Scotus.

The "Dunce Cap"



Scotus (known as the "Subtle Doctor") was a French monk who taught theology at the University of Paris. He was a gifted learner with a grand imagination for philosophy, linguists, theology, and metaphysics. He was greatly respected by his peers and was a huge influence on education during his time. He championed the cone shaped hats believing they would help students learn at a greater capacity.So the pointed hat was meant to be a symbol of learning and great intelligence, but eventually fell out of favor along with Scotist philosophy as a whole. After a time, Scotus' style of philosophy, his theories on education, and his deep analytical style fell out of favor with the mainstream. Scotus' style of thought was seen as being against education, but that wasn't its intent. Proponents of Scotus' work, known as "Dunsmen" or "Duns'" (where the word "dunce" originated from), were called stupid and belittled in the mainstream. Scotus' pointed hat that was meant to stand for education and great learning, became a symbol of idiocy, and his name became synonymous with someone who refuses to learn. John Duns Scotus is the perfect example of someone who is unjustly judged for the ideas he was actually hugely intelligent but was seen as an idiot. Scotus' was definitely not stupid, he was a prolific writer who was maybe ahead of his time. But because his philosophy wasn't easy to grasp, he was shunned by the mainstream and so were his followers.

Unarius encourages self-reliance when it comes to education, and reminds that just because an expert somewhere says it is so, that we have the right to not believe that expert. We have to look and search for answers ourselves, sometimes ignoring the mainstream so that we can find the answer we need. In the Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation, a student brings up this point with Ernest Norman: 

Student: "Unarius teaches that we must unlearn that which we have, through these years, striven to learn; what do you suggest is the best way to teach our children - try to teach them what we have learned? 

Ernest L. Norman: "No, the first concept that you teach a child (and do not worry about the children for many children coming in know more than we do), you teach them this one basic concept and from then on in she will add things unto herself. Teach that child that she has the Infinite (God) within her and never to do any overt act which she would be ashamed that God would see her do; always make her conscious of God working within her and then do not worry about anything else... If you teach the child that she has everything within her, that she was constructed from vital forces of the Infinite (God) and that she can express these things outwardly; if you can get it across to the child, then you do not have any worries about where she is going or what she does"

Student: "This applies to us adults too?"

Ernest L. Norman: "Indeed it does. Children born into this world at this time are very precocious, old souls, and are very advanced in their time. Just give them a little headway. Mozart, as you know, was composing music at the age of three and wrote a symphony before he was eight. And now, too, many of these older entities again are coming in for the New Age. 

That "God within", also called the Christ-self or higher-consciousness, that Ernest Norman is talking about is also known in Unarius as the "super-consciousness". This super-consciousness is formed from all of the positive learning experiences from all of are previous lifetimes which are in harmony and in conjunction with the Infinite Creative Intelligence that man calls God. It exists in a higher dimension and is the basic sustaining force of the psychic-self (or soul). It's here in our super-consciousness where we have our true knowledge, that has accumulated over our many lifetimes, and when we are properly attuned with this higher-self we can access true Infinite wisdom that we can share with others. The "old souls" Ernest Norman is talking about are the folks who have been through various cycles of life and who have already begun their walk through self-mastery. A great number of these old souls arrived during the the turn of the 20th Century and helped bring advanced science and wisdom to our global society; and they did so because they had great imagination and wisdom from their higher-selves.That's what Ernest Norman means when to teach the children (and adults) of the world of the God within; that they already have the education spanning from centuries within their own souls and they can always learn more to add into that fountain of knowledge that they already possess.



The super-consciousness is within every individual, no exceptions. We all have a higher-self, and the best part of having one is that we can all access it with the power of our minds. All the great masters could access their own super-consciousness with ease, but it took them time to get to that level. But we can all develop this attunement to our higher-selves. It doesn't take a great deal of meditation (but trying to take time for some daily would be beneficial), it doesn't need prayer, chanting, or any sort of pilgrimage to some sacred site or holy place; we have all that we need within us. The Infinite has given us all the same capabilities for reaching attunement, but it's up to us to find our own way. You do not have to do what someone else does to reach this attunement. For some people, their attunement to their higher-selves might very well be meditation, but for someone else it might be painting. For me, I believe it's reading; I can read for hours and feel at peace with the world, and it inspires me to write more. Reading is my form of meditation. What's yours?
              
Dr. Howard Gardner explains Multiple Intelligence Theory

Meditation I feel reflects our knowledge, but knowledge comes in many forms as well, and we have to appreciate and respect the diversity of how it manifests from person to person. Dr. Howard Gardner's model of the multiple intelligences are a great example of a progressive way of approaching education.As we continue to evolve as people, our capacity for creation evolves with us, and for every new creation we create a new kind of genius. Dr. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intellgences states that the classical form of what was perceived to be intelligence, mainly academic knowledge or knowledge of classical works, is only a small part of a larger scope of intelligence. Some people are great at music and the arts, some people are great athletes, some work best with other people, some are amazingly introspective, while others are best with the natural world, logic, or linguistics. It is quite possible that there are even more types in existence than listed even in Dr. Gardner's theory. Personally, I believe there are thousands of different kinds of intelligences. My point being, there might not be any such thing as a stupid person. People might make wrong decisions, or might be misinformed about the facts, but no one is stupid. In my experience though, I can honestly say that no one kills an idea faster or kills creativity faster than someone who believes they already have the answer. The "answer" though is never enough however since the "questions" we ask are always changing. There are always multiple paths to a single answer, and there are different answers to the same question. Individuality, intelligence, experience, culture, and many other factors always play a part in creation and destruction. Education then should be a tailor-made experience that works with the strengths of the student rather than focusing so much on their weaknesses. Like the saying goes “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.


Another expert on education is Sir Ken Robinson sums up the learning experience of the US (and possibly the world) very well in his RSA Animate video. At a certain point in the video he talks very briefly on the topic of ADHD, and how as a nation we are over-medicating our children with all kinds of prescribed medication because we feel they aren't paying attention enough in their schooling. This might be true to some degree, but as Sir Robinson points out, these children are living in the most visually stimulating time in our human history. We are drowning in information from every cellphone, computer screen, radio, and television that surrounds us. It's absolutely maddening how much information there is and how easy it is all to access. But there's a price to pay with this great gift of information; as easy as it is to seek out, it's just as easy to get lost in. 


Changing the Educational Paradigm 

Because we are very rarely properly taught how to learn, we aren't very good as moderating the information we allow ourselves to take in. So much of our time is spent watching television programs, celebrity gossip, political rhetoric, playing the latest video games, marathoning shows on Netflix, that we often forget to have alone time sans all of the distractions of our modern era. And even worse there is a bias that focuses more on middle class and upper middle class students rather than lower class and financially impoverished students. Not only that, there is not enough assistance for disabled or handicapped students, and most ESL programs are underfunded or too expensive. In a nutshell, there's a great deal of indifference and inequality towards education and it is greatly disheartening.



John Oliver dedicated an episode of his show, Last Week Tonight, on the topic of standardized testing, and how poorly managed the entire system is. The so-called experts who run the various testing programs across the country barely pay attention and care even less about the education of the students or if they're even learning at all. They keep wanting to "raise the standard", which is fine but very few people seem to be able to reach that standard at all which means the rest of the country falls behind. It's as if they want a country with a solid foundation misinformation to guide it. Why do we allow this to happen? It's shameful really, and looking back on my academic life up until now I can see what went wrong and why. It's actually very common here in New York City to see angry parents protesting the state of public education for our children, and they're right to be angry. Given the information we now know in a clearer manner thanks to John Oliver, I think we should all be more upset about this state of affairs.

Last Week Tonight: Standardized Testing

So if we must exist in a society that relies on standardization, we have to take matters into our own hands and reteach ourselves and rediscover the joys of learning. Think outside the box as it were, and seek out answers ourselves. This takes a great deal of critical thought, a precursor to understanding philosophical concepts, and metacognition (thinking about the way we think). Knowing I couldn't possibly try to understand all things like some sort of adept or mastermind, I decided to focus my attentions on what I found interesting, namely philosophy and metaphysics. I focused my entire education around it and discovered this is what I wanted to study for the rest of my life. Philosophy is what I use to sharpen my mind so that I can understand my studies and find the best ways to learn. I greatly enjoy the works of Epictetus, Immanuel Kant, Fredrich Nietzsche, Plato, and many others. What what I found most interesting about all of the great philosophers in history is that they all emphasized imagination as the greatest form of thought and the roots of true genius. Imagination is a form of metacognition, and is a skill that is lost from our educational system. In my experience I can say that most children are taught to "keep their heads out of the cloud" and to focus more in their books. That's all well and good, but by doing this we kill creativity and suppress the genius minds that reside within all people. But hat's not to say though that all educators do this, but it is more common than not. There are still great educators in our world, and thankfully we live in a time we can access all of their lessons with just a press of a button. We just have to put in the sincere effort to want to learn. And unlike the stuffy professors of an older era, these days we can choose to learn from those who really enjoy teaching. For example I'm a big fan of the following YouTube channelsThese channels do a great job at maximizing their time and cutting straight to the point of what they want to convey and what we need to know concerning these subjects:

In the end we have to take control of our own education so we can master ourselves and our destiny. We have to remember that we already have the Infinite within us, and we have to find ways to attune to our higher-selves. By letting others control how and what we learn, we relinquish our birthright of free will, and allow ourselves to become zombies. If we must live in a world that puts so much emphasis on the standardization of education even to the point where it because detrimental to our culture, we have to take matters into our own hands and create a self-made system of study where we are in total control of our intake of information, and where we can decipher and interpret that information for ourselves. I'm of the belief that knowledge, and I mean true knowledge, in all its forms already exist in our universe. It's like a force of nature, but we have to discover that wisdom for ourselves and study it. Knowledge must be converted into wisdom that we carry with us for the rest of our days. But how do we find this attunement with our higher-selves? I believe we have to seek knowledge through the understanding of the second ray of the Unarius Wheel of Life, through the Center of Orion.

We have to remember that we are immortal beings made up of intelligent energy. We are the entirety of the universe compressed into a single person. Once we begin to accept this reality, I feel we can not only tap into our infinite knowledge through our superconsciousness, I feel we can also find our purpose for that knowledge. I think the great educator John Dewey said it best, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself"; and once we begin to understand that life is everlasting and eternal on a cosmic scale, then I think we can finally break away from the shackles of standardization.

"What is of the most value and of the greatest importance to the individual, lies within the realm and dimension of his own consciousness. We would stress most emphatically the concept, as it was expounded by Jesus, that if you seek for the Kingdom of Heaven which is within, all things shall be added unto you. This is factually a concept which will be of the greatest value to you. If you so believe and so conceive, then the principles of truths which may arise from the analytical processes of the higher nature within yourself can aid and help you in contriving a philosophy which will be inductive in its nature to your higher-self" - Hippocrates (as transmitted through Ernest L. Norman), Voice of Orion, pg. 824 

Works Cited


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chakras and the Seven Rays: The Wheel of Life

The Seven Rays is not a uniquely Unariun concept, so it should be acknowledged that much like the chakra system there are hundreds if not millions of interpretations of these ideas. In general, the Seven Rays are a metaphysical concept that say there are rays of "spiritual" energy being beamed or radiated towards the Earth from various outside sources. Some of these sources have been said to be deistic in nature, or godly, but also have been hypothesized to be extraterrestrial in their nature. In the liturgies of Unarius, it is stated that the Seven Rays originate from the 4th Dimension, from the Unarius Celestial Centers, and are projected and radiated from Higher Beings, the Elder Brothers, so that the Earthman can be inspired to take on the tasks of progressive soulic evolution.There is seemingly no right or wrong way to interpret the Seven Rays, or their meanings. Since so much behind this concept deals with colors, and we all experience colors differently, there might be millions of different interpretations. The Seven Rays also correlate with the Seven Chakras, which also might have different interpretations depending on the person, spiritual school, or esoteric philosophy; so that adds even more to their mystery. Altogether, there might be an infinite number of combinations for these concepts, and an infinite number of interpretations. In general, the Seven Rays all deal with human compassion, the evolution of cognizance, personal strength, and the ambition for spiritual fulfillment. 

The Lyre of Apollo. Descent of Spirit into Matter, "All Things From One"

The Seven Rays have also been called the Lyre by Apollo. Friedrich Nietzsche, the great philosopher, distinguished Apollonian and Dionysian concepts in regards to Greek plays, but these same concepts can be applied to the balance of life. Apollo, the sun god, is stoic, strong, balanced, and refined. Dionysius is all discord; sex, drugs, and rock and roll; absolutely hedonistic. This model of thought wasn't entirely true for how the Greeks themselves viewed these particular deities, but for the sake of theoretical thought and as place holders for the concepts of balance the Apollonian and Dionysian model serves us just fine. I should also add that these concepts of order and chaos (Apollonian and Dionysian) are neither good or bad, they are just two different ways of expressing the greater whole. You could even argue that there isn't any true difference at all since they are both ways we as people can express ourselves and our intentions. We all have the right to live as we want, but the healthiest way is to pursue a balance between that order and chaos. The symbols and colors used to describe and differentiate the Seven Rays are in of themselves meaningless as they are just a place holder for a more important definition; balance between the physical and metaphysical. So what's the point of symbolizing this concept of balance and differentiating them with particular colors? I believe it's to help us visualize abstract concepts that deal with existential thought and to emphasize that each concept is different but part of a greater whole. 

A graphic of emotions or thought forms associated with Apollonian and Dionysiac philosophies respectfully. This image is (c) Brice Rimell 

The Seven Rays are another way for us to understand this balance that we need in our material world. We cannot truly be satisfied with our lives without at least a basic understanding of the other half of our existence, and that would be the metaphysical functions of our soul. When we are out of sync with our soul, the whole of our hopes and dreams, we become almost soulless. We feel dead inside and slosh through our days almost without purpose. When we are out of sync with ourselves we can only few life through a nihilistic perspective. It is also important to note that these are internal concepts, and using any needless tools or routines are more or less meaningless unless we can find peace within to accept this energy in a natural way through attunement with our higher-selves.






With each Ray of energy having its own color and meaning through occult and esoteric philosophy, the Seven Rays have been a part of Color Therapy, Feng Shui, Reiki exercises, certain yoga and pranic exercises, and any system of thought that incorporates the chakras. The chakras have been described as vital power centers of the human body in a spiritual or metaphysical sense. Through classical Indian and Yoga philosophy the chakras are understood to be points or specific locations where otherworldly or metaphysical energy emanate from to keep us charged and balanced, and any unbalance in our chakras would be or could be considered the root problem for any of our illnesses. It's very common to see spiritual healers and naturalists who say they can help you balance your chakra energies to better your health. Speaking personally, I don't believe there is a single person walking this planet who has perfectly balanced chakras. We all carry negative energy, or karma, which is why we exist in this plane in the first place. Still, we should pursue spiritual and physical balance so that we can be better prepared for a positive future. 

A simplified view of the chakras
Ernest L. Norman wrote about the chakras, preferring to call them the "energy vortexes" of the "psychic-anatomy" (or psychic-body, or psychic-self depending on the nomenclature he was using). For a lack of a way of phrasing it, the psychic-anatomy can be described as the body of the soul of any person; man and woman in their incorporeal form. This psychic-body bears the burden of carrying the information of our past-lives, positive and negative. As such, the energy vortexes of our psychic-body all fluctuate at a frequency that resonates with any balance or imbalance that we may go through in our daily lives, and our physical bodies will reflect that in response. 

"We have another body which is called the psychic-body... According to the old Yogi, who understood at least partially what the psychic-self was, we have different centers which are called chakras which stem up the spine. These are centers similar to the sprinkling system used on your lawn; if we turn on the water faucet, the water comes out here and there and all over. At the base of the spine is the kundalini which is related to sex. There is another very important one at the base of the brain called the medulla oblongata. Then we have the hypothalamus, this gland links you up with a cone of light energy which has been measured at least twenty feet. We also have at the centers of the palms and the finger tips, other centers. One the soles of our feet, in the ends of our toes, and in the joints of our body are also centers of this sprinkling system of cosmic energy, which is energy coming from the psychic-self. For instance, through the solar plexus, which is the vital seat of the organic body, energy comes from out of this psychic body and enters into the physical body something like this. This radiation of light is called an aura. It, too, is measurable and contains seven basic frequencies as far as the terrestrial dimensional science is concerned. The Yogi calls it 3 prana, 3 karmic, and 1 spiritual or celestial vibrations. Now the actual structure of this psychic body itself is composed of innumerable vortexes of energy. Our sun is composed this way and the sun will be at the end or nuclei of this energy which is the source of our life energy." Ernest L. Norman, Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation


The psychic-body as described by Ernest Norman, "Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation"
(c) Unarius Academy of Science

Before continuing with the Seven Rays it is important to understand how they correlate with the chakras/energy vortexes of the human body. Our very lives are connected to the sun through metaphysical means by the chakras. Fourth dimensional energy emanates from the sun throughout our solar system. We are always swimming in the suns energy. Although not specifically noted, I believe that a great amount of the energy from the Seven Rays is refracted through the sun like light through a prism, allowing a way for this frequencies to be immersed by all living creatures. The Catholic church, the Mormons, Hindus, Freemasons, Theosophical Society, and many other spiritual groups have their own versions of the Seven Rays. There are also independent esoteric and occult philosophers who define the Seven Rays in their own unique ways. As you can see, a great number of people in the world agree that the Seven Rays are an important spiritual concept and it's definitely worth your time as a spiritual researcher to pursue a better understanding of this ancient and complex theory. Here are some resources I found for other variations on the Seven Rays. Like any sort esoteric thought, take the information on these pages with a pinch of salt: 
The Seven Rays are key to understanding the abstract nature of our own consciousness and our psychic-selves. Through these Rays, we can understand what is vital for everyday life and how we can improve and strengthen ourselves. It's the prep work for ascension into the Higher Realms of existence. Also, the Rays help us realize that we are actually alive; similar to Descartes "I think therefore I am"  (Cogito ergo sum) philosophy. I like how Ernest Wood states this idea in his Theosophical Handbook, "The Seven Rays":

"The term 'The Seven Rays" is applied especially to the life-side of our living. It is recognized that that is where our light lies, though it be a darkness as compared with what is to come. Our consciousness is at all times far more important than our circumstances. It does not matter very much whether we juggle with golden balls or with pebbles from the beach, but the state of our conscious is vitally important. One says 'I love apple pie, or - perhaps - mangos,' but what one really enjoys is not the pie or the mango, not even the taste of the pie or the mango, but the consciousness of the taste of the pie or the mango" - Ernest Wood, from the book "The Seven Rays"

So, it can be hypothesized that the Seven Rays can in fact be a way for us to know we are alive. They represent life experiences, but also universal wisdom. The Leaders of Unarius (who reside in the 4th and Higher dimensions) are well aware of this concept, and from the Seven Centers they project their own Seven  Rays to the Earth so that we may become inspired. Each of the Seven Centers projects it’s own ray of energy to signify the intention or purpose of that Center. Each Center also has a symbol it uses to symbolize spiritual and material balance through the Unariun Wheel of Life. The Seven Centers of Unarius were first revealed by Ernest Norman in the book "The Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation", but he gives a greater detail of them in the "Pulse of Creation" series (also known as the "Voice of" series) where he relates his adventures in those spiritual Super Planets, and the many personages that he's met. 


An example of Clasped Hands


Each Unariun world has its own emblem or crest, and shares it's own unique Ray with the Earth. The colors and symbols used within Unarius are largely meaningless as they are used to distinguish one Center, or Ray, from another one. The emblems used are meant to symbolize balance between the material and the metaphysical, life and death, or our dimension and the 4th dimension. Here is a list of the Centers of Unarius and their meanings: 
  1. Unarius is the main Celestial Center, representing Leadership and Integration. Its symbol is Clasped Hands, and it's Ray is Orange. 
  2. Orion is the Center for Teaching & Wisdom. Its symbol is the Double Triangle, and it's Ray is Yellow. 
  3. Hermes is the Center for Philosophy. Its symbol is an Upheld Torch, and it's Ray is Green. 
  4. Muse is the Center for Inspiration through the Arts. Its symbol is a Lyre, and its Ray is Coral. 
  5. Eros is the Center for Science. Its symbol is Balanced Scales, and its Ray is Red. 
  6. Venus is the Center for Spiritual Healing. Its symbol is a White Cross, and its Ray is Blue. 
  7. Elysium is the Center for Spiritual Devotion. Its symbol is an Incense Urn, and its Ray is Violet
These symbols and rays, known as the Unarius Wheel of Life, first appeared in the "Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation" as part of Ernest L Norman's lecture on the Celestial realm, which he calls the Fourth Dimension. During this lecture, Ernest Norman doesn't give specific pictures to represent the symbols so he leaves him up for interpretation. "Clasped Hands" for example could refer to someone shaking hands with a friend, or someone helping someone else to safety, or it could refer to the positions hands are in when someone is about to pray (in the Christian sense anyway). In any case, each of these symbols form a sort of equation; a duality (represented by the symbol) that leads to a specific and important purpose (represented by the ray). So from this we can gather that when we strike that balance between the spiritual and the physical we will find our purpose and find success in some capacity that will benefit our fellow man. I believe, the Unarius Wheel of Life represent what we truly need to survive in our modern world, and I also believe that any person can find worth in these.The Seven Rays of Unarius symbolize balance and structure as they should exist in our Earth world. These rays are transmitted and bestowed unto the earth world in millions of ways, and become deconstructed, distributed, and expressed through their appropriate functions, and quite possibly come through our sun. As a side note, many of these concepts overlap each other; there is a science to arts, as well as an art to science for example. These rays may not even appear as colored beams of energy, but might manifest through physical means through people who are attuned to these functions and principles of life.That's why the Seven Rays are so important; they embody that importance of the human spirit and guide us for greater self improvement so that we may find ourselves. Balance has always been the key to life, and to achieve that balance we must quest for self-mastery. Through acceptance of the Seven Rays we gain the responsibility to create purpose for our lives. When we begin to master them, and learn from them, that's when we begin our climb to ascension and we can reattune to our metaphysical reality. The Seven Rays, in their millions of configurations, are that vital energy for life and human cognizance. 

Albrecht Dürer Praying Hands (1508); another example of Clasped Hands

Works Cited
Hunt, Roland. The Seven Keys to Color Healing. N.p.: Harper, 1971. Print.
Krieger, Dolores. Accepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch. Santa Fe, NM: Bear, 1993. Print.
Lansdowne, Zachary F. The Chakras & Esoteric Healing. York Beach, Me.: S. Weiser, 1986. Print.
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