Attribute and Aspect

Attribute and Aspect

Since the Bailey writings are difficult to understand some have expressed interest in the presentation of some of the core teachings so the whole will be easier to understand. This sounds like a good approach so we will herewith start with the central teaching of the Seven Rays.

The Seven Rays are the seven creative energies which are the creative forces, or lives, that have created all that we see in the known universe.

The seven Rays operate through many correspondences beginning with the seven Spirits mentioned in the scriptures.

Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Rev 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars.

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Also note the Aquarian Gospel Chapter 58

19 Eternal Thought is one; in essence it is two–Intelligence and Force; and when they breathe a child is born; this child is Love.

20 And thus the Triune God stands forth, whom men call Father-Mother-Child.

21 This Triune God is one; but like the one of light, in essence he is seven.

22 And when the Triune God breathes forth, lo, seven Spirits stand before his face; these are creative attributes.

23 Men call them lesser gods, and in their image they made man.

Then the book of Revelations gives a lower correspondence:

Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Thus we have the Seven Spirits as representing the creators of the universe down to “seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” These would be seven avatars or teachers to the human race.

Note in the scriptures above that the number seven keeps reappearing. Not only are there seven spirits, but there are seven churches, seven stars, seven lamps, seven trumpets and much more.

Then within our observable creation the seven creative energies manifest as the seven colors that compose the one white light and the seven notes on the musical scale.

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The Seven Rays are separated into two divisions. The first three are called rays of aspect and the last four are called rays of attribute.

What is the difference between a Ray of Aspect and one of Attribute and why are they called such?

The Three In One

Here is one answer we received rom Rick:

“Aspect has to do with which way something is facing, like left, right, middle. Attribute has more to do with what’s in something. On my chart, the first three rays come from the One Source and the remaining rays come out of ray three but also contain a mixture of the other two. As we discovered, when using the chart before, it is laid out intentionally to allow us to use correspondence. It would seem that the first three rays are primary ways of looking at things and the secondary or attribute rays contain mixtures of perspectives. Compare to your reactions to a given input. You can be happy or sad, which is an aspect, or you could be confused by it, with equal amounts of happy and sad, an attribute.”

Well said Rick. Actually, Djwhal Khul never clearly explained why the first three Rays are called aspects and the lower four called attributes. But this is one thing we will concentrate on here. Instead of just quoting the Bailey material, we will take certain teachings and elaborate and expand upon them.

You can read the books without the aid of me or the group. The benefit of a class like this is that it will allow us to go further than what has been written in black and white.

Rick says an aspect “has to do with which way something is facing, like left, right, middle.” My dictionary has two definitions which seem to apply:

  1. A way in which something can be viewed by the mind.
  2. A position facing or commanding a given direction; exposure.

To really understand the first three Rays of aspect (Rays 1, 2 & 3) we have to go back to the One Great Life, the creator of all there is.

Because in the ultimate reality “all is One” then the only way there can be more than one is to view the One from differing angles, or aspects, giving the illusion that there is more than one and from this illusionary principle or aspect, create all there is.

The aspect principle goes back to the guitar string idea I taught earlier.

If you take a single guitar string and examine it, there is before you only one string. But if you pluck it and create sound (the Word) then something magical happens before your eyes. Suddenly, as you look at the vibrating string you see not one string but three strings. These three strings are three aspects of the one string.

An attribute as defined as “A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.”

Thus, the Rays of attribute correspond to the qualities of the sound which comes from the vibrating string.

It could also be said that an aspect corresponds to what we see, and attributes to what we hear or sense.

The first three rays are given as follows by DK:

Ray I   Power  Life      Ideas    The Monad.
Ray II  Love-Wisdom Consciousness Ideals   The Soul.
Ray III.      Active Intelligence      Appearance     Idols    The Personality.

These three rays have many names and correspondences. Her are just a few: Hindu:

Shiva-Vishnu-Brahma. Christian: Father-Son-Holy Ghost. Hebrew: Kether      -Binah-Chochmah. Egyptian: Amun-RA-Horus-Osiris-Isis.

Most of us are familiar with the Christian Trinity, The Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

To say that these three are aspects of God is then to say that these three are three different ways of looking at or understanding the One God.

Question: What are the differences between the three aspects, often called the Father-Son-Holy Ghost?

Copyright by J J Dewey

Nov 23, 2001

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A Trinity That Reveals

Dec 9, 2016

 A Trinity That Reveals

I have often taught that a major dividing point between the dark and the light or the Dark Brotherhood and the Brotherhood of Light is the Principle of Freedom. The dark side is willing to enslave their brothers to accomplish their goals and the good guys are willing to work with our free will to the maximum extent possible.

This makes it difficult for the Hierarchy for we indeed are a stubborn bunch and I am sure the temptation is great to just herd us like animals rather than guide us through free will.

Even so, the Elders among us have chosen the better way, though it seems slower at times, the end result is much better and permanent.

It is interesting though that the Trinity, through the Law of Correspondences manifests in all things and indeed there is a great Trinity of qualities that separates the opposing sides. We know that the Principle of Freedom is one of them. What are the other two?

When I give them out many seekers will immediately register that this triangle is valid. Here they are:


Here is how it breaks down.


Intent on the Dark Side centers on selfishness and separateness – “the one real sin.” (DK) Fulfilling their desire is more important than truth or freedom.

Intent on the Light Side centers on unselfish service, inclusiveness, finding truth and manifesting freedom.


The Dark Side is willing to lie or distort the truth at the drop of a hat to get their way usually while presenting themselves as people of integrity yet accusing others of lying when real truth is spoken. They will pretend to be open minded yet will shut down the opposing side of an argument at the first opportunity. Instead of seeking truth they seek to verify their desires and beliefs. They lean on outward authority over truth.

Those on the side of light try and tell the truth and keep their promises to the best of their ability. They also seek the truth, even if it will wind up proving some of their current beliefs incorrect. They are willing to allow both sides of an argument have their say and consider each in reaching conclusions. They often see truth beyond that accepted by the authorities of the world and receive criticism for expressing it.


I’ve already written much on freedom so I will just say here that the Dark Side only cares about freedom for themselves and the Brotherhood of Light desires freedom for the many.

It is interesting that pure intent leads to finding the truth and truth leads to freedom as enslavement comes through deception.

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Jesus

I will be writing more on these three points but for now consider that they provide a key to discern which side of the various arguments among us that is supported by the light and the dark.

Of the two sides of any argument one will lean to the left and the other to the right hand path. Sometimes the difference is great, sometimes small. Sometimes the truth seems obvious, but often the difference is subtle and the masses are persuaded more by propaganda than the truth.

Using these guides it is interesting to look at the proponents of the various arguments out there and ask this. Which side shows more selfish intent, distorts the truth and is willing to take away freedom. Then ask which side has the most unselfish intent, seeks the truth and supports maximum freedom?

Look at the two sides of the various divisive arguments going on today and seek to apply this Trinity.

In addition to these correspondences to the Trinity there are four other qualities representing the additional four rays, making a total of seven.

Light, Dark and the Seven Rays

We have touched on the qualities that manifest in the dualistic physical reality that relate to the Trinity of the first three rays which are:

The duality = unselfish intent vs selfish intent.

The duality = focus on truth vs lies and distortions to reach goals.

Freedom = focus on self-control by inner authority and initiative vs control by strong outer authority.
The question now arises as to what are the qualities represented in rays four to seven? Take a look at these and see how they register.

Ray Four: Conflict

The duality = focus on attack, name calling, labeling vs argument through logic, reason and measured words.

Ray Five: Concrete Knowledge

The duality = focus all pertinent facts vs focus on a few facts mixed with distortion.

This boils down to the open mind willing to look at both sides vs one who is not open and seeks to look at only that which supports his view.

Ray Six: Seeking the ideal

The duality = focus on harmlessness vs force or violence to achieve goals.

Ray Seven: Law

The duality = focus on law and order or lawlessness followed by lack or order.

These seven criteria is an effective measure to examine the two sides of a conflict and then determine which side is closer to the light or the right hand path. We shall examine a few conflicts in duality out there and see how the two sides hold up to this seven ray standard.

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