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.

As we study these Seven Rays it would be helpful if you had the Alice A. Bailey writings available. If you have not purchased the books you can view, download or search the text free of charge at: LINK


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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Principle 96 – Trinity

This entry is part 93 of 98 in the series Principles


Principle 96


All creation begins with a trinity of relationships or triangles of energy. If we look at nature through the most powerful of microscopes we see triangular groupings from atoms on up through many forms that comprise the world as we know it.

The most famous Trinity is that used by the Christian religion to describe the Godhead which is said to be the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The description is somewhat confusing to those who just do not accept what they are told on faith. God is sometimes described as one yet three, and three, but one, one in three and three in one. Some skeptics just about tear their hair out after hearing the semantics and exclaim, “God is either one or three. He can’t be both at the same time.”

This conundrum is somewhat explained by Paul who tells us that God is not just three but one body with many parts. So one could explain the Trinity by stating that the highest part of the body of God is composed of three parts that are the ingredients of one whole.

The idea could be compared to a hamburger, which is composed of the patty, the bun and condiments. When you eat the hamburger you do not say you are eating a bun, or ketchup, or lettuce. Instead you just say you are eating the one whole item that we call a hamburger.

The three parts of the Trinity are often called aspects for they manifest the divine energy with different characteristics.

The Father aspect relates to power and this divides itself into another Trinity of Will, Power and Purpose.

The Son aspect is related to Love and this has divisions of Love, Wisdom and Understanding.

The Holy Ghost is related to light and has sub aspects of Intelligence, Knowledge and Light.

These three major aspects with their sub aspects and rays project many triangles into the universe creating all the forms and living things we see around us.

Understanding that the Trinity or triangles with different qualities is behind the principle of creation can be very useful to us mere mortals as we go about attempting to acquire success on our own levels.

If you want to start a project find two other like-minded souls who can expand your base of talent and intelligence. Creating a triangular relationship produces a base of power not available to a single individual. This Trinity must be one in purpose as they say God is or creation may not take place. If the individuals in the group are just seeking their own interest and not that of the whole then the creation will have difficulty getting off the ground.

On the other hand, if you can find three individuals, or couples, who all seek to contribute to the good of the whole and focus in their area of talent then great success can be achieved.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18:20

Once you have three people gather in oneness superhuman abilities can manifest.

Copyright 2016 by J J Dewey

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The Three T’s: Triads, Trinities & Triangles

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1.  “The Divine Trinity is, of course, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. This is esoterically Power, Love and, or Wisdom and Active Intelligence.”

2.  “Just as there is a Holy Trinity even so there is an unholy use of the Trinity of energies. The Trinity of the forces of retrogression works out as The Dragon (Father – Deception) The Beast (Son – unjust authority to secure the deception) and the image of the beast (Unholy Spirit) false prophet – carries out the deception by speaking the words of the Dragon).”

3.  “The lower octave of Will-Power-Purpose is Determination-Empowerment-Objective.”

4.  “To create a gathering of lights requires a people who are able to manipulate matter in all three worlds of human endeavor – mental, emotional, and physical.”

5.  “Will-Power-Purpose working together synthetically manifests the first ray which is called Power.”

6.  “Where the life of God is, there is Decision – Will – Creation.”

7.  “The explosions of knowledge, love and self discovery will unite with the Zion reaction to cause this trinity of energies to be as one, a symbol of the One God that worketh in and through all things.”

8.  “The most important principles Zion will cause to spread across the world are peace, love, and goodwill. After this will come great building energies never before witnessed.”

9.  “Overall there are three marks:  (1) The Mark of the Beast – emotional control.  (2) The Mark of Humanity – mental control.  (3) The Mark of God – soul control.”

10.  “The Trinity shifts in position as the various Rays rotate and subdivide.”

11.  “I’ve done a lot of contemplating about time and believe that the Trinity of time, past, present and future do compose a great whole, but this does not make the future the present or the past the future. The whole is like our body who has a left arm (the past) the right arm (future) and the torso (the present).”

12.  “All is created from the great Trinity of positive, negative and the originating point. From the multiplicity of this and the interplay of countless pieces of intelligent creation we have the majesty of complex creation that boggles the mind.”

13.  “In this human cycle of progression we go through three cycles of learning:  (1) The Cycle of Experience;  (2) The Cycle of Seeking; and  (3) The Cycle of Service.”

14.  “One of the reasons that the Song of the 144,000 is a powerful combination is because it expresses itself through a Trinity.”

15.  “There are at least three interpretations that apply to every inspired scripture.”

16.  “Above mind are the three higher formless planes, the Spiritual Triad, whereon the Solar Angel may be found.”

17.  “In any molecular structure that is created, we must remember that the number three is of prime importance. If we look through an electron microscope, for instance, we will always see that the atoms form numerous associations in triangular relationships. This is because the Trinity is the foundation of all life. We observe this truth consistently throughout nature.”

18.  “All things that have life or create livingness operate in triads or triangles corresponding to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; Father, Mother, Child; or Positive, Negative, Neutrality. Unless these three aspects work together there is no creation and no noticeable effect, as if there were only one hand clapping.”

19.  “Using the triplicity of the conscious, the subconscious and the will is the way to make permanent and safe change in yourself.”

20.  “Your higher self is your upper [Spiritual] Triad often called Atma-Budha-Manas. These are three higher vehicles wherein consciousness can reside. The upper Triad of the regular seeker is occupied by the Solar Angel. From this upper Triad the Solar angel seeks to guide and stimulate you.”

21.  “The causal [body] encompasses all three bodies of manifestation (mental, astral, etheric) even though its form is built using the third subplane of mental matter. This is sometimes called the soul body because it is the vehicle used by the Solar Angel in linking the lower and higher selves.”

22.  “When your consciousness then ascends to the upper [Spiritual] Triad your Solar Angel returns home and then through the [Spiritual] Triad you seek to know your true source, your Father. The conclusion of this step was spoken of by Christ when he said ‘I and my Father are one’.”

23.  “Eventually as cities of Zion spring up and interlink in triangles and sevens and twelves and pyramids of energies are formed, the whole earth will be transfigured and lighted with the glory of God.”

24.  “The body manifest [Nirmanakayas] may not be a physical body, but may be composed of the higher vibrations or ethers of the Spiritual Triad.”

25.  “These three states of consciousness [of the Spiritual Triad of Atma-Budha-Manas] of course correspond to the three prime aspects of will, love and light or Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

26.  “The true singing of the Song of the 144,000 is accomplished on three levels: the physical, emotional and mental planes, which opens the door of the spiritual.”

27.  “Where there are wavelengths there are Trinities. There is the top of the wavelength, the bottom, and the point at the center symbolized by Light and Love and Purpose.”

28.  “The creation of form, space and time is an extension of Purpose, Light and Love.”

29.  “All life, or motivating power, must have aspects that correspond to the Trinity in order to accomplish purpose.”

30.  “The foundation Ray for the universe itself is Ray One which is a triangle of Will-Power-Purpose.”

31.  “There is a hierarchy of beings of a diverse magnitude of consciousness who are tuned into the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost aspects.”

32.  “The individual must be taught to reach the point of tension that brings “the still small voice,’ ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’ and the ‘baptism of fire’ which come from an inflow of Soul energy. Each must learn the difference between these three.”

33.  “Soul contact is represented by the two interlocking triangles in the Star of David. The lower Triangle represents the three worlds of matter, or form and the higher triangle represents the higher Triad of worlds of Spirit – The Buddhic – the Atmic and the Monad. These six originate from the seventh point, or higher correspondence to soul contact called the Divine Plane or Plane of Adi.”

34.  “Space, form and distance is the Trinity that gives life to time.”

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