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Abbreviations for
Books by Alice A. Bailey
& Books by Helen P. Blavatsky
Abbreviations for
Books by Helen P. Blavatsky

SD1 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1. Cosmogenesis
London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1893-1921.
SD2 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2. Anthropogenesis
London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1893-1921
SD3 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 3.
London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1897-1921
Also: The Secret Doctrine, Index to Vols. 1, 2, & 3
London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1895-1921

Abbreviations for
Books by Alice A. Bailey

IHS Initiation, Human and Solar
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1922
LOM Letters on Occult Meditation
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1922
CF A Treatise on Cosmic Fire
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1925
WM A Treatise on White Magic
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1934
DNA1 Discipleship in the New Age - Volume I
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1944
DNA2 Discipleship in the New Age - Volume II
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1955
PH Problems of Humanity
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1947
RC The Reappearance of the Christ
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1948
DN The Destiny of the Nations
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1949
GWP Glamour - A World Problem
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1950
TEV Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1950
ENA Education in the New Age
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1954
ExH The Externalization of the Hierarchy
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1957
EP1 Esoteric Psychology I
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1936
EP2 Esoteric Psychology II
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1942
EA Esoteric Astrology
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1951
EsH Esoteric Healing
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1953
R&I The Rays and the Initiations
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1960
LS The Light of the Soul: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1927
LH The Labors of Hercules
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1974
CA The Consciousness of the Atom
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1922
SM The Soul and its Mechanism
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1930
II From Intellect to Intuition
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1932
BC From Bethlehem to Calvary
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1937
UA The Unfinished Autobiography
New York: Lucis Publishing Co., 1951

Words of Power

First Ray: "I Assert the Fact"

by Duane Carpenter
What this "word of power" might look like as "linking light" or the "bridging radiance".
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" mentally utter this sound or word of power and visually attempt to see it performing the esoteric miracle of bridge building..." (R&I:514)

Further Reading:
The Shape of Sound featuring John Stuart Reid (video)
The Science of the Antahkarana—The Rays and the Initiations, pages 444ff
Ray One Words of Power - Excerpt from The Rays and the Initiations, pp. 509-17

Words of Power

Ray One - Will or Power

To understand the first ray technique, the basic quality of the ray must be grasped. It is dynamic. The point at the center is the First Ray of Power, and its technique is never to move from the center but from that point to work dynamically. Perhaps the word that would best express its mode of work is Inspiration. The Father inspires response from the material aspect, or from the Mother if you like that symbolism, but it accomplishes this by remaining immovably itself. From the point where he is, the Builder (human or divine) works, not by the Law of Attraction, as does the second ray, but by the Law of Synthesis, by a fiat of the will, based on a clearly formulated purpose and program. You will see, therefore, that the first ray personality has to ascertain (as in fact do all disciples) which aspect he himself is of a particular ray. It is not possible for any disciple who has not taken the third initiation to ascertain his monadic ray, but any disciple building the antahkarana, and who has reached the stage of projection, should know his soul ray and his personality ray, and should remember that their fused or blended potency must perform the act of projection. The energy of the Monad can be evoked, but it results in a downpouring towards its working agent and it is not an act of projection per se. The act of projection is the work of the "shadow and the reflection." The Old Commentary says in this connection, when dealing with the Word of Power for each ray:

"When there is no shadow, for the Sun is clear, and no reflection for the water is no more, then naught remains but the one who stands with eyes directing life and form. The threefold shadow now is one. The three of self exists no more. The higher three descends and all the nine are one. Await the time."

When, therefore, the ray of the soul dominates the ray of the personality, then the self becomes the acting agent, aided by the ray of the lower self. The rays of the three vehicles are no longer active, but only the basic duality of soul and personality remains, and there is no lesser differentiation.

In considering all these seven rays, I seek to do three things in every case:

  1. Give the technique of projection. This technique falls into four stages:
    1. The preparatory stage in which the consciousness becomes focused in the soul ray.
    2. An interlude in which the projecting agent realizes with intensity the existence of the "point of tension" and the finished product of the visualization process.
    3. A focused activity of the will, according to the ray, in which a line of light or of living substance is imaginatively and creatively sent out or projected from the mental unit, as far as possible towards the Spiritual Triad, using constantly the creative imagination.
    4. This line of light (this strand or bridge) is then pictured as colored by the two ray qualities, and it is held stably aligned in the light of the Spiritual Triad— not the light of the soul. This corresponds to the much earlier stage of development in which the mind was held steady in the light. The mind still is held in this manner, but the mind (as the agent of the soul and the personality) is no longer quiescent, but itself becomes an active holding agent.

  2. Indicate briefly the effect of the Word of Power. When adequate stability has been acquired, the disciple utters a Word of Power which serves to carry the light still further on and up. When correctly uttered, this Word produces three effects:
    1. It keeps the channel for the descending light of the Spiritual Triad clear of all impediments.
    2. It reaches (by means of its vibratory activity) the center of power which we call the Spiritual Triad, focused temporarily in the manasic permanent atom, and evokes a response in the form of a thread of descending triadal light.
    3. It causes a vibration throughout the antahkarana which in its turn evokes response from the "rainbow bridge" as built by all other disciples. Thus the work of constructing the racial antahkarana is furthered.

  3. I am here doing two things— speaking to you in symbols. There is, literally speaking, no up or down or higher and lower, as you know, nor do any of the separative actions as outlined by the occult sciences exist. Yet the truth has to be thus presented owing to the mind consciousness of the disciple. I have also been giving in human terms the outline of a process which, if adequately followed, will enable you to make real progress in the preparatory understanding required by all who hope some day to take initiation.

  4. This brings us to the third point, the nature of initiation. Initiation falls really into three major expansions of consciousness.
    1. The expansion of consciousness of the dedicated personality into that of the soul; this is completely consummated at the third initiation.
    2. The expansion of this fused and blended consciousness into that of the Spiritual Triad, completely consummated at the fifth initiation.
    3. The expansion of consciousness toward which the Masters are working, which is consummated at the seventh initiation.

Students today have made much progress towards the control of the personality, and the disciples in the world are now so numerous that the hierarchical emphasis is today upon the states of consciousness which follow the third initiation. Hence the giving out to the public of the teaching upon the antahkarana.

You will find below, in tabulated form, the teaching anent the six stages so that you may have a visual picture of the intended process. The following of the process is, of course, another matter and its success is dependent upon more than a theoretical grasp of process. It is dependent upon your ability to live more definitely in the world of meaning than hitherto, upon your knowledge of your soul and personality rays and upon your capacity to focus in your blended consciousness, and from that point— holding the mind steady in the light - utter the Word of Power which will carry your created thread of light forward towards the Spiritual Triad.

Outline for Reflective Contemplation on Constructing the Antahkarana

I.   Points to have in mind.

This work of construction concerns the handling of energy. Students should ponder upon the distinction between energy and force.

It is dependent upon the use of the creative imagination. Students would do well to reflect upon the relationship of the imagination to the intuition and of both to the mind.

The work of building the antahkarana must be done with as much conscious understanding as possible.

II.   The six steps or methods of building the Antahkarana.

  1. Intention.
    1. The achieving of right orientation
      Towards the soul
      Towards the Spiritual Triad.
    2. A mental understanding of the work to be done is necessary.
    3. A ring-pass-not of consciously gathered energies must be created and held in a state of tension.
    4. A period of clear thinking anent this process of Intention must be attempted.
    5. Then follows the preservation of a point of tension.
  2. Visualization.
    1. The use of the creative imagination or the picture-making faculty.
    2. Response to intuitional or buddhic impression.
    3. Preoccupation with two energies:
      The energy held at a point of tension within the previously created ring-pass-not.
      The active picture-forming energy brought into action by the mind of the builder.
  3. Projection.
    1. The calling in of the will through the method appropriate to the Ray of the disciple, the soul ray.
    2. The simultaneous preservation of three lines of thought:
      Awareness of the blended personality and soul.
      Awareness of the point of focused tension.
      Awareness of the Ray energy in its will aspect.
    3. The use of one or other of the seven Ray methods of projection, according to the Ray of the disciple.
    4. The use of a Word of Power.
  4. Invocation and Evocation.
    1. The blended soul and personality are now invocative, and their united intention is expressed in the previous three stages.
    2. Then a response comes from the Spiritual Triad, which that intention, propelled by an act of will from a point of tension has evoked.
  5. Stabilization.
    This is brought about by long patient use of the four previous processes and followed by a conscious use of the antahkarana.
  6. Resurrection and Ascension.
    This is the rising up of the consciousness out of soul and personality limitations (from the angle of the Monad) and its passing into that of the Spiritual Triad.

Here I would touch upon one important point connected with all Words of Power. I could give you these words in their ancient Sensa form, but it would not be possible for me to teach, through the medium of writing, their ancient and peculiar pronunciation or the note upon which they should be sounded forth. This used to be regarded of supreme importance. Today, disciples are being taught to work far more upon the inner planes of meaning and not to depend, as heretofore, upon the outer activity of sound. Remember that you are not creating now upon the outer plane. The physical sound or sounds are therefore of relatively no importance. What does matter is the ability of the disciple to feel the meaning of the Word of Power as he silently utters it. It is the quality of his idea which will bring the right effect, and not the way in which he makes a sound with the aid of his vocal cords and his mouth. Students have been taught that the AUM sounded inaudibly and listened for, is of greater potency than when sounded audibly. This was preparatory to the utterance of these Words of Power. They have been learning the significance of the OM, even if they did not realize it. This was all in preparation for the use of the Ray Words. It is the thought behind the form, the registered feeling anent the words, and the understanding of their significance which are of importance; it is the ability to think, to feel and silently to send out the call of quality to quality, of meaning to meaning, of nature to nature, of form to spirit which matters, remembering ever that that which is found upon the physical plane is not a principle. The physical sound is not that which will lead to a successful building of the antahkarana. It is the quality of a particular type of subjective nature (the soul ray as it dominates the personality ray) which makes appeal to that which is still more subjective; that is what in truth accomplishes the work. It should be borne in mind that from the angle of the Spiritual Triad the soul nature is definitely objective. This is a statement of occult fact which will be better understood when the nature of man (as taught in the occult sciences) is admitted by thinkers, scientists and psychologists.

The point I wish to make is that no particular word is going to be given by me, because it would be useless. The OM is useless to most people, even though trained students may now be deriving benefit from its use. This general uselessness is caused not only because people do not use the Word correctly, but also because, even when using it they are not holding its significance firmly in their consciousness. So it is with a Word of Power. Of what use would it be if I attempted to give the Word of the first ray, which looks (when presented in its symbolic written form) something like this - Ukrtapklsti? Certain sounds in this word-form are omitted because there is no way of depicting them, since they are neither vowels nor consonants. Correctly sounded, the above forms three words. But I can give, as far as possible, the English equivalent in meaning, and it is this meaning which I ask you to have in mind as you mentally utter the sound or Word of Power and visually attempt to see it performing the esoteric miracle of bridge building.

The first ray disciple has, therefore, to meet the requirements to the best of his ability and to follow the four stages of the technique of projection (pages 489-493, 509). When he has faithfully followed this outlined routine, personality and soul fusion has to be consciously attempted and to some measure achieved, and then these blended factors are held steady in the triadal light. Another point of focused intention is now brought about, resulting in a new and still more dynamic tension. In the completed silence which results, the act of projecting the antahkarana is performed, and it is then carried forward on the impetus of a Word of Power. The symbolism connected with this lies behind the Masonic usage of the words, translated into English, "So mote it be," uttered with the right hand stretched forth and signifying the embodied will of the Lodge, itself a symbol of the Will and Purpose of the Most High.

The meaning of the Word of Power to be used at this point of accomplished projection might be summed up in the words: "I assert the Fact." This is the nearest form I can give you for the word-form earlier mentioned. A little deep reflection on these words will show that if uttered with an understanding of their meaning, they are of terrific potency. The disciple who utters them assumes and then asserts:

  1. The Spiritual Triad is a fact.
  2. The relation between the fused and blended personality and the soul is a fact.
  3. The antahkarana is also a fact.
  4. The dual expression of the basic duality of manifestation - personality or form and Monad or Spirit - is a fact.
  5. The will of the Monad is the factor to be evoked.
  6. The knowing, purposeful One can be depended upon to contact the instrument of its will upon the physical plane.
  7. The work is done.

This factual assumption is not faith, but knowledge and conviction, and upon this realized conviction the disciple rests, acts and depends. It becomes an unalterable and unchangeable attitude. The meaning of the above sevenfold statement will become clearer if the disciple will ponder the distinction between faith and conviction. It is this divine assertion which holds the universe in being; it is this divine assertion which is the embodied summation of all knowledge and love, and the first ray disciple must begin to use this technique, resting back upon his divine prerogative of assertion. Ponder on this statement. It is the technique of Shamballa and the established right, prerogative and privilege of all first ray souls.

T he picture above is an attempt to visualize this great sound—the first ray word of power—as it might be seen or heard on the inner planes vibrating. The image may help to stimulate the creative imagination of the occult student, who will then pursue this highly arcane process or science under more internal and subjective conditions. If students have some visual image upon which to focus they can more easily transfer this highly arcane and esoteric science up onto the higher subplanes of the mental plane.

The red elongated shafts coming down in a diagonal direction are actual pictures of a blast of sound coming out of the throat of the percussion instrument the trumpet. These physical sound waves have been converted into a visible image through sensitive recording equipment. Any enunciated sound, either on the physical or on the mental planes, creates waves or vibrational frequencies that undulate in electrical and magnetic waves. These waves will conform to the shape of the note or the key sound in which they are enunciated.

It is interesting to see that the image of the trumpet blast looks very similar to a sword, a symbol often associated with the first ray and its method of work, which is destroying old forms or clearing a path for the second and third rays to initiate their building work.

The trumpet symbology occurs in a quote by the Tibetan that clarifies this advanced first ray work and its relationship to sacrifice and the mystery of fire:

"It deals with the purposes and plans of the Silent Watchers over the three planes—the five, and the seven; it deals with the dynamic force of the great Destroying Angels on all the planes, who will eventually—through the manipulation of the three forms of energy—bring to an end all that is. These angels are a mysterious group of fohatic Lives Who sound forth the trumpets of destruction, and by means of the notes sounded produce that shattering which will set loose the energy of forms."

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Cross-section of a dual vortex looking from above down.

From this image of a first ray alignment we can see the law of analogy, correspondence, or sympathetic vibration working out. Like attracts like, and the greater responds to the demands of the lesser. The meditator through the science of color and sound "projects" a "linking light" or "bridging radiance" through the third stage of building the antahkarana with a clear understanding of the different principles involved in this unique ray technique. What is outlined here can equally apply to the other six rays and their unique words of power.

The true sound signatures of this word of power or agent of the will would obviously be vastly greater in potency and magnitude. Different wave frequencies or vibrations in various geometric designs, colors, and sounds might be seen issuing forth from the throat of the spiritual trumpet depending on the ray invoked or enunciated.

Visually we might see this esoteric process as a dual vortex. One vortex would be positioned on the bottom of the rotating sphere or toroid and another on the top, producing something similar to the image above, when visualized looking down. When the two meet and blend communication between the lesser and greater is consummated. These vortices are the symbology behind the long horn of the unicorn we have outlined and explained in Dynamic Symbols Part I Appendix IV titled "Trumpeted Words". What is the long horn of the unicorn but a symbol of rotary spiral-cyclic motion that climaxes in a searing point of piercing Will? It is an inner trumpet out of the throat of which issues forth the sounds of God's hidden Purpose, not language as we understand it, but pure first subplane devic fire. Although we have placed particular emphasis on the first ray trumpet sound form, the trumpet shape also relates to one or other ends of the dual vortex. Therefore the vortex trumpet design can be generally associated with any of the seven rays.

The Tibetan further elaborates on this science of invocation-evocation through the esoteric use of sound, light and the creation of a vortex in the follow excerpt. This same principle can be applied to the individual or the group.

"Gradually the antahkarana is built and in this way the 'greater Light and the lesser light' are consciously related. A path of light and energy is established or created between these two divine aspects. As time goes on, there appears in the egoic group what is technically known as the 'linking light' or the 'bridging radiance' . . .

"The point of light shines forth. It waxes and it wanes. The point becomes a line through the starting of a vortex and from the centre of the whirling force; there comes a voice—invocative and clear.

"The One Who sits in silent work, alone and unafraid (because the part is not alone and the group is unafraid) looks down, catches the light, reflects the whirling force and hears the voice." (DNA1:714-15)

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This flash interactive animation labeled "Particles of Light" reveals many different important occult symbols brought together into one common organic glyph. If the cursor is activated and slowly rotated over the image we can see:

1. The point within the circle, symbol of originating causes and the field of service through which any entity has chosen to work out its will.

2. The sphere and the dual vortex, which is the entry and exit point of energy in all spherical lives. In the center of the dual vortex is the central meeting place where the spiritual vacuum is created and white magic initiated.

3. How all spherical lives are composed of two vortices that can take many variations of shape or size owing to their flexible nature. Spiritual vortices and spheres, because of their ethereal and transparent nature, can also clearly exist one within the other. A lesser life, although existing independently from the main parent, can coexist simultaneously within the body of this greater life. The forms can nest, one within another.

4. The dual triangles, upper and lower fused into the dual tetrahedron, the Morgan David glyph or six-pointed star. This helps to clarify visually and through the recognition of energy how any upper triadic life can be simultaneously connected to any lower triadic life for perfect unification and continuity of consciousness. Symbols of this potency are foundational for the occult student to awaken the higher mind and intuition and to help one grasp the occult path in its wholeness.

This initiating thread or bolt of fohatic will symbolized by the black disk in the center of the illustration above is impulsed from the first aspect of deity. When this abstract and abstruse force impacts the grosser and heavier substance of the third divine aspect a spherical life is formed. The second aspect of deity or the love principle is the radiance and the light-sound found at the heart of all occult organisms.

The vacuum is the intermediate zone symbolized by the black disk that is forming at the center of this image and is situated midway between the invocative agent and the life or force it is attempting to contact and evoke. Each ray will exhibit its own predominate color and sound signatures during this magical act of alignment, as we have attempted to demonstrate in our preceding image of the trumpet blast.

A spiritual vacuum is created when a ray mantram or word of power is enunciated on the high mental plane and is analogous to an expanding atom, shell, or bubble that is open at each end by a vortex.

We are told by the Tibetan that nature abhors a vacuum and into the vacuum some type of force or energy descends or rushes, widening and strengthening the communication between the two entities. This technique is the apotheosis of bridge-building and will require a clear point of focus by the personality in its image-making capacity.

The dual vortices and subsequent vacuum break down barriers through the rotary and spiral-cyclic motion of its expanding walls. It expands into wider concentric circles or bands until a mature sphere of some type is created.

When the vacuum is formed between the personality ray and the soul ray and later the dual rays of the personality and soul ray and the one monadic life, liberation takes place. The intermediary or soul is no longer needed and the man escapes the prison house of matter. This we know is the result of 3 secondary vortices or vacuums created between the lower triad of the personality—the concrete mind, astral body and physical–etheric—and the upper triad—atma, buddhi manas. Eventually these 3 lesser vortices fuse and become the great dual vortex between the "spirit", the one monadic life, and the integrated and fused personality, "matter".

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This work is the epitome of alignment and is referred to as the completed "rainbow bridge", because it is built out of all the seven rays and their respective ray colors.

Under other conditions we are told by the Tibetan that the white magician can also create a sphere or barrier composed of atoms that can repel as well as insulate. A vacuum formation can create a barrier or wall between different entities that must be separated during advanced initiatory experiences. This is done out of the safety of the participants in these advanced rituals and not out of any desire to be separative or non-inclusive. The door of initiation is electrical in nature and only those units of the human kingdom who vibrate in unison with this door are allowed entry; all others are repelled.

Sound and light are the key agencies of all this advanced work and how all facets of the divine from the highest to the lowest are connected.

As any ray life descends to the next lower level or plane it travels as an enunciated sound. On the great path of return these sounds become more powerful and expansive as the disciple is able to raise his or her consciousness. The greater always includes the lesser but the lesser is unable to comprehend the greater. These initiatory sounds, mantrams and various words of power are held in secret by the various grades of spiritual and hierarchical workers and only shared with those who have made certain levels of progress and passed certain tests. These tests relate to the assimilation of energy in its different types and grades.