Trinity or Triangle? The Faces of The Divine Trinity and Its Shadow

In the Bible we are told that God made man in his own image (Gen 1:27). Chris­tian­ity, as well as many other ancient teach­ings are founded on the rev­e­la­tion of God as being a holy trin­ity, “three-in-one”: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

Since we are all made in God’s own image then wouldn’t it make sense that we too are three-fold beings? It cer­tainly makes sense to me that each of us, as reflec­tions of the One Trin­ity, are also our­selves made up of a trin­ity. It fol­lows in my line or rea­son­ing that deeply embed­ded within each of us there may well be a “tri-cell of ori­gin” that con­tains the code for our own inner essence. In fact, sacred geom­e­try claims this indeed is the case.

For it is writ­ten that the foun­da­tion of all things is the three.” (*Man­ley P Hall; The Secret Teach­ings of All Ages)

The­olo­gians and ancient philoso­phers like Pythago­ras used the equi­lat­eral tri­an­gle as a sym­bol rep­re­sent­ing the three aspects of divin­ity in God (and man). And again accord­ing to sacred geom­e­try this divine trin­ity remains essen­tially whole and untouched in the phys­i­cal form, located pre­cisely at the cen­ter point of the body at the base of the spine, which in east­ern phi­los­o­phy is known as the “root chakra.”

This under­stand­ing of man as being a three part reflec­tion of the tri-fold being of God is a won­der­ful val­i­da­tion of an ancient Her­metic axiom, “As above, so below” sug­gest­ing that there is within us a tri-fold Divine Inner Spark, or Sacred Code/DNA, that reflects the Holy Trin­ity. This, then, is our divine center.

The Holy Trin­ity rep­re­sents the three “per­son­al­i­ties,” or “selves” of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each sym­bol­izes a spe­cific divine attribute with its own dis­tinct func­tion and pur­pose.

The Father, (of the Trin­ity) is the mas­cu­line prin­ci­ple that sig­ni­fies the One Mind. Because the Father is the ori­gin of all the thoughts in the uni­verse, He is often described as “Ger­mi­nal Reason.”

Bring­ing life and cre­ation to Earth with His pen­e­trat­ing men­tal inten­tion and clear-headed acu­ity and analy­sis, He is just and strong. Serv­ing as the Great Over­seer of all mankind, the Father is That which sits upon His mighty throne hold­ing the sword of truth and right­eous­ness. He gov­erns with sound rea­son over His earthly domain. He is the active and ratio­nal prin­ci­ple of the cos­mos. He is the Law and denotes the right use of power. He is the Builder and the source of all activ­ity. He is the Great Man­i­fester. He is the Father of All.

The Holy Spirit is the part of the Trin­ity that seems to be least under­stood. The dic­tio­nary sim­ply defines it as the “Third per­son of the Chris­t­ian Trin­ity.” A great deal of mys­tery has sur­rounded the Holy Spirit for cen­turies. Per­haps this is partly because of the early church’s resis­tance to attribut­ing a fem­i­nine face to God. Many schol­ars and seek­ers believe that the fem­i­nine was pur­posely left out of the Trin­ity due to the rul­ing patri­archs dis­dain for women.

How­ever to me it seems the fem­i­nine face of God is not miss­ing at all, for the char­ac­ter­is­tics ascribed to the Holy Spirit, even as elu­sive as they may be, fit well the Divine Fem­i­nine Archetype.

Ref­er­ences in the Bible allude to the Holy Spirit with phrases such as, “… helps us in our weak­ness…” and “… inter­cedes for us….” (Romans 8:26). Bib­li­cal attrib­utes of the Spirit include, ” … love, joy, peace, patience, kind­ness, good­ness, faith­ful­ness, gen­tle­ness and self con­trol…” (Gala­tians 5:22). Some of the Gnos­tic and ancient writ­ings show no hes­i­ta­tion in openly pro­claim­ing the Holy Spirit as the Divine Feminine.

She was referred to as “Aima, the Great Mother … from whose body the gen­er­a­tions issue forth.” (*Man­ley P Hall, The Secret Teach­ings of All Ages) From such ref­er­ences we rec­og­nize that the Holy Spirit is the nur­tur­ing, care-giving aspect of Divinity.

Known as the Great Com­forter, this per­son­al­ity of the God-head brings con­so­la­tion and inspi­ra­tion. When called upon the Holy Spirit inter­venes for us in much the same way a good mother might inter­cede on behalf of her child. This Divine Mother, or Holy Spirit, holds the mem­ory of who we truly are; she knows our high­est poten­tial. Within her vast remem­brance is con­tained all we have ever been, or can ever become. From her unsur­passed com­pas­sion and under­stand­ing of what has been and can be all intu­ition flows. She is the ves­sel of recep­tiv­ity from which great things are con­ceived and held in ges­ta­tion until the time is right for deliv­ery. She is the Holy Mother who inter­cedes for us all.

The third aspect of the Trin­ity is sim­ply referred to as the “Son.” The son is the prog­eny or man­i­fes­ta­tion of God, flesh of that flesh, and one with him. He is the “Logos,” the “Word” born from the union of the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The Bible describes the Son as “The Word became flesh … who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) “For the law was given through Moses…” but “… grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)

He rep­re­sents the prin­ci­ples of love, truth, and sur­ren­der. By illus­trat­ing the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, He is the Way-shower and the Great Trans­former. He is the bridge between Heaven (Father) and Earth (Mother) and between our own higher and lower selves. Mod­el­ing the path to tran­scen­dence through ser­vice, He is the sac­ri­fi­cial Lamb of God, and is that part of us that is in ser­vice to the Will of the Father.

These are the three per­son­al­i­ties of God. But I do not believe that they belong only to our Exter­nal Source, or God; they are also per­son­al­i­ties con­tained within every one of us.

These divine selves are the direct expres­sion of all that is authen­tic within the human being. They make up our inner­most Real­ity; they are the core of our eter­nal essence. Rather than being some­thing “out there” which belongs to an unap­proach­able and dis­tant God, these per­son­al­i­ties lie as dor­mant poten­tial within us, poten­tial that is wait­ing to be activated.

This sacred trin­ity then is the seed of our own Essen­tial Self, con­tain­ing within it the birthright that is both our right and respon­si­bil­ity to real­ize. We might think of the tri-cell within as our own embed­ded “cos­mic chip” that is designed to mir­ror the One Source, God.

This cos­mic chip, our own indi­vid­ual spark of Divin­ity, is what we refer to as our higher-self. It is this recep­tor site for Source that links us to the eter­nal Present and our Cre­ator. It is this con­nec­tion at the very core of our being with Source, how­ever that we all appear des­tined to forget.

For it is true that long before we rec­og­nize that there resides within us this sacred trin­ity, we come to expe­ri­ence the trin­ity within us in its inverted or “shadow” form — as the vic­tim triangle.

We come to know the dark expres­sions of trin­ity first in neg­a­tive detail as we play out the shadow ver­sion of these three roles on what is known as the Vic­tim Triangle.

To some degree we all expe­ri­ence the chaos and tur­moil of vic­tim­hood for it is part of the fab­ric or design of life in this Real­ity. The symp­toms of vic­tim­hood — alien­ation, iso­la­tion and shame — are all part of our ongo­ing life process of birth, growth and change.

The expe­ri­ence of sep­a­ra­tion and pain we expe­ri­ence on the Vic­tim Tri­an­gle is not some­thing that hap­pens acci­den­tally. Sep­a­ra­tion and alien­ation are the pri­mary illu­sions that go with putting on a body suit.

The vic­tim state of con­scious­ness we all expe­ri­ence to some degree is pre-ordained and, I believe, even a nec­es­sary part of the human expe­ri­ence. We are here to walk this jour­ney as humans on the way to our divine inher­i­tance and part of that walk is the expe­ri­ence of the tri­als that accom­pany alien­ation. Why? For the sole pur­pose of expand­ing our con­scious­ness to the point that allows us to reclaim our birthright — the holy trin­ity within.

Like the acorn that holds the map of unfold­ment for the mag­nif­i­cent oak, we too con­tain within us the sacred code of an inner and Divine Trin­ity that con­tin­ues to radi­ate good­ness and guid­ance through­out our lives, await­ing a time when we will once again remem­ber and awaken to who we truly are.


  1. says

    It was beau­ti­fully written…It rhetoric devices def­i­nitely tug gen­tly at your heart strings. It was per­cep­tive and intrigu­ing. “I, think there­fore I am.“
    The power of the mind is a stag­ger­ing thing. Always, I am a seeker of truth. A delver into eons past, try­ing to remem­ber some­thing that for now eludes me. I smile now because I have been given a piece. I must unravel it. The good book tells us to search for truth, to seek, as if for hid­den trea­sure. I am an avid reader. The power of three times three is also men­tioned in Wic­can law, which of course is part of the Mother. God­dess wor­ship, the embod­i­ment of true beauty and light on a blaz­ing fiery crea­ture. An ele­ment of the night, she is every inch of ethe­real beauty. Daz­zling lights sparkle, black hair adorned with pre­cious stones. I have noticed 3 appear­ing every­where in reli­gion, myths or spir­i­tu­al­ity. God the Father is all three. May his golden light shine over us through the dark and into morn­ing. Ancient of Days moves ever, ever on.
    Thank you for this pre­cise argu­ment. It was quite mov­ing. It’s words invig­o­rate a very real desire to unite all 3 aspects of our­selves. Divine Trin­ity that enlight­ens, unites, inter­twines our tra­vail­ing minds, sounds extremely beau­ti­ful.
    Transcendence…I think of the Anasazi, the Ancient ones, and bush peo­ple on walk­a­bouts, in the out­back. In my mind I see crum­bling stones pil­lars upon Atlas’ shoul­ders. Your words are very alluring…can you offer any other clues or energy to help val­i­date their claim?

    Sin­cerely, Kera

    • Lynne says

      Hello Kera, Thank you for your kind words, and for being an open seeker. :)

      The trin­ity starts with num­ber, the basic vibra­tional value of num­ber, to be more spe­cific, as under­stood in sacred geom­e­try.
      The tri­an­gle is the first shape pos­si­ble ((take a straight line (1) and pull it up from the mid point of the line into a ‘tent’ or tri­an­gle (3). Now the one line has become three.

      The Divine trin­ity is the One­ness divided into two, yin and yang, mak­ing three — or to say: the 3 in 1-ness of all manifestation.

      Search sacred geom­e­try texts based on Pythagorean the­ory, and numerol­ogy. (Look for Dusty Bunker, author)

      The Kybalion, by Three Ini­ti­ates is a text-book pre­sen­ta­tion of seven uni­ver­sal laws that pro­vide a foun­da­tion of under­stand­ing about the ener­getic alchemy of how all man­i­fes­ta­tion happens.

      Accord­ing to sacred geom­e­try, all human life starts from a tri-cell that is located at the base of the spine, and holds the map of our fully formed self in code, the same way an acorn holds the blue­print of the oak tree. Who would ever know that within that tiny acorn lies the stuff of forty-foot trees? How potent then, must be our own spir­i­tual code!

      I hope these thoughts help fur­ther your queries.

      Bless­ings on your journey

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