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AGELESS WISDOM & INTEGRAL

Comparing the Two Approaches

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January 2016

Unity Consciousness: Wisdom vs Wilber

Is there such a thing as an end game of arrival at something called enlightenment or Unity Consciousness? How the Ageless Wisdom and Integral teachings may hold two very different points of view.

In the Integral world they speak about reaching Unity Consciousness, which is often equated with Nirvana or reaching Enlightenment.  Now, the latest vernacular is about getting into the Non-dual.  Yes, something occurs when people enter the “void” that results in an awareness of emptiness, no-thing-ness, and paradoxically “fullness” and every-thing-ness of everything and everyone. As the experience of this void occurs, it is known for a fact that this “dependent arising,” or inter-connectedness of all that is, exists. But, in realizing a level of inter-connectedness, is there really such a thing as an end game called Unity Consciousness, non-dualism, enlightenment and so forth?  According to the Ageless Wisdom teachings there is actually much more.
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Levels – Indigo and Group 9/10

The final post doing a brief comparison of the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber. Here we are moving on to Group Nine and also Group Ten in the Bailey model and the Indigo level in Integral.

As a reminder in this comparison I have been using only a small piece of the Alice Bailey model for spiritual development, that of the 10 Groups of Human Development, in relation to the Integral approach as put forward mainly by Ken Wilber (Spiral Dynamics) and others. For Bailey’s Groups 1 – 7, the parallels were very close to what Integral speaks about. However, as we get into the more spiritual levels, these parallels are breaking down primarily because the system put forward by Alice Bailey nearly 80 years ago, is far more complex than anything these two approaches have put forward yet.  And, due to the complexity of the Bailey system, I am only able to do very brief and inadequate comparisons here.  Still, they serve as an introduction and orientation for those who want to attempt to understand how these various systems do, or do not, overlap one another.
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Levels – Turquoise and Group 8/9

Continuing to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber. Here we are moving on to Group Nine in the Bailey model and the Turquoise level in Integral.

So far I have been comparing the Integral levels to a small part of the Bailey system starting with her 10 Groups of Human Development. As we go from Bailey’s Group 8 to Group 9 to Group 10, other aspects of psycho-spiritual development (known as the ACLRIF formula, the stages of Integration, and the stages of Initiation) need to be added in and accounted for, which in these brief posts I cannot address without creating greater confusion.  Sticking with the 10 Groups only then, I will attempt to make some correlations between Integral’s Turquoise and the Bailey Groups 8 and 9.
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Levels – Green/Teal and Group 8

Continuing to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber, we move on to Group Eight in the Bailey model and how it relates to a combination of the Green and Teal levels in Integral.

In the Ageless Wisdom teachings entrance into Group Eight is quite significant because it is here that we “enter the kingdom of Heaven” meaning we take the first initiation (undergo that first serious expansion of consciousness, which is often experienced as an enlightenment), and begin to radically reorient our sense of who we are. In connecting this stage of spiritual development with Integral, the Integral levels no longer seem to line up as neatly as before. For this reason Group Eight seems to be more of a mixture, perhaps between what Integral calls Green and Teal.
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Levels – Green and Group 7

Continuing to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber, we move on to Group Seven in the Bailey model and the Green level in Integral.

Group Seven and the Green levels are often associated with the Hippie type of person. The picture I choose here is meant to symbolize the idealism of this group as they shift into spiritual levels, along with the impracticality, naivete, and kind of fake and pretentious way they approach spiritual practice.
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Levels – Orange and Group 6

As we continue to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber, we move on to Group Six in the Bailey model and the Orange level in Integral.

Group Six and the Orange levels have been around for sometime, most notably as the ruling elite. (Note: I choose the picture for this post not only because you see Wall St. and symbols of the corporate media in the picture, but because it shows those above looking down on those below, giving the “elitist” feel).  The “elitists” can be found at the top of big corporations, banks, in the media, as rulers of countries, and also in the guise of the intelligentsia.
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Levels – Amber/Orange and Group 5

In this post we compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels with those of Integral/Wilber. Here we step into the zone Integral calls Expert, which is a combination of their Amber and Orange and relate it to what Bailey calls Group Five.

In the Bailey teachings Group Five is said to be the largest group in terms of humanity’s consciousness. (Group Four is the next largest and Group Three the third largest), Orange (which is related to Group Six in the Bailey teachings) represents the level the masses are moving into.
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Levels – Amber and Group 4

This post moves on to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels and those of Integral/Wilber taking us into what Integral calls Amber and compares it with Bailey’s Group Four.

Said to be the largest segment of the world population by both the Alice Bailey teachings and those of the Integral movement, Amber is easily identifiable if you simply spend a short time surfing through hundreds of cable channels.  Understanding where most of humanity is at is very important if we are to help people move forward.
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Levels – Red and Group 3

This post moves on to compare the Alice Bailey/Wisdom levels and those of Integral/Wilber taking us into what Integral calls Red and compares it with Bailey’s Group Three.

As a reminder in Esoteric Psychology II, pp. 203 – 207, 10 groups of evolving humanity are presented. Now, I will draw parallels between the third level in Integral known as Red and Group Three talked about in the Alice Bailey model. Note: these parallels will be very brief.

Again let’s look at the Integral Map to orient ourselves.
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