This post describes Group One of Bailey’s Ten Groups. Bailey suggests this group has remnants of Lemurian consciousness. This group is also similar to Integral’s Infrared stage. 

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Human beings. How did they get here? How have they changed and evolved over time? These are questions anthropologists, philosophers, scholars, religious teachers and scientists have contemplated for thousands of years. Though the debate over when and how humans first appeared is interesting to pursue, in the Ageless Wisdom teachings what is emphasized more than the outer form of what human beings may have looked like is the focus on how they thought, felt, and especially how their consciousness evolved over time. In the model as put forth by Bailey we discovered that she has Ten Evolutionary Groups that theorize where human beings have come from and where they are going. We will now look at that first group, Group One, which I am calling Infant Humanity in this book.

Starting with what Bailey herself states, she claims that those in Group One are still found on our planet, though she implies that the numbers are fairly low (somewhere in the low thousands or maybe within the hundreds). Of Group One Bailey states that “their intelligence is of such a low order, and their awareness of themselves and of life is so dim and nebulous, that only the lowest forms of human existence come into this category” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II p. 203). Where these people might be we really don’t know. Perhaps they are homeless or even institutionalized. Though Bailey says those in Group One may be found in the slums of the world trying to find a way to exist. They are also associated with something she calls “Lemurian consciousness,” which we will look at more now.

INFANT HUMANITY & LEMURIAN CONSCIOUSNESS

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Model of a Homo Antecessor female (800,000 to 1.2 million years ago) practicing cannibalism. Made from actual human bones at the Natural History Museum

Though the existence of the Lemurian race is an interesting discussion, we will not go into that in this book. Rather we will focus on how Bailey used the word Lemurian, which was not so much a “race” as  a state of consciousness. Those with Lemurian consciousness Bailey claims still live among us and are said to number within the thousands, though most of them would fall into Bailey’s Group Two versus Group One (See Rays & Initiations, p. 479, Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 479 – 480; Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 579). The idea that people who lived millions of years ago and had a very primitive state of consciousness may still live among us today may seem hard to believe. Regardless, let’s examine how Bailey views Lemurian consciousness and if it is truly possible that they may still live among us, even if in a very small number today. The word Lemuria is a name pulled from the philosophical system known as Theosophy that Bailey was influenced by.  In Theosophical literature the Lemurian race was actually considered the “3rd Race” of human evolution, with the first two races thought to not be fully in human form. Theosophy claims that the Lemurian race dominated our planet between 18 million to 4 million years ago, a number some anthropologists may find incredulous.

I will begin with some direct quotes from Bailey herself starting with the following, In the early stages, when the ‘Lemurian consciousness’ characterises the phenomenal man, that fragmentary aspect of the soul which indwells and informs the human form, and which gives to the man any real human consciousness which may be present, is inert, inchoate and unorganised; it is devoid of mind as we understand it, and is distinguished only by a complete identification with the physical form and its activities. This is the period of slow tamasic reactions to suffering, joy, pain, to the urge and satisfaction of desire, and to a heavy subconscious urge to betterment. Life after life passes [Note: Bailey believes in reincarnation], and slowly the capacity for conscious identification increases, with a growing desire for a larger range of satisfactions; the indwelling and animating soul becomes ever more deeply hidden, the prisoner of the form nature.  The entire forces of the life are concentrated in the physical body, and the desires then expressed are physical desires; at the same time there is a growing tendency towards more subtle desires, such as the astral [i.e. emotional] body evokes. Gradually, the identification of the soul with the form shifts from the physical to the astral form.  There is nothing present at this time which could be called a personality.  There is simply a living, active physical body, with its wants and desires, its needs and its appetites, accompanied by a very slow yet steadily increasing shift of the consciousness out of the physical into the astral vehicle” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II , p. 24). We are further told that Lemurian consciousness was present as a whole during the time when man “was little more than an animal” and where “he lived unthinkingly; life unrolled like a panorama before his eyes; he identified himself with the episodes depicted and knew no difference between himself and that which he seemed to be in the unfolding picture. He simply looked on, played his little part, ate, reproduced, reacted to pleasure and to pain, and seldom, if ever, thought or reflected” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 558).

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The homeless person pictured here is meant to illustrate how the consciousness contracts when basic survival dominates so much of their lives giving them not much of a life at all. It does not mean the person is in Group Two. Picture purchased for use from 123rf.com

Having quoted Bailey directly I would like to take a moment to expand upon certain points in the above quotes. Perhaps we could say that someone still struggling with Group One Lemurian consciousness is someone trapped in the every day struggle to eat and find shelter from the elements. This “tamasic” struggle (tamasic means slow and lethargic) brings smalls joys and a lot of pain and suffering. Because the daily obsession is on subsistence living, the mind is not free to focus on much else. When Bailey says “there is nothing present at this time which could be called a personality,” she is not meaning that the person is not an individual. Rather, she is speaking of a stage of evolutionary development that emerges in her Group Six known as an Integrated Personality. The Integrated Personality represents in Bailey’s teachings someone who has coordinated her/his physical body, emotions, and mind in such a way she/he can achieve almost any desire imaginable. When Bailey says there is only a fragment of a soul, she is referring to a state of consciousness that emerges more in her Groups Seven and Eight, where the human being reaches the highest levels of the Mental Plane and is in the process of becoming more “soul” than “human.” (Please refer back to CHAPTER TWO: Three Stages of Development).

To summarize Bailey associates Lemurian consciousness as being focused on:

  1. Individualization. 
  2. Coordination of the physical body. 
  3. Focused on basic survival needs.
  4. Emotionally naive 
  5. The instinctual use of mind.
  6. Indiscriminate sexual impulses.

Of these six categories I believe the first two fit in primarily with Bailey’s Group One and the final three with her Group Two, while the focus on survival needs relates to both. In this chapter on Group One we will only examine then the first three categories, looking at the remaining categories in CHAPTER EIGHT: Emotionally Naive, Instinctual Mind & Hyper-Sexuality.

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