This post continues to describe the characteristics of Bailey’s Group Three, which I have placed on the 6th subplane of the Emotional Plane and given the color of Red. The post also goes on to describe how Group Three/Red fits in with Bailey’s Egoic Lotus petals and does a comparison to the Integral model.
Cultures of Abuse
The next thing I would like to associate with Group Three is tendency to create and maintain a culture of abuse. In his book Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, Lundy Bancroft, a specialist in cultures of abuse, illustrates very clearly how cultures of abuse are created and maintained. One of the more fascinating things he says is that abuse cultures are not created by people who have low self-esteem or grew up abused as children. Yes, it is true that some abusers do have low self-esteem and some as children were abused. The problem is, Bancroft observed, the majority of abusive men he worked with, did not fit the low self-esteem or abused profile. In fact many of them have very high self-esteem (or a high opinion of themselves). And, the majority did not experience any childhood abuse. Also, Bancroft observed that many people who had abused by abusers did not resort to abuse themselves because they were either too afraid, sensitive, or on a higher turn of the spiral, compassionate to want to go in that direction. Why then do people abuse? To put is simply, abuse Bancroft asserts is about gaining power and control so that you can get the goodies in life that you want. That is how abuse cultures are created and that is the reason they are maintained. Again we see the Group Three dynamics here.
Remember Group Three people lean towards hero worship and tend to put “strong men” into positions of power. Once Group Three bullies are placed in dominant positions, the Group Three people they dominate tend to become passive and submissive in hopes that those in power over them will help them alleviate their anxiety and keep their desire needs met. Though the submissive members of Group Three may at times act up and rebel at times, for the most part they tend to feel too helpless and anxious to stop others from forcing them into submissive and powerless positions, or moving into positions of power themselves. Worse, due to their insecurities they may feel that they deserve to be placed in submissive and abusive positions by others. After all many of the people who have put themselves into power over them got there because they believe they are better than others, or were even “chosen by the Gods” to rule over people.
This is why the culture of abuse is typically maintained by individuals in a passive position within Group Three. Even if they do not benefit a lot from this dynamic, they do benefit somewhat from it. They also don’t feel they have much choice. Too often if they do stand up and rebel they either get punished for it, or die an early death. So instead of standing up for themselves, they find other ways to be deal with their oppressive situation. They may participate in the tribal “games” that have been set up for them (sports for example). Or, they may resort to passively watching the violent movies, video games and television programs that are constantly fed to them. Through these mediums they can either cathart and manage some of their resentment and anger. Or, they can identify with the heroes and anti-heroes they see and pretend that they are one of them. They can also get drugged out or drunk, go head banging at a rock concert, or make noise by screaming down the street on their motorcycle, playing their music too loud, or any other means that will give them a temporary feeling of relief.
Courage & Potential for Exploitation
I have already talked about the violence and aggression that emerges with Group Three and how their impulsive natures and lower intelligence forces them to choose aggression as a primary way to get their needs met and push their many anxieties away from their lives. What I haven’t talked about yet is the fact that aggression can also make you feel good, at least temporarily. As anyone knows who has ever resorted to aggression, it can lead to a heightening of the senses, temporarily help you focus more in the moment, and give you an adrenal rush. And, when you heighten and channel that aggression it can lead to great acts of courage and sacrifice. Best of all it can make you feel alive. These are precisely all the qualities that you would want in a good soldier. It is also perhaps one of the dirty little unspoken secrets about war. Yes, war is horrible, but especially for Group Three types war can give them direction and purpose. And, the constant stimulation that comes from being in battle, can even give them some sense of purpose and a chance to become a real, and not just an imaginary hero or heroine.
And, here lies one of the trickier dilemmas for those who are in Group Three. Though I have not introduced the groups that exist beyond Group Three, other groups do exist on the planet here. As we shall see when we read about Group Four, they use aggression, but tend to be much more passive-aggressive in their approach. They would rather sit behind the lines, than move into the forefront into the heat of battle. As for Group Five, they have been far more able to get their desires met and acquire “stuff.” If they go to war they have a lot more to lose. Thus, though they are very likely tpically support a war, they try to find a way to keep stay even further from any actual battle. Then we have Group Six who typically have not only met their needs, they have done so to the point of excess. And, these are the people most likely to start the wars around us. But Group Six people are not interested in going to war to prove they are courageous, or to get a basic income to help them survive a little better, or maybe pay for some college. Group Six people start wars to maintain their power and increase their profit. And, they will keep themselves, and even their children, as far away from danger and the battlefields as possible.
I am mentioning this because it has profound implications for members of Group Three. Remember, to some degree all Ten Groups are said to exist on our planet. Groups Seven through Ten are more spiritual in inclination and work towards solutions apart from war. But, Group Six, which Bailey states is starting to come online more and more now is more likely than any other group to start a war for totally selfish reasons, while at the same time keeping themselves very distant from the horrors they are creating. So who will they send into battle? Primarily, those who belong to Group Three. As we all know, the wars we now engage in are more horrifying and destructive than ever. People are easily blown to pieces and left with physical and psychological scars that leave them with PTSD sending them back into the Group Two emotional hell realms. That is why Group Three members need protection from these kinds of consequences. And, it is why we need to care for them properly should we send them into battle and then bring them back home.
Though I have emphasized a lot of the negatives of Group Three, there are also positives. Slowly, as the focus on basic survival lifts, those within Group Three find that their consciousness is freed up to expand into new horizons and other levels of awareness. When one is in a constant state of anxiety over getting their basic needs met, they typically do not have any psychological space to consider higher needs. Looking again at Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we see that when the physiological needs are met then it is possible to have a greater sense of safety and security. Yes, those at Group Three still experience some anxiety over their safety and security. But, they are starting to feel a little more safe and secure than they did when they were at the level of Group Two. Yes, they give too much of their power and freedom away to those who end up ruling over them. But, they also have more psychological freedom to not constantly obsess over whether they are going to eat the next day or have clothing or shelter. Yes their anxiety and impulsivity can send them into behaviors where they get into trouble or becoming addicted. But, at least they are being exposed to more pleasure and opportunities to get pleasure than they have had before.
At the time I am writing this book, Donald Trump is President. Through him we are seeing the pros of cons of Group Three consciousness as never before. There are many who say he came into power precisely because for too long Group Three needs were being mismanaged and ignored. Even those in Groups Four, Five and Six, who are under stress have been regressing (due to breaks and cleavages within them) back to Group Three motivations and attributes. Worldwide you might say we are now in a Group Three crisis. And, unless the rest of us at higher levels of consciousness stay mindful of helping Group Three maintain some level of security and stability and give them healthier ways to manage their anxieties, we will continue to run the risk of their rebellion, which will lead to them wanting to put dictators and strong men back into power. We will also watch them disintegrate back into their tendencies to seek out immediate gratification through an over-indulgence in food, sex, drugs, and alcohol leading towards increased addiction. Remember no level of consciousness is “bad” per say. Each level simply represents a developmental stage of growth. And, all human beings either reside in one of these developmental levels, recapitulate them at some point before they grow out of them, or regress back to them during times of stress. That is why this book is being written so all of us can understand better what each level needs to help it evolve and grow.
EGOIC LOTUS PETAL — Knowledge/Knowledge
In the chapter regarding Terms we talked about what something Bailey calls the Egoic Lotus (“soul flower”), that has twelve petals, with each petal representing twelve stages of human and spiritual evolution. Here, at the 6th Subplane of the Emotional Plane (Red), in association with Group Three, I believe the first petal of the Egoic Lotus begins to unfold. (See the number 1 in the diagram to the left). Why do I believe it belongs here? Consider what is said about this Knowledge/Knowledge petal which primarily influences life on the physical plane. “Through the breaking of the Law and the ensuing suffering the price of ignorance is paid and knowledge is achieved. This unfoldment is brought about through physical plane experience.” (Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 539). Though none of the Egoic Lotus petals are specifically assigned to any of the Ten Groups, in my mind the wording of the Knowledge/Knowledge petal regarding the breaking of the law and suffering the price of ignorance seems to be associated with Group Three. What laws are broken? The laws of the Soul. What is the price of ignorance? The karma that comes about when we do not yet understand the “Souls” we really are. Why put Group Three here and not Groups One or Two? Because as I see it Groups One and Two are just starting to find their way around in the physical world. And, they are still too intertwined with “Mother Earth” to cause much destruction. Finally, they have yet to accumulating “knowledge” about the “knowledge” in regards to knowing how to get their basic physical needs of food, clothing, and shelter met. But, with Group Three we start to see this knowledge emerge.
How? I imagine this knowledge about getting knowledge regarding the physical world happening in the following ways. For starters understand that each of these Ten Groups takes at minimum thousands of years to develop (some say they may need tens of thousands of years or even much, much longer to come into being and then disappear). Following the lead of Integral (which we will read more about in the next section) and how it speculates that Integral Red (which I believe is the same came online around 15,0000 years ago; I feel the same could be said about Group Three — Red. This places the emergence of this group back before the agricultural era pushing it into hunting and gathering societies. Imagine the knowledge that has been shared about the knowledge of how to survive in the physical world that from that time until ours has been passed on. For starters, knowledge (teaching) had to be passed on to children from their elders about the knowledge of where the best hunting grounds were, the routes to get there, and the best times of year to look different animals to kill. Knowledge (teaching) had to be passed on regarding the knowledge of what kind of plant species could be harvested at different times of year to be eaten or turned into medicine.
Eventually that knowledge including how to build different kinds of shelter and how to make clothes. Over time it would include knowledge of weaponry, the building of chariots, ships, the making of pottery, lessons in weaving, dye making and so much more it would be impossible for me to list it all. At first this information would be passed on in an oral manner, until the invention of writing exploded this knowledge about surviving and prospering in the physical world up to day and age, everywhere. It might even be said that the Knowledge/Knowledge petal in regards to the Physical Plane has at this point opened so fully, it might even be ready to fall off (symbolically speaking). Maybe that is why Group Three is starting to seem antiquated and their thinking is increasingly being viewed as archaic. Now that we have this knowledge of how to survive in the physical world pretty much mastered, it is time to move on.
INTEGRAL MODEL COMPARISONS
Moving to the Integral model it is easy to make a correlation between Group Three and the Integral stage of Red. However, as I make this correlation I need to emphasize that in some ways the Alice Bailey model and the Integral model do not fit together so well. Setting this discussion aside for now, let’s look at what the Integral model has to say about its Red level. To begin with Integral also describes their group Red as Tribal. And, they see those in this group as vigilant, aggressive, impulsive and ruthless, while on a higher turn of the spiral they can be viewed as courageous, determined and powerful.
The emphasis on being courageous, determined and powerful represents the upside of Integral Tribal Red, which I have talked about as existing with Group Three. Along being courageous I am reminded of a story my husband shared of when he lived in a yoga ashram located in the south east of the United States, often thought to be one of the most red-necked areas of the country. (Note the word “red” in that phrase). When the yoga ashram first moved there the local people were highly anxious and afraid. In response they started to shoot up the local yoga buildings. Fortunately, the head of the ashram, Sri Swami Satchiananda, understood how to manage the fears and anxieties of the people in the vicinity. So he made a concerted effort to be friendly and respectful of the needs of the people around him, inviting them to tea, attending their local church services, and even setting up an auto garage where local “yoga” mechanics fixed the locals’ cars for free. By valuing the people around him, Swami Satchiananda made valuable allies with these “red necks.” Though the people in the ashram and in the town did not socialize on a frequent basis, my husband said that during his twenty year stay at the ashram, these very same people who were once so shooting up their buildings became fiercely loyal and helped to protect the ashram when outside visitors at times became disruptive. The local people also became known for their courage, and my husband who at times fought some fires besides the locals told me that if you wanted someone to protect you and watch your back, they would be the first ones to volunteer and come stand beside you. This story to me represents both the ruthless and aggressive nature, as well as the courageous and powerful aspects of Integral Red and Group Three.
Continuing with what Integral has to say about this level, I will once again quote directly from An Overview of Developmental Stages of Consciousness compiled by Barrett C. Brown, Integral Institute April 3, 2006. He sees Integral Red as, “Power and action. Basic theme: Be what you are and do what you want, regardless [of how you get it]. What’s important: Power, spontaneity, heroism, immediate gratification; standing tall, calling the shots, receiving respect, and getting attention; being daring, impulsive, and enjoying oneself without regret; conquering, outsmarting, dominating. Where seen: The ‘terrible twos’; rebellious youth; frontier mentalities; feudal kingdoms; epic heroes; wild rock stars; gang leaders; soldiers of fortune. Main focus: Own immediate needs, opportunities, self-protection. Description: Fight/flight response is very strong; very attack-oriented and win/lose in nature; short-term horizon; focus on concrete things and personal advantage; sees rules as loss of freedom; feedback heard as an attack. How influences others: Takes matter into own hands, coerces, wins fight.”
Reading these key words it is easy to see how Alice Bailey’s Group Three and Integral Red line up. However, as promised there is a difference that I will continue to illustrate in this book. That difference I feel is illustrated in the view Integral tends to have of the current President of the United States (as I write this book), Donald Trump. In the world view of Integral President Donald Trump is said to have Red consciousness (with an emotional developmental level of about a five year old they also claim). True, in watching how President Donald Trump behaves and in reading the Integral Red keywords this association of Trump with Red seems to make sense. As we shall see Bailey’s model has more levels than Integral, meaning we will have more to consider developmentaly than Integral’s model allows us to do. Though most of the people who voted for and follow Trump would be Bailey’s Group Three, I am going to propose as we move along that Trump wouldn’t.
For example, I have tried to illustrate in this chapter that Group Three is comprised of people who run heavy on impulse and growing in their desire nature, but despite all their efforts they don’t get much accomplished in the end. Going back to my Bonnie and Clyde example, far too many people in Group Three end up in prison, mulitated in battle, too addicted to drugs to think straight or prematurely dead. Donald Trump in my view is a long ways away from being like them. He is a master manipulater and cagey like a fox, and despite his seeming stupidity for almost his entire life he has been way too smart to end up the way they did. Yes, Trump can often seem petulant, impulsive and even idiotic. My assertion is that he gets that way especially under stress by regressing back to a Group Three Red level. But, when you look at Trump’s life and what he has accomplished in overall, he doesn’t seem to fit at the Group Three level in Bailey’s model. Remember we are now on the Emotional Plane. At the lower levels of the Emotional Plane you are just beginning to figure out how to get your money, pleasure, and power needs met. How could Trump, a billionaire, with a beauty queen wife, who has access to all the pleasure any human being could dream of, and is now President of the United States, which is considered by some the most powerful position in the world, be at only a Group Three Red level?
Especially as we learn more about Group Six, it will become more evident how in the Alice Bailey system, Donald Trump is not just a Group Three Red rebellious and impulsive person trying to get his safety and security needs met. Instead, he is a man who has managed to manipulate and dominate the entire planet to help him get his every desire met. A Bonney and Clyde or Hell’s Angel he is not. And, though he appears to look more like a Group Three Red type person when he is under stress, he was not always so impulsive and emotionally erractic. Watch older videos of him long before he became President and you will be amazed how different he seems. Which brings me back to the chapter in this book titled the Problem with Levels. Remember, in the Bailey model people are a combination of different levels of consciousness. They are not stuck on just one step on the staircase. At their best they may seem to reside a number of levels higher then they typically do. Under stress, their cleavages or gaps in development show up, and they appear to be at a number of levels as below. Therefore before we try to guess what subplane we or others may overall reside on, we need to exercise caution. It is always so easy to discern.
Before moving on from a comparison between Group Three and Integral Red, I would like to call your attention again to how Integral believes that Red consciousness came into being around 15,000 BCE. During this time period anthropologists believe tribal groups were forming and eventually gave rise around 10,000 BCE to the first “civilizations” or “city states.” Though some Theosophists and others debate about this timeline, Integral theorists and most anthropologists believe the timeline is accurate. That is why for the fun of it, I am including this picture of Cheddar Man to give us some understanding of what human beings at this time really looked like. This sculpted model of Cheddar Man has been recreated from his actual bones and DNA. Cheddar Man’s skeleton was discovered in a cave in Cheddar Gorge in southwest England and dating of his bones reveals he lived there around 10,000 years ago. The nickname “Cheddar Man” in some ways is amusing because like most adults who lived during his time, he was almost certainly lactose intolerant. What is most surprising about Cheddar Man is that fact that he lived in England, yet his DNA reveals that he had dark skin, curly hair and blue eyes linking him to the natives of sub-Saharan Africa. This has been an astounding find, since it had long been thought that people from the African continent had not made it that far in Europe. Cheddar Man’s discovery has also caused anthropologists to shift the date for when they believe Europeans became more light skinned. They now believe “white skin” developed more around 6,000 BCE. That means thousands of years had to pass by before the lighter skin adaptation occurred helping the people who lived there live more comfortably within the cold and frequently more cloudy northern climates.
As we see Group Three possesses a lot of characteristics that we do still see in our time, giving credence to Bailey’s statement that those with Lemurian consciousness can be found existing in all races around the world today. Because they tend to be tribal, courageous, impulsive and rebellious members of Group Three do seem to similar in a lot of respects to Integral Red. However, in Bailey’s model, individuals like Donald Trump do not really belong at this level. Members of Group Three simply do not possess the ability to amass that much money, power, pleasure and influence. Their lives are too chaotic, and they are too unthinking, rebellious and impulsive to rise to such heights of power and sustain it over a lifetime.
Group Three members have not integrated their thoughts, emotions, physical bodies and behaviors in such a way they can get to great heights of influence and power and stay there. They tend to be more sprinters than marathon runners, which is why their impatience and frustration tend to lead them to fall under the influence of others who seek to dominate them. Their lack of thought and impulsive emotions also explains why they are so unlikely to even see the ways they are being manipulated and duped. Yes, they have gained some freedom allowing them to experience a greater measure of stability and security in the physical world. But, they have yet to learn how to consistently satisfy their desires, or integrate their personalities in such a way they can truly become the “God-like rulers” they so frequently admire, yet sadly fall prey to.
Group Three people can also be heroic. That is why they are so suited to enter professions that require a considerable amount of daring. Especially those who are a mixture of Group Three and Group Four (which we will learn about in the next chapter), are become not only daring, but less impulsive and more dependable. They can be relied upon to summon up the best within them, not only during a crisis, but in a more consistent way in other areas of their lives. Honoring this heroic spirit with Group Three members helps them feel valued and helps them evolve. They also benefit from social policies that help them find and maintain more stability and security, and give them opportunities to access more education. Programs and training to help them understand ways to manage their anger and anxiety are also useful. At a societal level putting into place systems that dismantle and discourage a culture of abuse are necessary and being sure if they are sent into war, they are well taken care of upon their return. Finally, spiritual practices (like the martial arts) that help them train and focus their minds and calm their emotional are also beneficial.
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