This post starts the discussion of Bailey’s Group Six who are the first to become Integrated Personalities and operate out of what is known as Aryan consciousness. Primarily selfish, individualistic, materialistic and typically atheistic in nature, the post covers how according to the Ageless Wisdom teachings the cutting edge of humanity is just starting to pass through this stage, and how most of humanity will be at this stage for hundreds of years to come.
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As mentioned at the start of this chapter, Group Six covers a wide range. In fact, it could almost be divided into two groups — those who are Integrated Personalities and who are selfish and materialistic, and those who are becoming more aspirational in their desire to realize who they are as the Soul. As for Bailey, she states this about Group Six, “The souls who think, and who are minds. These are steadily increasing in number and gaining in power as our educational processes and our scientific discoveries bring results, and expand human awareness. They constitute the cream of the human family, and are the people who are achieving success in some department of human life. They are writers, artists, thinkers in various fields of human knowledge and aspiration, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, skilled workers and artisans, and all those who, though in the front rank, yet take ideas and propositions and work with them for the ultimate benefit of the human family. They are the world aspirants, and those who are beginning to get the ideal of service into their consciousness” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 206). In this description we see some of the problems emerge, since some of what Bailey says seems like descriptors of Group Five, some of it can apply to Integrated Personalities, and some of it applies to Aspirants. All I can say is I will do my best to sort all of this out drawing as I can from Bailey’s other writings.
Unlike all the other groups before them (Groups One through Five), members of Group Six we are seeing have developed their minds to a much greater degree than the groups before them. Therefore, they tend to be more focused on objective facts and the external world, than upon inner subjective realities, which they may even become skeptical of. Even Group Six members who profess to have certain religious or spiritual beliefs may tend to think and conceive of “God” using more abstract language seeing God more as “nature,” “space,” “energy,” “the force,” “the universe” for example. They may also tend to reduce all phenomena down to its basic form. For example, they may believe that the brain causes all phenomena and that any spiritual experience someone has is a figment of someone’s imagination due to blips of images and memories within our brains. This secular and materialistic orientation can make them believe that the only thing that is real is whatever you can see with your five senses and can demonstrate with concrete facts.
Essentially then for many Group Six members “God is dead.” The nice thing about God being dead is Group Six members are now free to become Gods themselves. How did this happen? Again Group Six people are the first ones to truly “think and have minds.” Unlike Group Five people who are more the “enforcers of the existing rules,” Group Six people are more likely to question norms and rules. They are also more likely to see how arbitrary rules, codes and even moral ethics can be. Take the Christian Bible for example. Groups Four and Five members are much more likely to take the Bible literally. But, as members of Group Six become Integrated Personalities and in turn integrate more into the world, they are more open to being confronted with facts and information they may have censored before. Consider the Christian Bible again where Group Six members in their openness may discover that there are many different versions of the Bible. And, they may learn about how different texts that once belonged to the Bible were tossed out at the Council of Nicaea in 325CE. Confronted with these facts Group Six members may even view the Bible and other sacred texts as being highly influenced by the arbitrary minds of humans. The result? Group Six members begin to develop a healthy skepticism, which Group Five members do not have.
As a reminder Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II says Group Six members “are steadily increasing in number,” are “the cream of our humanity” and are increasingly influencing “our educational processes and our scientific discoveries” as well as “achieving success in some department of human life” (p. 206). That can again make Group Six members sound like Group Five. And, perhaps there is some overlap at first. But, whereas I see Group Five as perfecting a “craft,” as Integrated Personalities I see Group Six members as reaching more and more the pinnacles of success. That means Group Six members have much more power to exert their influence. Plus, for those who now view God as dead, Group Six members become free to let their materialistic impulses run rampant. If there is no God, and sacred texts and moral codes are strictly man made, then what is wrong with making up my own ethics, codes and rules?
Which leads Group Six members to a very dangerous possibility of becoming more dangerous than any other of the Ten Groups. In his Egoic Lotus Webinar Commentaries 3 Series starting at around 1:52:00 Michael Robbins claims Group Six people have “less kāma in their manas.” I can agree with him if he equates the word “kāma” with emotion. As Integrated Personalities they are far less likely to let repressive emotions restrict their approach to life. But, I disagree if we associate “kāma” with its original meaning as “desire.” Then in my opinion Group Six people have more desire than anyone, precisely because their Integrated Personalities help them accomplish and possess pretty much whatever they want. With God dead because they view constructs of God as simplyl made up; morality out of the way because morality is viewed as man made and arbitrary; and having now the capacity to accomplish whatever I want due to my having an Integrated Personality, well the sky is the limit. Which leads me to the next major theme about Group Six people, the tendency to want to be “Masters of the Universe.”
Masters of the Universe
As we have seen Integrated Personalities learn to “integrate themselves” increasingly into larger spheres of influence and power in the world. At first this influence is smaller, more like what I have associated with Group Five in the previous chapter. But, over time this influence can become quite big, which is why many Group Six types can even rise up to become the 1%, or ruling elite. Consider the picture to the left of (mostly men) inside the Wall Street Stock Exchange. I have put this picture here not only because Wall Street is the center of global financial power, but because this picture symbolically represents how even among the ruling elite there are tiers of power and influence. Here they are, the Wall Street bankers, the heads of various corporations, the media moguls, the rulers of various countries, the intelligentsia of various universities, the celebrities and public relations people who for the most part rule the planet, looking down in an elitist way on Group Five and even some Group Six members below them.
In short, they are Gods (or less frequently Goddesses). They are Masters of the Universe in their own minds. As Michael Robbins says of those in Group Six they see themselves as “beyond the law” becoming the “predator elite who have strong minds and who think for themselves, but who have limited hearts and morality” (Egoic Lotus Webinar Commentaries 3 Series). If they can move beyond being the predator elite, then they can take their “ideas and propositions and work with them for the ultimate benefit of the human family.” They can become humanitarians working for various charitable causes, or setting up foundations so their money supports causes they believe in. They may even become as Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II states “world aspirants and those who are beginning to get the ideal of world service into their consciousness” (p. 206).
In my mind going from the predator elite to those who are dedicated to world service is a lot of ground to cover. Ideally, I would have divided Group Six up into at least two groups. Staying true to Bailey’s model I have kept the wording of Group Six, but what you will see in this book is that I have actually written three chapters on Group Six, essentially creating a Group Six A, Group Six B, and Group Six C! Group Six A, which I am writing about in this chapter, is just coming into power as an Integrated Personality. Group Six B is trying to hold onto that power in various ways for good or bad. Group Six C is realizing the limitations of power from a selfish perspective and is beginning to open up to the realm of the soul. Keeping this in mind let’s move on to see what members of Group Six may be like as they go through these stages.
Starting with the Group Six members I have associated with the 3rd Subplane of the Emotional Plane, in the Alice Bailey model the number three is associated with something known as the Third Ray. The Third Ray is one of seven rays (streams of energy) that Bailey talks a great deal about. Later in this book I introduce these seven rays more fully, for now I simply want to say that the third ray is generally associated with the something known as “intelligent activity.” Other Third Ray keywords include such things as: adaptability, the intelligent use of form building, creative effort, all means of communication (telegraph, radio, telephone, television, the internet), all forms of travel, most business endeavors, most industry, capitalism, and finance. Since I am placing this subgroup of Group Six into the Emotional Plane, I am theorizing that all this “intelligent activity” is being put to use primarily to help one accomplish their materialistic desires. Their growing intelligence also helps them make it to the top of universities, become known publicly for their creative ideas, decide to build and even head up large businesses such as corporations, get involved in banking and investment enterprises, creating and heading up communications industries (including cell phone and the internet), getting to the top or even owning media outlets, and getting involved in travel (including automobiles, buses, trains, planes, airplanes, and even space travel).
Now, you will also notice that even though I see some overlap on the 3rd Subplane of the Emotional Plane with Group Five and Group Six, I am again proposing that due to their even greater increase in confidence, self-esteem, discipline and success Group Five members shift from being more like craftsmen (and crafts women), to truly becoming the experts in their fields. For example, the teacher goes up a notch and in time becomes a university professor. The manager rises up the ranks and establishes him or herself as a CEO. The local television personality goes national and instead of following the rules of what to say and do, begins to establish the rules for what the public overall can listen to. Slowly and surely those in Group Five start to break free from the constraints of just following and enforcing the rules and to use Abraham Maslow’s words, they Self-Actualize. They achieve a new level of freedom, creativity, and independence allowing them to take risks they never before would have dreamed of taking so that they can fulfill wishes and desires that before they never could of have imagined.
A Sense of Destiny
One of the advantages of becoming an Integrated Personality (an individual or Self-Actualized) is that without anyone else telling you how to behave and by not caring what others think about you, you are free to become the designer of your own destiny. Before the Integrated Personality (Group Six) stage that is not possible. Why? Again Bailey claims there is not enough mind activity present, giving you no true free will (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, p. 29). Plus, Bailey asserts most people are only “mediums with mass ideas; they are swept by urges which are imposed upon them by teachers and demagogues, and are receptive—without any thought or reasoning—to every school of thought (spiritual, occult, political, religious and philosophical). May I repeat that they are simply mediums; they are receptive to ideas which are not their own or self-achieved” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, pp. 263 — 267). Ayn Rand probably couldn’t have agreed more.
When we get to Group Six, this changes. With more mind there is more focus and ambition that feeds the sense being here to accomplish something, and hopefully something big. Bailey says that, “A personality is a man with a sense of destiny. Such a man has sufficient will power to subject his lower nature to such a discipline that he can fulfil the destiny of which he is subconsciously aware. These people fall into two groups: a. Those with no soul contact of any kind. Those people are urged forward to their destiny by a sense of power, by self-love, by exalted ambition, by a superiority complex, and by a determination to reach the top of their particular tree” (Esoteric Psychology Vol. II, pp. 264 — 265). These are the Group Six members I am talking about in this chapter, who feel liberated by not having any constraints put on them. They are more “Ayn Rand” like.
Bailey continues however and mentions the next group of personalities with a sense of destiny. “b. Those with a small measure of soul contact. These are people whose methods and motives are therefore a mixture of selfishness and of spiritual vision. Their problem is a difficult one, as their measure of soul contact does bring in an inflow of force which stimulates the lower nature, even whilst increasing soul control. It is not, however, powerful enough to subordinate the lower nature entirely.” (Esoteric Psychology Vol. II, pp. 264 — 265). These are the individuals I mentioned earlier under the header of Group Six in this chapter, who I will come back to again in the chapter where I talk about “Aspirants.” They too have a sense of destiny, but are more like what Bailey talks about in the quote in this paragraph. Personally, if I had my way, I would split the Aspirants off into their own group! But, I am trying my best to accurately represent the Bailey model, so that would not be a good thing to do and would only lead to confusion. You will see, however, in the chapters to come, how I have tried to make Group Six gradations that reflect Bailey’s ideas overall.
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