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.
As I move into this next level, I am faced with a few challenges. For starters it is becoming more difficult to assert that one group might fit with one subplane. Also, Bailey’s Group Six can be associated with both the process of becoming an Integrated Personality and at the later stages, with becoming a spiritual aspirant. This means there is a lot more to say about Group Six than the other five groups we have looked at so far. For this reason, I have decided to allow Group Six to cover three subplanes of the Emotional Plane. Also, beginning with this chapter I am introducing a new concept by Alice Bailey, known as the Technique of Integration. The technique begins with steps showing us how to become what Bailey calls an Integrated Personality, and ends as we move more onto the spiritual path. In regards to the Egoic Lotus petal, I believe the Knowledge/Sacrifice is associated with Group Six the same as it was with Group Five, only in a different manner. Finally, I will introduce the idea of Aryan consciousness, which has to do with increased mental polarization.
Having reviewed what Alice Bailey meant by Lemurian consciousness and Atlantean consciousness, we will now take a look at the next level of consciousness, Aryan consciousness. As I talk about this I need to clarify right way how Hitler in Nazi Germany decided to use this phrase. At the time that Hitler was around the terms “Lemurian,” “Atlantean,” and “Aryan” were far better known than they are now. The term Aryan actually existed long before Hitler adopted it for his own ends, and committed mass genocide of millions in his warped idea to bring about the “pure” Aryan race. To let you know then long before Hitler the Aryans were known to be a group of people who spoke the Indo-European language and were believed to have moved from the regions of Europe into northern India in the 2nd millennium BCE. The word Aryan actually comes from the Sanskrit word “ārya (Devanāgarī: आर्य), in origin and in Classical Sanskrit means honorable, respectable, or noble. In traditional Theosophy, the Aryans (like the Lemurians and Atlanteans) were also thought to be a race of people. Once again, I have no desire to get into that discussion, preferring instead to focus on the term “Aryan” in regards to a particular developmental state of consciousness.
To help us understand how Alice Bailey views Aryan consciousness I want to start with a direct quote from her. “In the more advanced people of the world today, we have the functioning of the mind-body; this is to be found in a large scale in our Western civilisation. The energy of the ray of the mental body begins to pour in, and slowly to assert itself. As this happens, the desire nature is brought under control, and consequently the physical nature can become more definitely the instrument of mental impulses. The brain consciousness begins to organise and the focus of energies begins to shift gradually out of the lower centres into the higher. Mankind is developing the ‘Aryan consciousness’ and is reaching maturity. In the more advanced people of the world, we have also the integration of the personality and the emergence into definite control of the personality ray, with its synthetic, coherent grip of the three bodies and their fusing into one working unit. Later, the personality becomes the instrument of the indwelling soul.” Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II p. 26.
Looking at what Bailey says above, I feel it connects to Group Six since we do see the mental body beginning to assert itself and as we will see the integration of the personality is taking place. As for the desire nature being brought under control? In the sense that the emotions that run the desires are being more controlled by Group Six types, this applies to Group Six. And, if bringing the desire nature under control means one is better able to direct the desire nature in such a way these desires have a greater likelihood of being fulfilled, that would also fit with Group Six. But, if we read what Bailey is saying as saying the desire nature is being subdued or eliminated, this does not fit with Group Six, but then it also does not fit with Bailey’s notion of the Integrated Personality either. For this reason, I don’t really think that this is what Bailey is implying in this quote. Rather, I see Aryan consciousness as becoming more truly mental, meaning the individual is better able to channel and work with the emotional energies to accomplish one’s goals for positive or negative ends depending on other aspects of how their consciousness is unfolding. Sadly what Hitler did in some ways reflected how on the negative side this Aryan consciousness can be applied in a cruel and heartless way. He served as an initial warning of how destructive Aryan consciousness could become on our planet if we are not extremely careful to avoid its darker characteristics.
Before I share about of the specific characteristics regarding Group Six, I want to introduce another new concept, that of the Integrated Personality. What is an Integrated Personality? I would like to explain it first by quoting extensively from Bailey herself. “The characteristics of the individual who is beginning to function as a personality might be briefly enumerated as follows. They are simple and clear and preeminently selfish. Let it not be forgotten that the primitive step on the way to selfhood of necessity is selfishness. Let it be equally well remembered that the prime hindrance to the advanced and highly evolved personality is selfhood, or the prolongation of the selfish attitude. The characteristics therefore are in their sequential development as follows:
- The ability to say I am, I wish, I desire, I will.
- The consciousness of being in the centre of one’s tiny universe. “Around me the Heavens move and the stars in their courses revolve” is the motto of this stage.
- The sense of drama and the capacity to visualise oneself as the centre of one’s environment.
- The sense of responsibility and the aptitude to regard the surrounding members of the human family as dependent upon one.
- The sense of importance—the outgrowth of the above. This demonstrates in power and influence where there is a real and steadily awakening entity behind the persona, and in braggadocio and bombast where a small selfish creature functions.
- The power to use the entire equipment so that the mind and brain function synchronously and the emotional nature is thereby subordinated, inhibited or controlled. This involves the steady growth of the power to use thought.
- Capacity to live a coordinated life so that the entire man functions and is guided by purpose (expressing the energy of will), by desire (expressing the energy of the emotional or psychic nature), and by vitality which swings the physical vehicle into line with purpose and desire.
- Power to influence, sway, guide and hold others within the range of individual purpose and desire.
When this stage has been reached the three energies which constitute a personality have been successfully fused and merged and the mechanism or instrument of the indwelling self is a usable and valuable asset. The man is a potent personality and becomes the centre of a group; he finds himself to be a focal point for other lives, and is an influential magnetic individual, swaying others, coordinating human units into groups, and organisms. He becomes the head of organizations and of parties, of religious and political bodies and of nations in some cases (Treatise on White Magic pp. 393 — 396).
In another book Bailey also mentions that the Integrated Personality expresses him or herself in the following ways: “1. The free use of the mind so that focused attention can be paid to all that concerns the personal self and its aims. This spells personality success and prosperity.
- The power to control the emotions and yet have the full use of the sensory apparatus to sense conditions, to feel reactions, and to bring about contact with the emotional aspects of other personalities.
- The capacity to touch the plane of ideas and to bring them through into consciousness. Even if these are later subordinated to selfish purpose and interpretation, the man can, however, be in touch with that which can be spiritually cognised. The free use of the mind presupposes its growing sensitivity to intuitional impression.
- The demonstration of many talents, powers and the working out of genius, and the emphatic bending of the whole personality to the expression of some one of these powers. There is often an extreme versatility and an ability to do many outstanding things noticeably well.
- The physical man is frequently a wonderfully sensitive instrument of the inner, emotional and mental selves, and gifted with great magnetic power; there is often resilient, though never robust, bodily health, and great charm and personal outer gifts” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, pp. 14 —15)
To overly simplify things, an integrated personality is someone who has integrated his or her thoughts, feelings, vital and physical bodies to such a high degree they are able to achieve great heights in the physical world. Though in the later stages of integration, Integrated Personalities will reach a crisis and head towards a spiritual path, most people who are Integrated Personalities tend to be highly separative, selfish, and even power hungry. For these reasons Integrated Personalities can become extremely dangerous because if their selfish ambitions and magnetic personalities are directed in a misguided way, they have the potential to harm millions of people (as Hitler did). They even have the potential to damage the planet to such an extent most of it will be uninhabitable. Knowing how destructive an Integrated Personality might become, it might surprise you to know that the Bailey teachings view becoming an Integrated Personality as both a necessary and very positive step. Keeping this in mind, let’s read some more direct quotes from Bailey’s writings to continue to help us understand what becoming an Integrated Personality is about.
“Just what do we mean by Integration? We are apt to bandy words about with unthinking lightness and inexactitude, but, dealing as we are with a development which is becoming increasingly prevalent in the human field, it might profit us for a moment to define it and seek to understand one or two of its major implications. It has to be regarded as an essential step, prior to passing (in full and waking consciousness) into the fifth, or spiritual kingdom. We regard the physical body as a functioning aggregate of physical organs, each with its own duties and purposes. These, when combined and acting in unison, we regard as constituting a living organism. The many parts form one whole, working under the direction of the intelligent, conscious Thinker, the soul, as far as man is concerned. At the same time, this conscious form is slowly arriving at a point where integration into the larger whole becomes desirable and is finally achieved—again in the waking consciousness. This process of conscious assimilation is carried forward progressively by the gradual integration of the part into the family unit, the nation, the social order, the current civilisation, the world of nations, and finally into humanity itself. This integration is, therefore, both physical in nature, and an attitude of mind. The consciousness of the man is gradually aroused so that it recognises this relation of the part to the whole, with the implied inter-relation of all parts within the whole.
The man who has awakened to full consciousness in the various aspects of his nature—emotional, mental and egoic—realises himself first of all as a personality. He integrates his various bodies with their different states of consciousness into one active reality. He is then definitely a personality and has passed a major milestone on the Path of Return. This is the first great step. Inevitably, the evolutionary process must bring to pass this phenomenal occurrence in the case of every human being, but it can be produced (and is increasingly so produced today) by a planned mental application to the task, and an intelligent consideration of the relation of the part to the whole. It will be found that the purely selfish, material personality will eventually arrive at the condition, wherein the man will be conscious of integrated activity and power, because he
- Has developed and integrated his own separative ‘parts’ into one whole.
- Has studied and used his environment, or the whole of which his personality is but a part, in such a way that it contributes to his desire, his success, and his emergence into prominence. In doing this, he necessarily has had to make some living contribution to the whole, in order to evoke its integrating power. His motive, however, being purely selfish and material in objective, can only carry him a certain distance along the path of the higher integration” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II p. 348 — 349).
Regarding the above quote, I would like to make a few clarifications since Bailey’s language can be difficult to connect with. First, Bailey views becoming an Integrated Personality as an essential step. Second, we have to become integrated “in full and waking consciousness” before we can pass into the “fifth or spiritual kingdom.” This phrase, spiritual kingdom, may be new to those reading this book, so let me quickly share how in the Bailey teachings five kingdoms are said to exist. These are: 1) Mineral. 2) Plant. 3) Animal. 4) Human. 5) Spiritual. Before we can become fully spiritual, according to Bailey, we must become fully human, with all the possibilities and difficulties associated with our humanity. Next we read about how the physical body with its aggregate of physical organs and so forth are part of a whole, and have to come under the direction of the “Thinker”, which at a higher turn of the spiral is the soul, as the “Thinker” integrates the many parts of the individual (which includes the mental, emotional, vital and physical aspects of the person) into a coordinated unit or whole.
As this is achieved the individual is simultaneously integrated into a greater whole (in his or her waking consciousness) that includes the “the family unit, the nation, the social order, the current civilisation, the world of nations, and finally into humanity itself.” In short, he or she, becomes an “Integrated Personality,” which we are told marks a “major milestone on the Path of Return.” (Note: the Path of Return has to do with returning to discover who you are as the Soul). Finally, we see that once the person has integrated all his or her separate parts into a coordinated unit and then integrated into the whole of humanity itself, he or she is now able to use his or her integrated personality to help him or her achieve all they desire. Usually, this means he or she becomes a highly successful human being and emerges “into prominence” within humanity as a whole. Bailey goes on to say, “In doing this, he necessarily has had to make some living contribution to the whole, in order to evoke its integrating power. His motive, however, being purely selfish and material in objective, can only carry him a certain distance along the path of the higher [ior more spiritual] integration.” Esoteric Psychology, Vol II p. 348 — 349.
Ironically, when we revisit Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we see parallels with becoming an Integrated Personality, especially in regards to his last stage, Self-Actualization. For those with a spiritual inclination they may tend to view the “self” here as the “spiritual self.” But, that is not necessarily the case. Maslow associates Self-Actualization with the words creative, spontaneous, good at problem solving and seeing and accepting the “facts” that you have exposed yourself to. All of these can exist in a person who can act in a selfish way. As for Maslow’s “moral” keyword that he places here, as you will discover in this chapter many Integrated Personalities who put themselves in positions of power may view themselves as “moral.” That is because they are often the very one’s who determine what morality is (or the rules of behavior in regards to yourself and others as you decide to define them). Seeing how Maslow’s Self-Actualization need can apply to someone who is separative, individualistic, and highly selfish came as a surprise to me. I had always thought this step had spiritual connotations. It never occurred to me that even though you could see Maslow’s “self” as the spiritual Self, it could also refer to the highly individualistic, materialistic, and selfish “self” that Bailey calls an Integrated Personality. But, this is very important to consider as we continue to move through this book. Having gotten a better understanding of what an Integrated Personality is, I would now like to introduce Bailey’s Group Six.
GROUP SIX — 3rd Subplane
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.
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