This post continues the discussion of Bailey’s Group Six who are the “cream of humanity” and becoming Integrated Personalities. The post continues to look at the typical mindset of this mostly selfish group who it is said will dominate our planet in the coming centuries. The post also talks about the Egoic Lotus petal association with this group, the use of the Technique of Integration, and the associations with Integral Amber Expert and Orange. Finally, we learn why it is so important to understand what the stage is like and how to work with it so it does not become too detrimental.
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.
Emphasis on the Individual
As Group Five members move into Group Six, they also switch from those who enforce the rules to those who start to create them. For some it must mean a crisis in conscience. Take religion for example and the crisis of discovering that the Holy Books you invested so much of your emotional energy in, and even chastised others for not having followed carefully enough, have been all been altered or even entirely made up? What happens to your mortal soul, if suddenly you discover that those above you who you trusted and believed in, (the Group Six “Gods”), are entirely corrupt, full of hypocrisy, and breaking many (or most) of the rules you so carefully followed and made others adhere to? The crises and confusion at first must be very difficult to handle. What do you do? Self-destruct during this existential crisis? Or, transform perhaps by going through a period of secularism, agnosticism, or even atheism as you try to cope with all this “relativism.” For some in the past decades there has been one solution. Replace your old God, with a new Goddess to help you on your journey — Ayn Rand. You see whether many people know it or not she is an intellectual whose ideas are greatly influencing many people in power today. Also, think of Rand’s book The Fountainhead, which in many ways is the Group Six new “Bible.”
For starters, the main characters in Rand’s The Fountainhead is Howard Roark who we would say begins his life in Group Five. At first afraid to let go of the rules and norms of the society he is part of, Roark breaks free of them. He is then able to shift his life out poverty into one of wealth. By rejecting the societal norms around him, Roak becomes free to think his own thoughts, determine his own path, and live by his own rules and code of ethics. This allows Roark to become a self-made man who achieves a great deal of financial and creative success. To use Maslow’s words Roark becomes Self-Actualized. To use Alice Bailey’s words, Roark becomes an Integrated Personality. What to me is most remarkable about The Fountainhead is how Roark handles the anxieties many Group Five people face when they break society’s rules. In short, Roark decides it is only “logical” and “reasonable” to do so.
Roark’s logic, turned into a philosophical system by Ayn Rand known as Objectivism, is not very logical, however, from a spiritual perspective. The problem with Objectivism is that it ignores the deeper spiritual realities of our interdependence with everyone and everything on this planet. Integrated Personalities see the notion of interdependence like some Group Five fictional religious storyline that is used to prevent people from being all they want to be and getting all their wishes fulfilled. Yes, logically even Group Six members can look at the picture of planet Earth and realize how all human beings live within it. But, that doesn’t mean they understand the inner connection and interdependence this picture implies is there as wll. They are too materialistic and separative to see it. That is why they also glorify books like The Selfish Gene (written by famous atheist Richard Dawkins), that says humans are programmed to be selfish so just get used to it.
Greed is Good, Altruism is Evil
And, here is where things really get flipped on their head from where we have Group Five, trying to do good deeds and live according to the rules that the various groups you are in (religious, political, social) dictates — to a new philosophy that states “greed is good.” So go ahead! Get all the money you need, have all your desires fulfilled, break all the rules you want. It’s good for you. In fact, as Rand’s The Fountainhead book illustrates, good deads and “altruism” are actually the real “evils.” How could this be? For starters Rand encourages her readers to take off the (Group Four and Group Five) rose colored glasses and see things for the first time the way things really are — to see things “objectively.” Look closely and you will see Group Four and Group Five people have been manipulated for centuries to become “do-gooders” by following fictious belief systems and rules made up for millenia by the powerful who want to keep them surpressed and under control. Otherwise you will suffer the fate of another of Rand’s characters in The Fountainhead, Ellsworth Toohey.
Toohey is one of those people, the weak kind, who is busy encouraging selflessness and altruism in regards to others. Though he seems all “goodness and light” and pretends to be all selfless and kind (like the Dalai Lama who espouses “my religion is kindness”), what Rand reveals through the character of Toohey, is none of these “goody two shoes” people can really be trusted. Under the pretense of spiritual altruism and compassion these so-called spiritual leaders are really just phonies who are only trying to manipulate the “sheeples” (to use Rand’s word) who are taught to go against their best interests by handing over their money, labor, and even their lives for fictional spiritual pipe dreams. How stupid of them. That is why Rand condemns compassion and sentimentality, because in her view they only make the mind weak and compromise people’s individualism. Witness all those poor nuns, monks, and priests who end up living simple lives going around with begging bowls even — barely surviving — while Gurus, Lamas and Popes live in palaces, travel the world wherever they want, and essentially live like rock stars.
Don’t Care What Others Think
Then there is Rand’s character Dominique Francon, an idealist, who as a Group Five person first despises Roark and follows Toohey. Finally, she wakes up and starts to exercise her mind enough to objectively see what is going on around her and how Toohey and his altruism are really only holding people down. Dominique wakes up and is at last able to claim her own independence and find true happiness by refusing to care anymore about “respect” and her “reputation.” She learns to “grow up” and no longer give a damn anymore what other people think. After all “what you think about me is none of my damn business.” So just tell people who don’t like you or understand you to “F-off.” That is what Roark does who has become so insensitive to other’s opinions of him, he almost glorifies his capacity to be selfish, rude, and obnoxious to others. Following Roark’s lead, Dominique likewise becomes insensitive and pursues a scandalous (by Group Five standards) relationship with Roark despite the considerable negative public opinion she faces.
Dominique reminds me of the real life stars who were alive when Ayn Rand was such as Elizabeth Taylor and Ingrid Bergman. Elizabeth Taylor, the beautiful and beloved child star, grew up to upset quite a few of fans with her numerous affairs. An especially the affair was with then married man Eddie Fisher. At the time Fisher was married to the equally famous star Debbie Reynolds. From then on Taylor became known as a “man stealer” (in the eyes of Group Four and Five types). Not caring about what her public thought, Taylor defiantly embraced her man stealer role going after another married man — Richard Burton — her co-star in the blockbuster film Cleopatra. Then there was Ingrid Bergman, the beloved beauty of the timeless film Casablanca, who had even played the role of a nun in the Bells of St. Mary’s. When Bergman got involved with the married director Roberto Rossellini, and later married him after his divorce, the mostly Group Four and Group Five public couldn’t accept it. Bergman’s was exiled to live in disgrace with her Rossellini in Europe where for a long time her acting career stalled. At the time the public must have thought, “It was one thing for a vamp and “man-stealer” like Elizabeth Taylor to do such a thing. How could Bergman, one of our sweet little nuns had done something similar?
What is intriguing is comparing Rand’s philosophy with Bailey’s writings on how we are supposedly in the process of seeing the emergence of Group Six (associated with the Aryan race and Integrated Personalities). Rand’s Objectivism philosophy almost seems custom made to coincide with Group Six’s rise. But, more significant is how Rand, in her book The Fountainhead, helped give those in Group Five a pathway to cross over into Group Six with greater ease. Rand showed Group Five people how to let go of their repressed guilt and cognitive dissonance. She showed them it was not only acceptable to drop the religious and societal rules they had once adhered to so ferociously, it was courageous of them. Rand gave Group Five members a mythos, or story, of how to Self-Actualize so they could become individuals and live more freely at the Group Six level. After all what other choices did Group Five members really have? Should they just commit suicide like Javier did in the Les Miserable story because the cognitive dissonance got the better of him? That doesn’t seem like much of a choice. Better to not give a damn what other people think, give them the finger, and live like the Gods or Goddesses you were meant to be. For those shifting from Group Five to Group Six both in Rand’s time and our time as well, the choice was clear. The rope was too painful. The finger? Much simpler.
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.
Honor Your Own Self Interests
Though Group Six members at this level like to pretend that they are totally self-directed and live by their own rules they are not totally being honest. They do tend to gravitate to certain philosophical ideas that influence how they think and are in alignment with their selfish tendencies. I mentioned one example of this previously in Chapter Nine when I spoke of the book The Selfish Gene written by famous atheist and former Oxford professor Richard Dawkins. When I attended a major public university, even though my major was totally unrelated to biology, we were all required to take a class where we had to read Dawkins book. Though I was only 18 at the time I first read it, I have kept the book because I wanted to look back over the years and re-read all the notes I had scribbled in the margins arguing how off base I felt Dawkins writings were. I bring up Dawkins because just like the writings of Ayn Rand, these two people were part of the Group Six playbook trying to influence my early education (in high school and university). Whether people are aware of it or not, a lot of our universities, business and financial institutions, our entertainment industry and governments live by a new set of rules (much as Group Five does), whether they choose to admit that they do or not. So what are some of the new guidelines for living? Consider the following quotes:
Quotes from Ayn Rand.
- “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.”
- “The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face.”
- “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
- “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”
- “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.”
- “Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.”
- “Do you know that my personal crusade in life (in the philosophical sense) is not merely to fight collectivism, nor to fight altruism? These are only consequences, effects, not causes. I am out after the real cause, the real root of evil on earth — the irrational.”
- “I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.”
- “What is greatness? I will answer: it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem.”
- “I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
- “To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’”
- “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.”
- “Man’s unique reward, however, is that while animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.”
- “Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.”
These quotes highlight the way Group Six people strive to live (until they get to the Aspirant level). What I am trying to reveal here, is not whether it is a right or wrong way to live your life. No matter what our initial reaction to Rand’s quotes might be, we need to remember that Group Six represents the next step in our evolution. They are the first group to develop a larger measure of mind. (Note: We will explore more what mind is when we get to the chapter that introduces the Mental Plane). There is value in being able to think with more of a critical mind. The problem as I see it, is that this “mind” that Group Six Integrated Personalities possess, is still kāma-manasic. Their minds are still orientated towards kāma, or desire. They just are better able than most to have most of their money, pleasure, power desires fulfilled. Eventually they will learn through the fulfillment of those desires that philosophies like Rand’s are not all they are cracked up to be. (Note: Bailey, who believes in reincarnation, asserts that people spend 3 — 11 lifetimes in this stage before they move on and become Aspirants. See Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 16). Which, brings me to the next section on “illogical logic” below.
Ironically, despite all her efforts to promote happiness, especially at the expense of others, Ayn Rand herself ended her life depressed, bitter and mostly alone. She especially felt wounded by Nathaniel Branden, her real life much younger lover, who seemed to her to be much like her character of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, and who was the direct inspiration for her next book Atlas Shrugged. Though Rand advocated being selfish and doing what you pleased, she was livid when she discovered that Branden had not only had an affair on Rand, but even went so far as to marry another woman much closer to his age behind Ayn Rand’s back in secret. Wikipedia states that, “Rand published an article in The Objectivist repudiating Nathaniel Branden for dishonesty and other ‘irrational behavior in his private life’. Branden later apologized in an interview to ‘every student of Objectivism’ for ‘perpetuating the Ayn Rand mystique’ and for ‘contributing to that dreadful atmosphere of intellectual repressiveness that pervades the Objectivist movement’.”
Branden later went on to write a number of best-selling books on Self-Esteem and even later became part of the Integral movement. (I heartily recommend the audio series, Atlas Evolved: The Life and Loves of Nathaniel Branden found through Integral Life). As for Ayn Rand? She died mostly bereft, having never quite recovered from the “betrayal” by Brandon, who tried to remain kind to her till the end of her life despite her poor treatment of him. Ironically, Brandon had ony done what Rand had taught all along when he exercised the courage and will to live the life he wanted. For me, Rand’s emotional reaction proves that despite how Group Six integrated Personality people profess to live according to “logic and reason,” they often do not mainly because so much of their “logic” is flawed. Is it really a form of “logic and reason” to only get along with people who come to the same “logical” conclusions that you do? Is it really “logical” for all human beings to live on a planet where everyone is living according to a selfish agenda to fulfill only their own needs and desires? Is it “logical” and “reasonable” to belittle, ridicule and revenge upon anyone who disagrees with you or obstructs your selfish agenda? How ironic that Rand, who promoted Objectivism, didn’t have the “objective” capacity to look at her own emotional reaction to Brandon wanting another woman than her. Instead, of seeing that it might be logical and reasonable for a man substantially younger than her to want another woman closer to his age (or to want another woman period as many men do), Rand turned into the stereotypical vindictive and highly emotional scorned woman. She even acted as a Group Five rule enforcer attempting to ostracize Brandon. (In fact, Rand may have dropped under stress back to the Group Five level).
Rand’s “illogical” logic to me is characteristic of those who still reside on the Emotional Plane, which is why I have put Group Six people here. Instead of mastering their emotions, they are simply using their “logic and reason” to manipulate their emotions in a way to justify their selfish desires and behaviors. Having said this there is a “reason” both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged remain some of the most popular books in the world. Rand gave voice and purpose to the Group Six thrust of human evolution. At the same time as more Aryan and Group Six types emerge, I just hope that these “Masters of the Universe” won’t cause too much destruction before they “fountain” their way up even further on the evolutionary scale.
EGOIC LOTUS — Knowledge/Sacrifice Petal
In the Group Five chapter I introduced the Knowledge/Sacrifice petal (number 3 in the chart to the left). I believe this petal applies to Group Six at the Integrated Personality stage (prior becoming an Aspirant) as well. Quoting again from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Bailey we are told that, “[The unfoldment of this petal is] brought about through the driving force of circumstances, and not of free will. It is the offering up of the physical body upon the altar of desire—low desire to begin with, but aspiration towards the end, though still desire. As man in the early stages of his evolution is polarised on the physical, much of this is undergone unconsciously and without any realisation of what is being consummated, but the result in the causal body is seen in a twofold increase of heat or of activity.” (p. 540).
In light of some of what I have talked about, especially in regards to members of Group Six being able to exercise more free will, I almost did not assign the Knowledge/Sacrifice here. But, because this petal talks about the pursuit of desire, and that is even more intensified with Group Six, I decided to keep the connection with the Knowledge/Sacrifice petal here. Another reason I kept the link of Group Six to the Knowledge/Sacrifice petal is because though they are beginning to develop mind, they are still heavily focused on the physical plane, which is one reason the become so materialistic. And, a final reason I am linking Group Six to the Knowledge/Sacrifice petal is that when we shift to the next petal, the Love/Knowledge petal, we are told that we reach this petal when the individual has a “realisation of his essential duality” and moves out of the “Hall of Ignorance.” (Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 540). This “essential duality” refers to the growing awareness of oneself as both a soul and a personality. As for passing out of the “Hall of Ignorance” that refers to no longer being ignorant, or unaware, of who you really are as a spiritual being. For these reasons Group Six people don’t seem to fit the Love/Knowledge petal until they become Aspirants, meaning for now the association of Group Six at the Integrated Personality stage with the Knowledge/Sacrifice petal will remain.
TECHNIQUE OF INTEGRATION — Integration
I would like now to discuss another term used in the Bailey books that has to do with various techniques given to help with both personal and then spiritual development. We will begin with Bailey’s “Technique of Integration” that begins by first learning to integrate the personality and then has three phases: Alignment, Crisis, and Light. Why are these techniques needed? To help avoid a number of problems that Integrated Personalities face. Bailey names some of these problems, which I have taken the liberty to mention using Bailey’s direct quotes since she explains these problems so very well. I have also taken the liberty to bold certain parts of what she says to make it easier to spot the problems quickly for this level, that as we explain the Technique of Integration in chapters to come, hopefully will be avoided. The problems include:
“A sense of power, which makes the man, temporarily at least, selfish, dominant, sure of himself and full of arrogance. He is aware of himself as facing a larger world, a wider horizon, and greater opportunities. This larger sense can bring, therefore, serious troubles and difficulties. This type of person, under the influence of this extension of consciousness, is often beautifully motivated and actuated by the highest intentions, but only succeeds in producing inharmony in his surroundings. These tendencies, when allowed to rule unchecked, can lead eventually to a serious state of egomania, for egomania is outstandingly a problem of integration. All these difficulties can be obviated and offset if the man can be brought to realise himself as an integral part of a much greater whole. His sense of values will then be adjusted and his sense of power rightly oriented.
A tendency to over-emphasis may also show itself, turning the man (as a result of integration and a sense of well-being or power and capacity) into a fanatic, at any rate for a time. Again with the best motives in the world, he seeks to drive everyone the way that he has come, failing to recognise the differences in background, ray type, point in evolution, and tradition and heredity. He becomes a source of distress to himself and to his friends. A little learning can be a dangerous thing, and the cure for many ills, particularly of a psychological nature, is the recognition of this. Progress can then be made on the Path of Wisdom.
The over-development of the sense of direction or of vocation, if you like to call it so, though the two are not identical, for the sense of direction is less definite than the recognition of vocation… Certain aspects of the man are now consciously recognised, and the higher of these constantly attracts him. When, for instance, the gap between the astral or emotional body and the mind has been bridged, and the man discovers the vast field of mental activity which has opened up before him, he may for a long time become materialistically intellectual and will tune out as far as he can all emotional reactions and psychic sensitivity, glamouring himself with the belief that they are, for him, non-existent. He will then work intensively on mental levels. This will prove only a passing matter from the point of vision of the soul (e’en if it last an entire incarnation or several incarnations); but it can cause definite psychological problems, and create in the man’s perception of life, ‘blind spots.’ However, much trouble is cured by leaving people alone, provided the abnormality is not too excessive” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, pp. 437-439)
Though there are other problems the above reflect the main psychological problems that have to be worked through in order for Group Six members at the Integrated Personality stage to continue to evolve. Using the example of Ayn Rand in this chapter, it is easy to see how she, and many others like her, have these various psychological issues. Many of these issues will be confronted and resolved naturally in time as the person continues to wake up and starts to respond to the call of the soul. That path will be outlined in more detail in this book. But, in the meantime Group Six and Integrated Personality types can create a lot of difficulty and even suffering for themselves and a great many others. What can we do about this? In the Bailey teachings much is written about the positive and negative directions that someone may head in at this stage. By understanding what these are, those who are beyond the stage of the Integrated Personality and are beginning to recognize the soul, can help cultivate the positive aspects and the better manage and contain the negative aspects who are at this stage of development.
As a reminder some of the positive aspects are: 1). Awakening the mind more; 2) Being able to integrate the mind, emotions vital and physical bodies into a coordinated whole that allows one to become more effective in larger and larger spheres of influence; 3) Becoming an individual and being able to exercise independent thought instead of being a “sheeple” or “medium” conditioned by others. 4) Having a sense of destiny with the will and ability to accomplish it. As for the more negative aspects and how to avoid them? Here are a few suggestions that I have taken and put into my own language from Alice Bailey’s Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II book taken primarily from pages 445—447.
- Guide the person to appreciate a greater diversity of views.
- Help the person to become more “human” especially in regards to cultivating empathy.
- Examine with them the possibilities and even probabilities that they are suppressing or manipulating their emotions instead of learning to work with them in a healthy way.
- Give the individual a better understanding of spiritual realities in a way that it appeals to their growing need for logic and reason.
- Engage them in activities that can help them awaken the “mystic” in a higher sense, as opposed to them engaging in methods based primarily on glamour because the practices and visions are too tied in with emotional dysfunction, naivete and superstition.
- Show them how various soul qualities such as compassion, kindness, discernment, right action, right livelihood, right detachment, etc. can serve vs debilitate them.
- Help them to see the potential negative consequences of their separative nature as early on as possible.
- Train them in meditation practices that help them become more receptive to the “light within” especially of ”such a nature that the subconscious part of the man can be ‘lighted at will by the ray of the mind’, and the mind itself can become a search light, penetrating into the super-consciousness and thus revealing the nature of the soul” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 447). In other words, the mind is focused in such a way it looks into the subconscious to deal with what is commonly known as the shadow (or areas of cleavage or gaps in development), while at the same time allowing the person through meditative processes to see more clearly into the super-conscious intuitive realms of the soul. Note: the growing predominance of meditation practices like mindfulness meditation assist in this.
In the chapters to come I will say much more about the Technique of Integration as outlined by Bailey. For now let’s close out this chapter by doing the comparison of Bailey’s model with Integral.
INTEGRAL MODEL COMPARISONS
As mentioned in previous chapters, though the comparisons with the Integral model are useful, more and more as we look at Bailey vs Integral we discover how the two models do not fit as well at higher levels. This is especially true as we shift to Integral Orange in comparison to Group Six. For example, in the chapter on Group Three that I paired with Integral Red, I spoke about how Integral has mushed people like President Donald Trump and people like Bonnie and Clyde together into one group. The Integral model does this primarily because it believes those (like Trump) who seem to have a reactive emotional nature, and selfish predisposition at a very low stage of evolution. But, as I have tried to illustrate using the Bailey model, there is a big difference between the wild emotional reactivity and impulsivity of a Group Three individual who has great difficulty getting their “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs met” in the world, and someone like Donald Trump who despite using his emotional reactions to bully and manipulate others, still manages at the same time to get all his needs met, even though he is doing so in a highly narcissistic way. By not distinguishing as the Baily model does between how a selfish and unintegrated person acts (Group Three), and a selfish and integrated person acts (Group Six), I feel the Integral model runs into problems. Keeping this in mind let’s look at the level that has some connections with Group Six, Integral Orange.
And again here are some keywords described in the two excerpts from Integral related charts above and then also read the following quotes taken directly from An Overview of Developmental Stages of Consciousness compiled by Barrett C. Brown, Integral Institute April 3, 2006.
Orange Values: Bottom line: Success and autonomy. Basic theme: Act in your own self interest by playing the game to win What’s important: Progress, prosperity, optimism, and self-reliance; strategy, risk-taking, and competitiveness; goals, leverage, professional development, and mastery; rationality, objectivism, demonstrated results, technology, and the power of science; use of the earth’s resources to spread the abundant “good life”; advance by learning nature’s secrets and seeking the best solutions Where seen: The Enlightenment; Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged; Wall Street; emerging middle classes around the world; colonialism, political gamesmanship; sales and marketing field; fashion and cosmetics industries; Chambers of Commerce; the Cold War; materialism; The Riviera, Rodeo Drive.
Orange Self-Identity: Main focus: Delivery of results, effectiveness, goals; success within the system Qualities: Primary elements of adult “conscience” are present, including long-term goals, ability for self-criticism, and a deeper sense of responsibility. Interested in causes, reasons, consequences, and the effective use of time; future-oriented and proactive; initiator rather than pawn of system; blind to subjectivity behind objectivity; feel guilt when not meeting own standards or goals; behavioral feedback accepted. How influences others: Provides logical argument, data, experience; makes task/goal-oriented contractual agreements.
Looking at these keywords you discover many qualities found in Bailey’s Group Six. However, the association of Integral Orange with the words like logic, science, rationality, and objectivism I feel is problematic. Again, these keywords make it appear that those at the Integral Orange and Group Six levels are in fact being logical and objective. As illustrated with my Ayn Rand example in this chapter, there are many ways that this is not the case. In regards to other keywords like colonialism, political gamesmanship and competitiveness the mental and seemingly “logical” processes of Integral and Group Six are often manipulated so they seem reasonable, but from a larger “soul perspective” they are not. Rather, they are mental manipulations to help cover up what the person is really doing or designed to help achieve his or her own selfish ends.
Also, especially at the first stages of the Integrated Personality, you will see that plenty of highly successful, risk taking, goal orientated, self-reliant, prosperous, and autonomous people don’t necessarily stick to logical arguments or stay open on a personal level to accepting behavioral feedback, especially if they feel their status and view of themselves is threatened. Plenty of Integrated Personality types, like President Donald Trump, are even willing to disregard logic because they are attempting to manipulate other people or circumstances to achieve their own selfish ends. As we saw with Ayn Rand, selfish Integrated Personalities often refuse to take any personal feedback because their egos always needs to feel right, which again displays an inability to be truly objective and rational. And, Integrated Personalities often oppose science or logical/rational processes, if that science, logic, and rationality don’t support the agendas they are trying to put forward socially, economically and politically.
Because Integral ignores how “logic and reason” is often used by those in power to further their own agendas, they tend to kick these people down to their Red level (Group Three in this book). Then selfish, but integrated personalities, are only viewed as petulant and rebellious two year-olds, which makes them seem incompetent when in fact they may not be. Perhaps that is why so many people under-estimated the emergence of someone like Donald Trump into such a high position of power. Using the Integral model you go from selfish Red, to conformist Amber, to conformist Amber-Expert, to rational and reasonable Orange, to their next stage Green, which is becoming spiritual already. In their model there simply is no room for someone who is powerful and integrated into the world and extremely selfish, materialistic, powerful, ambitious, and possibly even very dangerous.
Yes, Trump is a bully the way Group Three people tend to be. But, unlike Group Three people, Trump has managed to integrate himself into the world putting himself into a position of power enabling him to influence the masses using very effective (although selfish) means. Remember Group Six Integrated Personality people are no longer pawns in the system the way Group Three people are. Group Six members don’t have to rebel against the rules. Group Six members create rules, and they can follow, break, or even reinvent these rules whenever they want to and even force everyone else to follow them. Group Three members take risks, true. But, Group Six members are much more likely to take calculated risks allowing them to prosper way more than Group Three members ever would. Yes, Group Six people can seem petulant and impulsive. But, they are very unlikely to die in a hail storm of bullets being fired at them, or end up hacked to death on a battle field. Instead when Group Six people act out because they may feel their ideas and power are threatened, they protect themselves by making sure it is not them, but others whose reputations get decimated, go to jail, or even get killed. And, while Group Three people are busy doing the bombing, killing, or maiming, Group Six members tend to keep themselves in safe zones, turning themselves into public heroes, while sending out the orders that get others (like Group Three people) killed. And, Group Six individuals like Trump may appear to be emotionally unstable and out of control, but at the same time Group Six people can also use their emotions to manipulate others in order to align the masses to help them achieve their goals.
In conclusion, because the Integral model ignores making these kinds of distinctions (whereas the Bailey model does not), I feel Integral fails to see what is really going on here. In my opinion the Bailey model makes more sense. As we shift into Integral Orange it seems like humanity is evolving into becoming logical, reasonable, and scientifically minded individuals, who for the most part have left emotional reactivity behind them. When someone like Trump emerges, it seems like a fluke and an Integral Red throwback. From the Bailey perspective, more and more people are just moving into Group Six and learning to integrate their personalities. That means people will appear to be logical, objective and more reasonable on one hand. While, on the other hand they may be using the appearance of logic as a means to manipulate the minds and emotions of others to serve their selfish and greedy ends. In short, if Bailey’s theories are right we are not leaving Integral Red/Bailey Group Three far behind us and people like Trump are just a fluke. Rather, encountering more and more people like Trump may be our future, as we move into a world where this kind of mental manipulation (which is actually still highly informed by emotions when threatened), will become dominant for centuries to come. Only by truly seeing what stage is really ahead of us will we know how to manage it, because if we don’t, then future generations will regretfully be forced to live in an extremely selfish, competitive and ever more violent world.
Moving into Pumpkin, or the 3rd subplane of the Emotional Plane, we reach the level that some might see as dangerous, but is essentially good and necessary, that of Group Six, Aryan consciousness and establishing oneself as an Integrated Personality. At the beginning of their development, Integrated Personalities tend to be secular, selfish, materialistic, and separative. That may seem like a bad thing, but in many ways it is a result of the mind developing to the point where independent thought begins. The mind is also starting to become logical and rational. Because Group Six members are still on the Emotional Plane this so-called “logic” is still heavily influenced by what Bailey calls glamour, which prevents the individual from truly seeing things as they really are on a deeper and more REAL level.
Integration of the personality implies an Integration in two directions. Inwardly, the individual integrates his/her mind, emotions, vital and physical bodies so that they are more coordinated and able to assist in helping the individual satisfy primarily the desire nature orientated towards money, pleasure, and power. In Maslow’s words, this helps the person “Self-Actualize” if by “self” at this stage we mean the lower self, or personality. Outwardly, integration also means the capacity to effectively integrate into the larger world. This helps the Integrated Personality become influential and effective in larger and larger circles of influence, that could potentially even become world wide at some point. When cleavages, or gaps, in becoming and Integrated Personality take place at later stages of more spiritual development, we will find the person who is truly selfless and in many ways spiritual, but ultimately ineffective in having much of an influence in the larger world. This is one reason why the stage of Integrated Personality is so important, if accomplished in a successful way, it allows the individual to be a real agent of change for the good throughout humanity as a whole at some point.
Also, in regards to Group Six and the Integrated Personality stage and what is known as Integral Orange, I emphasized that many difficulties exist when we try to line up the Bailey and Integral models at this level. Similarities between the two models include an emphasis on being more logical, rational, reasonable, and scientific. Differences come about when you factor in that much of the so-called reason, logic, and rationality that Integral Orange talks about are highly influenced by glamour, or distortions, that from higher spiritual perspectives may not make them very logical, rational, or reasonable at all. Another problem between the two models is that Integral’s stage of selfishness and over-blown narcissism occurs only much earlier in their model (Integral Red), where the Bailey model allows for different levels of this selfishness and narcissism to happen at various levels. In the Bailey model Group Three (which is similar to Integral Red) is selfish only to a limited degree. Because they are not yet Integrated Personalities, they lack the coordination and integration both inwardly and outwardly, preventing them from having a very wide level of influence in regards to their potentially destructive natures. With Bailey’s Group Six, this has changed. Because Group Six members are Integrated Personalities, their selfish and destructive natures if left un-checked, can potentially become destructive for the entire human race.
Finally, we need to remember the pros as well as the cons of becoming an Integrated Personality. Both these pros and cons have been mentioned in this chapter. Unlike the Integral model where we seem to be growing away from selfish and separative tendencies (their Integral Red), in the Bailey model we are in many ways only just beginning to grow into them. For most of humanity the stage of the Integrated Personality is an ideal and something to strive for. We are also told that this stage for human kind as a whole could last potentially for thousands of years. That is one reason it may be so important to consider the Bailey model approach, because it emphasizes the urgency in preparing for this stage to emerge in such a way on the whole those who are above the Group Six level, can work to mitigate its most destructive effects. Along these lines I refer you back to the suggestions laid down on pages 113—114 of this book summarizing the thoughts of Bailey concerning steps that can be taken to help those at the Integrated Personality Group Six level.
Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Love. All rights reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, computer, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.