This post ends the discussion of how Bailey’s Group Six Integrated Personalities enter a crisis. The post also explores the connection of this level to Integral’s Orange (which does not always fit), and ends with a look at the Seven Rays and how each Ray Type deals with this crisis at this stage.
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INTEGRAL MODEL COMPARISONS
In the previous chapter I started to outline the problems with the Integral model as we move into the Group Six level. Having further explained what Bailey’s Integrated Personality stage looks like, I hope these difficulties are becoming more evident. For the most part Integral fails to include Bailey’s Integrated Personality stage into its system. Essentially, Integral throws all selfish and dictatorial behaviors into the category of Integral Red. By Integral Orange, as we saw in the last chapter, people have for the most part grown out of these tendencies, since they are now more logical and rational. Though people at Integral Orange do tend to be individualistic and materialistic the way Group Six Integrated Personalities tend to be, Integral also states how Integral Orange types are prone to democracy. Therefore, any emergence of selfish and dictatorial behaviors is a throw back to Integral Red, as discussed in the previous chapter. Again, from the Bailey perspective this is far from the case, and if we don’t understand that the selfish and dictatorial tendencies of Integrated Personalities are in our future, and not our past, we could be blind sided by what the evolution of human consciousness really may have in store for us.
In the next chapter, we will see how Group Six members shift and start to become more spiritual. This shift parallels in some respects Integral’s next level of Green. In the Integral world they talk about how a lot of the emerging problems in our world (with dictatorships on the rise everywhere), are mostly due to the failure of getting enough of their higher spiritual levels (Green, Teal, Turquoise, Indigo, and Violet primarily) in the world fast enough. In Bailey’s language, the parallels to this would be getting enough of Groups 7 through 10 to emerge. Yes, it would be nice to have higher levels of spiritual consciousness come into our world to mitigate all the potential negatives that might happen before the human race potentially destroys itself. But, what if that is now how it really works? What if Bailey is right and the Integrated Personality stage is a necessary step in human development that most humans will grow into (not away from)? I’ve done my best to describe how Bailey sees this next stage of evolution. I’ve even put in her suggestions about how to manage it. And, I’ve tried to add a few of my own ideas about Integrated Personalities and how they may evolve, to round Bailey’s views out. Yes, I may be biased, but to me Bailey’s model just makes more sense. When I look out into the world, the way Bailey’s model unfolds is what I actually observe! Having almost reached the end of this book on the Becoming Human: The Integration of the Personality, I encourage you to make observations of your own, and decide which model thus far makes more sense to you!
At this point I would like to bring up another aspect of the Integral model that is also found within the Bailey system, that of “types.” In general the word types is used to indicate various qualities that exist, like many different colors in a rainbow for example. Though there is one rainbow, each type could be said to represent an aspect, a hue, a differentiation of that rainbow possessing slightly different qualities of that the rainbow expresses. Considering that there are literally almost an infinite number of distinctions one could make that could conceivably be thought of as a type, there are some fundamental groupings of various types that you might see as more essential than others.
In the Integral system the main types they recognize are those of the differences between male and female and those pertaining to the Enneagram. They also recognize Carl Jung’s archetypes, a word that comes from Greek meaning the arkhe-‘primitive’ + tupos ‘a model,’ or the primitive models of everything else. In Jungian psychology an archetype is seen as a primitive mental image inherited from our earliest human ancestors that resides within the collective unconscious of human beings. An archetype is also known as a universal symbol that can manifest as a character, a theme, a symbol, or even a setting. Archetypes include such things as hero, jester, mentor, seeker, and so forth.
Though Integral’s ideas on how men and women evolve differently are interesting, I will not comment on them here. I also will not comment on Jung’s archetypes except to say that Bailey’s view is in many ways quite different from Jung’s. When Jung speaks of the collective unconscious, he means everything that a human being remains unaware of, that resides beyond his conscious understanding, but is held within the “collective” for him to access as the human being evolves. From the standpoint of Groups One through Six who reside on the Physical and Emotional Planes, Jung’s term collective unconscious may seem correct. Because they identify as their brains, bodies, emotions, and their minds are mainly “kāma-manas” (limited to the realm of material desires), everything outside of their awareness (within the larger circle of Bailey’s chart to the left) would seem unconscious to them.
However, in the Bailey model this idea of a collective unconscious is flipped on it’s head. Why? Because as a human being becomes more spiritual, he or she increasingly experiences oneself as a Soul, Spiritual Triad, or even Monad, which are found within the larger circle to the left. These higher realms (within the top circle) are now viewed as the collective consciousness realms because who you really are resides primarily within these realms (or planes). And, the realms that most humans live within (the Emotional and Physical Planes) are viewed as the collective unconscious ones, since so little consciousness is truly found here.
But, back to types! Returning to Integral one of the most popular type systems found there is that of the Enneagram. Originally, the Enneagram was not meant to be viewed as just a type system. The type aspect was made popular primarily by authors Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson, Helen Palmer, Richard Rohr, and Claudio Narranjo to name just a few. Since the Enneagram is an extensive system, and there are many wonderful books already out there on it, I will only be very brief here. As you can see from the chart on the left there are nine foundational types. Each has a basic name and as the chart above conveys all are connected to one another in some way. Especially in the writings of Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, each of the nine types is evolved from their more dysfunctional expression to their more spiritual ones.
As for the Bailey teachings, she also has a few type systems, but as with the Enneagram, they are typically seen as more than just “types.” They are expressions of Divinity. Keeping that in mind, to make it simple, I will continue to call them types. The first type system Bailey talks about is known as the Seven Rays. The second type system is connected to the twelve signs of the zodiac. Just like some have done with the Enneagram, Bailey evolves the Seven Ray types and also the zodiac types from their more human expression to their more spiritual expression. Keeping this in mind, I would like to introduce you to more of Bailey’s Seven Ray system and how these shifts occur.
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