This chapter gives an overview of how Bailey views mental processes including three types of mind given for the Emotional Plane (instinctual mind, lower concrete mind, personality mind) and three types of mind given for the Mental Plane (lower concrete mind, son of mind, abstract mind). It also shows how the terms concrete mind and abstract mind are not what most people think they are.
When we talk about the spiritual path and becoming the Soul, we primarily have to look at the Mental Plane. Though some spiritual development happens at the first subplane of the Emotional Plane, the majority of it happens on the Mental Plane. In this chapter we will start an overview of the Mental Plane as Bailey describes it. In the following chapters we will go in more depth looking at the overall characteristics of the Mental Plane and then we will go up the various subplanes.
To begin with I have placed a close up view of the Mental Plane chart taken from the Bailey model. Start by noticing that the Mental Plane is also known as the “Manasic Plane” (“manas” is a Sanskrit name that means mind). And, it is known as the Cosmic Gaseous plane. As a reminder there are Seven Planes total in the Bailey map, the Mental Plane is also known as the 5th Plane counting from the bottom up. By analogy then every 5th subplane (counting from the bottom) of every plane is also viewed as “gaseous” to some degree. The Oxford dictionary defines a gas as “A substance or matter in a state in which it will expand freely to fill the whole of a container, having no fixed shape (unlike a solid) and no fixed volume (unlike a liquid).” Something which is gaseous is also said to be easily flammable and can also become poisonous, revealing already the tendency of thoughts to become negative, poisonous, or inflammatory if we do not learn how to work with them correctly or handle them in a more spiritual way.
Next, take a look at the dotted line at almost the middle. You will see that this dotted line marks the division between the Fourth and Third Subplanes. All the subplanes below this dotted line (Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh) are considered the overall Plane of the Lower Mind. The subplanes above that dotted line (Third, Second, and First) are considered together as the Plane of the Solar Angel. Later I will explain more carefully what the divisions above and below the dotted line are about. For now, simply note they are meant to show a shift regarding two types of mind. Also, you will see more clearly how the “Egoic Lotus” that we spoke about in the chapter on Terms (also known as the “Soul” and “Casual Body”) resides on the part of the Mental Plane known as the Plane of the Solar Angel. The Plane of the Solar Angel covers the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st subplanes of the Mental Plane. As for the Egoic Lotus remember it has twelve overall petals — three central petals, three knowledge petals, three love petals, and three sacrifice petals.
Finally, you will see two phrases in blue right sitting next to two round circles. The first phrase to take note of is the one called Manasic Permanent Atom which also sits on the 1st Subplane of the Mental Plane. The second phrase to take note of is called the Mental Unit, which resides on the Lower Mental Plane on the Fourth Subplane in particular. Near the phrase Mental Unit you will see four circles that represent the chakras and lines moving through the Egoic Lotus the chakra circles and the connecting to the Manasic Permanet Atom and the Mental Unit. Again for now simply note what these phrases are, where they belong, and how they are connected through these lines to various chakras. In chapters to come I will describe all of these terms in more detail.
Next, I have another chart of the Mental Plane below. In this chart I have placed the color choices I have invented on my own in regards to the mental subplane levels. Please note these color choices are again my own and may or may not be accurate representations given further understanding and research.
TYPES OF MIND
Before we get into more details about the kinds of mental processes and shifts that go on within the Mental Plane, I would like to take a little time discussing in general the types of mind Bailey refers to. This clarification is essential if we are not going to become too confused later on regarding the various shifts the subplanes involve. In general, there are four types of mind that Bailey speaks about. They are: 1) Kāma-manas; 2) Lower Concrete Mind; 3) Son of Mind; 4) Abstract Mind. Of these four types of mind the kāma-manas type of mind can also be further sub-divided into three. We will now examine these types of mind more carefully so that we do not get too confused.
In my previous book Becoming Human I spoke a great deal about kāma-manas and how it essentially means desire-mind. I also discussed how the Emotional Plane is also known as the plane of Kāma-Manas, implying that mind already exists on the Emotional Plane, but that mind is being applied in a specific way primarily, towards the satisfaction of kāma, or desire. On the Emotional Plane, however, mind is divided into three categories by Bailey. They are: a) Instinctual Mind, b) Lower Concrete Mind, and c) Personality Mind. For those of you who are already Bailey students you may be surprised to find out that the lower concrete mind can be applied to the Emotional Plane and not just the Mental Plane as most people surmise. When you study Bailey’s Ten Groups (Five Groups of Souls, with Five Sub-Groups found in Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II) that I wrote about at length in the my book Becoming Human, it becomes clear how the lower concrete mind found on the Emotional Plane is not the same as the Plane of the Lower Mind found on the Mental Plane. I will continue to illustrate some of that in this chapter as well.
What we see with the Instinctual Mind (that I have placed on the 7th and 6th subplanes and associated with Bailey’s Group 2 and Group 3), is that humans use their minds here in a mostly reactive and impulsive way. For these reasons they are not able to use their minds very effectively in satisfying their desires. For this reason they are still too dependent on the whims of the environment around them. Only as they start to develop the Lower Concrete Mind (talked about in my chapter on the Emotional Plane in the book Becoming Human in regards to Piaget’s work), do humans start to use their minds in more methodical and strategic ways so that the environment can be increasingly dominated and subdued for the purpose of satisfying human desires. Groups Four and Five are particulary focused on this, which is why I have also placed the Lower Concrete Mind on the 5th and 4th subplanes of the Emotional Plane. Eventually, the Personality Mind takes hold allowing the primarily separative, selfish and materialistic Integrated Personality to satisfy seemingly almost unlimited desires. This Personality Mind is connected to Group Six and I believe it is found mainly on the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st subplanes of the Emotional Plane.
Regarding these three types of mind on the Emotional Plane Bailey herself refers to this when she discussed the role of what she calls the Buddhas of Activity and their role of helping to evolve the mind from an instinctual mind (found with the Lemurian race), to the lower concrete mind (found within the Atlantean race), to the personality mind (found within the Aryan race). Here is the direct quote. “One further point anent the Buddhas of Activity might here be of interest. Each of Them has a special relation to the three races which have been or are strictly human: these are the third, the fourth and the fifth rootraces which we call the Lemurian, the Atlantean and the present Aryan race (I do not use the word “Aryan” in the manner of the German race). In some peculiar manner, They represent in Shamballa the soul of each of these three races. One thing complicates this question for you, but it is in reality quite simple. The same souls re-incarnate in each race, and each soul therefore comes in turn under the influence of each of the three Buddhas, each of Whom is of a quality different to that of his two Associates.
They represent—in Their lowest aspect—the three aspects of the mind, as I earlier said. There is: 1. The instinctual nature as it develops into the mind nature and makes a transition into an automatic, subconscious character and—at the same time—assumes some of its paralleling higher qualities. 2. The lower concrete mind in its more developed stage, as it gradually assumes control and supersedes instinct in the consciousness of man. The Buddhas of Activity preside over what might be called (using a technical, occult term) the ahamkara principle—the mind as it serves the selfish interests of man and enables man thereby to achieve a sense of proportion and a finer estimate of values. Forget not that selfishness is a stage of unfoldment, and that it is a necessary stage whereby humanity learns the price of self-interest. 3. The personality mind. This assumes control over the man and leads him to prove the nature of power and of success and—above all else—of integration. This too is a necessary phase and precedes a stage of awakening (Rays and Initiations, p. 272).
The first thing I invite you to notice about the above quote is how the instinctual mind needs to become dominated by the lower concrete mind primarily at first to help serve the selfish interests of man, which then eventually helps the person “to achieve a sense of proportion and a finer estimate of values.” Next, the “personality mind” takes over leading the person “to prove the nature of power and of success and—above all else—of integration.” In other words I interpret the above as implying that the lower concrete mind is the bridge between the instinctual mind and the personality mind, which is essentially the equivalent to the selfish, materialistic, and separative nature of the Integrated Personality. And, again because these three types of mind are mainly selfish in their orientation that is why I see them as all belonging to the Kāma-Manasic mind in general why I believe they belong to the Kāma-Manasic or Emotional Plane. But, to offer further clarity let’s look at how at times the lower concrete mind is talked about as existing on the Emotional Plane, the Mental Plane, or both in the Bailey books more closely.
Lower Concrete Mind in Emotional Plane
Before I discuss more about the Lower Concrete Mind according to the Bailey teachings, I want to bring up how most academicians, educators, and psychologists in our modern world understand what the concrete mind is. That means, as I did in the book Becoming Human, we need to look at the research of Jean Piaget and his ideas of Cognitive Development. His ideas are based upon empirical observation of how infants, children, teenagers, and adults think. For Piaget concrete thought occurs when we look at everyday tangible objects in the physical world and attempt to provide facts about them, or describe what they are. Almost all children develop concrete mental thinking capacities (what Piaget calls Concrete Operations) between the ages of 7 to 11 years old. Chidren are also able to reason about concrete events by applying inductive logic, which helps them go from a specific experience to a general principle so that they can recognize correlations. For example, a child who gets itchy eyes whenever he is around a cat, starts to understand the correlation between the cat and the itchy eyes. The child may even be able to reason out that an allergy to the cat exists. This knowledge helps the child become more logically informed about the effect cats have on him giving him the choice as to whether he wants to be around cats or not.
Piaget’s description of the concrete mind fits within Bailey’s teachings when you focus on the three types of mind she refers to in regards to the Emotional Plane. Again the Emotional Plane in Bailey’s model is the plane of desire. As we saw in my book Becoming Human almost all human beings reside on the Emotional Plane where they use their concrete minds almost exclusively to help them obtain facts about how things work in the physical world and how things can be manipulated primarily in regards to helping them get their desires for money, pleasure, and power in the material world met. The instinctual mind, lower concrete mind, and personality mind that Bailey talks about all fit into this process, which is why they belong at the level of the Emotional Plane. At the same time the lower concrete mind can be used and applied in a very different way on the Mental Plane, where Bailey talks about three kinds of mind referred to once more as the Lower Concrete Mind, the Son of Mind, and Abstract Mind. Let’s get an overview of each of these now.
Lower Concrete Mind on the Mental Plane
So what does the concrete mind from Bailey’s perspective look like on the Mental Plane? To begin with it does have the ability to describe facts about concrete physical objects and draw inductive conclusions about them (i.e. if I don’t stop at a red light, then when I enter the intersection there is a high probability another car might hit mine). And, Bailey does seem to assert that the origin of the concrete mind (with its ability to describe and produce facts about concrete objects) is on the lower levels of the Mental Plane. But, it appears as if there is a difference when that lower concrete mind filters down into the Emotional Plane where most of humanity uses it to navigate the physical world and satisfy emotional desires, and its much more expansive purpose and function on the Mental Plane.
For starters, it appears that more we move up the Mental Plane the more we become conscious of how the concrete mind itself works. As we move up the Mental Plane we become increasingly able to observe the lower concrete mind, understand it, and even manipulate it. We are also more and more able to free ourselves from our conditioning by it. In the Bailey teachings before we reach the stage of what Bailey calls an Aspirant (see Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 722, we are too identified with our lower concrete mind and its conditioning. We don’t even consider the notion that we may not be our minds. We are too immersed in being conditioned by the cultural and societal ideas of how to live in the world, to even begin to question our conditioning and why we believe what we do. That is why when Piaget talks about the concrete mind his ideas fit in more with Bailey’s use of the mind as Kāma-Manas and why that level of the lower concrete mind is more connected to the Emotional Plane.
The idea of how the lower concrete mind operates differently on the Emotional Plane and a more conscious way on the Mental Plane will become more clear to you throughout this book. What you will discover is that on the lower subplanes of Bailey’s mental plane (7th and 6th subplanes) the Aspirant who is becoming the Probationary Disciple is attempting to detach from the lower concrete mind in order to see it more clearly. To quote Bailey, “The lower concrete mind. This expresses itself most completely through the fifth Ray of Concrete Science, reflecting the lower phase of the will aspect of divinity and summarising within itself all knowledge as well as the egoic memory. This lower concrete mind is related to the knowledge petals of the egoic lotus and is capable of pronounced soul illumination, proving eventually to be the searchlight of the soul. It can be brought under control through the processes of concentration. It is transient in time and space. Through conscious, creative work, it can be related to the manasic permanent atom or to the abstract mind (Rays and Initiations, p. 460).” In short, the lower concrete mind at this level contains “all knowledge” but is being used increasingly in the followings ways. One, it is being brought under control by the egoic lotus or Soul primarily at first through the process of concentration. Two, it is increasingly illuminated by the Soul acting as a searchlight of the Soul in the outer material world and is becoming “spiritualized” in a way. That means the tendency to be separative, critical, overly absorbed in minute details, and materialistically focused are increasingly being minimized. And, three the lower concrete mind is being used for conscious, creative work helping to create a “heaven on Earth” and increasingly prove the fact of the Soul and spiritual realms.
Son of Mind
As we move to the 4th and 3rd subplanes of the Mental Plane a new type of mind comes into play. Bailey calls this the “Son of Mind,” which can seem like a curious phrase unless we understand that this “son” is born from the interaction of the higher spiritual planes and the lower material planes. To quote Bailey, “The Son of Mind. This is the soul itself, governed by the second aspect of all the seven rays—a point I would ask you seriously to register. It reflects the lower phase of the love aspect of divinity and summarises in itself the results of all accumulated knowledge which is wisdom, illuminated by the light of the intuition. Another way of expressing this is to describe it as love, availing itself of experience and knowledge. It expresses itself most fully through the love petals of its innate being. Through dedicated and devoted service it brings the divine Plan into activity in the three worlds of human accomplishment. It is therefore related to the second aspect of the Spiritual Triad and is brought into functioning activity through meditation. It then controls and utilises for its own spiritual ends the consecrated personality, via the illumined mind, referred to above. It is eternal in time and space (Rays and Initiations, p. 460 – 461).”
Attempting to step out of the at times complex language of Bailey, when we reach this level of mind, the mind is focused more on love than on knowledge. That is why we see the association with the second ray (the ray of Love/Wisdom) and the love petals. This love utilizes the intuition (which we will see is equivalent in the Bailey teachings to the capacity to bring about synthesis and understanding of many different ideas), in order to serve the “Divine Plan.” That “Divine Plan” can only be comprehended more clearly if the mind detaches from the lower concrete mind’s tendency to be critical, selfish, materialistic and separative. Though that Divine Plan can never fully be known by any one human being, it can be intuited more clearly by the individual whose mind is comprehensive, full of love, inclusive, intuitive and to use a term from the Integral movement — integral.
Drawing from another quote taken from Bailey we are told that the Son of Mind is “the soul, the product of the thought of the Universal Mind, the thinking, perceiving, discriminating, analysing Identity or spiritual Entity. This aspect of the One Life is characterised by pure mind, pure reason, pure love, and pure will. A “Lord of Sacrifice” Who, through incarnating experience, integration and expression, has undertaken the task of redeeming matter, and of raising substance into Heaven! These are familiar truths and ancient platitudes, but they still remain largely theory to you. You can test their theoretical nature by asking yourself: What am I doing, as a soul (if I function as a soul at all), to raise my matter aspect, my three vehicles and the substance out of which they are made, on to higher planes of expression? (Esoteric Healing, p. 511).
Again let me help you deal with some of the wording in the above quote in a more accessible way if you are not familiar with Bailey’s terms. The Son of Mind, the soul, comes from the Universal mind and has the capacity to think, perceive, discriminate and analyze, but in a spiritual way. This is the major difference between the Son of Mind and the lower concrete mind. Because the Son of Mind is more spiritual, more “integral”, is has more pure mind, pure reason, pure love and pure will. These qualities of pure love and pure reason, help the mind at this level redeem matter, especially the matter of the three vehicles of the Soul (mental, emotional, and physical). As we shall see a major task as we get into the higher levels of the Mental Plane is precisely to purify (redeem) and spiritualize (raise the substance into Heaven) how we think, feel, and keep our physical bodies and world in shape in order to live in a more spiritual way.
Moving now to what Bailey calls the abstract mind we again need to separate what she means by the Abstract Mind and what Piaget means. Jean Piaget observed that most (not all) human beings develop abstract thinking (as he defines it) by age 12. Abstract thinking according to Piaget involves the ability to think about non-concrete things and manipulate objects in your mind to view them from various perspectives, or to change them altogether. Abstract ideas might include questions such as: “What would the world look like if it had no light?” “What does God look like?” “What is the best way to learn?”
Though this kind of ability is a step in human mental development and just like the concrete mind probably flows down to humans from higher to lower subplanes and even into the higher levels of the Emotional Plane, this is not what abstract mind according to Bailey is really all about. To quote Bailey directly, “What you mean when you speak of the abstract mind is not exactly true to the facts; the effort to think abstractly is really an effort to think as far as possible as an initiate thinks who has transcended the concrete mind and thinks, or rather is aware, in terms of life and not of form, of being and not that which anchors being on the physical plane—or even in terms of consciousness, as you understand it (Rays and Initiations, p. 305).” As I understand the quote above I feel Bailey is saying it is not so much the ability to think abstractly that defines the abstract mind in her system, it is how we think abstractly that defines it. The reason why the abstract mind in her system is associated with the Plane of the Solar Angel is because the “initiate” is beginning to “think” along the lines of what Bailey calls the Spiritual Triad (Atma-Buddhi-Manas). Bailey goes on to say, “The higher abstract mind which is to the soul what the lowest aspect of the soul, embodied in the knowledge petals, is to the concrete mind. This abstract mind is the lowest aspect of the Spiritual Triad (Esoteric Healing, p. 511).”
What does Triadal thought look like? Bailey goes on to say, “The abstract mind. This reveals itself most completely under the influence of the first Ray of Will or Power, reflecting the higher aspect of the will of divinity or of the atmic principles it summarises in itself when fully developed the purpose of Deity, and thus becomes responsible for the emergence of the Plan. It energises the will petals until such time as the eternal life of the soul is absorbed into that which is neither transient nor eternal but which is endless, boundless and unknown. It is brought into conscious functioning through the building of the antahkarana. This “radiant rainbow bridge” unites the illumined personality, focused in the mind body, motivated by the love of the soul, with the Monad or with the One Life, and thus enables the divine manifesting Son of God to express the significance of the words: God is Love and God is a consuming Fire. This fire, energised by love, has burnt out all personality qualities, leaving only a purified instrument, coloured by the soul ray and no longer necessitating the existence of a soul body. The personality has by this time completely absorbed the soul, or to put it perhaps more accurately, both soul and personality have been fused and blended into one instrument for the use of the One Life (Rays and Initiations, p. 461).”
Again for those of you not familiar with Bailey’s terms the above quote may be hard to follow so let me give you some of my impressions about the quote above. To begin with we see that the abstract mind connects us to the Triad through will accessing that will through what Bailey calls the first “Ray of Will or Power” and connects this aspect of will to “atmic principles.” These “atmic principles” reveal the “purpose of Diety” and can be employed to help us “become responsible for the emergence of the Plan.” The more the will petals of the Egoic Lotus (the Soul, which is connected to the Son of Mind), are activated by the abstract mind, the that soul is absorbed into the “endless, boundless and unknown.” The abstract mind is also brought into conscious functioning through the antahkarana (radiant rainbow bridge), that unites the personality with the Monad, or One Life. When this takes place the “significance of the words” God is Love and God is a consuming Fire” are expressed. How? And, here is what interests me the most about this quote and how the abstract mind is used. We learn that “This fire, energized by love, has burnt out the personality qualities, leaving only a purified instrument…no longer necessitating the existence of a soul body…[as] soul and peronsality have been fused and blened into one intrustrament for the use of the One Life.”
To help you understand this process better in the next chapter I have taken the time to summarize numerous quotes that I have compiled regarding the Mental Plane from Bailey’s writings and put them into a set of different categories. Each category addresses certain characteristics that have to be developed as we move up each subplane of the Mental Plane. Then, in chapters that follow, I have looked at each subplane of the Mental Plane and these characteristics in even greater detail and depth. In each of these chapters I have also taken a closer look at what Theosophy, Integral, and Aurobindo say about the mind and how their ideas do and do not fit with what Bailey proposes. But for now, I would like to close out this chapter with one more general concept from Bailey, that of the Fifth Ray and how it applies to the Mental Plane in her system.
THE FIFTH RAY & THE MENTAL PLANE
Previously in my book Becoming Human, I introduced Bailey’s notion of what she calls the “Seven Rays.” These are seen by her as being seven streams of divine energy that each make a certain quality become more dominant at the time they emerge. These Seven Rays in general are as follows:
In the chart above you will notice two things. The Rays act as “energies” that affect everyone, like rays of sunshine effect everyone. However, some people have more affinity, or are imbued, with a ray energy more than others. That Ray becomes part of their “type.” This distinction is important because each ray is said to impact one of the Seven Planes in her model. Going from the top down you have Ray One impacting the Divine Plane, Ray Two the Monadic Plane, Ray Three the Spiritual Plane, Ray Four the Intuitional Plane, Ray Five the Mental Plane, Ray Six the Emotional Plane, and Ray Seven the Physical Plane. Other rays can also influence the various planes, which is why one of the quotes in the previous section on the Abstract Mind mentioned how Ray One of Will & Power also influences the Atmic, or Spiritual Plane in the chart to the right here. But, in general there is one major ray influencing each major plane, And, what we want to focus on here is how Ray Five is said to be associated with the Mental Plane. The Fifth Ray in the Bailey books is called a variety of names including the Ray of Concrete Science and Knowledge, Scientific Understanding, Exactitude in Action, and Practical Science. Though Bailey has a lot to say about the Fifth Ray, I am only giving a brief summary about it here.
In general regardless of what ray type you have (a politician, a teacher, a scientist, an artist, a devotional person), if you shift your primary focus of consciousness onto the Mental Plane you will take a more scientific approach to life. Any scientific approach involves the following: 1) an attempt to objectively observe something (be it our physical world or the content of our minds); 2) the creation of certain hypotheses and a desire to test our hypotheses and assumptions; 3) performing certain experiments to see if they do in fact produce the results you expect from your hypotheses; 4) a need to replicate results from the experiments we have performed so that we can verify the probability that the results are accurate.
As we move up the subplanes of the Mental Plane in this book, you will see how this is so. For some “ray types” the method of scientific inquiry will be easy to develop. For other “ray types” it will be more difficult. Also, some subplanes of the Mental Plane will be easier for various types to master than others. For example, here are some of the qualities Bailey attributes to someone who is a Ray Five type: “Special Virtues: Strictly accurate statements, justice (without mercy), perseverance, common-sense, uprightness, independence, keen intellect. Vices of Ray: Harsh criticism, narrowness, arrogance, unforgiving temper, lack of sympathy and reverence, prejudice. Virtues to be acquired: Reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, wide-mindedness. This is the ray of science and of research. The man on this ray will possess keen intellect, great accuracy in detail, and will make unwearied efforts to trace the smallest fact to its source, and to verify every theory. He will generally be extremely truthful, full of lucid explanation of facts, though sometimes pedantic and wearisome from his insistence on trivial and unnecessary verbal minutiae. He will be orderly, punctual, business-like, disliking to receive favours or flattery (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, pp. 207—208).” Another quote: “For the fifth ray, the method of approaching the Path is by scientific research, pushed to ultimate conclusions, and by the acceptance of the inferences which follow these. (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, p. 208).”
When we apply these keywords to the Mental Plane we can also get a quick overview of some of the benefits of liabilities of development on this plane. The Mental Plane we learn can help us develop our intellects, but can also cause us to lack love, sympathy, and devotion. On the Mental Plane we will have more common-sense and be more accurate in our perceptions and understanding of the world. But, we can also become more narrow and arrogant leading us to think we are being objective, when we are not. We will also see that the vices of the Fifth Ray are more common on the lower subplanes of the Mental Plane, and the virtues are more common on the higher subplanes. Also, once we get to the higher subplanes, we will discover that love, compassion, reverence, devotion and sympathy will be in place.
One final comment, what Bailey is suggesting then in this model is that even when it comes to spiritual development there needs to be a scientific approach. Especially when we reach the Plane of the Solar Angel where the Abstract Mind (as Bailey defines it) is in play more, this scientific approach is needed. A note of caution, however. Just because the words “scientific” and “mind” are used, it does not mean that at the higher subplanes of the Mental Plane we are engaging in thought as most people understand it. We are not “thinking about” these higher realms. But, we are using a scientific approach in regards to certain meditative and spiritual practices to see if we get results, and to prove to ourselves the veracity of the various spiritual techniques and theories we are working with for ourselves. If the methods we are using lead to the transformations in consciousness others claim they do, then our own scientific inquiry has proven it out. That is a vital part of the Mental Plane and proof that someone is on the Mental Plane in their consciousness is evidenced by their interest in a scientific approach.
For example, lets look at a person who is told to chant Hare Krishna, or Hail Mary, Mother of God, sixty-four times on their 108 mala beads every day for 108 days because if they do so their teacher tells them will feel closer to Krishna, Mary, or whoever. Now let’s look at how two ray types, the Sixth Ray devotional type and the Fifth Ray scientific type might approach this statement when they are on the Emotional Plane or the Mental Plane. On the Emotional Plane both the Sixth and Fifth ray types are likely to have difficulty following through with the experiment. For the Sixth Ray devotional type he or she will most likely approach it sporadically and then berate him or herself for being a spiritual “flunkie” for not chanting as told. Now, guilty , sad, angry feelings may arise that lead to all kinds of psychological complications. In the end the person continues to “believe” the chanting works, but has no real knowledge if it does or not. For the Fifth Ray type most likely the chanting will not be pursued at all if his or her skeptical “prove it to me first before I try the experiment on for myself” emotionally reactive mindset kicks in.
On the Mental Plane, it is probably likely that the Sixth Ray type would succeed in going through this kind of spiritual experiment more quickly than the Firth Ray type. The devotional nature of the Sixth Ray person will cause that individual to simply dive in and see what happens. As for the Fifth Ray type, a number of questions may have to be answered first before the experiment is tried on. “Who is Krishna?” “Why should I chant to people, Krishna, Mary, who may not even be real?” “Why 108 mala beads?” “Why 108 days?” “Why sixty-four times, why not thirty-two?” “How many other people have gotten results doing this kind of experiment? Who are they? Where are they? How do I know I can trust what they say or that the results they claim to have gotten are real?” The advantage of the Sixth Ray approach is the person is much more likely to undergo the chanting experiment quicker and know what the results of the experiment were for themselves. The disadvantage is that the Sixth Ray type may have their own personal experience, but not enough thorough knowledge to know how to describe what they experienced or how someone else could get a similar result. The advantage of the Fifth Ray type in their approach to the experiment is that he or she will have a very detailed and thorough knowledge of why and how the experiment of chanting on mala beads worked. For this reason he or she can give a more detailed explanation of what happened and why to others. The disadvantage of the Fifth Ray type is that the endless search to have all questions answered before the chanting experiment is even started, can mean he or she gets way too bogged down delaying the attempt at the chanting experiment for way too long.
In summary, the Bailey model has three types of mind that make up Kāma-Manas (desire-mind) on the Emotional Plane known as instinctual mind, lower concrete mind, and personality mind. On the Emotional Plane the lower concrete mind allows the person to manipulate objects in the material physical world in order to help the individual achieve his or her physical needs and emotional desires. The personality mind helps that person to become the Integrated Personality, which is separative, selfish, and materialistic, but also very capable of integrating into the world in such a way, he or she can get physical needs and emotional desires met to the point of excess.
On the Mental Plane the three types of mind are known as lower concrete mind, son of mind, and abstract mind. Lower concrete mind and abstract mind in the Bailey model do not mean the same thing as they are commonly defined by psychologist Jean Piaget. Concrete mind in Piaget’s systems involves being able to recognize and manipulate external objects. Lower concrete mind on the Mental Plane in Bailey’s system involves the ability to look at internal objects in such a way that the person can begin to detach from them, observe them, and manipulate them eventually at will. As for son of mind, this involves the capacity to take on increasingly multiple perspectives and approach them in an integrated and loving way. Finally, as for abstract mind, again we need to not get Bailey’s idea of abstract mind confused with Piaget’s. Bailey’s abstract mind only comes into play when one is able to think abstractly at minimum from a global level. Also, it is really not “thought” per se. At least not thought as we understand it, since even thoughts are increasingly deconstructed at this level.
Finally, we looked at how the Fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Science is associate with the Mental Plane and how this association orients those on the Mental Plane towards using a scientific approach in regards to mind, consciousness, and spiritual practice. On the lower subplanes of the Mental Plane the negative aspects of the Fifth ray of being critical, separative, skeptical, and devoid of love and compassion are seen more. At the higher subplanes of the Mental Plane this is no longer the case. In coming chapters I will illustrate this more especially as we go each subplane of the Mental Plane.
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