This post gives a quick summary of Groups 4 – 5  representing the majority of human beings who are driven by desire, immersed in the world of the five senses, highly emotional, reactionary, conformists, and easily led by others. 


             Note: These colors follow the traditional spectrum of color as science, artists, and most systems that study the chakras know it. It does not always reflect the colors mentioned in the Bailey books and I am personally not too thrilled with some of the titles of these colors (corn? pumpkin?). Have a better idea? Let me know. Also, The below also includes triangles and a circle I have put in. Becoming Human focuses on the Personality triangle. The majority of humanity is not yet what Bailey calls an “Integrated Personality.” Becoming Soul (which is the book I am putting up as I finish each chapter now), covers some of the levels of the Personality triangle as it becomes “soul infused,” as well as the circle below known as the “Egoic Lotus” (which is the “Soul” in this system). When the personality becomes completely “soul-infused” we then shift increasingly to the Spiritual Triad to become “Spirit.” Please see these as stages of unfoldment. As long as we are in a physical body we all have personalities, souls, and are Spirit, we just have not unfolded the various levels yet. 

Bailey Chart Highlighting Personality


AQAL Partial



Note: No where does Alice Bailey correlate her 10 Groups of Human and Soul Evolution with various sub-planes. The correlations are all my ideas based upon my current understanding of her work. After many years of working on this I feel these are adequate correlations, but as my understanding deepens adjustments may be made.


According to the Alice Bailey teachings the overwhelming majority of humanity is within Groups Four and Five, which comprise what she calls “Atlantean consciousness.” This is a consciousness where the mental capacities are dominated mainly by desire, emotion, impulse and an obsession with exploiting the physical world because they are locked mainly in the realm of the five senses, seeing only as “real” and “valuable” what the five senses show them. At the same time because they are hopeful they can fulfill their desires “forever” they often seek to do this not only in this life, but in an after-life in a “heaven out there” where they can continue to enjoy family and friends and fulfill all their desires for money, sex, and power that they never fully got to enjoy in the physical realm.

5th Subplane of Emotional Plane 

5th Subplane Astral

Heading Keywords from Chapter Eleven: Conformist Humanity 

  • Bonded and Connected
  • Conforming to Norms
  • Fulfilling Desires
  • Constant Craving
  • Following Leaders
  • Relying Too Much On Luck
  • Vulnerable to Exploitative Ideologies
  • Easily Distracted 

Summary of Chapter:  We as a human species are still immersed in Atlantean consciousness. When we are within a particular stage of consciousness, it can be very hard to step outside of it and see it for what it is. But, I invite you now having reviewed this chapter to notice what is really going on with humanity at this point. Begin by simply turning on your television, radio, or take a bit of time to surf the internet. How much of what you hear and see is all about getting you to want something? How much of it is about encouraging a state of discontentment so that you will continue to crave something more? How many shows, songs and YouTube video clips are really about desire — desiring sex, money, power, work of a different kind, some better and better relationship? Walk around most any town and notice what you see around you. How many stores and buildings are dedicated to desire — of food, clothing, entertainment, alcohol, drugs, or other things that are meant to entice and distract you? We live in an ocean of desire playing upon our emotions constantly to get us to want more and more and more.

And, though we have minds, our mental processes are truly “kāma-manas” because so much of our thought is primarily focused on “desire.” Yes, it is remarkable that human beings are learning more and more how to think. But, we still spend precious little time looking at what we think about. Most human beings use their minds to think about what they want and how to get it. When they can’t get what they want they tend to “lose their minds” and swirl down into emotional states of jealousy, anger, and depression. Sadly, instead of learning to raise their consciousness so they can learn how to really think and help themselves, Group Four types are mainly taught to do something  quick to fix it or distract themselves. Just take this new drug or solve it all by going shopping (as President George W. Bush wanted everyone to do after the bombing of the World Trade Towers in New York City).

For anyone who is growing out of these kāma-manasic Emotional Plane levels, our world can seem like a very strange planet. Especially if you are surrounded by Group Four types who want you to conform to their point of view, fitting in without losing yourself, takes some skill. But, we can’t just do a “spiritual bypass” and skip over our desire natures. We need to live on this planet and some level of desire is required. The question becomes then how to desire correctly? That is the major lesson we need to help Group Four people learn. We also need to teach them better discernment; give them tools to better observe and manage their emotions instead of encouraging them to go for “feel good” short-term solutions; and set up religious, political, and social systems that help them get their basic desire needs met in a healthy way.


4th Subplane of Emotional Plane 

4th Subplane Astral

Heading Keywords from Chapter Twelve: Stable Humanity 

  • Gaining Self-Respect
  • Enforcers of Status Quo
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Perfecting a Craft
  • Difficulty Challenging Their Conditioning

Summary of Chapter: As we have seen Group Five, more than Groups Three and Four, are able to create seemingly stable lives for themselves. That stability comes from the increasing ability to focus their minds as needed to developing a chosen profession (or craft), and to discipline themselves more to follow the norms and rules of the society, religious organizations, and groups they associate with or are born into. For this reason they are not only good at knowing and following the norms, rules, and moral codes around them, they also become good at enforcing them on others. As they do this, however, a certain level of cognitive and emotional dissonance results. To manage their anxiety about their potential hypocrisy they usually take the following routes: 1) Manage the dissonance through socially accepted forms of penance (going to confession in church, paying their fair share of taxes, sending themselves or their children off to serve in a war, and so forth); 2) Suppress this dissonance through psychological methods of denial, blame, and projection; 3) Self-destruct when the cognitive and emotional dissonance proves too much for them.

Overall by following the rules, norms and moral codes expected of them, Group Five members gain a greater sense of respect and self-esteem. The prestige they earn gives them greater freedom in that they are more likely to move up in society in the way of status and material goods. It also buys them something very precious — time — to pursue primarily their profession or other hobbies. All of this furthers their feeling of order making them feel safe as life becomes more predictable. However, this same delusion of order, security, and safety makes them feel very threatened when people or circumstances try to bring about change. For this reason they tend to polarize even more in a “us vs. them” mentality. Despite all their gains, members of Group Five lack the capacity to see how much they have been conditioned to view their lives in a certain way, making it difficult for them to see another person’s point of view. Sadly, they are also frequently unable to see how easily they are being manipulated to think and act a certain way, especially by those in Group Six above them, which we will soon learn is the group that creates the norms, moral codes, and rules Group Five people so willingly follow. Group Five members are also unable to see how when it comes to Group Six the precious rules and norms they and those in Groups Four and Three may even die for, are often simply arbitrary artifices designed to meet the even more intense desires of those in Group Six. As we will see this can bring about a major crisis for those in Group Five. Let’s move on to examine that crisis in the next chapter.

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