This post relates Bailey’s Chela in the Light stage to the the Light phase of the Technique of Integration and the Love/Love petal of Bailey’s Egoic Lotus. Then the post delves into a comparison between the Chela in the Light phase of Alice Bailey and what traditional Theosophy has to say about the 5th subplane of the Mental Plane. Finally we go into a comparison between the Chela in the Light stage and Integral’s Teal, Turquoise, and Indigo.
THEOSOPHICAL MODEL COMPARISONS
Once again when it comes to trying to compare what traditional Theosophical models have to say compared to what Alice Bailey has to say about the subplanes we have to turn to the book by Theosophist Arthur Powell. Regarding the 5th subplane of the Mental Plane Powell states that those on this subplane are involved in “devotion expressing itself in active work. It is especially the plane for working out great schemes and designs unrealized on earth, of great organizations inspired by religious devotion, and usually having for their object some philanthropic purpose” (The Mental Body, A.E. Powell, p. 213). After mentioning that it is harder to understand these levels due to the “greater complexity” Powell goes on to talk about how those at this level are “feeding the hungry, healing the sick” and so forth. (The Mental Body, A.E. Powell, p. 214). Powell concludes by sharing how those on the 7th, 6th, and 5th subplanes are “concerned with the working out of devotion to personalities, either to one’s family and friends, or to a personal deity, rather than the wider devotion to humanity for it’s own sake” (The Mental Body, A.E. Powell, p. 215).
In some ways what Bailey says overlaps what Powell conveys. The problem is Powell’s information on this subplane is rather sparse. And, based upon the way I have correlated Bailey’s ideas to the 5th subplane we do not seem the same level of devotion on the 5th subplane of the Mental Plane as we do on the 6th subplane. And, though Powell mentions something about “plans and schemes” he connects them more to philanthropic work than to philosophical study. True the Chela in the Light is still very much absorbed in helping a smaller range of people (family, friends, community, those within one’s philosophical, esoteric, metaphysical, spiritual group), in my view of it the Chela in the Light is starting to break out of this a little more than Powell is inferring. Finally, because Powell has only a few paragraphs on his views of the 5th subplane of the Mental Plane and I have given in this chapter alone many pages of insight, it is obvious why the two models don’t pair up very well.
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