Having taken some time in the previous chapters to explain Group Three, I would now like to focus on what will help us manage the Group Three stage of consciousness successfully. After all, Bailey claims much of humanity is at the Group Three level of consciousness, which is something the Integral model also asserts with what they call Red/Level 3 in their system. Remember in Bailey’s model we move through Group Three in three ways.
- We grow into Group Three and then stay primarily at this stage in our lifetime.
- We recapitulate Group Three in our youth and move out of it into a higher Evolutionary Groups.
- We regress back into Group Three temporarily when ever we have to fill in a “gap” in our spiritual development or have a severe period of stress that shifts us back into Group Three developmental tasks.
So, how can we deal more effectively with Group Three issues whenever they arise so that we can move through this level more effectively and ensure “gaps” don’t come up? Following is a list of things we can focus on.
- Make Sure Survival Needs Are Met to Sustain Positive Growth
- Identifying Emotional Triggers
- Help to Foster Inner Discipline
- Work to Remove the Abuse Culture
- Heal Emotional & Physical Wounds From Abuse
- Provide Reasonable Expectations and Reward Accordingly
- Encourage Conversation & Listen Without Ridicule
- Allow Reasonable Participation in Decision Making
- Respect Need for Tribal Group Support and Encourage Ways to Integrate It Into Larger Group — Value of Tribal Sports and Other Healthy Competition
- Understand How Angry Push Back Happens As an Act of Vengeful Disapproval Of Others’ Disapproval.
- Demonstrate How Larger Group Truly Has Tribal Groups Best Interests at Heart
- Understand Negative Impacts of Too Strict, Authoritarian, Abusive Approaches and How it Lowers Self-Esteem and Builds Rebellion
- Build Self-Esteem Through Heroic Acts
- Respect and Truly Reward Heroic Acts
Let’s briefly look at each one of these areas now.
Make Sure Survival Needs Are Met to Sustain Positive Growth
If those in Group Three do not have their basic needs met for food, clothing, shelter and safety and security met they will either regress to Group Two (where they will become more helpless and infantile), or be unable to progress into the higher Evolutionary Groups in a positive way. A gap will occur that will cause breaks in developmental stages later on. Then even if one is at a higher evolutionary level, problems will surface that disrupt that level’s typical developmental functioning. For example, in Group Four (the Conformists), a Group Three gap may result in hoarding behaviors once needs are met because of the chronic fear that what one has finally accumulated may be taken away.
In Group Five (the Enforcers), a Group Three gap may cause the person to be overly rigid and anal to ensure that the gains they have made in safety and survival are not taken away. In Group Six Integrated Personality stage, a Group Three gap may increase the tendency to become selfish and tyrannical as one not only continues to hoard and be rigid, but now punishes others for not helping them maintain their “hoard.” At the Group Six Spiritual Aspirant stage, a Group Three gap may cause them to rebel at rules that indicate that they simplify their lives and selfish tendencies on a spiritual path. At the Group Seven stage, the rebellion may go “underground” as the individual presents an outward appearance of spirituality, while behind the scenes remaining immature through acts of lying, cheating and silently rebelling.
To heal these gaps we need to ensure that everyone who passes into Group Three has a sufficiently safe, secure, and stable environment provided to them. And, when these are not in place political systems, social service and mental health services, and community support need to be in place to help them through. If these are not in place then the gaps that emerge later on can cause tremendous difficulties.
Identifying Emotional Triggers
As a reminder Group Three tends to be fairly immature in the handling of emotions. In modern day psychology there is a phrase popularly known as “triggers” or “buttons” that essentially stands for emotional reactions that occur often when interacting with others. These emotional reactions bring up fear, anger, sudden outbursts of crying, confusion, and frequently defensive behaviors. Most of these emotional triggers are really rooted in Group Three tasks that are not successfully completed. A way to help remedy this is to provide those either in Group Three or with a Group Three gap in development a better understanding in how to handle their emotions well. It is also important to educate those in any Group (Three through Eight), to know how to rapidly spot and eradicate an emotional trigger when it erupts.
Help to Foster Inner Discipline
xxxxx Without this you get entitlement and laziness.
Work to Remove the Abuse Culture
xxxx Lundy Bancroft book
As we see Group Three possesses a lot of characteristics that we do still see in our time, giving credence to Bailey’s statement that those with Lemurian consciousness can be found existing in all races around the world today. Because they tend to be tribal, courageous, impulsive and rebellious members of Group Three do seem to similar in a lot of respects to Integral Red. However, in Bailey’s model, individuals like Donald Trump do not really belong at this level. Members of Group Three simply do not possess the ability to amass that much money, power, pleasure and influence. Their lives are too chaotic, and they are too unthinking, rebellious and impulsive to rise to such heights of power and sustain it over a lifetime.
Encourage Conversation & Listen Without Ridicule
Michael Moore’s film and how he emphasized and listened to “red neck” Trump supporters vs Hillary Clinton’s phrase about the “deplorables.”
Demonstrate How Larger Group Truly Has Tribal Groups Best Interests at Heart
Failure of Group Six and Group Seven people to help coal miners and manufactoring workers be protected from a loss of safety and security when jobs were replaced by exporting them overseas or through technology, which has now led to mass resentment and rebellion.
Build Self-Esteem Through Heroic Acts
Sports help to do this, fire-fighters, boy scouts, etc.
Group Three members have not integrated their thoughts, emotions, physical bodies and behaviors in such a way they can get to great heights of influence and power and stay there. They tend to be more sprinters than marathon runners, which is why their impatience and frustration tend to lead them to fall under the influence of others who seek to dominate them. Their lack of thought and impulsive emotions also explains why they are so unlikely to even see the ways they are being manipulated and duped. Yes, they have gained some freedom allowing them to experience a greater measure of stability and security in the physical world. But, they have yet to learn how to consistently satisfy their desires, or integrate their personalities in such a way they can truly become the “God-like rulers” they so frequently admire, yet sadly fall prey to.
Group Three people can also be heroic. That is why they are so suited to enter professions that require a considerable amount of daring. Especially those who are a mixture of Group Three and Group Four (which we will learn about in the next chapter), are become not only daring, but less impulsive and more dependable. They can be relied upon to summon up the best within them, not only during a crisis, but in a more consistent way in other areas of their lives. Honoring this heroic spirit with Group Three members helps them feel valued and helps them evolve. They also benefit from social policies that help them find and maintain more stability and security, and give them opportunities to access more education. Programs and training to help them understand ways to manage their anger and anxiety are also useful. At a societal level putting into place systems that dismantle and discourage a culture of abuse are necessary and being sure if they are sent into war, they are well taken care of upon their return. Finally, spiritual practices (like the martial arts) that help them train and focus their minds and calm their emotional are also beneficial.
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