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Having looked at the three stages of development (becoming human, becoming soul, becoming spirit), it is time to introduce the actual model of spiritual development that Bailey uses in her books. To let you know this model was adopted from models of spiritual development originally put forward by Helena Blavatsky, that in turn were further revised by Blavatsky’s organization, the Theosophical Society, which Bailey was a member of. Later in this book we will do a comparison between the Bailey model and the original models that came from the Theosophical Society. For now we will simply stick with the Bailey model and reveal the basics of how it works.
SIMPLIFIED VERSION OF SEVEN LEVELS
Starting with the chart to the right, I have created a very simple colored chart that shows the seven levels of development. Each level is also referred to as a “plane.” Using colors that I have created and some more modern language identifying these levels the are: 1) Physical. 2) Emotional. 3) Mental. 4) Intuitional. 5) Spiritual. 6 & 7) Two levels beyond what human beings are said to experience, that represent what humans will one day become. I will now explore each level briefly.
1) Physical. The physical level is said to cover the physical body and what is known as the vital energy or etheric body. The physical body is made up of the various systems of the body (muscular, skeletal, and so forth), the organs of the body (stomach, heart, brain and so forth), and everything else right down to the cells and DNA. The vital energy or etheric body is said to infuse the physical body providing its energy or vitality. The energy in the body is also known commonly as chi or prana. Later in this book the physical body is looked at in more detail.
2) Emotional. Next we have the Emotional Plane that is comprised of emotional states (fear, anger, happiness, and so forth). Desires that are primarily materialistic in nature belong here as well. In the Bailey teachings we are told that most of humanity has their every day focus of consciousness on the Emotional Plane. Though all humans have minds and can think, their minds are primarily kāma manasic. Kāma means desire. Manas means mind. Kāma manasic means the mental processes that human beings possess are centered around satisfying mainly their desires for money/security, pleasure/sex, and power. Even if humans here have spiritual aspirations, their spiritual practices are again centered around getting God (the Universe, Spirit, or even the Goddess) to help them satisfy their money/security, pleasure/sex, and power desires. At the lowest levels of the Emotional Plane humans possess very little skill in getting their money/security, pleasure/sex, and power needs met. Likewise humans at this level have very little ability to understand and handle their emotions well. God (Spirit, etc.) is typically seen as “out there,” anthropomorphized, and called upon mainly to help one fulfill desires. At the highest levels of the Emotional Plane the desires for money/security, pleasure/sex, and power are met in an abundant way. Believing themselves to be all powerful, humans at this level may erroneously believe they are “Masters of the Universe,” either seeing themselves as chosen by God to rule over others, or deciding to get rid of the notion of God (Spirit, etc.) altogether becoming essentially agnostics or atheists.
As for the triangles themselves they are meant to represent shifts in human spiritual development. Each set of triangles has a name, which I have given in the colored chart. Please note that on the Divine Plane there is no triangle, implying that the consciousness at this level is too abstract for humans to reach. Then we see the triangle of the Monad, which exists upon the Monadic Plane. At this level the consciousness is said to be more Universal. Next, is the triangle known as the Spiritual Triad. It is called the Spiritual Triad because it is said to connect three levels, or planes, of consciousness — all of the the Spiritual (Atmic) Plane, all of the Intuitional (Buddhic) Plane, and the very top of the Mental (Manasic) Plane. At this level a human being is said to have Planetary consciousness.
Next, comes the shape that looks like a flower in the traditional Alice Bailey chart, which I have drawn as a circle in the color chart I created. I speak extensively about this “flower” in throughout my books, and in the chapter on the Egoic Lotus in this book. The main thing to understand is that the Egoic Lotus is pretty much the same thing as the Soul. Following the circle of the Egoic Lotus you will see a large triangle called the Personality triangle. The Personality is said to cover eighteen sub-planes from the seventh sub-plane of the Physical Plane (which I have given the color Prune), to the fourth sub-plane of the Mental Plane, which I have given the color Yellow. In the Bailey chart you will notice that instead of one large Personality Triangle there are a few small triangles. One exists in the Emotional (Astral/Kāma) Plane, and the other is found in the Physical Plane. Notice that the Personality in the non-colored chart includes two small triangles on the Emotional and Physical Planes. Finally, though these triangles look like they are separated, they all interpenetrate and intersect, meaning they again influence one another and are not really separate as they might appear.
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