Stages GroupsThe next thing to look at in regards to the Bailey model of human and spiritual evolution are her Ten Evolutionary Groups. These are general divisions attempting to show how humans progress from their baser animal instincts where they are focused mainly on surviving and procreating to humans getting to the point where they are seeking to know who they are as spiritual beings. According to Bailey humans of all ten groups are all said to exist among us today. The shift from one evolutionary group to another depends on the focus of one’s consciousness, which is often determined by the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical focus of one’s life.

In some respects dividing the whole of human and spiritual evolution into just ten groups could be seen as a gross over-simplification. Nevertheless, these groups give us a broad outline of where we have been as human beings, and where we may be going from here. The first five groups represent the stage of becoming fully human. Few people (numbering in the low thousands) are said to be in Groups One and Two by Bailey (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, p. 205). Most of humanity said to be in Groups Three, Four, and Five according to Bailey (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, pp. 25, 499; Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 227). These three groups are said to have minds that are conditioned primarily by emotional impulses and desire, meaning they are kama (desire) manasic (mind). Because their minds are conditioned in this way they struggle to think clearly and rationally.

When we get to Group Six, we find that at first those in this group have more mental capacity that allows them to get their materialistic desires met, often in the extreme. This inclines them towards dominance over others and the world in a selfish way, though by the end of Group Six this tendency is becoming exhausted as they move into being what Bailey would call “spiritual aspirants.” Groups Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten represent the path of moving out of the these individualistic, selfish, caught in the realm of the five senses way of being — into a greater awareness of what lies beyond the realms of the five senses. As they discover these “inner realms” these groups seek increasingly to navigate these realms effectively allowing them to both realize increasingly the One Life, as well as becoming more identified with that One Life. As this takes place increasingly the needs of the individual are submerged into the good of the whole, not because one feels one must do this out of compliance or fear of survival. Rather, learning to identify the part one has to play, and then willingly playing that part for the benefit of others, is done out of an increasingly spontaneous, joyful and loving impulse to serve all that One IS in a compassionate and selfless way.

Groups One & Two.

For starters there are said to be very few people who may exist within these two groups on our planet. Though it is impossible to know the number, if they do exist it is estimated that their number may only be within the thousands, and maybe only within a few thousand at that. Those who reside within these two groups have their everyday consciousness focused on the subsistence level of survival. They still live as humans did tens of thousands of years ago. Their days are mainly about the struggle to find food, shelter, clothing, and ways to relieve their sexual urges. They are also said to have very little understanding of the workings of the world around them and may even remain isolated from the rest of the world. Though it is tempting to associate them with indigenous people, we are warned against doing so because the vast majority of indigenous people do not belong to these groups. More is said about those who might reside within these groups in my book Becoming Human.

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