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 Four in three ways.
- We grow into Group Four and then stay primarily at this stage in our lifetime.
- We recapitulate Group Four in our youth and move out of it into a higher Evolutionary Groups.
- We regress back into Group Four 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 Four developmental tasks.
So, how can we deal more effectively with Group Four 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.
- Manage and Overcome Addictions
- Learn When it is Appropriate to Break a Norm
- Develop Discernment So You Can See What is of Real Value
- Gain Clarity About Which Leaders Are Truly Worthy to Follow
- Find Solid Moral Codes to Adhere To
- Create Healthy Bonds With Family and Social Groups
- Train Yourself In Planning and Forethought
- Learn to Focus
Manage and Overcome Addictions
Signs you are succumbing to an addiction. 1. In constant debt. 2. Lying and hiding. 3. Don’t use or need what you get. 4. Disrupting healthy connections with others. 5. Emotional anxiety and upheaval when not fulfilling your addiction. 6. Indulge addiction as emotional coping mechanism. 7. Cycle through short lived highs and long term lows in regards to your addiction. Developing Group Five skills to help you overcome them. 1. Stick to boundaries (exert will power, prioritize). 2. Avoid debt and delay gratification. 3. Pick other coping mechanisms (meditation, exercise, talking to others). 4. Change your habits so they are more constructive and remove temptations. 5. Become more conscious about desires and cravings. 6. Track what you are doing and analyze it. 7. Set more meaningful and constructive goals.
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