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About Alice Bailey

Alice Ann Bailey (June 16, 1880 – December 15, 1949) was a writer and theosophist in what she termed "Ageless Wisdom". This included occult teachings, "esoteric" psychology and healing, astrological and other philosophic and religious themes.

Bailey was born as Alice LaTrobe Bateman, in Manchester, England. She moved to the United States in 1907, where she spent most of her life as a writer and teacher.

Her works, written between 1919 and 1949, describe a wide-ranging system of esoteric thought covering such topics as how spirituality relates to the solar system, meditation, healing, spiritual psychology, the destiny of nations, and prescriptions for society in general. She described the majority of her work as having been telepathically dictated to her by a Master of Wisdom, initially referred to only as "the Tibetan" or by the initials "D.K.", later identified as Djwhal Khul.

Her writings were of the same nature as those of Madame Blavatsky and are known as the Ageless Wisdom Teachings. Though Bailey's writings differ from the orthodox Theosophy of Madame Blavatsky, they have much in common with it. She wrote about religious themes, including Christianity though her writings are fundamentally different from many aspects of Christianity and of other orthodox religions. Her vision of a unified society includes a global "spirit of religion" different from traditional religious forms and including the concept of the Age of Aquarius.

Her philosophy is still applied by organizations she founded, such as the Arcane School, World Goodwill, Triangles, and the worldwide network of Full Moon Meditation Groups.

The Seven Rays of energy:

Underlying her writings is the idea that all is energy and that spirit, matter, and the psychic forces intermediate between them are forms of energy. This energy is life itself. From one essential energy, divinity, proceed seven rays that underlie and shape the evolution of human life and the entire phenomenal world. On a cosmic level, these seven rays of energy are the creative forces of planets and stars. On a microcosmic level, they are the creative forces conditioning the physical, psychic, and spiritual constitution of man. (Jurriaance, p. 73–152)

In Esoteric Psychology I, the first book of A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Bailey writes that the "one Life sought expansion" resulting in seven aeons, or emanations, manifesting in the expression of life, becoming the "seven Rishis of all the ancient scriptures."

She enumerates these seven as:
The Lord of Power or Will
The Lord of Love-Wisdom
The Lord of Active Intelligence
The Lord of Harmony, Beauty and Art
The Lord of Concrete Knowledge and Science
The Lord of Devotion and Idealism
The Lord of Ceremonial Order or Magic

Although described as "Lords" and "persons", Bailey states that these "great forces" are not to be understood in terms of human personality. She cautions that any description of such things must be couched in terms of our particular planet, such that humanity can understand it, but that these "pure Being[s] ... have purposes and activities in which our Earth plays only a minor part."

In Bailey's concept the rays and all things manifest in centers of energy and their relationships. All rays and centers are focuses of some type of evolving life or consciousness. (Jurriaance, p. 35–52) This includes everything from atoms to centers or chakras in the human constitution, and upwards through the human aura to groups of humans as centers, and cities and nations as centers. (Jurriaance, pp. 79–90 ) Humanity as a whole is conceived as a center of energy as are the masters of wisdom of which she writes. Likewise, planet Earth as a whole, with all its subsidiary centers of life, is viewed as a center of life within the large life or divinity of our solar system.

The concept of the seven rays can also be found in Theosophical works. Campbell writes that Bailey, "...was the first to develop the idea of the seven rays, although it can be found in germ in earlier Theosophical writings." The seven rays also appear in Hindu religious philosophy.

The Lucis Publishing Company and the Lucis Press Limited are the official publishers of Alice Bailey's books. Credited to Alice Bailey

Works containing the prefatory Extract from a Statement by the Tibetan, generally taken to indicate the book was a "received" work.

Initiation, Human and Solar.
Letters on Occult Meditation.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.
The Light of the Soul: Its Science and Effect : a paraphrase of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. 
A Treatise on White Magic. or, The Way of the Disciple (5 ed.).
Discipleship in the New Age I.
Discipleship in the New Age II.
The Problems of Humanity.
The Reappearance of the Christ.
The Destiny of the Nations.
Glamour: A World Problem.
Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle.
Education in the New Age.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy.
Ponder on This (compilation).
A Treatise on the Seven Rays
Volume 1: Esoteric Psychology I.
Volume 2: Esoteric Psychology II. 1
Volume 3: Esoteric Astrology.
Volume 4: Esoteric Healing.
Volume 5: The Rays and the Initiations.
Credited to Alice A. Bailey alone

Works in which Bailey claimed sole authorship of the material.
The Consciousness of the Atom.
The Soul and Its Mechanism.
From Intellect to Intuition.
From Bethlehem to Calvary.
The Unfinished Autobiography. 
The Labours of Hercules: An Astrological Interpretation----first published 1982

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