Alice Anne Bailey
In a time that was full of apprehension and uncertainty during the Second World War, Alice Anne Bailey (AAB) established a bedrock of support across the globe, setting a strong precedent of world service and group work, and gathering those who were ready to serve humanity under the one loving impulse.
When the world was fractured and in separation, she brought synthesis and consideration for the whole, and was acutely aware of the responsibility she had in preparing mankind for a grander plan that was yet to become fully manifested.
Alice Latrobe Bateman was born in Manchester, UK, on 16 June 1880 into a middle class environment of discipline and duty. Her early life was strongly affiliated to institutionalised Christian values, however this influence shifted when she was visited by one the ‘Masters of the East’ and later began to receive telepathic communication from One of Them, a being initially known to her as ‘The Tibetan’. At first dismissing this connection, Alice Bailey gradually established a working relationship with this Ascended Master, who eventually became known to her as DK or Djwhal Khul.
Djwhal Khul outlined a series of books, fondly referred to as ‘the blue books’, to be written in collaboration with Alice Bailey, and so her life’s work commenced with the support of her second husband, Foster Bailey, to whom she was married in 1920.
Alice Bailey worked around the clock for decades producing a living body of work to guide humanity through a challenging period of history. The books covered all manner of material relating to life, psychology, healing, astrology, relationships, meditation, prayer, sex and so much more. The all-encompassing nature of the work provided a foundational context from which to view life and current events.
With absolute dedication to purpose, Alice Bailey presented the teachings of the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters, known as the Ageless Wisdom, to the world in a way that was needed at that time. At first she was met with considerable opposition because her collaborative work was very different to the previous transmission of Ageless Wisdom teachings, through the intensive and sometimes arduous research and intellectual prowess of the Theosophical Society. Having connected deeply to the lineage through her own studies of Theosophy, her work with Djwhal Khul further confirmed what was required to prepare humanity for what lay ahead.
But Alice Bailey’s work did more than just provide a contemporary version of how to live esoterically and serve; it was a connecting point of the Ageless Wisdom from the past to the future. Her book ‘The Light of the Soul’ is one example of bringing the Ageless Wisdom of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga into a modern day understanding of how man’s primary and eternal responsibility is to be in union with his soul and with God.
In ‘The Re-appearance of the Christ’, Djwhal Khul with Alice Bailey then lay out the future of the Ageless Wisdom lineage, prophesying the next stage or transmission of the Hierarchy’s Plan for humanity in the New Era, to be ushered in with the guidance of an initiate who would re-awaken humanity to their higher nature once and for all:
“I would have you remember that the teaching which I have given out has been intermediate in nature, just as that given by H.P.B.* under my instruction, was preparatory. The teaching planned by the Hierarchy to proceed and condition the New Age, the Aquarian Age, falls into three categories:Alice A. Bailey The Rays and the Initiations, p.247-248 (1960)
1. Preparatory, given 1875-1890… written down by H.P.B.
2. Intermediate, given 1919-1949… written down by A.A.B.
3. Revelatory, emerging after 1975… to be given on a worldwide scale via the radio.”
* Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
"In the next century, and early in the century, an initiate will appear, and will carry on this teaching. It will be under the same “impression”, for my task is not yet completed, and this series of bridging treatises between the material knowledge of man and the science of the initiates has still another phase to run."Alice A. Bailey Esoteric Astrology p. 532 (1951)
Djwhal Khul indicated that the presentation of the ‘Great Invocation’, a prayer-based appeal that called forth the synthesis of basic evolution, and given to Alice Bailey to disseminate widely, was particularly important at that time. The Great Invocation was instrumental in preparing mankind and our planet for higher energies of the New Era, and likewise in preparation for the return (re-appearance) of the Christ, in terms of a deeper embodiment of the energy available to all that was first earthed by the Master Jesus. Humanity as a whole was approaching a new stage of evolutionary growth and this work was pivotal in preparing the world for it.
She described a “Shamballa force” impact that was to occur in 1975, lasting to the end of the century (The Rays and the Initiations, page 716), which was consistent with the preparation period of what is commonly referred to as the ‘New Age’. Another great offering given to humanity at that time was ‘The Law of Correspondence’, a useable tool which helped individuals discern the true intent and nature of all things, assisting groups all over the world to develop higher levels of energetic awareness and integrity.
The presentation of Alice Bailey was both magnetic and conditioning. It gathered people of good will and right intention with esoteric orientation and focus in preparation for an imminent evolutionary event at the end of the 20th century, leading to the third transmission of the Ageless Wisdom in modern times, known today as Universal Medicine.