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Group Unity and the Age of Aquarius

Think courageously about the Images of the Great Ones; thus will you follow the line of unity.
Leaves of Morya's Garden, Book II (6), p. 178

s most of us today know, the age of Aquarius is the age of group interest, group life and group work. It is the age when the individual awakens to his/her responsibility to the group. It is the age when the individual spends him/herself in service to humanity-the greater group. The individual who is able to fully receive, integrate and express the energies of this new Aquarian age consecrates all to the Greater Good. For this individual, unity, synthesis, cooperation and the Common Good become the primary interest and consuming focus of the day-to-day life. However, as we well know, this promise and vision are not yet the reality.

Today, for the most part, groups are usually composed of people possessing some basic idea upon which they are all agreed and which they are trying to express through the medium of their clashing personalities and, frequently, in obedience to someone in a leadership role. Groups also come together in order to exploit and use methods, which are regarded as essential to attaining the prevailing definition of "success." Whatever degree of unity is achieved in such groups is often based on expediency or good manners. Ambition, conflict, hurt feelings and bruised egos are yet the norm in group experience. Emphasizing the lower personal self and deflecting the light of the Soul, criticism abounds.

The Aquarian potential of true group unity is a state of consciousness. Such unity is possible only when one has gained access to the plane of buddhi-the fourth intuitional plane following upon the mental, the emotional and the physical planes of the Cosmic Physical Plane. It is on this plane of buddhi that at-one-ment is experienced, for this is the meeting ground of all diversities and their blending into a unified whole. With buddhic consciousness comes the understanding of "love as pure reason." A wonderful example of this state of consciousness can be found in the 17th chapter of St. John where, for example, in the 23rd verse Christ is quoted as He addresses the "Father": "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one."

True group unity is an effect of the Cosmic Law of Attraction. It is rooted in Love-Love esoterically understood as "the wielding of the force which guides the worlds and which leads to the integration, unity and inclusiveness which impels Deity itself to action."1 This Love is not sentimental and emotional. Rather, it issues forth from an awakened heart center, which when adequately radiatory and magnetic, links and relates individuals to each other and to all of life. In the book, Heart, we read that the heart is an "international organ;" that it is the focal point, yet, it is the least egocentric: "Not egoism dwells in the heart, but pan-humanity." (7) It is not a poetic figure of speech that is expressed in the same book wherein we read that "The Institute of the Heart will be the temple of the future race." (504) All are enjoined to consider one's heart not as one's own, but as the universal one.

Because the spiritual energies available on our planet will become increasingly more powerful, the individual alone cannot contain them. Thus, groups in this unfolding Aquarian age are meant to provide useful forms through which spiritual energy can flow into our midst for the helping and uplift of humanity and all life. Whether the group is made up of three or 103 is immaterial. What counts on the part of the Teachers on the subjective side is how unified the group is and how radiant the group light is. Stable relationship, Unity of thought, plus diversity of method, of effort and of function and friendship in its purest sense is what is looked for. As the members of the group are able to hold each other unwaveringly in the light of love, so the group draws more closely to the Teachers on the subjective side of life and so the group can become a more useful means of planetary aid.

The Brotherhood of the Wise Ones is a community of Souls who are swept by the desire to serve, urged by a spontaneous impulse to love and illumined by one pure Light. They are devotedly fused and blended into groups of serving Minds and energized by the One Life. May the emerging Aquarian groups reflect the Inner Brotherhood.

1 Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, Alice A. Bailey, p. 10.

Recognise your group and all other similar groups as parts of a worldwide spiritual movement which (when it reaches momentum) results in unity for all. A super-organisation which emphasises unity is the last thing to be desired; a multiplicity of living organisms held loosely together by cooperation, constant communication and possessing identity of goal and of purpose is what the world needs today.

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 458

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