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Alice Bailey and theosophy – A case study in psychism This article explores how the Theosophical Society in some cases was blinded by the negative consequences of astral psychism Author Kenneth Sørensen www.kentaurnet.dk translated by Anne Rasmussen Introduction One of the most essential objectives of this article, which is an extract of my book: From clairvoyance to intuition , is to give the reader and thus the public audience a greater knowledge of psychic powers along with a number of guidelines to assess this widespread psychism. Throughout the book, I have based myself on the works of Alice Bailey, because the general impression among esotericist is that her works are among the most serious in the field. This does not make her an infallible authority that one should submit to, an attitude she herself strongly emphasizes in her books. Her views are only to be assessed on the basis of the response that the words evoke in the reader when he or she uses his or her intuition and common sense. A keynote in serious literature is always that every soul must find its own truth and never blindly submit to external authorities. The analysis of this article depends therefore solely on the presented arguments and not the authority or lack thereof shown by Alice Bailey. It is also important to establish that it is the author's recapitulation and selection and not a contact of higher inspiration that forms the foundation of this work. A controversial question 1
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The subject that I treat will undoubtedly give rise to attention and strong opposition, because there are many controversial statements by which some will be inspired and others shocked. None of these reactions are very helpful, because my business is not to "exhibit" the Theosophical Society but alone to learn from history so that we don't make the same mistakes. It is most important, though, to distinguish between theosophy - the Ageless Wisdom - and the way imperfect humans make use of it. Theosophy is not to blame. The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by H.P. Blavatsky, who has, if any, had an influence on the entire spiritual impulse that we see today throughout the holistic, theosophical and anthroposophical movement. We must therefore study the applied psychism in one of the most important spiritual organizations in history, to which humanity is undoubtedly greatly indebted. It must never be forgotten, but nobody is infallible, and we must therefore focus on the problems that astral psychism brought along to the Society, and by which its presidents, after the death of its founder H.P. Blavatsky, in all sincerity and out of no malevolence were to a certain extent infatuated. The Theosophical Society is probably no better and no worse than so many other occult, esoteric and spiritual organizations. It just has a known history, because it played a very central part in the communication of esoteric literature. Below I shall call the many different groups spiritual circles or environments.
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