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Jesus Christ

Alice A. Bailey and the Overshadowing of Jesus Christ

Alice A. Bailey (AAB) had some interesting things to say about what she described as the overshadowing of Jesus Christ. She quotes Helena P. Blavatsky (HPB) to introduce the concept of a human being “overshadowed by a great adept”:

“When a man has reached a certain development and can be of service to the world, cases occur when he is overshadowed by a great adept, or—as in the case of H. P. B. —by One greater than an adept.” -A Treatise on Cosmic Fire , 3. THE SOLAR ANGELS, THE AGNISHVATTAS. – Part 3

Then she goes on to say that this was the case with Jesus

“…a disciple will return into incarnation occasionally so as to fit into the plan of a greater than himself.  When a messenger of the Great Lodge needs a vehicle through which to express Himself, and cannot use a physical body Himself, owing to the rarity of its substance, He will utilise the body of a disciple.  We have an instance of this in the manner the Christ used the body of the initiate Jesus, taking possession of it at the time of the Baptism. Again when a message has to be given out to the world during some recurring cycle, a disciple of high position in a Master’s group will appear in physical incarnation, and be “overshadowed” or “inspired” (in the technically occult sense) by some teacher greater than he.”

A Treatise on Cosmic Fire , VI. EFFECTS OF SYNTHETIC MOTION – Part 1

The idea is that Jesus of Nazareth, a human being, was overshadowed by the Christ – a greater being – and together in one body they accomplished the mission that is recorded in the New Testament. Author Joseph J. Dewey (JJD) wrote on this overshadowing that:

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Moon Chain

Alice A. Bailey on the Moon Chain

There is this concept of a “moon chain” in the writing of Alice A. Bailey that I think is fairly unique to her writings (or of Djwhal Khul). Apparently a “moon chain” is “the cycle of evolution preceding ours” (see very last quote below).

Joseph J. Dewey, author and longtime student of the AAB writings, has an interesting comment on this:

Technically all of us are aliens. None of us originated here on planet Earth. Each one of us are immortal beings and came from an eternal source where all that exists is an eternal present. We have passed in and out of many systems of creation but as far as the system of creation goes most of the people here are native to planet Earth or the Moon Chain. -Joseph J. Dewey, Questions

Quotes below for “moon chain” in the AAB writings:


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Alice A. Bailey on Homosexuality

By today’s standards Alice A. Bailey (AAB) and Djwhal Khul (DK) appear to have had very backward views on homosexuality – views you would expect more in the 1940s than the 21st century. You will see these views in both the writings solely attributed to AAB (The Unfinished Autobiography) and those attributed to DK (Esoteric Healing and Esoteric Astrology).

To be perfectly clear, I am not advocating these ideas as concretely expressed. I believe in presenting the evidence and letting you, the reader, reach your own conclusions as to whether these writings represent “ancient wisdom” or “ancient prejudices.” Some will see what is on the surface and some will look deeper.

Personally I lean more towards the interpretation of author and longtime AAB/DK student Joseph J. Dewey who has some interesting takes on this subject in the AAB/DK writings – see his quotes below (and follow the links for a fuller exposition):

“While society focuses on the disadvantage of the gays few realize that for every disadvantage there is an advantage. In the case of the gay, he is closer to the zero point in energy than the heterosexual. If he thus learns the right use of sex energy he will find consistent soul contact easier than the hetro who is distracted by the attraction of opposites. Of course, the powers of the soul are available to both sides of the equation. Both sides have their own peculiar problems in attaining them.” -Joseph J. Dewey, DK on Gays

“If the child was a different sex in the past life then the person will often be homosexual in the current life.” -Joseph J. Dewey, Keys Writings 2015, Part 11

“That said, you may ask if I agree with the teachings of DK on homosexuality. The answer is this. I agree with the underlying principles behind his words, but if I were to teach those same principles I would write them much differently, and some I have already written.”

“Several things he teaches do need some clarification. He calls homosexuality a perversion. This is indeed inflammatory language in our day and it also gives a wrong impression. The truth of the matter is there is perversion among both homosexuals and heterosexuals. Homosexual orientation is a natural occurrence caused by a shift in male/female energy which occurs as we move from live to life. Christian fundamentalists are wrong when they say it is a choice. Once a person is born in a certain energy flow, no choice can change it. He can only choose what he will do with the energy which is in circulation in his life.”

“Wrong use of the sexual energy, whether one be straight or gay, is where the “perversion” comes in. Perversion is a strong word in this age. It is better to say that wrong use of energy is merely a mistake that leads to less than a fullness of soul energy.” -Joseph J. Dewey, Gay Thoughts

It is also possible that God, the Hierarchy, Ascended Masters, or whatever you believe in, speaks to humanity at any given time in a way and vernacular that people of that time can understand and relate to. If a real DK exists and were to speak to us today he would probably use very different language attuned to how we understand the universe (which is vastly different than how people in the West understood these things in the first half of the 20th century  when AAB was writing).

Here are the quotes from the writings of Alice A. Bailey. Judge for yourself.


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