Cosmic Fire Studies:
An Academic Approach to the Esoteric Philosophy of Alice A. Bailey David Borsos (Oakland, CA ) P1
The philosophy and metaphysics underlying science have been undergoing a major transformation in recent decades and scientists are now not only studying consciousness but are increasingly open to investigating anomalous phenomena and alternative, postmaterialist models capable of explaining all empirical data. This poster presentation will introduce what is arguably one of the most comprehensive and detailed worldviews available for furthering these goals, for integrating science, religion, and philosophy, and for accelerating the growth of consciousness studies. Alice Bailey's (1880-1949) esoteric philosophy provides an ontological and epistemological basis for understanding the human psyche, paranormal phenomena, and panpsychism. It also offers a conceptual framework sought by the authors of Beyond Physicalism for accommodating psi phenomena and evidence for postmortem survival, and it both answers many of the skeptical questions posed by the authors of The Myth of an Afterlife and refutes many of their arguments, thereby overcoming one of the greatest illusions limiting academia and consciousness studies - the assumption that individuals have only one life experience. Bailey's model provides a comprehensive and holistic framework for consciousness studies because it derives from one who is thoroughly familiar with Buddhism and Hinduism and it is specifically intended to help illuminate the modern Western scientific mind. Bailey's published books were eventually acknowledged to have been telepathically transmitted to her by the Tibetan teacher Djwhal Khul. Their inherent intelligence and wisdom credibly support the claim that they derive from the mind of one who has transcended the rational mind and the human condition and who has advanced beyond the state of nirvana. This poster will present a sketch of Bailey's model and highlight relevant applications to the science of consciousness. With respect to science and philosophy these would include cosmology, ontology, particle physics, subtle bodies, the chakras and nadis, the philosophy of mind, and plant and animal consciousness. Her explication of 'devas' (Skt.) and 'elementals' as the intelligent constituents of matter, or conscious and proto-conscious fundamental entities, prefigure the mental entities termed 'psychons,' 'agents of mind,'and 'mentons' postulated by Sir John Eccles, Marvin Minsky, and Berit Brogaard respectively. With respect to psychology applications would include investigations of the transpersonal self or soul, its vehicle of expression, the causal body (Anandamaya-Kosha), the process of reincarnation, and the stages of human development and transformation. Her psychology and approach to consciousness embody perhaps the highest potentials for confronting 'radical evil' and transforming human consciousness. Numerous academics are referencing Bailey's work but few scholars seem to be studying them, in large part because of their difficulty and apparent lack systematic structure. The poster presentation will encourage academics to investigate what may well be one of the most comprehensive and coherent explications of matter and consciousness available to humanity and direct them to a website that offers a sequential course of study designed to assist this investigation and to ground an academic program in esoteric studies, Cosmic Fire Studies.