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Unfinished Autobiography [Hardcover]

Alice A. Bailey
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June 1, 1986 0853300240 978-0853300243 First Edition
Alice Ann Bailey reluctantly agreed to attempt her own autobiography after she received a letter from a friend who felt deeply that Alice Bailey would really render a service if she could show people how an orthodox Christian worker could become a well-known occult teacher. Although her death in December 1949 prevented the completion of this book, enough of the author's life story emerges to show the stages in her journey from Christian evangelism to mastery of the science of esotericism, author, lecturer and teacher.

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An extract from the Tibetan teacher, written in 1934 briefly explains the intent of these teachings: The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They may, or may not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right practice and by the exercise of the intuition. Neither I nor A.A.B. is the least interested in having them acclaimed as inspired writing, or in having anyone speak of them (with bated breath) as being the work of one of the masters. If they present truth in such a way that it follows sequentially upon that already offered in the world teachings, if the information given raises the aspiration and the will to serve from the plane of the emotions to that of the mind (the plane whereon the Masters can be found) then they will have served their purpose. If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of the intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let not the student accept what is said. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949) From her conservative British background, Alice Bailey's life led her in many directions, but always in one direction - towards the time when through drastic personal experience of many kinds she had acquired a synthesis of outlook and understanding, and an absolute conviction that one divine life pervades and animates the one humanity; that the Plan for humanity requires the cooperation and service of trained and dedicated human beings intelligently informed about world affairs, in collaboration with those who form the spiritual Hierarchy, the inner government of the planet. Her life work became an integral part of this synthesis and this realization. Without in the least losing any of her very human qualities and involvement, her soul took up its commitment to her Master, and her personality provided full cooperation in the field of her accepted service. Basically her work developed as a duality - her discipleship service which included the establishment of an esoteric school; and her initially reluctant agreement to work with the Tibetan, Djwhal Khul, in the writing of a series of books presenting the next phase in the continuity of the Ageless Wisdom teaching for the present and the immediate future.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lucis Publishing Company; First Edition edition (June 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853300240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853300243
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring August 1, 2006
By yuliagm
This is probably my favourite of Alice Bailey's books. I often read it when I get the blues, and start questioning where I'm going with my life, am I really as messed up as I feel, etc.

Whereas there are so many books on great teachers that depict them essentially as flawless Gods, Mrs. Bailey is honest about her shortcomings and fears, about the mistakes and wrong choices she's made. Her story shows that with dedication to find the truth inside, anyone can find themselves.

Her life has taken her from a privileged upper class beginnings to an absolute poverty and abuse. She went from an orthodox "know-it-all" and "in your face I'll save you through Jesus whether you want to or not" to a philosopher that knows there are different paths for different people.

Her unwavering faith in goodness in people and ability to find kindness in all works of life has sustained her through situations where many would give up. But it has also made her understanding without being condescending.

I believe that this autobiography should be a required reading for anyone on a spiritual path. Especially those who secretly doubt their worthiness. Making mistakes is only human.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humble Beginnings...... January 30, 2004
An inside look at how A. Bailey came to work with the Tibetan master, Djwhal Khul. She also describes how (despite her orthodox up-bringing)her mind is changed after studying theology. A very human look at the challenges she faced in bringing The Tibetan's work to the public (without appearing self absorbed or "special"). She also describes the wedge created between those in the then spiritual community. Ms. Bailey was English so her writing is in "Queen's English". Not her best work but honest and humble.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unfinished Autobiography September 10, 2001
By Murmurd
A good book with which to start if you're new to metaphysics and even if you're not. It is always interesting to get to know an author once you've read her books or even before you begin. What an author has lived is, more often than not, experienced anew through writing; therefore, what better way to get the most out of an author's writings, than by reading her autobiography?
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