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Bailey, Alice - Timeline Biography

Time Period

1880 - 1949

Description

Alice Bailey (1880-1949) was born in England and moved to America with her husband, an Episcopal priest. In 1915, after the marriage failed, she was introduced to the Theosophical Society in Pacific Grove, Ca., and quickly embraced its teachings of reincarnation, karma, Spiritualism and occultism. She became editor of the society’s magazine, The Messenger.

In 1919, Bailey reported that a spiritual master had appeared to her and asked her to telepathically dictate his teachings. Soon she published the first of 19 books channeled by this master.

In 1920, she and her new husband, Foster Bailey, broke from the society and she began transmitting her channeled teachings to her own group of followers. In 1923, she founded the Arcane School in New York to teach meditation and spiritual development. Her writings popularized the term "New Age," and her mystical, esoteric teachings presaged the New Age Movement that emerged in the 1960s.

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Related Dictionary Terms

Karma, New Age, Measures of, Occultism, Priest, Reincarnation

Photographs

Alice Bailey portrait- Wikimedia Commons
Alice Bailey portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Book/Journal Source(s)

Benedict, Gerald, 2008. The Watkins Dictionary of Religions and Secular Faiths London: Watkins Publishing.
Melton, J. Gordon, 2009. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, Eighth Edition Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.

Web Source(s)

https://www.esotericstudies.net/AABbio.html
Esoteric Studies, "Biography of Alice Bailey"
https://www.lucistrust.org/arcane_school
Lucis Trust/Arcane School website
https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=20753
Lighthouse Trails Publishing and Lighthouse Trails Research Project, "Alice Bailey, the Mother of the New Age Movement And Her Plans to 'Revitalize' Christianity"

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