The soul creates a body on Earth for exactly the same reason that scientists place
satellites into outer space
The journey of life in essence is cultivating the ability of the ego to look inward
and perceive its true essence (soul).
Where naturalistic psychology rejects the existence of soul and spirit, and see the words as representing false ideas,
other psychological theories accept them as realities.
These theories include a wide range of modern approaches, such as mentalism,
Jungian analytic psychology, the 'diamond approach' of A.H. Almaas, transpersonal psychology and a range of newly-emerging spiritual approaches.
In addition to the ideas of many a philosopher, various versions of spiritism, mysticism and religious transcendentalism are becoming
more influential in psychological therapy and research.
Several of these assume the existence of a variety of supra-sensory 'bodies'
or 'envelopes', auric sheaths, chakras, various subtle energies, levels of consciousness and more besides.
Without pronouncing on the truth or fruitfulness of such ideas here, it can be said that such phenomena are very largely not themselves observable
in the sense of being registered by any of our five external sense organs.
Therefore these concepts lend themselves
to much abuse by dilettantes and charlatans. But it is essential to observe the absolute unavoidability of such conceptions
in some form or another in any sensible and far-reaching discussion of human nature.
Even in ordinary conversation, words like spirit and soul are practically unavoidable. Were there nothing whatever at all
corresponding to the word 'spirit', no spirituality could exist and the word would be meaningless.
Yet, on almost any reasonable
definition of the word, spirituality does exist - at least say, as something opposed to animality or brutishness and as something
superior to normal human fallibility.
The lives of truly great thinkers, artists, philosophers, saints and 'avatars' -
and their works - bear indubitable witness to something known as spirit.
Seen from one end of the spectrum of development, human beings appear more as physical organisms having a mind, while from the other
end appearíng more as conscious spirits having temporary bodies.
The physical side of human behaviour, communication and interaction
is inseparably bound up with the inner, psychical aspects of our existence: of introspective self-investigation of the person as a subject.
Without either, there is simply no human being. To avoid both the extremes of 'misplaced concreteness' or undue materialism and unrealistic
idealisms or spiritual dilettantism, therefore, we regard body and spirit as integrated into one continuum.1
We are the Soul's hologram!
Everything we experience is a projection of our internal condition—unresolved issues within ourselves are projected onto our physical plane reality. The 'outer' is a reflection of the 'Inner'.
Any inner turmoil, conflicts, or doubts are mocked up, reflected and projected in our environment.
It may look like its happening to us as if we are victims of circumstance, but we actually created it.
We are the cause and effect of it!
Humanity swims in a sea of illusion ...
that we interact with our world
on many levels but we really only have one
relationship—the one with our Soul
. The illusion
is that 'anything is happening externally
Whatever your difficulty, its really
going on inside of you
. The environment you find yourself in
is literally filled
concerning your internal condition
facilitates our evolution
by the mechanism of constantly supplying 'feedback'
through the 'apparently' external events
that happen to us.
We literally receive environmental Tarot readings all the time
, "signs and omens."
Watch for these—they are happening to everyone constantly
; people simply overlook them.5
When you say something's wrong, it is wrong 'within you'
. When something is difficult
or not O.K. around you
, it's because you
have something difficult
and not O.K. 'within you'
Our first response
is, of course, to blame others
. When you find yourself doing this remember 'others' are just your 'mirror'
, revealing to you which parts of yourself you don't yet love.
Your 'environment mirrors'
what is hurt and stuck inside of you ...
and simply acts as a 'reflecting lens back to you'
as a viewing screen of Self
is the vehicle
for the manifestation
is the vehicle
for the manifestation
are a Trinity
synthesized by Life
which pervades them all
is the soul
The "prison of the soul"
is any set of deeply internalized conditions and response-patterns
which inhibit the soul's ability to express self.
The "function of the soul"
is to serve as a 'base of operation'
for the higher type of integration
the 'integration of spirit and matter'
the individuals false sense
This soul, or 'divine spark'
, strives towards unity
, and according to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, its motivation
and its purpose
is 'service to humanity'
to the greater whole
is a divine son
of God, omniscient
. As the 'immortal twin'
increases in power
, that of the 'mortal brother' decreases
is that factor in matter (or rather that which emerges out of the contact between spirit and matter
) which produces sentient response and what
we call 'consciousness'
in its varying forms;
- it is also that latent or subjective essential quality which makes itself felt as light or luminous radiation
It is the "self-shining from within"
which is characteristic of all forms
The achievement of 'full awareness'
is of course the goal of the evolutionary process
. Again symbolically speaking, the unevolved man emits or manifests no light
The soul can be spoken of as the Son
of the Father
and of the Mother
) and is therefore the embodied life of God, coming
into incarnation in order to reveal the quality of the nature of God, which is 'ESSENTIAL LOVE'
This life, taking form, nurtures
'QUALITY OF LOVE WITHIN ALL FORMS'
, and ultimately reveals the purpose of all creation. This is the simplest definition for average humanity,
being couched in the language of mysticism, thus linking the 'truth' as found in all religions
It is only when man is no longer deluded by appearance
and has freed himself from
the 'veil of illusion'
that he arrives at a knowledge of the quality of Cosmic consciousness
He discovers his own soul
, the product of the union
of his Father in heaven with the Mother
or the material nature.
This last is the personality
. He then, having discovered
, discovers the quality
of his own soul life
, and the purpose
for which he has "appeared."
has no other function in the divine plan
than to be a 'channel'
and 'the medium of expression of, the soul'
- so the lower mind
to be the channel
for the pure inflow of higher mind energy;
A pure channel
for the 'DIVINE WILL'
The nature of the 'INTEGRATING PRINCIPLE'
found within 'ALL COHERENT FORMS'
and on that which can (for lack of a better word) be called the S O U L
or S E L F
This principle, which informs the body nature and expresses its reactions through the emotional and mental
states, is of course recognized by many schools of psychology, but remains nevertheless an
unknown and undefinable quantity.
considered a school
for the 'incarnating soul'
. The soul draws substance to itself in order to build a body of manifestation on Earth; substance corresponds to,
resonates with, and reveals the levels of consciousness potentially available to any organism.
The visible human being operates through a physical body which is dynamized by subtle interpenetrating
fields of energy
known as the etheric
and mental bodies
; each of these vehicles is characterized by the particular quality of the substance of which it is formed, and 'together they comprise the personality'
We are used to thinking of substance as something tangible in physical terms, but what is less completely understood is that substance
is energy "captured"
at various stages of refinement or expression; its origin
is in the world of forces.
The physical body
is the result or effect of preceding energetic causes 'whose ultimate source is Spirit'
, and 'the link between Spirit and personality is the soul'
The relationship between the subtle and physical bodies is thus that of 'Spirit-soul-substance'
, and that paradigm describes a solar system as truly as it does a human being; each forms around a central spiritual core or idea, and 'that spark
of Godhead eventually expresses in form'
The "prison of the soul"
is any set of deeply internalized conditions and response-patterns which inhibit the soul's ability to express self.3
As long as the autocratic power of the I-center totally dominates and controls the closed mandala of personality, the mind is most often blinded by that power.
The mind can only begin to become aware of the deepest and ultimate purpose it is meant to serve when the "I am" power of integration tends to break down,
finding it too difficult to cope with crucial problems of life as an individual in constant conflict with other individuals within an increasingly chaotic society.
When, at the same time, another kind of power operating through the soul exerts constant pressure upon the mind and perhaps is able to penetrate its rigid structure
with flashes of inspiration and intuition, the mind gradually — or in some cases suddenly — realizes its bondage to the "I am" center, and the nature of its higher function.
It begins to work at building the inner temple under the impulsion of the power it dimly senses operating through the soul. This power is, symbolically speaking,
that of the zenith-star — a light-radiating entity belonging to a more-than-individual level of existence — the level at which the spiritual reality of Humanity-as-a-whole has its being.
The "function of the soul"
is to serve as a 'base of operation'
for the higher type of integration
— the 'integration of spirit and matter'
the individuals false sense of separateness.
What is beyond the soul and uses it to serve as a 'base of operation'
at the level of individualized human personalities,
is Humanity as a spiritual Being encompassing all individuals — a Pleroma of consciousness
and activity existing at
a transindividual level
All individualized persons can reach this level, but only if their minds
become 'aware of the reality of the soul'
, but 'accept to include this reality'
in the 'field of consciousness'
and persuade the I-center to open itself and 'welcome'
the unfamiliar and often disturbing experiences
resulting from the 'admission of the soul into the field of consciousness'
When the mind and the soul fully interpenetrate
, the light and power of the 'greater whole'
can fully illumine the field of consciousness
. The 'I-center'
accepts to 'surrender'
its central station
- its "throne"
When the 'throne'
of the "I" dissolves
, under the the powerful profound influence of the 'Neptunian Transpersonal *L O V E* light'
Through that central void, the light of the "star" — which our consciousness interprets as our transindividual self — can be seen.
Its rays transfigure the mind now 'united with the soul'
, and the power of the vast 'GALACTIC COMMUNION'
reaches down into the 'Biological Roots'
of the Human Being to gradually trans-substantiate
the matter of the cells that life had bound and the mind had often perverted
or filled with toxins produced by social ambition or individual vices
Please keep in mind that even the so called "perverted or filled with toxins produced
by social ambition or individual vices" SERVES A NECESSARY EVOLUTIONARY PURPOSE
According to Jung
When this occurs, a psychologically transforming process which Jung calls "the assimilation
of the contents of the Unconscious"
and "the process of individuation"
begins to operate.
All processes of transition from a lower to a higher level generate what Carl Jung called
— a fact that Medieval theologians and Occultists expressed by saying that
'Satan is God inverted'
symbolizes an 'inversion of the transpersonal process'
— an inversion in most cases
engendered by the 'PRIDE'
of being able to develop an apparently 'totally independent,
Such a 'pride-intoxicated I-center'
, and by so doing 'cuts itself loose from both the lower and the higher collectivity'
It eventually becomes 'a center without a circumference'
, a mere abstract point, individuality pushed to the extreme in a quasi-absolute repudiation of the desire for relationship. This is the end of the 'inverted transpersonal process'
— the end in store for the "black magician"
'the White Magician'
On the other hand, is produced by the "divine Marriage"
of the 'objectively conscious
and centered "I" with the soul'
This is the higher kind of 'alchemical Marriage'
which, as we already saw, must occur in the "presence of God"
, that is, in a 'conscious relationship with the greater Whole'
, Humanity as a spiritual pleroma of beings.
The soul links the sociocultural collective
to the 'transcendent reality'
of Humanity-as-a-whole which, in religious terms, is represented by the 'Mystical Body of Christ'
If we use the old Chinese terms, the soul is Yin
, the individualized I-center, Yang.
is the "Eternal Feminine"
that draws men upwards.4
By seeking within for the 'pillar of stability' that lies at the core of our soul
we come to acquire an inner fortitude
; to assume a disposition
that is 'unshakeable' in the face of external change
The 'spirit principle' within us
desires to create a new foundation that is based upon our own essence and that is perfect in its ability to support
our human manifestation.
into a profound state
of heightened conscious awareness
is the accomplished through the gradual down flow
and 'transcendent radiant energy'
through the soul
The type of "matter"
perceive and our intellect
categorizes as "physical"
into a subtler kind
, to which the imprecise name "etheric"
has often been given.
This 'subtler matter'
may also refer to what the traditions of India called 'Akasha'
The existence of transindividual beings can be experienced once an 'unrestricted openness of the I-consciousness has been achieved'
, and the karma of the physical and emotional-mental personality makes
such an experience possible and safe
It would be neither safe nor possible in a concrete manner if the individual had not first passed through a 'process of biological and "magnetic" purification'
and if the mind
were not fully open
to and 'welcoming the experience without fear'
There are, however, 'various levels of realization — various kinds of experiences'
that provide an increasingly solid
and indisputable 'foundation'
for what, at the level of a strictly individual and I centered consciousness, is at first only an "intuition"
When I refer to a transpersonal individual
, I am not speaking of a transindividual being, but only of an individual person who has definitely taken steps on the
path of 'radical and total transformation'
The transpersonal way refers to this path which symbolizes a long and arduous process that can take a great variety of forms, yet which has a definite, nearly universal structure
— just as the embryonic development of a future human being, within the mother's womb, takes place according to a series of clearly marked phases
This 'process of rebirth'
is difficult and often requires intense phases of catharsis because of the inertia of the biological past
and the sociocultural
and individual karma
that must be overcome
All individuals whose minds
have opened themselves
to the 'messages or visions'
that the 'soul reveals in symbolic forms'
, and who have "accepted the challenge of total transformation"
, have to undergo
such a 'process of rebirth'
In the life of any truly individualized person,
a moment always comes when the implications of a 'Basic Choice'
are more or less "CLEARLY PRESENTED"
to the 'I-center'
has to "CHOOSE BETWEEN SELF-FULFILLMENT"
as an END IN ITSELF
or OPEN-ENDED "TRANSFORMATION"
is between straining after greater perfection
of form through which the self would be glorified and perhaps immortalized among men, and entering an unfamiliar "mountainous" path whose end seems always to recede beyond the horizon, and whose challenges are so complex or elusive that the mind is
never able precisely to formulate them and deal directly with the problems they pose.
On that 'path of radical transformation'
, faith is needed — a faith requiring humility
, as well as the courage
which can only be born of an 'inner realization'
of the irrevocable character of a decision
whose source is more than merely mental
because it is in fact the progeny of the psychic "marriage"
of the "soul and the mind"
The 'union of mind and soul'
is a marriage
in the true and spiritual sense
of a "union"
consecrated by God, for it occurs in the "DIVINE P R E S E N C E"
if not clearly perceived as profound intense physical
and emotional "BLISS - RAPTURE"
, of the 'star'
of the divine state
that is 'latent'
in every human being.
This 'exalted state'
of 'cosmic consciousness'
is completely incomprehensible to the vast unconscious'sleeping'
In Astrological Symbolism
This is the level of existence represented by our galaxy, the 'Milky Way'
. The star whose light and power first 'Radiates through the Soul'
eventually illumines the mind
represents the 'trans-individual' state of existence
of the human being.
The potentiality of that state has been inherent in every human being
for perhaps millions of years; but it is still, for most human beings living today, only a distant potentiality. The greatest part of mankind is still hesitantly,
and most often blindly, working to actualize this possibility.4
The astrological representation of "soul"
is the "Moon"
Every human-being has his energy centres (astrological planets) located within one or more petals of the personality expression of his own causal lotus (i.e. the houses of the horoscope as indicated in his birth-chart).
In regard to his soul group connections he also has his centres situated within the petals of the 'physical' expression of the planetary logos' causal lotus (i.e. the zodiacal signs). Each planetary centre is thus saturated with a natural abundance of a particular house/sign vibration or quality
There is always the potential for each planetary energy to be harnessed and used by the soul
in the process of creative evolution, but this is not the reality for most people.
must first occur wherein the personality
is freed from its fearful need to feel in absolute control
, and so learn to open itself
to the 'guidance of the soul'
During the process of creative evolution we are required to develop and harness the energy / quality of the houses and signs that are opposite to our natal planets
- The complete fulfillment of this process symbolises the successful union
(the 'divine marriage'
of the Father and Mother principles
(yod and ha) within our own birth-chart
, and thus the consummation of our present incarnation.
When a transiting planet interacts
with one of our natal planets
to occur within
domain of the house
of its movement.
- This event is creatively orchestrated by our own causal lotus (in communion with the Great Mother and the planetary logos)
and is provided in order to assist us in the balancing
use of the house
to the natal planet involved
The manifested inner
/ outer event
encourages the release (or activation
) within us of energy
from the opposite
pole which in turn can be used
in the ongoing process of the fulfillment of our creative evolutionary purpose.
By consciously reading
these symbolic events
and progressively emerge within our personal world
, we are guided by our heart and mind
into bringing our energy centres into creative balance
They find it impossible to discover its origin
they know not what it is, whether or no it is
an informing entity, detached and separate from the body nature; they question whether it is an
integrated energetic sum total brought into existence through the fusion of the body cells, and
therefore, through the process of evolution, constituting a thinking, feeling entity; or
whether it is no more than the aggregated life and consciousness of the cells themselves.