Evolution of the Soul
What is a Soul? (As explained by Jeff Green in his groundbreaking book “Pluto.”)
The Soul is an immutable consciousness that has its own individuality or identity that remains intact from life to life.
The soul manifests a personality that has a subjective consciousness and unconsciousness.
1. Saturn defines the boundaries of our subjective consciousness – that which we are consciously aware.
2. Uranus represents the individualized unconscious or subconscious.
3. Neptune the collective unconscious.
4. Pluto represents the Soul itself.
Each personality the Soul manifests, from lifetime to lifetime, has an ego(Moon) that serves as a focusing agent to create one’s own self-image. Like the lens of a movie projector – without the lens, there would be no picture on the screen.
Each personality has an intrinsic nature (Belonging naturally), an orientation that experiences life in its own unique way.
Each personality that the Soul manifests relates directly to the evolutionary necessities of the Soul.
The Soul through the personality must experience life in particular ways in order to grow and evolve.
Each personality created is directly linked to the past evolutionary and karmic history of the Soul.
Within the Soul is two co-existing desires
1. Desire for separate existence – to separate from that which created the Soul.
2. Desire to return to the Source of creation.
The interaction of these two opposing desires instigates the drama of personal and collective evolution.
Desire is the determining force that dictates the reality of each individual
The interaction of these opposing desires determines what we think we need which determines the choices we make.
1. Choice creates actions
2. Actions create reality
3. Reality lead to reactions & karma
This process is the basis of Karma. We reap what we sow.
“Mankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that ‘something else’ he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending. For those individual Souls who have sought and found God, the search is over.” – Paramahansa Yogananda, Man’s Eternal Quest
Readings of Edgar Cayce
In the spiritual universe, all force is One; and that One is positive. The Mind projected into being, through the will of Mind, God, where an individual will, meaning they were celestial thought - forms — divine cells, in the Body of God, are suddenly made aware of their individuality. Each a universe within himself, and capable of manifesting creativity in his own right.
By perfecting themselves through the cycle of spiritual evolution, man would become full-fledged co-heirs and co-rulers with God in the universe, in an unending pattern of spiritual creativity and growth.
Asked on one occasion to describe the cycle of spiritual evolution, as contrasted with man's evolution in the flesh, Edgar Cayce's answer: Evolution in the spiritual plane, cannot be properly viewed from another plane. Presumably, we will have to wait until we can reach that level to find out.
Man in his original state, or permanent consciousness, is the Soul, with a spiritual body like the Makers.
And here in the flesh, the Soul is the God-part in us.
Consciousness in materiality was only brought about so that the soul might become aware of its separation from the God force.
Each of us here in the earth plane entered voluntarily, as a soul seeking experience in a realm of consciousness apart from God.
Truth is a growing experience and must be subject to constant change and growth as we evolve toward God.
Cayce's philosophy that our human evolution is linked to that of the universe as a whole, and that our combined thoughts and actions, if of a negative character, can set into motion a discordant resonance that affects will reach far more remote star systems within our own galaxy and beyond
This resonance factor is set into motion, theoretically, through a vast, etheric web of harmonic impulses connecting one part of the universe with every other part, much like the circuitry of nerve cells in the human body. And when the collective human consciousness on earth is out of harmony, the planetary organism may be presumed to resonate with an off-key pitch, adversely affecting the “music of the spheres.”
For the universe — so goes the theory — needs the mind of man as an observer, inasmuch as nothing may be said to exist until it is observed. Underscored by physics. Man's role in this capacity is to help perpetuate and carry forward the advancing evolution of the observed cosmos, even as the man himself requires the cosmos for his own ongoing evolution.
Since there must be a law to everything in creation, universal laws were established even before speaking the Word that set it all into motion.
Everything in the material universe is patterned after that in the spiritual realm.
In as much as natural laws have their origin and higher counterpart in spiritual laws, the discovery of the lower law (conscious experience and truth of being) draws one simultaneously nearer to an intuitive grasp of the higher, from which it was derived.
Once having attained that level of spiritual understanding of the laws of the universe, man is well on his way to becoming the master of the cosmos – and of himself.
For it is the soul of man that distinguishes him from all the rest of creation.
The Soul is the God - seed in man, and is that which survives him, reincarnating again and again in its gradual growth toward the Oneness . . .
Evolution in the physical universe got its visible start when Spirit first pushed itself into the matter, in coordination with the creative, energizing forces of Mind, becoming what we see in this three-dimensional world of ours as the kingdoms of the earth: the mineral, the vegetable, and the animal, in their various stages of expression.
Each of these three lower kingdoms, in turn, preceded man (the lord of creation) in their arrival here. And each was, and is, imbued with the spirit - force — but not the soul.
The soul - force was reserved for man alone.
Within each of the three kingdoms, we find what Cayce termed a "group mind," or collective intelligence. The group mind becomes individualized in varying degrees, most notably among the more advanced species in the animal kingdom, but does not extend beyond the conscious and the primal unconscious mind - forms.
Only man has been gifted by the Maker with the three-tiered intelligence, embodied in the
Subconscious, conscious, and superconscious forces.
Edgar Cayce's readings repeatedly admonish us, that thoughts are things. And they do indeed externalize themselves.
Thus man, as a collective organism, continues to mold and influence the evolution of the planet and himself, albeit unconsciously at present, and remains a co-creator unawares . . .
There is the evolution of the soul, and evolution of the mind;
But there is no evolution of matter, except through the mind itself, which is the builder.
Creator and creation are One, engaged in an ongoing process of Self-realization.
Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson
“There is no scenery on the Astral Plane except that furnished by the thought-forms of the souls inhabiting it. Each soul carries his own set of scenery with it, in his imaginative faculties of the mind.” – The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson
“Oriental teachers taught that just as there was a sub-consciousness, below the ordinary plane of consciousness, so was there a super-consciousness, above the ordinary plane. From the one emerged the things which had been deposited there by race inheritance, suggestion, memory, etc., while from the other came things which had never been placed there by either race experience or individual experience but which were superimposed from higher regions of the soul.” – William Walker Atkinson
“A man’s own conscience, when allowed to speak clearly and forcibly, is the most severe Judge that exists. Stripping aside all self-deception, and hypocrisy, conscious or unconscious, it causes the soul to stand forth naked and bare to its own spiritual gaze. And the soul, speaking as its own conscience, sentences itself in accordance with its own conceptions of right and wrong, and accepts its fate as merited and just.” – The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson (Unabridged): The Key To Mental Power Development & Efficiency
“Karma is simply the law of spiritual cause and effect— we are punished not because of our sins, but by them; we are rewarded not because of our good deeds, but by them.
In short, our rewards and punishments arise by the very nature of our character, and our character is the sum total of our desires. Therefore, desire is the motive power of Karma, and, through Karma, of our re-births.” – The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson (Unabridged): The Key To Mental Power Development & Efficiency
“It is only when the soul, by means of many earth-lives, begins to see the worthlessness and illusory nature of earthly desires, that it begins to become attracted by the things of the life of its higher nature, and, escaping the flowing currents of earthly re-birth, it rises above them and is carried to higher spheres.” – The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson (Unabridged): The Key To Mental Power Development & Efficiency
“There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech:
(I) The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor have no limit.
(II) The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or felt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.
(III) Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself, the decrier of his life, his reward, and his punishment. These truths, which are as great as life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.” – The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson (Unabridged): The Key To Mental Power Development & Efficiency
“It is the attitude of the mind which draws the karmic cords tightly round the soul. It imprisons the aspirations and binds them with chains of difficulty and obstruction. …it will be only through a change of mind that the karmic burden will be lifted.” – The Theosophy Society
“Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of Soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of Spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesized by Life, which pervades all.” – H. P. Blavatsky
“Our soul is given a unique call to destiny before we are born. It is a selected image or pattern that we live on earth. It carries the memories that belong to us, our pattern and therefore carries our destiny.” – Plato
“A calling may be postponed, avoided, or intermittently missed. As it may also possess you completely.” – Souls Code; James Hillman
“We elect the body, parents, place and the circumstances suitable to the soul” – Souls Code; James Hillman
“By living this image and pattern we redeem psychological function.” – Plato
The sense of individuality is the core of who we are.
Necessity is the choice we make. When we decide at that moment it is necessary to justify all that we do.
“The good general achieves his result and that’s all; he does not use the occasion to seize strength from it.” – Tao Te Ching;
Tapping the soul’s power has nothing to do with the need to fill gaps in the ego or to substitute lamely for its loss of power.
The Soul is the principle of life as well as the source of our unique human life.
The body is the instrument of the soul.
The soul seems to bring two broad tasks to life.
1. To carry out personal destiny. Defined as a potential for certain actions, realizations, creative expressions or accomplishments in life. The realization of the soul’s blueprint.
2. To build the form and context to execute that destiny.
Body, mind, and emotions as they accumulate life experiences will constitute the material through which the soul executes its destiny.
“A soul cannot develop and progress without our appropriate body, because it is the physical body that furnishes the material for its development”