"Stages of the soul"
As we advance along our Spiritual path, through our physical incarnations, we carry within us and demonstrate all the major developmental stages that we have passed thus far, both individually and collectively as part of the group consciousness. During early embryonic stages, mammals manifest the gills of their predecessors and this principle operates in terms of human consciousness as well anatomically.
Within every one of us, is the entire map of our growth through consciousness through the ages. This is re-enacted emotionally and behaviourally during our physical development from infancy and childhood through adolescence to adulthood. An example of this is the stage in male children where their play activities revolve around weapons and mock battles to the death. Even without toy guns, these children will use sticks or anything else available to represent a weapon and this is a healthy expression of a normal stage of development, basically recapping the evolution of physical courage in the human race.
Even the most peace loving adult males pass through this natural stage of childhood, but not every person matures into someone capable of expressing humanities highest attainments. That capacity depends on several factors including the individuals own stage of conscious evolvement attained through their completed lifetimes, the strengths and limitations of the present physical, astral/emotional and mental bodies; and determining factors of the chosen present life environment including the individuals family, the overall social group and general population. Each of these factors will either encourage or inhibit the complete expression of what the individual has achieved at a soul level.
Every incarnation presents greater or lesser degrees of challenge, all of which serve to transform our spirits constantly. Low impulse control, lack of judgement and capacity for reckless violence may be attributed to a chaotic childhood, however in many of these cases, it is likely that the soul of that person is at an early point on the outward path away from the Universal Consciousness.
A persons point on their path is not easily discerned from the circumstances of their birth or the degree of education that they undertake during their lives. Nor is it overly discernable from labels that they may receive such as “convicted felon”. People at every stage of their spiritual evolution may be found in all walks of life and at every level of society. A person may even recapitulate a much earlier phase of development in order to eventually bring greater consciousness and the possibility of remediation to that realm of experience and this can be seen in people who reform from a destructive path, such as drug taking and crime in order to teach others as a result of their experiences.
One of our major challenges whilst we are incarnated is that we don’t know where we’re going and even less, whether or not we’ll get there. Sometimes, we feel that every door is closed to us and it is only on looking back that we are able to realise that our despair over negative circumstances is what has motivated our search for understanding, whilst our impatience and self will have been tempered by passing time.
When we seek a clearer comprehension of our soul’s agenda for our present incarnation and want to better understand and cooperate with the Divine plan for our present incarnation, we have found the only valid reason for our study of metaphysics or for consulting those who do.
There are times when no one, no matter how gifted, can help us to see ahead because we must experience our hopes and fears in order to deepen our character and ripen our consciousness. When we already know the outcome of any challenge, the desire to extend ourselves…to reach and grow, is removed and the challenge is gone. If we knew the outcome of every turn of our lives then by the nature of being human, we would resist anything painful or difficult and in doing so, we’d be resisting and slowing down our own spiritual evolution. We need to remind ourselves that in all our life struggles, even when we think we’re failing completely in our attempts to find our way, our experiences stretch and expand our spirituality.
Adversity and change are inextricably linked and we tend to measure the severity of difficulty by the degree of change that is demanded by it. We resist change to our daily lives, simply because we fear a loss of identity. Too much change devitalises us; yet change is necessary to all life and when it is blocked, the flow of vital energy is found lacking, resulting in stagnation or crystallisation. Adversity forces us to change, stirs us up, shakes us about, stretches us and demands that we develop. It revitalises us.
Change can be either and it can be both revitalising and devitalising. The major events that bring about change are rarely short lived, although at times they are cataclysmic, however, their effects continue to work out sometimes over weeks, months, years and decades. In turn we react, adapt and alter our definitions of self.
Traumatic experiences and catastrophic changes may provide the necessary catalyst for deep healing as true healing occurs at levels far more subtle that the physical and involves energetic configurations that have persisted throughout many life times. Freeing the emotional body from the distortions and illusions within it has a highly beneficial effect on physical functioning, but most profoundly it effects healing on our mental bodies.
“ As a man thinketh, so is he.” Our traumas lead us to develop definite beliefs about ourselves and the nature of life and as we begin our spiritual return to the Source, we work to shed these distortions and even those of us who are deeply committed to our spiritual evolution, struggle against adversity. What we must remember during our struggle is this:
Always look for the gift in adversity, without indulging in self-pity or blame.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, without judging your condition or that of others and avoid being sentimental.
Recognise that disease is given for a higher purpose and not as a punishment. Seek opportunities to serve others and learn that even death is a form of healing at a spiritual level.
Every problem is an assignment from your soul, so we must acknowledge that each problem serves a purpose and seek the lesson. From the soul’s perspective, a change in consciousness is far more valuable than a cure.
Make understanding the object of your quest and believe in the hidden gift underneath the drama.
Self pity can become a habit and acts on our consciousness like a drug to which we become addicted and this provides an excuse for further indulgence which is an extremely effective barrier to spiritual development.
Blaming others for your situation is also a self indulgence which prevents us from taking responsibility. All our difficulties, including those connected with others are important in relation to our evolution and we should recognise our enemies for the lessons and enlightenment they bring.
Obviously, this does not make these things any more enjoyable; however, when confronted by a foe, we can actually liberate ourselves by blessing them and affirming “This persons highest good, whatever it is, is coming to them.” Do this with as much love as possible and overcome evil and negative intentions with good.
When things are grim, review your blessings and focus on them. When you do this, your burdens will become lighter and you will appreciate the progress you’ve made, the lessons learned and the understanding achieved; and be reassured that present difficulties will eventually yield something good. If you can raise your conscious focus from the negative to the positive aspects of your condition, then the positive will become a greater part of your experienced reality. Attitude is the biggest drug of all – so you can always choose an “upper”.
It is important to seek understanding of your lessons without judging them or your level of development. Simply trust that you are making progress without comparing yourself with others on their path as we can never see the entire picture of someone else’s reality clearly. Sometimes contrast comes through conflict and in this way, conflict is necessary for learning. Treat each person’s journey with dignity and do the same for your own, trusting that in just being here, we are all noble and noteworthy. Avoid sentimentality and the stereotypical responses that it brings and appreciate that suddenly gaining the opportunity to have every material thing you’ve ever wanted is as great a spiritual test as losing everything you’ve ever loved.
Illness is not proof that we are flawed or not being positive. Some illnesses are a way of working through karma, whilst others result simply from the recycling process and the fact that much of the energy on the earth plane is tainted. The purpose of all suffering is to cleanse and purify and so as a consequence of endurance through illness, we are uplifted. Having said that, if your condition forces you to hold still, basically grounding your energies, then accept this and focus your awareness on the spiritual experience that you are having and surrender to it. By doing this you will become a channel for higher energies that will uplift, inspire and guide you.
Doing for others what they could do for themselves is the chief trait of many co-alcoholics and other co-dependents who find themselves in a significant relationship with an addicted person. We must now learn to temper our compassion with detachment and impersonality and honour the responsibility of each individual to take control of their place on their path.
Death is harvest time which can be looked upon as a transition which is not traumatic, but rather an easing into another realm. Esoterically, suicide and murder are wrong because they prematurely halt a karmic episode, even though we can only lose our bodies through these experiences, not our lives.
The more open to guidance we are, the better we can serve a persons true need and every kind of work, performed with love is a high calling. A person dedicated to healing with love is no more naturally exalted than any one else dedicated by love to their work. Watching another’s suffering tests our faith and in order to be a good carer, counsellor, healer, lover, partner, parent or friend, we need to be able to allow ourselves to care without needing specific responses or outcomes. If we can honour the ways in which we are changed by our participation in another’s life, happiness, suffering, dying or physical recovery, true change and growth will occur.
“ Sudden” change may actually have taken lifetimes to achieve and we need to have faith that all change is for the better in the long term. As we achieve greater emotional and mental control and learn to work in spiritual concert, we will consciously create the emotional and mental realms that we inhabit.
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