Mystery of the Soul Part 3

The-soulIn general, the various branches of parapsychological study related to the soul  are Near-Death Experience (NDE); Out-of-the-Body Experience (OBE); Biomagnetic  Radiation/Field (aura); Hauntings; Posessions; Bilocation; Past-Life Regression,  and ESP.

Many instruments and methods are used in the investigation of psychic phenomena. Hypnosis is often used  to uncover subconscious knowledge on a subject. Such a method has been  successful in regressing a person to a past life and even between lifetimes.  Much knowledge related to the after-life and the soul’s continued existence have  thus been acquired.

Unorthodox methods that purports to contact  disembodied intelligence might include séances, the Ouija board, the planchette,  automatic writing, and the pendulum; some of these methods are similar to the  Indonesian Jailangkung and Nini Towok.

One of the former presidents of  the Society of Psychical Research, C.D. Broad (1887-1971), believed that  paranormal research might eventually prove that psychological events can survive  bodily death. He theorized that man had an invisible constituent; this he called  the psi-component, or “psychogenic factor.” Ever since the days of Broad,  parapsychology has indeed made much progress.

METAPHYSICAL  VIEWPOINTS

When we speak of the viewpoints of metaphysics questions might  arise inquiring of the source of these teachings. Generally speaking, the tenets  of metaphysics are derived from the esoteric transmissions of lofty beings to  select members of the human family. These beings have already evolved far beyond the human kingdom and its pinnacle–the  perfect human being as portrayed by the archetype Adam Kadmon. These teachings  are based on their personal experiences and awareness of the Truth of all  things. Some of the students of these lofty beings were able to verify, again by  personal experience, part of the teachings that was conveyed by these Spiritual  Masters. This would leave aspects of metaphysical teachings as theoretical or  hypothetical from the student’s perspective.

There are also metaphysical  teachings that have been formulated by students intellectually without knowing  its truth experientially before-hand and may consequently be without a  foundation in reality. This is the reason why certain metaphysical doctrines are  ever-evolving. May the reader ever keep this in mind.

From the  superficial investigation of metaphysical conceptions one comes to the  conclusion that they are as diverse as the many theories developed by science or  theology; however, in essence they all share a common thread in that the soul,  the spirit intelligence, is regarded as being a distinctive part of the human  organism and has a divine origin. One of the most basic fundamentals in  contemporary metaphysics is that there is only One Substance, One Power, One  Life, One Mind, One Law in the whole Universe, and each being in its innermost  “I AM” core, is part of that One. The other laws and principles of metaphysics  stems from this basis. The above statement is not entirely accurate, however. We  referred to the One as being in the  Universe, when in fact, it is entirely opposite. The Universe is in the One, or  is a partial manifestation of the One. To the metaphysician, everything has a  divine origin and is essentially eternal. We emphasize the word “essentially,”  for there is a difference between form and expression, and its divine essence.  For instance we may liken the essence with electricity, the form-the electric bulb, the clarity and  power (wattage) of the bulb its expression. Electricity is indestructible, so is  the Spirit, the divine intelligence in man. The bulb, the form of man, is  ephemeral in nature. The clarity and the wattage, the power that it gives off,  is the evolving aspect of man called the soul. The clarity is dependent upon the  purity of the bulb, or the soul. It is often tainted by dust and dirt–or the  negative emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes. This illustration would  indicate that the Spirit is immortal, the form transient, and the soul that  aspect of the microcosm that seeks to ever grow spiritually until it is aware of  its essential nature. By being aware it becomes immortal, meaning that it is  continually conscious of its essential nature. The soul, therefore, is only  potentially immortal.

After making our statements above, it should be  understood that the soul-concept is ever-evolving, whether from the scientific,  theological, philosophical, or metaphysical point of view. One could argue that  truth is changeless and that what was true in the past is likewise true for the  present and the future. We concur with this, but the problem here is man’s  understanding of truth, and the presentation of truth, and not truth itself.  Metaphysics may be understood intellectually–this has its limitations; or it  may be understood mystically–this provides real knowledge that the intellect  has trouble analyzing, formulating into ideas, and putting into words.

One school of metaphysical thought believes the soul to be a function or  development arising out of the vital life force that animates all living forms.  This vital life force permeates the whole universe. Matter is evolving to the  point where it may support life while living organisms evolve to the point where  they may eventually support the development of self-consciousness, and this we  call “the soul.” However, this does not signify that souls are dependent upon  matter for their existence. They are associated with the vital principle of the  universe. Some scientists regard the universe as a living organism, or a living  thought rather than something lifeless or mechanical. The soul or  self-consciousness may be regarded as a higher expression of the life-force that  permeates the universe. This signifies that the soul is a dynamic potential  inherent within energy. As energy is indestructible, so is the soul in its  essence indestructible. As energy is kinetic, forever in movement, so is the  soul never the same in its expression–it continually evolves.

Esoteric  teachings classify the microcosm into, three, five, or even seven aspects. In  the threefold division we have Personality, Soul, and Spirit; or in Indonesian  we may say Jiwa, Roh, and Sukma–but keep in mind what we have said before that  there is no standard agreement as to the terms used. Sukma may be called  “Ingsun,” “Atma,” “the Self,” whatever. Terms are not important in this context,  principles are. In the Judaic Qaballa, the threefold microcosm is designated as  Nephesh, Neshamah/Ruah, and Yechidah. In Buddhism as Nirmanakaya, Sambogakaya,  and Dharmakaya. In Theosophy as Personality, Ego, and Monad. In Hinduism as  Rupa, Jiwa, and Atma. In ancient Egypt as Khat, Ka , and Ba.
These threefold  divisions have subdivisions. In certain Hindu teachings they are subdivided into  five. Theosophical and Rosicrucian teachings divides the microcosm into  seven:

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In the Rosicrucian  system, the Divine, Life and Human Spirit may be considered as the Soul. The  Monad as the Spirit, and the other lower components as the Personality. Each of  these components of the microcosm reside in their own plane or dimension, and  they are composed of the substances of their respective realm. Each has its own  particular function in the operation of the microcosm. Each component vibrates  at a certain frequency. Vibrations may be perceived as sound, light, or hue. The  seven components of the microcosm, therefore, collectively produces a musical  chord, or as a certain color–the conglomeration of all the colors of the  components. This collective sound or color may be said to be our “soul” name.  This sound may be dissonant or harmonious depending upon one’s soul-development.  Each microcosm vibrates at a different frequency; there are no two microcosms  quite alike, just as there are no two snowflakes of the exact same pattern. Each  component of the microcosm has its primary faculty. The intellect is the faculty  of the Lower Mental, the imagination of the Higher Mental, the Intuition of  Buddhi, and Inspiration of Atma.

Since this is not a thesis on the occult  anatomy of man we will not delve too deeply into the subject, suffice to say  that there are many more components in the microcosm than what we have referred  to above that are vibrating at a frequency undetectable as yet by our modern  technological instruments. However, we will discuss a little so as to give a  brief picture of man’s hidden composition.

Aside from the seven major  components in man, the microcosm, there is also the thread that connects them  all. This is called the sutratma. Forces and impulses from the highest aspect of  the microcosm flows to the lower aspects via this connecting bridge. Our  reaching up towards our divine Source builds another bridge called the  antahkarana. This antahkarana grows from the lowest aspect of the microcosm and  eventually anchors itself to the Monad.

The etheric body of man is  constructed out of “lines of force.” These are the counterpart of the physical  nervous system. Where they criss-cross a power-spot is formed. These are the  acupuncture points, the minor and major chakras, and the tan-tiens. Certain  energies from external sources accumulate in the etheric body of man. Kundalini  is one of them. Kundalini is the cosmic fire, the force that has the power to  purify and awaken the lower energy structures of the microcosm. When it awakens  it flows through certain pathways of the etheric body. There are various main  channels associated with kundalini awakening.

Another vital aspect of the  microcosm are the seed atoms. These atoms are records of the evolutionary  development of the soul, physically, emotionally, and mentally. They also store  our karmic tendencies, expressions, and records. Though each of the seven  components of the microcosm has its seed, only three are normally considered in  esoteric writings. These are the Physical Seed-Atom, the Emotional Seed-Atom,  and the Mental Seed-Atom. Each of these seed atoms has its position in the  physical body. The mental seed atom lies in the pineal gland, and this is where  our consciousness is seemingly focused. As can be seen from this, Descartes was  not entirely wrong in presuming the pineal gland to be the seat of the  soul.

As we said before, the seeds are records. They may be thought of as  our recording angels. They record our every thought, feeling, and action. Our  karma are stored in these seeds as well, and from time to time, when the time is  ripe, they release the effects of the karma that we put into motion in our past.  The timing of this is determined by a higher aspect of the microcosm, the Ego  and our Solar Angel in conjunction with the advice and decree of the Lords of  Karma–those beings that assists humanity in balancing and harmonizing all  karmic actions.

The pineal gland is also the host of other spiritual  components, and this is what makes it the most important gland of the endocrine  system. The pineal and pituitary glands are psychic complementaries and their  harmonized functioning results in a more perfect human expression. They are  there not merely to secrete the known hormones but they play an important role  in occult physiology. We regret that very little can be said in this  paper.

Within the physical heart lies a spark of the Ego, the Soul, or  the Higher Self. The Upanishads refer to this as the “Supreme Person, the size  of the thumb.” This spark is threefold in nature, in has three  aspects-power/will, love/wisdom, intelligence/activity. They are represented by  three colours-blue, pink, and yellow, respectively.

According to mystical  thought the physical body is the temple of the soul, and although religion is in  agreement, many religious persons have turned their temple into a tomb, with its  occupant dead asleep in the darkness of ignorance. Outward ceremonies, forms,  and rituals are actually devoid of any true spiritual benefit when mechanically  conducted. They may please the emotions but they deceive devotees into believing  in their piousness. The outward forms are merely signs of spiritual realities  within. It is by understanding and living these realities that one progresses in  a true religious sense. For instance, formal religion may ask us to pray once a  day, or five times a day; but in true religion we have to be in a constant state  of prayer, “25 hours a day, 8 days a week.” Prayer is a certain mental attitude  and awareness. It is not in requesting something but accepting that all that we  could ever ask for is ours and is being done to us right now. Succinctly,  Religion is Mysticism poorly understood as Science is its child that is  undergoing a maturing process. More could be said of this but we would stray too  far from our main subject.

Origin of the Soul

Man’s innermost  being is the Monad. This is the SELF, the God within Man. Its nature is  Sat-Chit-Ananda–Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss. The Monad is a spark of  the Divine Flame which is the One Existence. The Monad is not a creation, it is  an emanation. It is God individualized within the microcosm. The Ego, or the  Soul, is in turn an emanation of the Monad, and the Personality an emanation of  the Soul. It is the Soul that “creates” the physical body.

All things are  manifestations of the One. IT manifests as energy. Energy is omnipresent,  omnipotent, and omniscient. It is indestructible and eternal. Man, like  everything else is made up of energy. He has certain magnetic fields and  structures all composed of energy. The Monad within man qualitatively speaking  is of God, is God. Quantitatively, the Monad is but a miniscule fragment of the  infinite whole. When man is aware of his divine SELF-nature, he experiences the  inner essence, the God within and thus declares “unification” with his Source.  He realizes that essentially he is “God”–however, keep in mind that this refers  to the God nature within and not to God’s totality, to the essence of man and  not to his physical form or false ego. Like Jesus Christ he affirms: “I and my  Father are one.” This is not blasphemy as theology might teach us. It is the  recognition of the love of our Source who has bestowed ITs very being upon us.  IT has given us ITs identity. This whole notion might be incomprehensible to  some, nevertheless, it is a Truth experienced by mystics of all generations and  cultures. There is no separation between God and Man, between God and the  Universe. God is immanent within all, and also transcends all. The forgetfulness  of this divine union is Man’s fall from divine grace. Man ate the forbidden  fruit of intellectual knowledge and has forgotten his essential nature. This  densified his being and he was made to wear “animal skins,” that is, the  physical body. Man’s innermost being is Light, but because of ignorance he fell  into the lower dimensions. Each dimensional descent enshrouded his light with a  thicker and thicker vestment until finally he wore animal skins in the  three-dimensional world and entrapped himself in matter–the most stupid part of  the Mind as Leibnitz said. Man’s original sin is the sin of ignorance and  forgetfulness. He who will hear let him hear!

Purpose of the Soul:  Evolution

Change is one of the laws of the universe, it results in the  cycles of creation/destruction; involution/evolution, etc. The Monad, a spark of  the One, is in essence divine. It possesses a divine collective consciousness  without any particular awareness of individuality and separation from its  Source. However, it was emanated by its Progenitor for a purpose. As a focus  point of the One Being it was manifested so that the One could experience  various aspects of Itself, to grow in awareness of ITs inner potentiality,  nature and power. In order to do that it had to further densify ITs being to the  lowest possible dimensional reality. This is the act of involution. Thus, the  Monad issued from itself a threefold-Soul which in turned manifested the  four-lower bodies: the physical, etheric, astral, and lower mental. Having  undergone the involutionary cycle, man is now on the upward path. Humanity is  presently on the path of evolution as a continuance of its soul-journey and  purpose. Along the path of evolution humanity’s consciousness grew through  various lower consciousness levels typified by the consciousness of the  minerals, plants, and animals, until finally it attained human-consciousness.  What is the end of the soul’s journey? It probably has none. There is no end to  evolution in the school of life, or spiritual and cosmic growth. We could say  that the end is to merge with God but that is only half the truth. Words cannot  express what goes on beyond that, neither can the intellect conceive. Absolute  Inertia does not exist in the universe. Galaxies are born, and galaxies die,  this goes on eternally. By attaining God-Consciousness, or a higher  consciousness level, one goes on to even more lofty spiritual heights that are  beyond human understanding. The human kingdom is not the ultimate achievement,  infinite possibilities lies before the evolving soul. With God all things are  possible–and God partly lies within our being experiencing all things through  us. We concede that what we have said above is not easily assimilable and is  controversial; however, realize that we do not force ideas upon anyone. It is  rather difficult for us to convey abstract ideas with words, therefore, a debate  upon this is needless. What we have explained above is simply the main points  regarding the soul’s purpose and its cosmic trek, and is not to be considered as  the whole-truth. It is merely a partial revelation. The whole subject of the  soul’s purpose would take us deep into the study of cycles, rhythms, spiritual  races, etc.

There are two aspects of evolution: the evolution of form and  the evolution of consciousness; and also two factors regarding the soul to  consider: soul essence and soul expressions. When we speak of evolution we refer  to the consciousness aspect, and the expression of the soul of its innate  divinity.

It takes a complex nervous system and brain to support a higher  expression of the Soul, or the sense of Self; and an even greater unfoldment is  required for the sustenance of a higher form of consciousness called “Christ  Consciousness” or “Cosmic Consciousness.” This is, however, related to organic  development.

The evolution of Darwinism refers to the form aspect of life  and need not be considered further in this paper except to say that what  Darwinism refer to as evolution might simply be a case of adaptation or genetic  mutation.

Above we mentioned “soul-essence” and “soul-expression.” The  soul’s inner essence is God-essence. It has all the powers, virtues,  potentialities of God inherent within it. All of God’s attributes are encoded  within the fundamental nature of the soul, just as the human blue-print is  encoded in the DNA of every cell of the physical body. Though the soul’s inner  nature is divine, its expression or personality is ever-evolving. While  incarnated in physical form the soul has a dual task of removing the stains  accumulated upon its personality, and of awakening its inner divine being that  its expression would reflect the perfection of its essence.

Copyright © 2006 Luxamore

Leonard Lee –    About  the Author:

Leonard Lee aka Luxamore
Metaphysical teacher, counseler, healer and  merchant of occult/magickal items of Indonesia.
Magickal Items from Indonesia:  talismans, mustika pearls, kerises, etc.
Magickal Bezoar Mustika  Pearls from Indonesia.

 

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