SOUL AGE II
Michael on the Overleaves, Part
Michael channeled by Shepherd Hoodwin
January 9, 2011 BlogTalkRadio chat
Transcribed by Ashvin Sawhney and Maggie Heinze
We have enjoyed these sessions of exploring the
traits that are in groups of seven. It might surprise some that we also learn as
we explore with you. Your present level of understanding and experience are, on
average, greater than when we first brought forth this information; therefore,
there is more to build upon. Your ability to receive enhances our ability to
Obviously, Shepherd is channeling us, but we are, in a sense, channeling from a
larger source than ourselves as well. This illustrates a principle that you can
verify: when you give freely, you benefit, and when others receive freely, all
benefit; when there are walls to one another, all suffer. So we benefit from
doing these sessions--we learn things that perhaps did not need to be known in
the past, but do now.
There are seven soul ages that are experienced throughout the three ordinal
planes of existence: physical, astral, and causal. Five of those are mainly
experienced on the physical: infant, baby, young, mature, and old. One could
make a case for the idea that they are also experienced to some extent on the
lower astral plane when you are between lives, although, as we said last time,
soul age is not so much a factor to souls who are between lives because there is
not so much that would highlight them in your interactions.
We made the analogy of school. Children's grade in school is more meaningful in
the classroom because they have in common with the rest of the class what they
are studying at the moment. However, when they are playing during recess or in
the lunchroom, what they are studying at the moment is not very relevant,
although, of course, there are differences in physical age. There is no
intrinsic reason that fourth and sixth graders cannot find much to share during
recess or over lunch. Sometimes older children are more inclined to play with
children their own age, but children off all ages can and often do play well
Soul age might also be more relevant between lives when you are reviewing,
integrating, and sharing with others about lessons from a particular soul age,
especially your most recent lifetime. Still, age is not your focus the same way
it is when you are incarnate on the physical plane.
In general, souls experience more commonalities on the astral plane, and
commonalities are not as defined by soul age. For example, members of your
entity (your spiritual family) may share much among themselves even if the range
of soul age is great.
There are two soul ages that are not usually experienced on the physical plane,
but once in a while are, more for the benefit for humanity than the individual
souls. These are called "transcendental" and "infinite" souls.
Normally, incarnating souls are based on the lower astral plane; they are still
fragmented. By that, we mean that they plan their lives individually, for the
most part, based on their point of view as an individual. Certainly many souls
are altruistic and wish to benefit others; as we said earlier, benefiting others
is also a good way to benefit yourself. However, you are not, at that point,
particularly trying to represent the larger groups of which you are part,
although, of course, you do represent them simply because you are a part of
Between lifetimes, many souls experience themselves on the middle astral plane.
The lower astral plane is closest in vibration to the physical plane, and that
is where you vibrate if you are concerned about it; for example, if you had just
finished a lifetime, or were planning a new one, or were acting as a guide to
humans who are physical. It is not difficult to change your focus to the middle
or upper astral plane, especially if you are not particularly tied to the
During incarnation, although your soul is anchored on the lower astral, you are
focused in the mid-physical plane as a human personality. It is not easy for you
to change your focus to other parts of the physical plane because it would not
be comfortable for your physical body. However, when you are relaxed and are not
focused on doing something, you may become more aware of the lower or upper
physical--you can shift focus. You might, for example, sense a ghost, which is
of the upper physical. A ghost is the soul of a human who died but who did not
properly cross over to the lower astral. If you sense a ghost, you have shifted
your focus a little higher (faster) than normal. Or, if you let your focus drop
a little lower while, say, gardening, you might become aware of devas, who are
nature spirits of the lower physical plane.
"Higher" here does not mean "better"; it simply refers to what is faster in
vibration. The middle physical plane feels solid to you because you are focused
at that level--your body vibrates there, so it is equipped to perceive what is
also at that level. However, as a soul, you have the flexibility to be aware
lower or higher than that.
People who channel from the astral or causal are able to shift focus with even
more flexibility, but that is not something they would want to sustain for very
long. When you are between lives, or when you have completed your cycle of
lifetimes, shifting focus is easier because you do not have a physical body that
is only designed to manifest in a particular way. However, as a soul, you still
have a vibration that is most comfortable at a particular level of the astral,
so although you might shift focus and could even visit higher planes, it takes
Many souls, particularly those of a lighter density, are quite comfortable
between lives on the middle astral. The upper astral is the soul's focus after
completing the physical plane, especially when the soul's entity (spiritual
family) is beginning to reunite. That is not a level from which human
incarnation normally occurs. Because the vibration is faster, physical bodies
are not comfortable holding it as a permanent source of incarnation; therefore,
visiting it from the physical plane would be a "special occasion."
There are currently many human beings who tap in to the upper astral to bring in
transcendental energy, but who are not incarnating from the upper astral.
However, a true transcendental soul is an actual physical incarnation from the
upper astral, carrying a vibration that is more rapid than normal for human
beings. That particular vibration tends to shake up social institutions. Gandhi
is the most recent famous example. What he taught and did was powerful, but it
really was what he *was* that had impact, and what he did and taught reflected
that; it was his presence more than anything else that shook things up.
There is a lesson here that is true for all people: being who you are is the
most significant factor in your impact on others, and what you do, although it
reflects who you are, is secondary. Even those who are incarnating normally from
the lower astral vary in the vibration they bring in their lives. Those who have
a more rapid vibration (you might say a more spiritual vibration) also stimulate
change and growth for humanity. However, a transcendental soul is potent enough
to affect change throughout a society.
An infinite soul is a representative from the upper causal plane, who is, in
turn, channeling through a universal quality from one of the three high planes:
love, truth, or beauty. It is such a rapid vibration that a physical body chosen
to accommodate it must be quite sturdy. Usually, a transcendental or infinite
soul incarnates toward the end of a person's life, displacing (or sometimes
blending with) the soul who had been animating the body before. The original
soul steps aside (or makes room) for this larger, faster vibration. Generally, a
transcendental soul displaces a priest, and an infinite soul displaces a king.
There are usually a number of incarnating souls who offer to be displaced and
are considered to be "candidates." One of the determining factors is whether the
body can handle the energy without burning out too quickly.
Prior to the entrance of a transcendental or infinite soul, if a person has
already been channeling from that plane, his or her body is more accustomed to
its energy. Bodies used for channeling are often designed from the ground up to
be able to accommodate it, even though it is still not necessarily comfortable,
although it is certainly an interesting experience for the body and personality.
People do things all the time that are not comfortable or ideal for the physical
body. Many athletic activities are unnatural, in a sense, but are interesting
From the soul's standpoint, there are things to recommend every physical and
soul age, because they are all necessary to complete a full perspective. Any
soul or physical age can be experienced in either a positive or negative manner.
There are old people who are wise and old people who are crotchety. There are
toddlers who are adorable and toddlers who are holy terrors. It is very hard for
people in your competitive society to step outside a hierarchical view of
everything. The positive aspect of competition is that it galvanizes people to
do their best, but it also leads to false comparisons.
It is not better or worse to be young or old, as all are needed to cover the
bases. How empty the life of any human being would be if he or she did not get
to start out as an infant and experience that stage of being cared for and
allowed to just be, getting used to the physical plane. Or who would want to
miss out on being a toddler, youngster, teen, young adult, or old person? Old
age is not very popular these days, but in many cultures, it has been revered,
in part simply because it was so unusual to survive that long. There was often
the feeling that there was something special about that, even though, of course,
there are infirmities.
There are seven levels to just about everything. For example, there are seven
levels to each plane, and then each level may be further broken down into seven
parts, although it may not necessarily be useful to examine them carefully. This
whole universe is built on the principle of seven, so it crops up a lot. As we
explored, there are seven soul ages, and then each age itself has seven levels;
this particular concept is useful because you spend at least one lifetime at
every soul age level. Your soul age level tells you a lot about how your life
feels to you.
In your first lifetime as a human being on earth, your soul age is first-level
infant. Whether your second lifetime is at second-level infant depends on a few
different factors. One is that you simply have to live long enough to be able to
complete the seven internal monads: birth, "terrible twos," independence from
family, midlife, retirement, final illness, and death. At your midlife monad,
you have done enough to check in with essence and see whether the life you are
living is in accordance to what you had planned; if not, you try to put yourself
back on track. Today, that is typically done from about age thirty-five to
thirty-seven, but when there are shorter life spans, this can be in the
twenties. We don't think it could be successfully accomplished in any human
being before the mid-twenties, but with a long life span, it could be
accomplished late in life as long as there is still time to rectify what needs
to be. The fifth internal monad is taking stock of what was learned, the "senior
citizen monad"; the sixth is the descent into death, which could be very quick,
and the seventh is death itself.
You not only need to complete these but you need to do so in the positive poles,
meaning you need to make realistic evaluations and take them to heart. There is
no requirement of perfection, but there is a requirement of being authentic in
your engagement in the process.
Of course, many lifetimes are cut short, particularly by war, disease, famine,
and so forth, but those are also interesting experiences for the soul. You
probably learn and grow more from the way you die than through any other
experience. So the soul is not always that concerned about how long the life is,
but is quite interested in the way it ends.
Also, the soul is in no hurry to move through the soul ages. It is theoretically
possible to do one soul age level per lifetime and therefore complete the
physical plane in thirty-five lifetimes, but virtually no one does that. That
would be like taking a trip around the world but only staying one day in each
destination. You would spend most of your time on airplanes, boats, trains,
etc., and you wouldn't see that much.
In any case, you start out first-level infant, move to second, third, fourth,
fifth, sixth, and seventh-level infant. Then you start first-level baby, and so
forth, until you complete seventh-level old, taking however many lifetimes you
wish. When you feel complete and don't have any important outstanding karmas,
you graduate, or "cycle off."
Each of the soul age levels one through seven is characterized by the vibration
of that number. There are seven roles, or types of souls, and each one is also
associated with a particular number, so the roles are a good way of acquainting
you with the qualities of the numbers one through seven.
The number one role is server. It is the foundation. Server is the most ordinal
role but in the most cardinal position because it comes first; servers, in a
sense, lead the way through their service. You might say that they are the first
ones to help, and show the way to others. Similarly, the first level of a soul
age establishes the foundation.
At first levels, you stick your toe in the water of that soul age's perception.
So, for example, if you are at first-level mature, you are moving into the point
of view of the mature soul, but you are just starting, so you are not all the
way into it; there is still quite a bit of the feeling of the young soul.
We are using the example of first-level mature because the movement from seventh
young to first mature is the most radical change the soul experiences on the
physical plane. If you stretch a rubber band as far as possible and then let go,
there is a moment when it changes directions. Seventh-level young is going as
far as you can in the mastery of the outer world; when you are done with it, you
start to move in the direction of the inner world. It would be impossible to
fruitfully explore the inner world before you had gotten a handle on the outer
world; otherwise, you can be overwhelmed by it.
Mature souls focus on relationships with others, but not the outer forms of
relationships, which are more a focus of baby souls. Mature souls focus on the
content and feeling of relationships as they reflect their internal state, what
relationships can teach them about themselves. There is a good reason that many
of the greatest artistic works are done in the mature cycle: they are often an
expression of the inner world, and the attempt to grapple with what it all
First levels are often uneventful. At first mature, it has not been very long
since you finished sixth young. Sixth levels tend to require many lifetimes to
complete because they involve wrapping up loose ends with other people relative
to that soul age. The number six goal is growth, and that is also famously busy.
Seventh, the king level, pulls it all together, making sense of it. In the case
of seventh young, you are probably going to teach others about mastering the
outer world while reflecting (maybe not consciously, but on some level) on all
your young soul lifetimes. "What did I learn? Where do I want to go next? Have I
left out something important?"
As you move into first mature, you could be forgiven if you thought you deserved
to coast a bit. You are integrating what you have finished with, and
acclimatizing to what you are moving into; you are regrouping.
The second level correlates with the role of artisan. It is half-in and half-out
of the new soul age's sensibility, balancing old and new, attempting to
reconcile and unite opposites. At second mature, you are integrating the best of
what you learned as a young soul and creating what you are going to need for the
rest of the mature cycle. It's about structure and design, so you are
stabilizing in the mature perspective, getting your bearings.
The third level is the warrior level. Warriors are famous for working hard. When
you are at third level, you are climbing the mountain of that soul age. At third
mature, you work hard to understand yourself and the feelings of others,
including how your choices affect them. You are beginning to feel what they feel
as a means of learning about yourself. When you learn about yourself, you are
learning about everyone because you are not so different from anyone else.
Fourth level is the middle, scholar level. At fourth level, you have the
confidence of one who has climbed the mountain and who has planted a flag at the
summit of the soul age. Now you are going to start back down the other side,
seeing what you find. Because it is the scholar level, it is a time of both
learning and teaching. It is not as hard-working as the third level; it is a
time of enjoying the fruits of your previous labors.
Fifth is the sage level. It's now time to expand on and play with what you have
learned. Sages are about play and the expansiveness of pushing beyond
boundaries. Since you are going downhill, now you are propelled--you have
momentum. Fifth mature souls like to play around with expectations about
relationships and about how people should be.
Sixth level is the priest level. You are approaching base camp but you often
encounter some obstacles before you can get there. You are stretched; you are
dealing with things you have not previously handled. Let's say that when you had
set out from camp, you had neglected to bring enough food or water. By the time
you get to sixth, you are starting to feel where you did not prepare well. Sixth
levels are typically the most difficult because you are starting to feel
internal pressure to deal with any karmas you have not yet repaid. Souls are
always handling karma; it is not just at sixth levels that you repay them.
However, some are easier to check off your list than others; at sixth level, as
you are moving downhill on the other side of the mountain, there is a momentum
that says, "I can deal with these things and I need to."
When you were moving up the mountain at second and third levels, you were being
propelled more by your own effort; you were climbing, and that is a more
cardinal (influential) experience; you were setting the tone. Going down the
mountain, you are propelled by the mountain itself, you might say, or by
gravity. You feel compelled to handle, if not everything, whatever loose ends
you can handle at that point. Although sixth levels can be a lot of work and
leave one feeling shell-shocked at times, it can also be exhilarating. Imagine
having climbed a tall mountain, and now you are moving back toward camp, picking
up speed. Incidentally, the completion of karma includes the completion of
positive or philanthropic karmas as well. Priests are all about inspiration, and
sixth levels are about the exhilaration of connecting to what is higher. In this
case, it is the momentum that the mountain is providing for you. You realize
that you do not control everything, that there is a higher good. Whether it's
the law of karma or other things, you are carried along; ultimately, you see it
At seventh, the king level, you are moving back toward base camp and pulling
together all the pieces of your experience, perhaps organizing your gear and
cleaning up a little bit. It is generally not as steep an incline. You might
talk with your fellow travelers about the experience you just had climbing the
mountain, what it meant to you, what you learned, and what you might want to do
differently on your next climb. In this case, the next climb will be the old
Your true soul age is where you actually are as a soul, what is really happening
with you. However, almost two-thirds of humans at any given time are not
entirely, at least, manifesting their true soul age. It is operating within them
but their lives may not look like that is what they are doing. There are three
reasons this could be the case:
They might just be too young to manifest their true soul age. Newborns manifest
as an infant. Teens generally manifest mature or younger. Those who are
late-level old often do not manifest at their full soul age until their mid- to
late-thirties, although there are many exceptions to that; we have seen
teenagers who manifest old. This is not necessarily a desirable thing; an
example is children who are forced to grow up too fast because circumstances are
harsh--they had to take more responsibility than was natural for them, and it
probably cost them, but it does happen.
Another reason people manifest younger is that the soul has decided that it
needs some review or brush-up of an earlier age.
The third possible reason is that the person is stuck. Let's use an example of a
sixth mature king manifesting late young who was never comfortable with messy
human emotions, and continues to resist dealing with them in relationships. At
this point, her growth demands facing them--it can no longer be put off. Kings
tend to be strongest in external achievement, and she may have gotten away with
not dealing much with difficult emotions by incarnating mostly as male in
male-centric societies. However, there may be many useful things learned whether
one is manifesting true soul age or not. Resisting the lessons may lead to
increasing inner friction that will probably eventually break the person loose,
leading to dramatic strides in the relationship department when it finally opens
up. So simply manifesting younger is not necessarily a big problem.
Being stuck relative to manifesting your true soul age is not the same thing as
being stuck in general. The main thing the soul objects to is being bored as a
result of the person not engaging with life, leaving little for the soul to do.
An example is when a person feels obligated to do something that is not in
harmony with self; he could, with some courage, quit an unfulfilling job and do
something more in essence, but instead just numbs himself, which prevents the
soul from really having much access to the life, not a happy situation.
Q: Are we required to finish all the soul ages?
A. It's not so much that it is a requirement as that it simply doesn't work not
to. If you are twenty-five, you cannot skip over twenty-six to get to
twenty-seven. It is not that it is prohibited; there's just no way to do it.
Let's say someone is second-level old, and at the moment is feeling, "I've had
it with the physical plane! I want to finish this up and cycle off now. I don't
want to have to go through third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh old." That
would be like dropping out of school, which you are certainly welcome to do, but
then you haven't finished school, and this whole thing is school. Eventually, in
the school of life, you will jump back in.
There are periods when incarnating as a human is more difficult, and this is a
very pressurized time. Almost everyone is feeling the heat; it's not easy. It
may comfort you to think about not having to come back, but after you complete
this lifetime and take as long a vacation on the astral plane as you want to,
you will eventually feel called back if you are not done, and it will not always
be this difficult.
Theoretically, if you still feel the way you feel now after you complete this
lifetime (in other words, after you die), you could take a thousand earth years
off. The reason you would probably not actually do that is because you've been
working on things with other souls with whom you'd probably like to finish. If
you have started a particular monad (a lesson, or compact unit of experience)
with someone, you would probably want to do the other half of that with that
same soul; if you wait a thousand years, that soul may not be available to do
that with you. However, you certainly can take as much time as you need between
lives to be ready to come back.
Q: Do souls of some entities (spiritual families) tend to move slower through
the soul ages than others?
M. We have not observed entity-wide patterns. We see a wide range within
entities based on personal preference. Factors include how many lifetimes a soul
has, their average length, and the average length of time between lifetimes.
Souls take as few as forty and as many as a couple thousand lifetimes; if the
latter, a lot of them would likely be very short.
Those who complete the physical plane in, say, forty to eighty lifetimes are
probably more engaged behind the scenes on the astral plane, helping others a
lot between lifetimes, while souls who are doing five hundred to a thousand
lifetimes are working more actively on the physical plane (in cooperation with
those who are not as externally active). Ultimately the experiences of all souls
are pooled. Therefore, as an individual fragment, you do not feel that you have
to experience everything, because you know that especially your entity mates
will cover some of those bases and will share the stories with you. Basically,
you live the lives that interest you to live. Sometimes, one thing leads to
another, so it's not always planned out at the beginning; you may end up
discovering something that you want to explore more, so you do.
Every soul is different. Some want to be sure to visit most of the main cultures
while it is incarnating, while others are happy to stick with one or two they
feel an affinity for.
Q: Do the number of lives vary among soul ages and levels?
M. Yes. Sixth levels typically take the most lives, followed by third; first and
seventh levels tend to be quicker; the others vary. Young and mature cycles tend
to take more lifetimes.
Also, some souls naturally enjoy the focus of a particular age and therefore
invest more lives there. So if you have a particular interest in the inner
world, you may take more lifetimes in your mature cycle.
This is the opposite of what many students assume--that the soul would want to
get through it all as quickly as possible. However, if the soul truly had that
attitude, it might not bother to begin a cycle of incarnations at all. If you
love travel, you are not motivated to get it over with as quickly as possible.
You would probably budget your time to spend more time in the destinations you
like, so it is not a race. As the saying goes, it's all good.
Q: Are there predictable ways that soul age influences the expression of a
M. Yes. We went through the soul age levels one through seven and spoke about
how they correspond with the seven roles; let's do that with the soul ages
The infant cycle is number one, the server soul age. Therefore, servers who are
infant souls are in their element. They hit the ground running. You could say
that servers are fully functional during the infant cycle. They grow the most
easily throughout the physical plane because of being the number one role. They
have the fewest requirements for fulfilling their essence; one can serve
anywhere. They continue to blossom and expand their essence throughout all the
soul ages, but in infant soul societies, servers are the bedrock.
When societies move from hunter/gatherer (infant) to agricultural (baby), they
begin to build towns and create more complex societal forms. Artisans, the
number two role, excel at creating new forms, so they are in their element in
the baby (second) cycle.
The number three soul age is young, and the number three role is warrior. This
is an easy correlation to see. Warriors are about productivity, competition,
adrenalin, excitement, and challenges. Young warriors are often on top in a
young soul society; they are best equipped to take full advantage of that cycle.
The number four soul age is scholar. That may at first seem counter-intuitive,
because one thinks of mature souls as being highly emotional and dramatic, which
is the opposite of the stereotype of the scholar. However, if you think of the
mature cycle as an assimilative cycle, as a time when people are integrating the
outer world with the inner world, then it makes more sense. And, contrary to the
stereotype, mature souls are not necessarily overtly more dramatic than anyone
You might say that because of the focus on relationships, there's more potential
for drama, because relationships can be volatile, but they are volatile at any
soul age when people are confronting the issues of self versus others. At every
soul age, there are abundant relationships, not just mate relationships,
although most humans mate, but siblings, parent/child, friendships, community
relationships, etc.--these are always operating. Humans are social animals. The
only way you are not going to do relationships is if you are a hermit, which you
are not going to do very often, because it would limit your growth.
However, if you are a young soul married couple, although your relationship may
be very important to you, you may not have time to study the relationship itself
in great depth. You might go to a marriage counselor, read some books, or
whatever, but if you do that it would be more "in your spare time" because what
is more interesting to you as a young soul is what you are achieving, maybe in
career or maybe in other ways. And there is certainly much merit to focusing on
what you are doing in the world; there's nothing wrong with that.
However, when you are a mature soul and you are in a relationship, it is easier
to see it as a laboratory for learning about yourself, which all relationships
are. So the mature cycle is really about learning. There is a deepening, a
ripening, of self. The interest here in community is not so much that suddenly
there are communities, because there were always communities, but in the mature
cycle, communities, like relationships, become laboratories for learning about
self. Therefore, they come under the scholarly microscope, whereas maybe they
were taken for granted earlier.
Baby souls create solid communities. Young souls tend to challenge them in order
to venture into new territories and start bigger cities. Mature souls may miss
that warmth of feeling connected to the more intimate community, but want to do
it in a new way; they don't want the rigid communities of the baby soul, where
everyone knew what was expected, because that is no longer interesting. Like the
scholar, the mature soul looks for what is most interesting.
The old soul age is fifth, and five is the sage number. Sages seek wisdom,
insight, understanding, and perspective; they want to see how everything fits
together. They ask why rather than what. "What?" is a scholar question. "Why?"
is a sage question. Old souls are also philosophical. Having completed the
mature cycle, the old soul feels it has a pretty good handle on self, and now
there is curiosity about self related to the cosmos.
Six is the priest number, and that is the transcendental age; we mentioned that
it is usually priest souls that are displaced by transcendental souls. The whole
concept of being transcendent is a priest idea. Priests want to be in the body
in a transcendent way, and transcendental souls want to harmonize societies,
help the disenfranchised, and bring everyone on board.
The seventh soul age is the infinite, correlating with the role of king. Kings
pull it all together. At the seventh level of a soul age, you pull it all
together and look forward to what comes next. The infinite souls known in
recorded history, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu, brought to bear a
comprehensive view of everything: they exalted the life force energy itself,
endeavoring to make people ready for something completely new.
Since most souls do not experience the transcendental and infinite stages on the
physical plane, in a way the physical plane doesn't quite have a place for
priests and kings. They find their greatest manifestations off the physical
plane. It is their job to bring the higher energies into the physical plane, but
they are not in their element in any of the five soul ages commonly experienced.
Q: If one reaches enlightenment now, how does this effect future lifetimes?
In some traditions, enlightenment is sought to avoid future lifetimes.
M. That is a rich question. One would need to start by defining enlightenment.
The simplest way would be the idea of light coming on in the human being. Every
human being is a combination of essence and personality. Every essence is
unique, and some naturally vibrate at a higher and stronger level than others,
based on the cumulative work of their lifetimes. However, by definition, essence
is light, or energy.
Also by definition, the personality is an activated lump of clay ("dust to dust,
ashes to ashes"). With the help of biology and so forth, essence breathes the
breath of life into the lump of clay, and it comes to be a person. However, in
most people, the personality is still lumpish. There can be vibrant light coming
through the personality, but it is often not consistent or mastered. Children
are often radiant, but not necessarily in a way that is able to hold when
confronted with the dense vibrations of the world.
So one way you could define enlightenment is that enough essence is downloaded
into personality to light it up and keep it lit up, no matter what events
transpire on the physical plane. This is a realistic expectation for someone on
the spiritual path. Unfortunately, there are many legends around enlightenment
that are not correct. The most persistent myth is that in one moment you will
achieve enlightenment, and then you will know everything--you will never make a
mistake again, you will have all knowledge, and be perfect. That is not a
realistic hope or expectation for someone on the physical plane.
When enough essence is downloaded into the personality to keep it lit up, the
human experience is certainly a lot more positive and effective than before. If
the soul has some native psychic abilities, these may be brought to the front.
Anything else that the soul already learned how to do in other lives is more
available to the personality because there's not so much lumpishness in it, so
it is more responsive to the incarnating essence. However, what the essence
never learned will not manifest. Therefore, there's the opportunity to keep
learning in all lifetimes, to give essence more experiences and capabilities.
Learning can be accelerated when more essence is downloaded into personality--it
becomes easier to learn, there is momentum, and learning builds on itself.
A good example is musical accomplishment. If the soul never studied music in any
of its lifetimes and has little affinity for it, the enlightenment experience is
not going to make that person able to pick up and play any instrument; there is
simply not the facility developed. Yet, if there is an enlightenment experience,
thereafter it would be easier to learn an instrument than if personality was
only functioning on half its life potential. There would be more alertness and
fluency. It is like integrating the brain, which makes it a better tool for
everything that it might undertake, but you still have to have the experiences.
As we are defining enlightenment here, you could have an enlightenment
experience as an infant soul. You could download enough essence into the
personality to light it up and make it run on all cylinders. Then it might
happen that you encounter something that you are not equipped to handle. Let's
say a neighboring village invades and you are tortured; you have no frame of
reference, you do not understand, and you don't know how to handle it. You
temporarily lose your connection with essence. You had been running on all
cylinders, and now you have a blow out.
Still, having previously had a good download from essence, you are better
equipped to handle that experience that came out of left field than if you never
had the enlightenment. You might be able to figure out how to heal yourself and
integrate that traumatic experience relatively quickly. Furthermore, you can
work your way back to enlightenment faster and more effectively because you know
what essence feels like in your body. However, as an infant soul, you still have
most of your lifetimes and a lot of new experiences ahead of you, and you would
not want to miss out on them. You came for the experiences.
There are some people who have enlightenment experiences but whose physical
plane mastery is pretty limited. They can download a relatively large amount of
essence but do not know how to deal with their own emotions very well, or are
not sensitive to others in relationships because they have not invested in those
You are here to learn about being human, and if you are able to do so in an
enlightened way, with more essence participation on a conscious level, all the
better. However, if you skip over learning how to balance your checkbook,
budget, cook a meal, clean a house, make a living, garden, or whatever, you are
not going to feel that you really had the human experience when it's all over.
Spiritual experience is part of the human experience, but it is not the whole
The ideal is to merge all levels of experience in a happy, productive way. Many
spiritual and religious paths urge their practitioners to avoid sexual
expression. However, the ideal is to merge sexual expression with open, clear
emotional expression, intellectual wisdom, and a full-bodied spiritual download.
This is obviously much easier said than done, but if you started out eschewing
sexual experience and just focused on the spiritual, you would never have the
opportunity to have the full experience of enlightenment, which is bringing your
whole body along into the spiritual experience.
If you can bring joy into everything you do, into every part of being human,
that is the most complete and effective spiritual experience available, and is
the goal of the soul. Whatever you do, bring your light into it to the best of
your ability, and you will grow.
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