Soul Age LevelsBy SHEPHERD HOODWIN
There are seven levels to each soul age. In our first physical-plane lifetime, we are a first-level infant soul. We may have one lifetime at that level, or ten, depending on how quickly we complete that stage. Some souls (especially priests) like to complete each level as quickly as possible, while others (particularly scholars and warriors) like to take their time and have a more thorough experience, not missing anything that looks interesting; it is an individual choice, and it is not “better” to go more quickly or slowly. Your choice is what is right for you, and it benefits the Tao for there to be a variety of “speeds” in this regard. After completing first-level infant, we move to second-level infant, and so forth. Normally, when we complete a level, it is at the end of one lifetime, and we begin our next lifetime at the next level, but it is also possible to move from one level to the next in the middle of a lifetime, particularly if we didn’t have much left to finish from the earlier level. When we complete seventh-level infant, we move into first-level baby and repeat the seven levels higher in the spiral, so to speak. When we complete seventh-level old, we “cycle off“—that is, we no longer incarnate on the physical plane. We start a new “game” on the astral plane.
Each soul age level is a particular stage in the realization of that soul age’s perspective. I like the analogy that JP Van Hulle channeled, comparing the levels to going to the beach: At first level, we stick our toe in the water. At second level, we are in the water up to our waist (half in and half out). At third level, we dive in and are completely submerged. At fourth level, we reemerge, fully “wet” with that soul age’s perspective. At fifth level, we splash around and play. At sixth level, others splash us. And at seventh level, we return to the shore.
At first-level mature, for instance, a person is just beginning to see the world in terms of relatedness; much of his perspective is still focused on the outer world, as it was when he was a young soul, although he has a feeling of needing more than worldly success. At second level, a person is drawn more deeply into mature soul perspective, and can compare it to young soul perspective. Then there is a need to reconcile those two views, which can lead to inner conflict: “Which is more important, career or relationships?” for instance. The third-level mature soul is fully enmeshed in mature soul perspective, but doesn’t yet have the ability to confidently operate in it out in the world. He may feel the need to be less public while he discerns and evaluates. (Since the young soul cycle is about success, the third-level young soul may be more active in the world than before, but still without full confidence.)
Fourth level is in the middle—three levels have gone before, and three more are to come. It could be seen as the balance point, the place where the soul feels, “I’ve got it!” He is fully functioning at that soul age’s fundamental perspective—his foundation is in place—and can authoritatively carry it into the world. The fourth-level mature soul feels confident of his abilities in relationships. His relationships tend to be intense and central in his life, which may look at times like a soap opera, as can that of any mature soul, but the drama can be fun, too.
Naturally, once the foundation is in place, the soul wants to expand in new directions, which he does at fifth level, accessing and integrating more peripheral strands of experience. The fifth-level mature soul may have unusual or even eccentric ways of being and relating to others.
At sixth level, the soul “looks at his watch” and says, in effect, “I’m almost done with this soul age, and I need to tie up loose ends, particularly with other people.” This is a busy time for the soul, and can require many lifetimes to complete, particularly if the soul has a lot of karma to repay. Since the mature soul cycle is the most intense soul age to begin with, a person who is sixth-level mature can have a difficult time. After a few lifetimes of repaying difficult karmas, he can look shell-shocked, a little like one of those cartoon characters who keeps getting hit over the head with a frying pan, so that tweety birds are flying around the bumps. It is especially important for those who are at the sixth level to stay up to date with their internal processing of their experiences so that they develop conscious awareness; otherwise, they can quickly develop a large “backlog.” It can also be helpful for anyone who has had a difficult life of paying back much karma to realize that that is just a phase of development—every soul has lifetimes like that—and doesn’t indicate that he is a “bad person.”
Seventh level reminds me of an old McDonald’s commercial, “You deserve a break today….” Especially after the rigors of sixth-level mature, the soul feels ready for less intensity, and although there is still plenty of work to do, there can be a tendency toward complacency or even laziness. At seventh-level, the emphasis is on completing unfinished business with oneself rather than with others. Since seventh level is the culmination of the soul age, the soul wants to review what he has learned during all seven levels before moving on. A good way to do that is to teach it to at least one other person (the cardinal roles may teach it to many).
In “Cadences and Numbers,” we discussed the positive and negative poles of the numbers one through seven. The list is reprinted below, since these poles also apply to the seven soul age levels. At the first level, we enter into the purpose of the soul age, perhaps oversimplifying it. At the second, we stabilize our new perceptions, in the least balancing them with those of the previous soul age. At the third, we work to fully use our new perceptions profitably in the enterprise of our life, or at least with some versatility. That leads right into the fourth level, at which we consolidate (which means “to unite into one system or whole, to make strong, secure, firm, or coherent”) that soul age’s perception, or can at least comfortably achieve from it. At the fifth level, we expand the perceptions of that soul age, or at least have adventures with it. At the sixth, we harmonize or at least forge connections among the soul age’s various lessons and loose ends, especially with other people. And at the seventh level, we inculcate (instill) the lessons all the way through ourselves and at least one other person; we sum up the soul age, or at least eclectically contain the individual elements of it.
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE POLES OF NUMBERS
One + Purpose - Simplicity
Two + Stability - Balance
Three + Enterprise - Versatility
Four + Consolidation - Achievement
Five + Expansion - Adventure
Six + Harmony - Connection
Seven + Inculcation - Eclecticism
About Shepherd Hoodwin
Shepherd has been channeling since 1986. He also does intuitive readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling coaching, where he teaches others to channel. He has conducted workshops on the Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include Enlightenment for Nitwits, Loving from Your Soul: Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery, Opening to Healing, Growing Through Joy, Being in the World, and more to come.
Visit his website at ShepherdHoodwin.com
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