Evolution of the Soul
The souls are evolving all the time. This evolution depends on how fast a soul learns the lessons and goes to higher and higher planes. It may sometimes take several life-times to learn one lesson. As the soul moves to higher and higher planes, it evolves and reaches the Transcendental Soul Stage, where it need not take birth again. It may then choose to re-incarnate to teach others. Such a soul may choose to re-incarnate to help in the evolution of the other souls who are still caught in the cycle of birth and death. The main work done by such souls when they re-incarnate is teaching. They work for creating a shift in the consciousness of the people on earth.
The seven stages of the soul are as follows.
As soon as the soul is cast out and begins its physical existence on earth, it lacks experience. For this inexperienced soul, physical existence on the unfamiliar ‘earth plane’ itself represents a major struggle for survival. Hence, survival is the primary issue when the soul is in this infant soul stage. This stage is characterized by many fears and they can be easily spotted in a crowd by the frightened animal-like look in their eyes. The basic approach towards the infant is that of avoidance of venturing into the unknown. They are usually born in primitive conditions and are usually found very close to nature, like forest, mountains, etc and their environment helps them to sharpen their survival skills.
After several incarnations as an infant soul, having dealt with the survival issues and after most of their fears have been overcome, the soul now moves to the next stage called the baby soul age. Now the individual wants a more structured and civilized life and would like to prove that he or she can do it right. The structure makes them feel at ease with the world and their approach to life is that one should do anything right or not do it at all. This makes them seek out higher authorities who make the rules, which the baby souls follow. For example, soldiers, followers of cult, grass root level workers in political parties.
After mastering issues related to survival, structure, discipline and civilized living the individual wants to see how powerful it can become in this world. The driving force for the young soul is independence and the ability to get what one wants from life. Domination is the goal of the young soul and it constantly survives to attain positions of power, wealth, and prominence. The approach of the young soul towards life is always that others should do things their way. For example political leaders, dictators, military leaders, business tycoons, religious leaders, cult leaders, etc.
By the time the soul approaches the young soul stage, there is uneasiness and a feeling that something is missing. Fame, wealth and power lose their appeal. This signals the beginning of the mature soul stage. The mature soul seeks to know its true identity in relationship to the universe and brings the search. It frequently asks questions like “who am I” and “why am I here.” Mature souls see others as mirrors of themselves and they can, therefore, see others point of view. They become deeply immersed in relationship issues wherein emotions open up and boundaries between people breakdown. Due to this the mature soul stage is the most emotionally intense and trying of all soul stages. The approach of the mature soul stage is to attempt to be unaffected by the action of others. People with complex relationship issues are examples of this type.
By the time the soul reaches the old soul stage it begins to realize that we are all parts of one great whole and that we are all interrelated. An old soul perceives the ‘oneness’ in the universe. Old souls have respect for all forms of life and they do not harm others. They are also non-judgmental and attempt to maintain personal integrity in all their dealings with others. The old soul has an approach of ‘you do your thing and let me do my thing’. They do not force their point of view on others. They detach from the emotional intensities of the mature soul stage and are more objective about the ups and downs of life.
Souls are cast out in social groups or entities. When an individual soul completes all its incarnations, it combines with the entity of which it is a part. By the end of the old soul stage, the soul would have completed all the incarnations that are required for its evolution. It then rejoins the entity or soul group. After all the souls complete their incarnations and rejoin the entity, it is called a fully recombined entity. A member soul of this fully recombined entity may choose to come to earth and help humanity in their process of evolution. Such a soul is called transcendental soul. Transcendental souls, when they manifest on earth, usually bring about great social changes and help people to understand that they are parts of the universal whole.
Infinite souls are the manifestations of the ‘Divine Source’ or ‘Tao’ or ‘All That Is’. They are the co-creators in the creative process of the Universe. For example: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus.