Understanding Cycles, the Universe, and the Nature of the Soul

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Understanding Cycles, the Universe, and the Nature of the Soul


Our earliest ancestors had an innate understanding of the Universe and the nature of the Soul. As keen observers of the natural world, they marked the waxing and waning cycles of the sun and moon, the yearly rotation of the seasons, and the birth, death, and rebirth of their crops each year. They saw the sunrise at dawn and disappear on the horizon each night, only to be reborn the next day, repeating the sacred Circle of Life. They saw generations of humans and animals living and dying and being reborn, and they realized that all of life is a circle. (Editor note:  it’s actually a Spiral, not a circle)

Today, with the advent of the modern telescope and microscopes, we now know that this great Circle of Life repeats in the rotation of the planets, the whirl of the galaxies, and the spin of electrons around the nucleus of every atom, echoing Creation’s continual renewal.

The Ancients also realized that these same universal principles hold true for Souls. Mummified bodies found throughout Europe, Egypt, Peru, and the Americas all attest to a belief in a world beyond our own and the existence of an Afterlife. Buried in caves, pyramids, stone cairns, and earthworks, bodies are found in fetal positions as if curled into the womb, awaiting the joy of rebirth in the celestial realms.

The Cycle Of Living, Dying and Being Reborn

Our ancestors embraced the belief in reincarnation, the mechanism through which the Soul leaves this world and then returns to it again, learning its lessons over vast cycles of time. This cycle of living, dying, and being reborn is just as essential to the Soul as sleep is to us each night. Just as we travel into inner worlds to dream, so too does the Soul return to its celestial home at the end of every life to assess its progress and renew its connection with the true Source of who it is. Thus every life is but a day of unfolding in the progress of our Soul evolution.

Each of us comes to Earth, faces our challenges, lives out our dreams, and then returns to the heavenly realms from whence we came to integrate what we have learned. Once there, the Soul has access to a far more expanded awareness of who it is and the oneness that connects us all. And as we shall see, there are many levels to these heavenly realms, and we are each drawn toward the vibrational level that is most appropriate to our current level of evolution. In this way, each Soul progresses from lifetime to lifetime with those of similar maturity, moving through the many stages of the soul, to eventually take its place as a fully realized human being. And just as we are given various examinations in the stages of school, so too, does the Soul face tests appropriate to its level of evolution. All this leads to the eventual knowledge of our eternal Selves.

The Essence of the Soul: The Breath of God

Many wisdom traditions have chosen various symbols to represent the essence of the Soul. For some, the Soul or life force of Spirit was associated with the power of the breath. The English verb to animate, which means “to move or bring to life,” is derived from the Latin word animus, from the Greek anemos, meaning “wind.” Similarly, in Greece, the word for spirit derives from the verb psuchein, a word that means “to breathe.”

In Hebrew the word for Spirit is ruah, meaning “wind,” as in “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). The waters are the pre-manifested space known in Greek as Okeanos, the “Mother Substance” or Prima Materia. In Sanskrit the Narayana, “The Mover upon Spirit upon the Waters of the Great Deep” and in Christianity, the Holy Spirit, the “breath of God,”represents the carrier wave upon which the Spirit of Life travels.

Chinese sages taught this same powerful connection with the word ch’i. The ch’i is the animating life force of God Itself, equivalent to the words prana and qi in Indian and Japanese culture. This life force has two complementary expressions–a yang and a yin polarity, equating to the masculine or expanding currents and the feminine or contracting currents.

In order to stay alive, we must all breathe in and out each day, reenacting the endless Circle of Life with every breath. When a person stops breathing, they die, since it is the breath that animates the physical body. Thus the breath is the living Spirit of the Divine that animates the Cosmos.

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Photo Credit:  Zalmy Wainhaus, Sedona, AZ




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