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WHAT IS THE SOUL?

by Marguerite dar Boggia


Every form in manifestation does two things:


1. Appropriate, or is pervaded by, as much of the WORLD SOUL as its capacity will permit.  The atom of substance, the molecule or the cell all have soul, but not in the same degree as an animal, and so on up or down the scale.


2. Through the interaction between the indwelling soul and the form, two  things occur:


Sentiency and quality are expressed according to the type of body and its point of evolution.


The pervading soul drives the body nature into activity and forces it forward along the path of development and thus provides for the soul a field of experience and for the body the opportunity to react to the higher soul impulse.  Thus the field of expression is benefited, and the soul masters the technique of contact which is its objective in any particular form.


The soul viewed from one angle, is an aspect of the body, for there is a soul in every atom comprising all bodies in all kingdoms in nature.  The subtle coherent soul which is the result of the bringing together of spirit and matter exists as an entity apart from the body nature and constitutes (when separated from the body) the etheric body, the double of the physical body.  This is the sum total of the soul of the atoms constituting the physical body.  It is the true form.


The soul, in relation to the human being is the mind principle in two capacities.  These two ways are registered and become part of the organized equipment of the human body when it is adequately developed:  The lower concrete mind, the mental body, the “chitta” or mind stuff and the higher spiritual or abstract mind.

 

These two aspects of the soul, its two basic qualities, bring into being the human kingdom and enable man to contact both the lower kingdoms and the higher spiritual realities.  The first, the quality of mind in its lower manifestation, is owned potentially by every atom.  It is a part of the body nature, inherent and potential, and is the basis of brotherhood, of absolute unity, of divine coherence in manifestation.  The other, the higher aspect, is the principle of self-awareness, and when combined with the lower aspect produces the self-consciousness of the human being.  When the lower aspect has pervaded the forms in the subhuman kingdoms, and when it has worked upon those forms and their latent sentiency so as to produce adequate refinement and sentiency, the vibration becomes so potent that the higher is attracted and there is a fusion.  This is like a higher recapitulation of the initial union of spirit and matter which brought the world into being.  A human soul is thus brought into existence and begins its long career.  It is now a differentiated entity.


“Soul” also is a word used to express the sum total of the psychic nature—the vital body, the emotional nature and the mind stuff.  But it is also more than that, once the human stage is reached.  It constitutes the spiritual entity, a conscious psychical being, a son of God, possessing life, quality and appearance—a unique manifestation in time and space of the three expressions of the soul as we have just outlined them:


1. The soul of all the atoms.


2. The personal soul or the subtle coherent sum total which we call the personality, composed of the subtle bodies: etheric, or vital, astral or emotional and the lower mental apparatus. These three vehicles humanity shares with the animal kingdom as regards its possession of vitality, sentiency and potential mind; with the vegetable kingdom as regards vitality and sentiency; and with the mineral kingdom as regards vitality and potential sentiency.      

    

3. The  soul is also the spiritual being, or the union of life and quality.  When there is the union of the three souls, we have a human being.


All forms are differentiations of the soul, but that soul is ONE SOUL, when viewed spiritually.  When studied from the form side, naught but differentiation and separation can be seen.  When studied from the consciousness or sentiency aspect, unity emerges.  When the human stage is reached and self-awareness is blended with the sentiency of forms and with the tiny consciousness of the atom, some idea of a possible subjective unity begins dimly to dawn on the thinker’s mind. When the stage of discipleship is reached, a man begins to see himself as a sentient part of the sentient whole and slowly reacts to the intent of that whole. 

When more advanced stages are possible, the part is lost in the whole; the rhythm of the whole subjects the individual to a uniform participation in the synthetic purpose, but the realization of the individual self-awareness persists and enriches the individual contribution, which is now willingly offered, so that the form not only constitutes an aspect of the sum total but the conscious thinking entity knows the fact of the unity of consciousness and of the synthesis of life.  Thus we have three things to bear in mind as we study:


1. The synthesis of life………………… Spirit

2. The unity of consciousness          Soul

3. The integration of forms               Body.


These three have always been at one, but the human consciousness has not known it.  It is the realization of these three factors and their integration into the technique of living which is for man, the objective of his entire evolutionary experience.


It is interesting to note in connection with the Deity that this sensory response to environment provides the entire basis for astrology and for the effect of the constellations upon the solar system and the interplanetary forces.   We might sum it all  up in relation to man as follows:


Man’s form nature reacts in its consciousness to the form nature of Deity.  The outré garment of the soul (physical, vital and psychic) is part of the outer garment of God.


Man’s self-conscious soul is en rapport with the soul of all things.  It is an integral part of the universal Soul, and because of this can become aware of the conscious purpose of Deity.


Man’s spirit is one with the life of God and is within him, deep-seated in his soul, as his soul is seated within the body.


This spirit will in some distant time put him en rapport with that aspect of God which is transcendent, and thus each son of God will eventually find his way to that center—withdrawn and abstracted—where God dwells beyond the confines of the solar system.



Marguerite dar Boggia formerly served as Secretary and Membership Chairperson of ISAR (the International Society for Astrological Research).  She formerly served as publisher of Kosmos, the ISAR Journal  and as Secretary and Director of ISAR and UAC, (the United Astrology Congress).   She is a co-founder of UAC. Her articles are published in the ISAR journal and in other publications.   She can be contacted through her website for these esoteric and astrological teachings.

References:

Bailey, Alice A. Esoteric Psychology I, Lucis Publishing Co. 1962, pp. 54-59


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