Hi everyone, here is a basic review of some of the core teachings on the soul and evolution.
The evolution of the soul is rooted entirely in the principal of desire. Desire is the core determinant of all of our evolution. Our choices reflect our desires. Thus our own evolution is ultimately marked by way of the choices that we make.
Desire can be directed towards literally anything within manifest creation: we can desire as much as exists – which is infinite.
However nothing which is desired can provide ultimate satisfaction. Literally everything within manifest creation is ephemeral. Evolution is about gradually exhausting all desires for that which is ephemeral until the only desire remaining is the desire for God/Source.
Ego and soul
Ego implies self image, self identity. It describes who we know ourselves to be, and thus the emotional filter through which we integrate and personalize all experiences.
For as long as a soul is incarnated, the ego and the soul cannot be separated from one another. The ego is ALWAYS a reflection of the inner desire nature of the soul. Understanding this is a core principal in EA work.
To exemplify this, consider a soul transitioning into the second stage of the consensus state. Of course this soul would create a specific personality structure that would reflect its desires. There will be a conscious ego personality that may say something like “You gotta work hard to get ahead.” Or they might feel embarrassed by their first stage consensus parents etc. All this expresses the nature of their ego which itself is a reflection of the desire vibration within the soul.
To consider another example. Jesus, who was third stage spiritual, was known to refer to himself as “Son of God”. That right there describes a soul that is consciously aware of itself as a soul. That was his self image, his ego.
The emotional body is the final step in integrating our experiences. Thus as we evolve from one stage to the next, the thing that shifts is our self image. The inner vibration of the soul always expresses through the human ego.
Wherever the CONDITIONS exit, at any moment in time, that facilitate the evolution of the Soul is where it will be born.
Rad once said that in regards to a question of whether evolution can take place on other planets.
Like a magnet, the soul is drawn into the exact conditions that are a completely unfathomably perfect context for exactly what the soul needs for its own ongoing evolution.
In evolutionary astrology one of the main questions that we focus upon is the question “why”. If we accept that desire determines the total reality a soul comes into, then we can always ask the question “Why THIS particular reality for THIS particular soul? What kinds of desires have lead to the creation of THIS life?”
The answer to “why?” is always going to point back to the soul, however no context can mean the same thing to any two souls. We have to play "astrological detective" in order to determine the inner soul nature that has lead to the specific circumstances of the incarnation.
Every condition, be it a "challenging one" or an "easy one" serves the purpose of the soul's evolution.