The soul begins its journey here, in the physical world, in its original state. The soul is a point of light, bodiless and pure in its essence. It has seven divine qualities of peace, love happiness, purity, truth, bliss, and power. In its original form the soul is complete and perfect. At this time, however, the soul has lost much of its connection to its original form and perfect state. The soul has traveled through time and been subject to the natural law of entropy. It has experienced the descending energy of body consciousness. As a result it reflects negativity and limitation. Now is the time for the soul to begin its return journey, to ascend to its original state once again! How does the soul awaken to its own greatness?
Meditation is not only a journey of the soul into the depths of itself, but also a journey upwards to connect to a higher source of power and love. Despite deep understanding, the soul will not have sufficient power to stay in the ascending stage of positive transformation without the connection to the Supreme Soul. By establishing a relationship and deep, constant connection to the Supreme Soul, the soul begins to regain its lost power. Through this connection, the inner transformation and restoration of the soul’s highest qualities becomes possible. To make this connection requires both practice and understanding. How does the soul connect to the Supreme Soul?
The human soul has access to three levels of consciousness. The lowest level of consciousness, the physical world, is one the soul knows well. Through the physical senses of the body, the human soul and all humanity play out their drama of happiness and sorrow. The soul enters the descending stage, slowly declining in purity and energy as the drama turns. A second level of consciousness, the subtle region, becomes available at this time of transformation. It’s an experience of silence and light. Sometimes referred to as the astral plane or angelic world, its an experience of purity of thought; a world of light and movement, but no sound. Here, the soul experiences its highest self. Beyond the subtle region exists a third level of conscious known as the Soul World, the eternal home of all souls. In this place of golden red light, the soul can meet the Supreme Soul. The soul comes here to connect with the Divine Light, to recharge its batteries, and to come into the ascending energy needed to return to its original state of peace and happiness. Souls come here when its time for the self and the world to transform from darkness into light. That time is now. How does that work, when the entire human family has to regain inner peace and happiness?
The entire human family is depicted on the image of the tree of life. All the diversity of human souls is represented in its roots, trunk, branches and leaves. Every human soul has a place on this beautiful tree, an original place where the soul started its journey through the physical world of matter and time. Whether Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or atheist, every human soul starts its earthly journey in pure peace and with inner power. As the tree grows and matures, souls move through the branches and leaves, eventually losing conscious connection to their original position on the tree. However, now the tree is fully mature, and its time for all souls to return to their original place. The tree has begun to decay, but a new sapling has also begun to grow. Each soul must find its way back to its original place so the tree can once again regenerate into its original pure form. This return journey requires that the soul stay in the ascending energy and accumulate spiritual power. But what is that power? How do the spiritual powers help the soul negotiate everyday life?
As the cycle of time has turned, as the soul has moved further and further away from its original state of peace and purity, its internal power has gradually declined. Spiritual power gives the soul the means to create its own life experience. It is through meditation and the connection to the Supreme Source that spiritual power is restored in the soul. This image depicts the eight main powers developed through raja yoga meditation. These powers, starting at the top of the circle, are the power to pack up, the power to tolerate, the power to accommodate, the power to discern, the power to judge, the power to face, the power to cooperate and the power to withdraw. Each one is unique yet they all interact to give the soul the tools it needs to remain happy and content in every life situation. Imagine how different life would be when you understand and begin to use these spiritual powers.