The Essence Of Our Soul

In earlier posts I spoke about my beliefs regarding the traditional views of Heaven and Hell. I stated that they were an “injustice” and therefore could not exist. In their place I believe in a cycle of rebirths that is orchestrated after our Earthly deaths in the “heavens” which I described as “… a temporary yet remarkable existence that allows us to touch the face of The Greatest Love. To be held in Their comforting embrace, to have all our suffering and pain washed away, and then to reflect upon a life lived with honesty and humility … it is available to all“. The caveat being that these beliefs were not based on any of the messages or visions I received. Instead the beliefs were based on the feeling associated with those messages and visions. The feeling of a merciful god of infinite love.

But I believe a god of infinite love would provide for more in the heavens. If Their love for us is infinite then I believe that god would provide us the opportunity to be reunited with our loved ones in the hereafter. The friends and family we loved most dearly, and who passed away before us in our last life. Not for all eternity but for enough time to remember our past lives together and to share in the loving memories. To be held in their embrace as well, and to experience the wonder of it all.

In turn our temporary existence in the heavens would continue for as long as there remained persons still alive on Earth who were close to us. When they pass away we must be there for them as well. But then we must say our farewells. Once there are no persons remaining on this Earth that we were close to, once the generations have all reunited with us in the heavens, our soul must be reborn to Earth.

This brings us to the question of what constitutes the soul? With a belief in reincarnation along with the heavens, comes the realization that our soul that exists in those heavens must change from the soul that is reborn to Earth. To understand why consider the memories from our last life on Earth. They must be with us in the heavens less we not remember our loved ones that we are reunited with there. But we have no memories of any of our past lives once our soul is returned to Earth. Our memories necessarily differ between the heavens and our next life on Earth. The contents of our soul change.

I believe this adjustment occurs just before our soul is instilled in our new body. And I believe it is always a reduction. Just before reincarnation our soul is reduced to its essence. It is this essence, and only this essence, that follows us from the heavens to the Earth.

In the opposite direction, when a soul transitions from the Earth to the heavens, it is necessarily extended. Consider our memories again. When we enter the heavens I believe memories from all our past lives will come back into focus. This allows us to understand how the essence of our soul came to be. How it was shaped and influenced over our many lifetimes. A loving god would afford us the opportunity to understand why we are, who we are.

What about our thoughts and beliefs? They must follow us to the heavens so that we are recognized by the loved ones we encounter there as the same soul from our previous life. But our thoughts and beliefs are not extended there. We may remember our thoughts and beliefs from prior lifetimes for that is an aspect of our extended memory. But we do not re-embrace them. We only think and believe as we did in our last lifetime. Our thoughts and beliefs can change from one lifetime to the next, and often in conflicting ways. To expect our time in the heavens to be an amalgamation of all the thoughts and beliefs from all our previous lifetimes is to ask for a deranged existence. But when we are ensouled into a new body our thoughts and beliefs must necessarily fade away to be replaced by those which we acquire from our new life.

How about our intellectual abilities? For similar reasons to thoughts and beliefs I believe our intellectual abilities from our last life follow us to the heavens. But I also believe that each new life brings with it a different capacity to understand, think, and reason. An intellectually disabled person in one life may become an extraordinarily gifted scientist, philosopher, or composer in another. I believe it goes further than that: none of our abilities, disabilities, illnesses or disease, in a given lifetime, either physical or mental, define the essence of our soul. They do not follow us to our next life. I believe a god of infinite love would not allow it.

Nor do I believe that the essence of our soul is some inalterable blueprint for certain facets of our being that are dictated for all eternity. Our essence can change with lived experiences and our responses to them. Unlike our genetics which are a fixed influence for a single lifetime, the essence of our souls develop over each of our many lifetimes. Over this span of existence I believe nothing is set in stone. Our genetics will change based on each new body our essence is ensouled into. In turn that essence will learn from, adjust to, and influence the new body and environment that we are reborn into.

What then is the essence of our soul? In an earlier post I said The Greatest Love judges us based solely on the “love in our hearts” as shown by our actions. I now believe that if the soul is the essence of our person, it is our character that is the essence of our soul. Moreover I believe there is no other aspect of our soul that is judged other than our character. Not our thoughts or beliefs. Not our memories, intellect, or reason. Our character is the love in our hearts. It represents the summation of our love as realized over our many lifetimes and it is the starting point from which a new life on Earth begins. To say The Greatest Love judges the love in our hearts is to say They assess our character by understanding the totality of our actions here on Earth.

The decision of which soul to reincarnate into which body is significant and it is made by The Greatest Love alone1. But this soul is just a starting point for our character and the earthly influences of nature and nurture must not be understated. I believe however that ensoulment adds a third influence that is asserted as our mind develops. It then competes and cooperates with our genetic identity (nature) and environment (nurture) to form a person’s ultimate character at any given point in time.

The Greatest Love relies on all three influences to advance our character further. Those advances may sometimes retreat backwards as each new life, along with the free will that accompanies it, allows us to strengthen or weaken our character accordingly. But by the guiding hand of The Greatest Love I believe the trend will be towards strengthening. Over time that strengthening will be reflected in our citizens, our leaders, our communities, our nations, and eventually our World.

Yes our character is the love in our hearts. It is our kindness, humility, generosity, and much, much more. These are the qualities that we must find the need to nurture, the yearning to believe in, and the strength to embrace.

Finally I recall the words of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. His speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial resound in my memory. One passage in particular, of the many inspirational parts of that historic speech, stands out for me. It always has. Given my affinity to that passage one would think that distilling the essence of our soul down to one’s character would have been self-evident. But for me it was not. It took much prayer and reflection. It is one thing to say that we, as a society, should judge others based on the content of their character. It is another to say The Greatest Love does the same. It is another to say that our character is the essence of our soul that follows us between lifetimes. But this is the conclusion I now come to. I believe that Rev. King’s statement was not just a dream for our World, it represents a fundamental truth in the heavens as well: the essence of our soul, that which follows us between lifetimes and on which we will be judged in the heavens, is the content of our character.

1 Ensoulment adds an element to our existence that is neither deterministic nor random. It is a means, by which The Greatest Love intervenes in our World today, and combined with free will it makes our future unpredictable even if the entire state of the material Universe was knowable at a given point in time. There are many others that will disagree with this assessment. For me though my journey started with a belief in a god of infinite love based on the messages and visions I experienced. That belief led me here. To Their intervention in our World via ensoulment. How that intervention is possible I do not know. My mind is incapable of even proposing a hypothesis. But it is what I believe.

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