The Nature of the Soul

By Su Maya
Inter-Faith Minister And Spiritual Counselor

Over the years, we have come to understand the nature of the Soul as a grouping of collective memories and experiences that are in the unconscious. All our many lives on Earth in the process of soul evolution, bring higher and higher levels of refinement to our form and function, to the choices we make and our depth of compassion. We can visualize this as a linear progression on a horizontal plane.

The individual person is also said to be existing on many levels of awareness at once, while only being active on a specific focus of attention, usually the body and its needs. That is the reason for learning meditative techniques which allow the inidividual to explore and hold their attention on higher levels, which expands the consciousness. This can be visualized as a vertical axis of progression.

On these other levels, such as in hypnotic states, one can reach deeper memories, gain insights and creativity, contact ancestors, angels and the Ascended Masters. Many of the writings that have come to us throughout the ages are reports from such encounters and direct knowledge. There are also manuscripts that label these, similar to the archetypes that were described by Carl Jung in his treatises on the collective unconscious.

The Native American Indians and other tribal cultures have said that the animal spirit of the Bear family or Crow, for example, in which all crows know one another, are part of the same soul family and bring the spirit of their lives back to the land of origin. Perhaps it is easier to picture that each species has its own parent soul which encodes each generation of births and rebirths with much of the same instinctual behaviors, based on prior knowledge and that there are inter-species experiences that get relayed back and forth to share.

Individual tribes have aligned their journeys here with clans of animal spirits and continue the tradition to this day. Even contemporary people are said to resemble or relate to a particular animal. This is most likely a true soul connection, to an inner memory, to other lives and travels.

Now, let us view the soul within an even greater context called the Oversoul. The term oversoul was first introduced to me in the '70s by the late writer Jane Roberts through her series of Seth books and spiritual fiction, in which a soul can manifest itself into many forms and points of awareness. So soul mates, soul families, and soul groups are related, even though they may appear in physical reality as varying cultures, species or eras in time. Past, present and future lives co-existing all at once, higher selves and lower selves conversing.

It is possible to see a soul as an ocean, far greater than an individual can perceive of itself. In that ocean, a point of conciousness can be aware of itself, its needs and hungers, its belongings etc., like a fish, a crab or a crop of seaweed. Each point of awareness is limited to its own view and sensations in the very moment that it is alive. Unless given the larger perspective, it is not aware that it is the ocean which is its soul, its Self. In addition, one body is not able to receive, process and sort all of the information that is possible through the myraid other points of reference which its soul created within the paradigm of Ocean.

In another shift of paradigm, it is possible to see that the billions of people on the planet, are just part of one Oversoul of Human Being. The focal point of one individual may be considered a cell of a much greater whole being. All your feelings add to the whole being, including the ones that you like or dislike, the ones you don't know, the ones you watch on TV, whether you perceive them as causing pain, injustice or good deeds, all lives bring this information home again.

This is what is called Adam Kadmon in the Qabalah, meaning the "first being". While there are references in the book of Genesis, Adam Kadmon is not exactly the Adam in the Bible story. It is more like the prototype of the oversoul of humanity in its perfected state, with all the possibilities and potentialities inherent in God's vision for the total accumulation of men's lives. In their ascended domain, the Masters such as Christ or Buddha, are good examples for us. Their energy is not limited to a body and can touch many lives at once.

Therefore, every cell and every local point of awareness is part of the entire evolution of an Oversoul. Even the spaces between are full of energetic connections and emanations.

Keeping this in mind, it is easier to see why people do some of the things they do, even if we do not agree with them. It does not really give permission to be harmful or decadent with your life, but it is easier to forgive yourself for the mistakes and corrections, for the suffering and healing you have tried to do for the sake of a higher cause.

Life is a gift that should be cherished, and used to evolve the whole of God's Universe. Use your life to fulfill the purpose your Soul has given you in the larger scheme of things.

I hope this brings some light and understanding to the long journey Home. Peace be unto you and every innocent one.

~ ~ ~ Su Maya is an inter-faith minister and spiritual counselor. For 22 years she has been receiving and sharing direct knowledge through various media, including fines arts, channelled writings and radio transmissions. Living as a monk now, she provides private sessions by phone only. For more information see: or call All Faiths Consulting: 919-202-0096.