The concept of soul evolution is derived from the belief that the average individual is spiritually incomplete but is moving toward a state of illumination or completeness.
The rational mind, disconnected from its intuitive counterpart, treats the subject of spirituality as a peripheral, with the intellect as the center. The intellect thrives on books and practices touting spirituality, but is itself incapable of wading into an experiential unity with the light it craves.
When we attempt to make the intellect the starting point of our spiritual understanding, we’re trying to make the peripheral central, trying to turn a light-reflecting planet into a life-giving sun.
The self-image considers the intellectual endeavor the supreme way of knowing, impeding our attempts to establish a consciousness grounded in the soul.
Many spiritual traditions teach that humankind is separate from God and their purpose is to offer a way back to God.
Adam and Eve’s being cast from the Garden of Eden is the ancient Hebrew’s explanation of why life on earth can be such a struggle. We’ve disobeyed God.
The serpent in the Garden represents the belief that the quality of one’s life improves primarily through some sort of material acquisition.
The “fall” depicts the birth of the senses-based self-image that sees itself as separate from God and looks to outside sources to complete itself.
The cherubim guarding the entrance to the Garden represent the truth that the senses-based self-image cannot partake of the fruit of the tree of life and then live forever. The soul and the senses-based self-image are incompatible. They can never evolve into a state of unity.
The Perceptual Problem: The senses report that we are separate from our environment, other people and the spiritual reality to which we owe our existence. The soul is relegated to an inconsequential abstraction. The senses-driven self-image becomes the ruling force, its development and bolstering, our primary focus.
We struggle with the meditative process because we attempt to access the tree of life, the soul, from the subconscious storehouse of intellectually gleaned concepts rather than through the intuitive portal that leads to the soul’s inner sanctum.
Paul’s “unspiritual man” (the self-image) never fell from the Garden because he was never there in the first place. The self-image can never become what the soul already is.
The fall is a depiction of the central I migrating from the all-sustaining soul to the senses-based self-image where its sustenance is gleaned from external sources. This migration begins in childhood and continues throughout the so-called formative years.
In philosophy, panpsychism—the view that consciousness is the universal feature of all things—was once the default theory. The spiritual rather than the material realm was the accepted source of all that is seen, the foundation upon which the visible world rested.
Science cannot explain how life/consciousness arose from dumb matter.
Near-death and Brain Research
NDE of Pam Reynolds. One of the best documented NDE.
NDE research demonstrates that the soul is already functioning at a level that defies current models of both brain science and the spiritual evolutionist. The evidence strongly suggests that the brain and its physical senses actually hinder the full functionality of consciousness.
We can link the quality of our material environment to the positive or negative influence of our belief system, but we cannot do the same with the soul. Our soul remains unaffected by false beliefs, negative thinking, and any material restrictions these may have imposed.
It seems, “the mystery hidden for ages and generations” that was grasped by the likes of Paul, has once again slipped from our mainstream thinking. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” now dangles from a pole at the end of a very long evolutionary journey, the end of which is not possible to reach.