Stages of Soul Growth over Hundreds of Lifetimes
Our physical body comes from our parents. We inherit genetics from them. Recent studies in Epigenetics jas unfold a whole new world on how we inherit parental and ancestral karma. Such transgenerational karma also brings along with not only the wounds, fears, curses and vows that flow through the family constellation, but also sometimes bring to us beautiful gifts.
As a Soul, we make a choice and sign up soul contracts with other beings – including our parents, family and friends. We also choose our society, culture, religion, and our surroundings, including the influence of media, environment, gender-related beliefs, and even the period in which we live.
Our Soul’s consciousness belongs to universal intelligence. As the Soul grows, it fuels the Creator’s consciousness that permeates through everything that ever existed, is existed to will exit in future. The fragmentation of the Soul from its Creator caused us t believe we are separate from it. This made s create an independent perception of our reality, based on our unique experiences. We started to look at the work from the lens of duality. We started to create a divide between the good and the bad, the true and the false, the right and the wrong, the beautiful and the ugly.
Our Soul’s consciousness or intelligence so to speak depends on the accumulated experiences gained in all your past lifetimes, including this lifetime. Much of this can be explored through a Soul Profiling Report or an Akashic Records Reading.
Before we dive further, we need to recognize that the soul is an immortal being; it is part of the Creator. In the Theory of Evolution Cycle taught in Level 3 of Healing with Akashic Records, we teach how the Souls were born and what is its ultimate purpose of existence.
The soul’s journey is really a process of evolving. This means growing in consciousness, steadily progressing through different levels or stages of consciousness. How do we grow in consciousness? Through taking on challenging experiences in physical form. These cause us to make important, “soul-searching” choices and call upon us to discover our inner resources. But why is physical form? Why would a perfectly happy spiritual being decide to inhabit the physical realm with all of its limitations and difficulties? It is precisely so that we can experience the state of what feels like total separation from others and from the rest of reality. Only by going into this physically separated human form can we know ourselves as beings in our own right, and not just as … well … undifferentiated blobs of energy. Being physical throws our experiences and choices into extremely sharp relief in a way that is not possible otherwise. This is how we learn who we are and how to become all that we are. In other words, choice and the ramifications of choice provide the essential lessons of life. In a very real sense, you choose to be here in order to make choices.
The Five Cycles of the Souls
The Earth is a wonderful school where many Souls come for their learning, evolution and growth. In this plane of existence, we evolve through different stages by resolving the Karma we have created before coming onto this planet in physical form, as well as over several lifetimes that we have lived on this planet. We, as Souls, undergo is a structured development — a structured way of learning. The Souls go through the five stages of being an Infant Soul, a Child Soul, a Young Soul, A Mature Soul, and Old Soul until they realize their Buddhahood, Krishnahood or Christ Consciousness.
All the five Soul Cycles need to be passed through — there is no skipping or jumping through any Cycle of the Soul. Each Cycle can take up, on average, up to 400 lifetimes, depending on the Soul’s evolution. Each Soul moves according to its own rhythm. However, growth can be accelerated. This is not a hierarchy — it is a stage of development. The count of lifetimes it takes to evolve to the next level depends on how much the soul has learnt in a given series of lifetimes. It is worth noting that there is nothing called a better soul or a poor soul based on its capacity to learn or evolve to the next stage. Each soul is on a journey, a journey of self-exploration, and that there is no comparison to other soul mates.
In the incarnation path of a Soul, the Soul can get stuck at a particular level, and then the progress gets delayed. Suicide is the one thing that causes the Soul to be stuck at a particular level, and be unable to move forward. On the Earth, it is special all the Souls from the different soul cycles mix together (sometimes even living together in a single-family).
The Five Soul Cycles represent the complete incarnation path of a human soul. We can match the Five Dimensional of Being to the Five Soul Cycles: the Infant Soul is at the Body level, the Child Soul is at the Mind level, the Young Soul is at the Intelligence level, the Mature Soul is at the Soul level, and the Old Soul is at the Spirit level.
Stage I: The Infant Souls
Such Souls live primarily in the dimension of the Physical Body, and they identify with the Body. These are newly incarnated Souls who have just come to the Earth and are still adjusting to the physical body. They are very sensitive, defenceless and dependent. They focus on survival and procreation. Such Souls choose to be born in groups where they can take communal responsibility. They usually do not have opinions of their own and do not take responsibility. However, towards the end of the cycle, they get adjusted to the body, as they have experienced joy and pleasure on the Body level. They feel less insecure and less helpless. They are now ready to move onto the next life cycle.
Stage II: The Child Souls
Such Souls live more in the dimension of the Mind. They live according to society — they are ‘obedient children of the society.’ They follow the societal trends, culture, religion, politics etc. They look up to celebrities and successful people in society as their role models. In this Soul cycle, the first karmic ties are created. Responsibility for the Child Soul is just seen in the material sense. They regard people or animals as those who serve their needs — they regard only those who are useful to them, and discard those who are no longer useful. They like to explore the material world, and they are easily influenced by their social circle & trends (they follow blindly). They look at everything that happens to them as destiny or fate. By the end of this cycle, they no longer passively accept what is happening to them as fate. They decide to take action and gain control over their lives; they are ready to accept challenges and strive to succeed.
Stage 3: The Young Souls
Such Souls live on the level of Intelligence. They gain as many experiences as possible. To get experiences, we need to act. They keep trying, and they keep being successful in the material world. At the start of the cycle, these Souls possess a very strong drive to succeed and achieve material wealth and success; they test their strengths and willpower, and in this process, they create a lot of karmic ties. A lot of learning happens at this level. Also, the focus is always on “I,” “me,” “myself,” and “mine”. They measure their self-worth based on their material, external success. They are ambitious, self-driven and possess good leadership skills. Success in the material world gives them great satisfaction. Young Souls have realized that their actions have consequences, but they are not yet ready to take responsibility for the same. Towards the end of the cycle, they have already achieved the peak of success, and start questioning the value of the material achievements. They start to see that these things are fleeting temporary. Money no longer gives enough satisfaction. They lose motivation to strive for wealth or material gain. They see the limitations of money and success. When this kind of thinking starts entering their mind, then they are ready to graduate to the next Soul cycle.
Stage 4: The Mature Souls
Such Souls live in the dimension of the Soul. This is when the Soul starts looking inward and begins to start valuing things that are not outside. Live is lived in search of eternal happiness, joy and self-realization which cannot be achieved through name, fame and money. In this cycle, the karmic debts start to get paid off. At the beginning of the cycle, they search for avenues of potential joy, which they often find in music and arts. They also engage in activities that do not generate a financial gain, such as social & community service work, and charity/humanitarian work. Typically, Mature Souls engage in self-reflection and introspection; they are strong and resilient, and they are responsible — morals and ethics become personal to them. At the end of the cycle, they become true seekers for that which leads to eternal joy and bliss, they engage in meditation practice, and they seek self-realization. Eventually, the shift to the next level happens.
Stage 5: Old Souls
Such Souls live in God-realization. They go through the path of research, teaching and spiritual service. They understand that everything is connected — they live in a state of Oneness. This awakens wisdom and compassion. These Old Souls are service-oriented, loving and compassionate, they live by the Universal Laws, personal ties mean little to them, and they follow the Soul Path. Old Souls start to understand the Law of Karma (cause & effect), and they assume full responsibility for their thoughts, speech and actions. There is no blame and they accept whatever comes their way as a means to growth, wisdom and an opportunity to evolve. Old Souls remain in acceptance and positive surrender, they live in the flow.
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