MATURING OF THE SOUL
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© May 2015, L. D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
This is a more advanced article, but one that will interest some people. It describes, in general terms, the changes that a person goes through as one advances in mental or spiritual development.
STAGE 1. THE EGO STAGE
In the early stages of soul development, a person is most interested in adventure. This can include romance, sex, wealth, power, thrills, and drama. This stage may involve travel, having many friends, living in big houses, and other pleasures of the world and of the flesh.
These adventures build the ego part of the brain and the soul, often filling it with superficial and false ideas, dark memories, neuroses, and even psychoses and other imbalances at a soul level.
STAGE 2. THE STAGE OF DISILLUSIONMENT
After years or millennia of the adventures described above, the soul, usually begins to tire of the adventures, and looks for something more. This is reminiscent of the parable of the prodigal son, for those familiar with the New Testament or Christian Bible.
The soul has extended itself or projected itself into the world as far as it can comfortably. It begins to be plagued by doubts, boredom, and a general malaise that won’t go away, even with new adventures, new relationships, and so on. A new search begins. This has many names, such as the search for truth, the search for real love, or the search for God.
This is a turning point for all souls. It is when true seeking begins. The superficial life no longer offers much solace or comfort for the soul. A new type of life has begun for the developing soul. This stage of soul development can last a long, long time, as can the previous one.
The Jeshua CDs from Shanti Christo Foundation use the word metanoia to describe this turning in the seat of the soul. Many of those reading this article have reached this point, I believe, because those who are just seeking adventure probably would not be too interested in this article.
This stage is the beginning of “the seeking for God”. Unfortunately, the one doing the seeking is the ego mind, which has been built up over millennia. As a result, the search is often rather selfish in nature, in spite of the ego’s claim to the contrary. This means the soul still is looking for more adventure, “love”, or friends than it had before. The main difference is the soul has figured out that these things are not to be found on the surface of life. So the soul searches more deeply, which is good. This stage of development or maturity is common in the twenty-first century A.D. on earth.
STAGE 3. ACCEPTING HELP
The soul’s ego search for truth, love and God may go on for thousands of years, through numerous lifetimes or bodies. Ultimately, however, the soul fails at this quest. The reason is that truth and love are not “of the world”, as the Bible explains. As a result of this failure, the soul’s malaise, anxiety and fear once again rises.
The soul now moves on to another stage of development in which it realizes that it needs help or guidance to achieve its goal. This is always a time of much confusion. One may join a religion, read many books, pray a lot, visit gurus or teachers, and so on.
The major religions on earth are there to assist people who are in this stage of their soul development or soul maturity. The world’s major religions advocate various lifestyles, rituals, prayers, other activities and prohibitions that can help the soul move ahead.
STAGE 4. THE STAGE OF DISASTER
Eventually, the soul will stumble upon or realize that just any help will not do. Most available help is just not good enough to give the soul what it really wants. As a result, the search of the soul changes in nature. This brings us to another important stage where many people are today.
The soul becomes disillusioned with most guidance, and with most earth religions. Many people are at this stage of development. They want more than empty rituals, doctrines, and lifestyles prescribed for everyone by their religion or teacher. They want personalized guidance, instead. This is not easy to obtain, however. As a result, many millions of people sort of float around, seeking but not finding, knowing they are seeking something special for themselves, but not knowing how to find what they seek.
They do not realize that the guidance they seek cannot be obtained through the ego mind. Indeed, the ego must disintegrate first, so that the brain and body are truly receptive to the guidance that is always available, but unable to be heard with the ego mind.
To help move a person along at this stage, often at this time “life hits them hard”. Misfortune, disease, death of a loved one, poverty, or some other tragedy occurs. They do not realize that the real goal or message of this event is to help them wake up. This stage may be called the stage of disaster, at least for the ego.
STAGE 5. BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE EGO
The effect of the stage of disaster is that the person often moves on to the next stage of development or maturity. The most important feature of this aspect of the soul’s journey is that the ego of the soul begins to disintegrate, or be put aside. This is another difficult stage. To some degree, one must let go of what one thinks he or she knows.
Instead, one must learn to accept guidance from “the still, small voice within”, and perhaps from others who are wiser and more mature. This advice may seem strange and even awful. For example, one might be told to start a new career, to leave a bad marriage, to have a child when this was not one’s plan, to become a missionary in a foreign nation, or to dedicate one’s life to helping the poor. These are often the types of guidance that one will receive in this stage.
This type of guidance is not about “falling in love”, “making more money” or “having more friends. Instead, it is designed to challenge the soul in new and usually unselfish ways.
This is a humbling time for most all souls. All the old ego pleasures may have to be put aside. However, if one listens and obeys the guidance, a person can make great strides quickly toward greater maturity and wisdom.
This stage is common on earth today, also. It may go on for more thousands of years, although lately there is an acceleration of this stage, it seems. This is bringing many more souls into alignment with the “holy spirit” or with the “still, small voice within”. This explains the popularity of Christianity at this time in history. In fact, this is a relatively advanced stage, although it is not the last one.
STAGE 6. THE END OF THE SEEKER
This is mainly a future stage of development. In this stage, souls realize that the very thought of seeking keeps them from finding the real answers. This may sound crazy, but it is true. I will explain:
You see, “the seeker” is still an aspect of the ego mind. Only now it enjoys seeking for truth, not seeking for money, sex or “love”. But the egotistical seeker is still in charge. Once the soul realizes this subtle egotistical style of seeking, it must let it go, realizing that it is still a selfish ego style of seeking.
For example, Jesus of Nazareth spoke of the pride of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were the outwardly pious and often pompous religious Jewish leaders who lived at the temple at the time of Jesus.
He was referring to “spiritual pride”, an aspect of the ego that is common among religious people. They are haughty and proud of their religious observances. In other words, their egos are still very much intact, even though they say they seek only truth and God. Often others who are not in the religion see this much more clearly than the religious people do. They point to this pride and therefore discount the value of their religion.
If one passes through this stage intact, which does not always happen, the soul learns to really hear and listen to the guidance of the “holy spirit”, and learns that it must truly surrender the ego. Instead, it must ALLOW the leading of the “holy spirit” to guide each moment of one’s life. Life is no longer about striving for this or that. Christians speak of this stage as being “saved”, being “born again”, “slain in the Spirit”, and “living with Christ”.
STAGE 7. ATONEMENT OR ONENESS WITH GOD OR THE ONE
This is a final stage of development or maturity for many souls. One lets go of the ego, and just lives day to day, receiving daily instructions and following without striving. The important thing about this stage is that the ego is not in charge, or much less so. Instead, “the holy Spirit” or God really is in charge.
The glamour of the ego is gone, for the most part. Life becomes a different kind of adventure. It becomes a retracing process, with interesting twists and turns. At this stage, others will rarely understand you. You may do things and go places that make little sense to the materialistic person. You are like the wind – hard to hold on to and impossible to figure out exactly where life will take you next.
This stage can last for the duration of the life of the soul or person. It can extend for thousands of years, in some instances. One becomes little more than “God’s little helper”, the “voice for God”, and the “hands, feet and voice for Christ”, to use a Christian description of this stage of development.
The Jeshua material says of this stage that “you may be asked to speak before thousands of people, or you may be asked to sweep the streets”. It matters not at all to the person at this stage, because it is all part of a giant tapestry or matrix that is awakening the world and all the souls to their true nature and their true destiny.