God is a Spirit and the soul is the living potential of God. The soul’s demand for free will and her separation from God resulted in the descent of this potential into the lowly estate of the flesh. Sown in dishonor, the soul is destined to be raised in honor to the fullness of that God-estate which is the one Spirit of all Life. The soul can be lost; Spirit can never die.
The soul remains a fallen potential that must be imbued with the reality of Spirit, purified through prayer and supplication, and returned to the glory from which it descended and to the unity of the Whole. This rejoining of soul to Spirit is the alchemical marriage that determines the destiny of the self and makes it one with immortal Truth. When this ritual is fulfilled, the highest Self is enthroned as the Lord of Life and the potential of God, realized in man, is found to be the All-in-all.
The master Morya describes the origin of the soul:
Let us ... see what portion of the Infinite One has been realized in the immediate forcefield of that which you call your self. The seed of this self, of course, had to come forth from the Great God Self, for there is no other source from whence it could come. Cycling through the spheres of the great Monad of Life, the seed of self-awareness gathers skeins of light—thread by thread, wound and woven, woven and wound about the point of awareness, building an energy field. And the seed becomes a soul born out of Spirit’s own union with life. And the soul is a miniature sun revolving about the central sun of Universal Being....
The sphere of God-being is a whirling atom that is called the Alpha-to-Omega. Out of the whirling of the polarity of the I AM THAT I AM, the seed of the soul is born. And as it moves through the cycles of the Monad, it forms a new polarity with the center. And the electron of selfhood, a new selfhood, is born....
As God multiplied himself over and over again in the I AM Presence (the individualized spark of being), the seeds that became souls—the souls that were thrust from the planes of Spirit—became living souls in the planes of Matter ... the emergent souls gathered skeins of Matter to form the vehicles of selfhood in time and space—the mind, the memory, the emotions tethered to the physical form. Thus veiled in flesh and blood, the soul was equipped to navigate in time and space.
The dwelling place of the soul is the seat-of-the-soul chakra. This chakra is located midpoint between the base-of-the-spine chakra and the solar-plexus chakra, which is located at the navel. The soul is called by God to mount the spiral staircase from the seat-of-the-soul chakra to the secret chamber of the heart, where she meets her beloved Holy Christ Self.
The ascended masters have referred to the soul as the child who lives inside of us. Psychologists have dubbed the soul “the inner child.” The soul by any other name is still the soul. And we are her parents and teachers, even as we are her students.
For more information
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of the Higher Self, volume 1 of the Climb the Highest Mountain® series, pp. 7–11.
Elizabeth Clare prophet, The Story of Your Soul: Recovering the Pearl of Identity.
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of the Higher Self, volume 1 of the Climb the Highest Mountain® series, pp. 7, 8.
Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 35, no. 58, November 29, 1992.
Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 38, no. 29, July 2, 1995.
- El Morya, The Chela and the Path: Keys to Soul Mastery in the Aquarian Age, chapter 3.