Selves and Soul * Karmic Choices In Space and Time

As the Soul sends forth its Selves, it is creating and weaving together its experience within a magical Web known as the mandala. The Soul’s experience thus unfolds in distinct physical lifetimes, drawn together into karmic patterns as thematic designs emerge.

These lives are all interconnected, though literally thousands of years in Earth time may lie between them. For long periods, a Soul may investigate life through one civilization, reincarnating there many times.

The experiences may focus on any number of themes, and sometimes can revolve around the comfort of remaining with one’s Soul Group - which may - but may not - coincide with nations, races and geographies.

Inherent within this pattern - and a key to karma and its balancing function - is the unity of opposites theme which underlies the Chinese Book of Changes (I Ching).

For purposes of Soul focus, one’s Selves may remain quite unaware of the activities of another Self or group of Selves. Sometimes a series of lives may cluster in historical periods which follow each other; however this is not always the case.
For example, a Soul might not send any Selves into the Middle Ages but have some lives both before and after this Earthly time frame, depending on goals and opportunities therein.
A person (Self) tends to experience places and kinds of lives which are linked thematically in terms of interest and growth. Lives are also chosen for the purpose of maintaining relationships of love, friendship and family ties, as well as finding kindred Souls whose Selves are interested in similar historical adventures and the nurturing of a group or national project. Sometimes a particular time and place offers opportunities for science, medicine, or freedom of thought which other time periods do not.

And of course, we choose some lives very much with a view to making changes in the patterns one has created, if these are not satisfactory. This is another way of saying we may live out some lives mandated by the exacting, balancing aspects of the law of Karma, whereas at other times, we enjoy the easier growth-promoting aspects of these Laws.

An important truth is that we do not always experience karmic consequences or the laws of cause and effect in strictly literal terms. There is a much finer Intelligence at work in the Web.  Not surprisingly, when we think about it, symbolism is extremely prominent in the writing of karmic language. The example Edgar Cayce gave was that of a man who had shed a great deal of blood (killed) in one life and then had leukemia (lack of red blood cells) in another.

This would be only one of many possibilities as to why one might have leukemia - but this example demonstrates also how the concept of Grace may come in. Sometimes we experience the symbolic, sometimes less violent, and often much more private forms of “Self meeting the Self”, as Cayce liked to describe karma. Thus learning to recognize symbolism is a vital part of one’s advanced spiritual life.

Carl G. Jung was a pathfinder, the first western shaman, and a great psychiatrist pioneering depth psychology and multiple other new ideas.

The Specialist Soul

It is quite common for a Soul to specialize in an area of human life. It will send forth many reincarnational Selves into various time frames where important developments may be taking place in an area such as medicine, science, art, philosophy, spirituality or politics. In time, some of these will arrive as “geniuses”.  Some will be freedom fighters, pathfinders.  Often they seem to personify those we think of a gods and goddessess, the Forms and archetypes which seem to lie behind human experience.

The Self working in such an area may have little in their lifetime suggestive of other karmic or balancing responsibilities, leading a personal life divorced from their public persona. On the other hand, they may be awash in difficult circumstances and we may suspect that they are piling up some karmic work to be undertaken in other lives, when they are less preoccupied with the talent or the mission they are developing.

Gender and The Tree of Human Sexuality
Gender is a vast, intense area of Soul experience. Seth, channelled by Jane Roberts speaks of the Tree of Human Sexuality and - quoted extensively in this Reddit post - of all the quite natural variations of sexuality in this and other worlds. We are learning, in modern times, that the dance of the Male and Female in time and space is by no means binary; it is far more dramatic and complex.

From a series of lives as a woman one might switch genders, spending many lifetimes within interconnected male identities. The reverse is true - many lifetimes as a male would be balanced by lives as a woman. Within this simple binary framework exists great conflict, as we have seen throughout history, and karma will be played out on the field of gender more often than not.

But gender is by no means fixed, and it is no surprise that these opposites would be played out in shades of sexuality. Increasingly, we are coming to understand sexuality as choice and creativity in each lifetime - sometimes male, sometimes female, and sometimes non-binary, two-spirit, or transgender variations.

At the heart of the physical, however, remains the essence or archetypes of Male and Female, which can be experienced more or less exclusively, or as a blend, regardless of chosen sexual identity. The Male and Female represents a unity of opposites - often in conflict - which all Souls, through their Selves in time/space, come to project and experience in pursuit of a harmony which brings existential meaning and great joy.

Balto, Famous Sled Lead Dog

Lead Dog On the Sled * Pushing Through To Triumph
Balto, Heroic Lead Dog on Sled Vaccine Mission to NomeThe Soul sends forth, from time to time, Selves who have specific tasks in relation to the Whole. In Life Readings, for example, a client might be identified as “the lead dog on the Sled” for the other Selves who might follow, or be waiting, somewhere in Time.

A lead dog relates to the dog teams pulling sleds in Arctic regions. He is a special dog indeed, treasured for his unique qualities of courage, determination and trail-finding skill. Facing first into the wind and unbroken snow, the lead dog must have a great heart, for he opens the spaces into which the rest of the team can follow.

Sometimes if one’s life seems exceptionally hard, it is quite possible that one is making those first tracks in the snow for a new endeavour….it will be easier for other Selves to follow.

The Saint or Christ Self Life
Sometimes a Self acts literally as a martyr - this is a Christ-like Self sent from from the Soul to take on a great deal of the karma for other Selves, It is rather like the Great Shamans, said to come into the world only rarely to help rid the world’s aura of its darkness. Perhaps Christ was one of these.

The mission is an attempt to break a kind of karmic deadlock - a state of being “stuck” in some of the lessons, trapped in parts of the Web. In such a situation, then, after many Sekves choosing lifetimes as a male, and as a solder, the Soul might send forth a Self to be a great civil and human rights activist, knowing and indeed seeking, a final act of grace in accepting death as part of the mission.

Or the Soul may send for a female devoted to emancipation of women - transmitting grace to the Soul’s own male Selves, and at the same time creating a great pool of energy for all women to draw upon.

We can see, therefore, how difficult it is to identity or assign karma - as balancing or retribution - in our own or another’s life. This is especially true of difficult lives. For karma as a law is more subtle, more beautiful, and more grace-filled than is often thought.

Surprisingly, we don’t consciously choose when and how we live through karmic connections. These rise and fall within our unconscious in accordance with greatlaws embedded within the mandala which supports our lives as a Soul. We only glimpse these laws in their outplay as we find ourselves shaped on the Potter’s Wheel.

Comes the Shaman
It is also true, however, that when we seek, we find. For long periods of our Soul history, we may live at quite unconscious, automatic levels of karmic law. As we reach spiritual maturity, we are invited by the Higher Self to participate in a more conscious weaving of the tapestry of the Soul.

We begin to have past-life memories that are awakened and supported in synchronicities. In dreams, meditations, psychic readings, and esoteric astrology, we are shown karmic patterns in this life which lead like bright threads into other lives and back again into the here and now.

We find ourselves striking out on paths far from the dogma of old institutions. We may be visited by strange presences, such as the Bear, or the Eagle. It is no longer easy to engage with the world…it is only a matter of time before The Way of the Shaman enters our lives

In this lifetime — and there will be more than one of these — it is possible to reach through the veil of the time/space Web and touch another of one’s Selves. Here, there is a possibility of a kind of psychic, shamanic, plastic surgery…One may bring through the veil qualities and strengths acquired and shown in another life, and absorb it into the Self here and now.:  courage, faith, determination, freedom from anxiety, and even the capacity to love.

This is very advanced shamanic work, and it works both ways. One can transmit to a Self in another time/space something very much needed, a message, a quality, even the ability to seemingly miraculously “escape” from a situation or set of bonds.

Shamanism may begin in one or more lifetimes as a calling to the role of community healer, the one who goes between worlds to repair the public realm. Sooner or later, however, it becomes the solitary path for this is the only path when we make the turn, and begin the journey Home. Here, our experiences become more and more magical, and our travels may literally be to the stars. We are entering the Soul’s own Dream Time.

© Carol Leigh Rice 2024

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