The Evolution of Your Personality and Soul
Letting Spirit Shine

Personality, or "persona", is our self-image, the way we want to be seen in the world. This dimension of our being is primarily concerned with surviving perceived threats, sustaining ourselves, and attaining status in the eyes of others. These are evolutionary drivers that have served us well. With willpower and strategizing we make our way in the world. But when we have experienced physical or emotional trauma in early life we tend to continue to perceive threat where there is none, struggle for existence in a world of plenty, and employ constant vigilance in a world that is not as unsafe as we imagine. Early trauma caused us to develop ingenious strategies to protect our hearts from being hurt again. But as adults, these strategies can seriously limit us. If the personality (sometimes called ego) is going to evolve, there comes a time when it is necessary to become conscious of the trauma, so that we are not run by it unconsciously. As seen in the image above, the personality tends towards over-thinking, worrying, and strategizing, in an attempt to rationally solve life's problems. While thought is, in itself, a spiritual activity, when it is in service exclusively to survival and status-seeking, it gets caught in a self-enclosed loop and actually becomes a source of suffering. Ultimately, it is by consciously honouring feelings, embracing vulnerability, and listening for soul's guidance that we discover wholeness and healing. Soul permeates and encompasses personality. Soul is the depth dimension of human beings, connected both to Earth and to what the ancients called "the heavens". When we are experiencing the world in an ensouled way, we know ourselves to be a manifestation of 13.8 billion years of evolution, personalized in us. We also know ourselves to be expressions of Spirit. All the creativity that fashioned a universe is alive in us, and seeking to create a unique future—through you! The language of soul tends to be in imagery, not in rational thought. Soul is in love with beauty, exerting evolutionary pressure on the personality to relax its vigilance and consent to open up to its next stage of growth. It's core concerns are more about intimacy, intensity, and immensity than about survival or status. The predominate orientation of soul is humility, reverence, and gratitude for life. There is also a greater lightness of being, less worry, and greater capacity for joy and authentic love. The poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: "I am large. I contain multitudes". This is the language of soul. As personality feels an evolutionary draw to soul, so soul feels drawn to Spirit.Spirit permeates and encompasses both soul and personality. Both are manifestations of Spirit incarnated in our universe.In itself, Spirit is formless, pure light, pure awareness and pure consciousness. The whole universe is Spirit embodied. This is the wisdom and revelation of every mystical lineage. While Spirit is ineffable, it is closer to us than our own breath. The core imperative of Spirit in space and time is that all obstacles to love be engaged, brought to the light of consciousness, and transcended. When we are feeling and living from Spirit we know love to be our highest, most sacred calling, and we feel at one with All That Is. To be in Spirit is to experience timelessness, which is why all the great traditions teach that it is important to be present to our experience, in the here and now. When we are truly present, we know ourselves to be Spirit incarnate.

Soul permeates and encompasses personality. Soul is the depth dimension of human beings, connected both to Earth and to what the ancients called "the heavens". When we are experiencing the world in an ensouled way, we know ourselves to be a manifestation of 13.8 billion years of evolution, personalized in us. We also know ourselves to be expressions of Spirit. All the creativity that fashioned a universe is alive in us, and seeking to create a unique future—through you! The language of soul tends to be in imagery, not in rational thought. Soul is in love with beauty, exerting evolutionary pressure on the personality to relax its vigilance and consent to open up to its next stage of growth. It's core concerns are more about intimacy, intensity, and immensity than about survival or status. The predominate orientation of soul is humility, reverence, and gratitude for life. There is also a greater lightness of being, less worry, and greater capacity for joy and authentic love. The poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: "I am large. I contain multitudes". This is the language of soul. As personality feels an evolutionary draw to soul, so soul feels drawn to Spirit.

Spirit permeates and encompasses both soul and personality.  Both are manifestations of Spirit incarnated in our universe.In itself, Spirit is formless, pure light, pure awareness and pure consciousness. The whole universe is Spirit embodied. This is the wisdom and revelation of every mystical lineage. While Spirit is ineffable, it is closer to us than our own breath. The core imperative of Spirit in space and time is that all obstacles to love be engaged, brought to the light of consciousness, and transcended. When we are feeling and living from Spirit we know love to be our highest, most sacred calling, and we feel at one with All That Is.  To be in Spirit is to experience timelessness, which is why all the great traditions teach that it is important to be present to our experience, in the here and now. When we are truly present, we know ourselves to be Spirit incarnate.