Part III – Can the fact of the Soul be Proved?

The first step towards substantiating the fact of the soul is to establish the fact of survival, though this may not necessarily prove the fact of immortality.  It can nevertheless be regarded as a step in the right direction.  That something survives the process of death, and that something persists after the disintegration of the physical body, is steadily being proved.  If that is not so, then we are the victims of a collective hallucination, and the brains and minds of thousands [Page 99] of people are untrue and deceiving, are diseased and distorted.  Such a gigantic collective insanity is more difficult to credit than the alternative of an expanded consciousness.  This development along psychic lines does not prove the fact of the soul, however; it only serves to break down the materialistic position.

It is among the thinkers of the race that the first assured recognition of the soul will come, and this event will be the result of the study and analysis, by the psychologists of the world, of the nature of genius and the significance of creative work.

Some men and women in the world tower above their fellow men, and produce that which is superlative in its own field; their work has in it the element of divinity and of immortality.  The work of creative artists, the intuitive perception of great scientific investigators, the inspired imagination of the poets of the world and the vision of the illumined idealists, have all to be accounted for and explained, for the laws under which such men and women work have yet to be discovered.  The close study, by the psychologist, of the abnormal and the subnormal, of warped and distorted minds and of defective equipments, has been over-emphasized, and due attention has not been given to the divinely abnormal, and to those types of consciousness which transcend the ordinary human state of intelligent awareness.  These latter super-normal states find expression through the medium of the great artists, musicians, dramatists, writers, and the many other types of creative workers who have been the glory of the human kingdom down the ages, and who will flame forth during the coming century with greater glory still.

When the hypothesis of the soul is accepted, when the nature of the spiritual energy which flows through the soul is admitted, and when the mechanism of the force centres is [Page 100] studied, we shall make rapid progress towards knowledge. When, through meditation, experiment is made to produce creatively some of the beauty contacted, some of the ideas revealed and some of the patterns seen, we shall learn to cultivate genius and understand how to train people to work creatively.  Then much will be discovered about the centres in man where the divine principle has its dwelling, and from which the Christ within[i] can work.  The study of the super-conscious must be undertaken, and not simply the study of the self-conscious or of the sub-conscious.  Through this study, carried forward with an open mind, modern psychology will eventually arrive at a recognition of the soul.

The range of investigation is so wide that I can only indicate some of the possible fields of research ….

It is, however, from the field of science that the greatest help will come.  The fact of the soul will eventually be proved through the study of light and of radiation and through a coming evolution in particles of light.  Through this imminent development we shall find ourselves seeing more and penetrating deeper into that which we see today.  One of the recognised facts in the realm of natural science has been the cyclic change in the fauna and flora of our planet.  Animals, plentiful and familiar many thousands of years ago, are now extinct, and by means of their bones we endeavour to reconstruct their forms.  Flowers and trees that once covered the surface of our planet have now entirely disappeared and only their fossilized remains are left to indicate to us a vegetation vastly different to that which we now enjoy.  Man himself has changed so much that we find it difficult to recognise homo sapiens in the early primitive races of the far distant past.  This mutability and obliteration of earlier types is due to a major factor among many.  The quality of the light which promotes and nurtures growth, vitality and fertility in the kingdoms of nature has changed several times during the ages, and as it has changed it has produced corresponding mutations in the phenomenal world.  From the standpoint of the esotericist, all [Page 102] forms of life on our planet are affected by three types of light substance, and at the present time a fourth type is gradually making its presence felt.  These types of light are:

  1. The light of the sun.
  1. The light in the planet itself—not the reflected light of the sun but its own inherent radiance.
  1. A light seeping in (if I may use such a phrase) from the astral plane, a steady and gradual penetration of the “astral light” and its fusion with the other two types of radiance.
  1. A light which is beginning to merge itself with the other three types and which comes from that state of matter which we call the mental plane—a light in its turn reflected from the realm of the soul.

Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology I, pp 98-102

To be continued in Part IV


[i] The tendency to pure love-wisdom

 

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