Now let us trace the soul in its Cycle of Necessity. It is first differentiated in the highest state of the spiritual realm. It then possesses neither consciousness norfeeling; but is supplied by the ego with energy, and by the ego is given a specific trend. This specific trend is determined by the love vibrations of its angelic parents that brought about the ego’s differentiation. That is, such ego with its two souls is a part of universal society, differing from all other egos. In universal society, as in all meritorious organizations, there is division of labor. Nature moves toward specialization, each specialized part performing a definite function. Therefore, the soul impelled on its cyclic journey is given that trend which offers it the opportunity to develop such attributes as it requires if it is ultimately to fill its proper sphere as a useful member in the cosmos.
It therefore attracts about itself, as the result of the energy supplied it by the ego, a form of spiritual substance of the highest state. Its experiences in this form give it some slight consciousness; being energy, when it repels the present form gives it additional power to attract another form of slightly greater complexity. Its experiences in the second form give it the consciousness, and the attractive ability, later to attract a third spiritual form of higher complexity still.
Its attractive power and its subjective consciousness increasing, it gradually gains the ability to attract forms of grosser spiritual substance; and after much experience living subjective lives in the lowest grade of spiritual substance, it finally gains the power to draw about itself an astral form. This process continues in the astral realm.These forms inhabited on the astral plane are termed elementals. As soon as the experiences in one astral form have been assimilated, this form is repelled and the organizations of energy thus gained enabled it to attract a still more complex, and a still more dense form, until finally a time is reached when the soul has enough energy, or love power at its command, as the result of its experiences in spiritual and astral forms, to enable it to attract about itself a physical form. This is the first objective experience; it becomes incarnated in a mineral.
The mineral form of life is the lowest rung on this Jacob’s Ladder by which the soul descends from, and ascends to, heaven. Carried on the mineral life wave it enters the zone of the planet where its first expression of external life is to be experiences upon the descending arc of its cycle, it attracts to itself the attributes which constitute a crystal of matter. This initial crystal is the simplest form of mineral. The attributes expressed by it are due to the polarizing power of the soul.
After undergoing its cycle of life in the form of the lowest mineral, the soul begins to lose affinity with it, and finally, as the result of repulsion, passes into the astral realms. The mineral is dead. After a period of astral life, however, the soul, by the power of its accumulated love, attracts a new form and undergoes incarnation; this time in a mineral a step higher in the scale of evolution. Having reaped and recorded the experiences of one form, the soul is impelled, by the restless ego in search of wisdom, to exert its power to attract and mold a higher and more complex form. Thus it evolves, step by step, in its first evolutionary state, through the various kinds of mineral life.
From the highest mineral form, the monad is carried into the astral zones corresponding in astrological quality to the next planet of the septenary chain, there to undergo a period of subjective life. This is the second evolutionary state. Finally it is carried forward by the life wave and becomes incarnated, as its third evolutionary state corresponding to the next planet, in the vegetable kingdom. Here the action of love and wisdom evolves it still more rapidly by means of successive births and deaths. The lowly lichen forms but a step, and as it dies the soul, by its inherent power
of love, attracts to itself a higher form of plant life, evolving rung upon rung on the ladder of evolution, ever attracting, evolving, and perfecting forms for more perfect and complex expression; and finally repelling them for those still higher in the gamut, until at last it blooms as the blushing rose.
From the highest type of plant life the evolutionary life wave of the solar system carries the impersonal monad to its fourth evolutionary state, astrologically corresponding to the next planet of the septenary, to undergo another cycle of assimilation in the astral spheres. Thence, after a period of subjective gestation, it passes to the fifth evolutionary state, corresponding astrologically to the next planet, to enter what has now become the animal life wave. Through attraction, or love, the soul becomes incarnated in the lowest form of animal life. Through love, which is the expression of accumulated wisdom, it molds the form it temporarily occupies. Then, after its cycle of experience in this form, the animal dies, and the soul, having more complex needs, or desires, attracts to itself a still more complex form, evolving, through the power of love, or desire, this form to meet as nearly as possible the requirements of its environment.
Having exhausted the realms of animal life, and ever impelled by the restless energy of its ego to seek new and more complex experiences, it passes from the region of its animal experiences to undergo another period of subjective assimilation in the astral spheres, the sixth evolutionary state, corresponding astrologically to the next planet in the septenary; thence onward to the seventh evolutionary state, in which it reaches the climax of incarnated perfection.
In the scheme of universal law the seventh state is always that of action and completion insofar as expression is concerned. The seventh condition is always a synthesis of the six preceding, and constitutes the point of transition to a new octave of existence. So, in the seventh evolutionary state from its commencement, the soul undergoing the Cycle of Necessity attains the estate of manhood, where it recapitulates in a single life all the various states through which it has passed, and attracts to itself the perfect form which has an exact correspondence to every plane, state, and center of life in the universe.
At this point in its journey, for the first time, and as the result of the accumulated impersonal wisdom gathered through the power of love, or attraction, it becomes self-conscious. It is no longer an impersonal being impelled forward by inner and to it unaccountable yearnings. It is now a self-conscious entity endowed with all the responsibility of a morally free agent; a responsibility varying in individual cases, being proportional to the ability and the opportunity”.