Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2006 No. 2
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The Flowering of the Soul in the Age of Aquarius
This soul unfoldment is, after all, but one of the great processes of nature.1

Acknowledgement of the powers and purpose of the Soul—the hidden life—giving essence pulsating at the heart of all life, can be traced back to the dawn of time. The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, the Atlantean Priest-King, which some claim date back some 36,000 years B.C. include, for example, appreciation of Ka, or Spirit-Soul, the immortal body of light, not subject to the limitations of the three dimensional physical world:

"Hear ye and liste ye, O children of Khem, ...When ye as men can learn that nothing but progress of Soul can count in the end, then truly ye are free from all bondage, free to work in a harmony of Law."

(Tablet 11)

In ancient Greek mythology the tale of the journey of every Soul in incarnation on planet Earth is veiled in the story of Ariadne's thread: Ariadne gave a ball of golden thread to Theseus to be unwound as he traveled through the tortuously winding paths of the gloomy labyrinth of Crete into which he had been sent by the King, ostensibly as a sacrifice, but in reality to slay the Minotaur, which dwelt at its centre. It was only by means of this gleaming thread, held firmly throughout his terrifying journey that Theseus was able to return safely out of the dark and tangled maze—after slaying the Minotaur.

The key to this story tells us that the King is the Spirit, Ariadne is the Soul, Theseus is every personality, the Minotaur represents ignorance, greed and selfishness, the labyrinth is the darkest stage of every person's descent into the material plane and the Golden Thread is that priceless teaching—the Ageless Wisdom.

In short, always, in all cultures and throughout time, there has been the attempt on the part of Those who Know, to reveal the ways and powers of the Soul—the hidden perfection within every human being.

Tracing the development of humanity throughout its long history on the planet—much longer than is recognized by contemporary science—the Ageless Wisdom details fledgling humanity's progress through the Lemurian and Atlantean periods, developing first an understanding and control of the physical-etheric body and later, of the emotional/desire body, bringing us to the present dawning of the Age of Aquarius, in which a "full flowering of the Soul" is now expected and deemed possible.

As a result of newly available solar and cosmic energies and humanity's innate "mystical perception" that has motivated the individual to reach out and to grasp that which is greater and better than him/herself, and thus, driving the human family onwards, through progressively developing cultures and civilizations, the Master Djwhal Khul explains in the book, Education in the New Age, that "today, humanity stands on the verge of a new kingdom in nature."

What does such a "flowering of the Soul" portend? The qualities and attributes of the Soul are as close to each human being as are his/her ability to imagine and envision the good, the beautiful and the true. Quite simply, the Soul can be defined as the Lord of love and wisdom. Emphasizing its relative place in the infinite realms of Being, it can also be referred to as "the eye of the Monad." Magnetism, love, inclusiveness, unselfishness, joy, intuitive understanding, cooperation, and more are common descriptors of the Soul.

For eons of time, throughout many lives, humanity's ability to experience the Soul has been thwarted and hindered. Moving through the Hall of Ignorance, into the Hall of Learning and finally into the Hall of Wisdom, little by little and step by step increasing numbers of individuals have understood, during those moments of highest exaltation and aspiration, the glories of this next realm of consciousness so that as we move into the Age of Aquarius, a group awareness is now possible.

On behalf of suffering humanity, we therefore must ask, what is it that would hinder the realization of this process? What is it that prevents the sons of men from realizing that they are sons of God? What misconceptions make a prodigal son of the divine Monad, sending the individual forth into the far country to "eat of the husks of mortal existence"?

We can find the answers in the renowned, often quoted and often translated Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—a series of sutras describing the nature of the conditions which deter the human being from unfolding the powers of the Soul and how these can be overcome. These sutras provide the details of the Path of Return, and, at this time of global chaos and crises, what better way to serve humanity than to engage in this greatest of all challenges?

1 The Light of the Soul; the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Alice A. Bailey, © Lucis Publishing Co., New York, p. 255.