We begin the soul’s unfoldment process with honesty, openness, and willingness to observe without judgment the material mind’s beliefs, values, thought patterns, and behaviors. It is the soul mind that accomplishes this task.
The shadow of the soul’s knowing intelligence is self-doubt. Our material mind reflects shame from the mirrors of shaming material minds. This is why it is easy to lose focus, become distracted, and struggle against meeting the demands of the material world and its consensus reality programs.
Consensus reality programs are the beliefs, opinions and world view of the dominating material mind group that conveys what it considers as true and false, good and bad, successful and unsuccessful, and so on.
After the soul mind has achieved some awareness of the workings of the material mind, the seeker begins to take responsibility for their own internal growth and acquires a measure of self-control over unconscious (or programmed) thoughts, words, and actions.
The shadow of soul-responsibility is rebellion. When a seeker first becomes conscious they have been living inherited programs there is usually a period of rebellion that can even lead to violence. The partially conscious soul does not yet have a balanced and adequate self-appraisal of both the limits and potentials of their own newly discovered sense of personal power.
After acquiring responsibility, the student gradually develops skills in how to heal and forgive the self and to heal and forgive others through empathy, a spiritual quality innate to the soul. The doorway to empathy is understanding; that is, seeing from the other’s perspective. One needs to see with another’s eyes before they can feel with the other’s heart.
The shadow of empathy is judgement and a by-product of the material mind. The material mind mistakes love for the self as vanity and loathing for the self as humility. These distortions are projected onto others. The soul mind sees others as reflections of what it needs to learn most about itself.
Now that the seeker has acquired skills of awareness, responsibility, and empathy, they are now more prepared to discover their true purpose for coming to the material world and what they have come here to manifest for the betterment of that world. Frustration can occur when obstacles present themselves to the unconscious soul that mistakes obstacles as punishment or misfortune.
The shadow of creativity is anarchy. One of the unruliest of shadows is lawlessness and marginalism. Lawlessness fosters ignorance of a person’s soul nature. The universal law of attraction and law of resonance, for example are threads that connect all human beings with the divine naturalness of soul, that is inherently creative and relational.