Paradox of Personality Light

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The paradox, the yes and no of things is pervasive. It’s not just the transcendent that is intellectually elusive. The child asks, “What is a flower?” How can we answer? How deeply do I know what a flower is? Yet we try to answer.

What is a personality; what is the definition and the limit? We say it is vehicle, that it is a mask, that it’s on the surface of things. Then we say all is one, so the soul and personality are one. But there is time we say, and Saturn’s rule is the root of this separation. Yet we sense that time is an illusion, and for those who love, “time is not.” We find no clear dividing line between spirit and matter, between personality and soul, no place where personality ends and soul begins.

The mask we call personality is deceptive. If the mask speaks of the mask, how could it be other than deceptive? Yet, to the degree that it is integrated with soul, the mask is no longer deceptive. There is no mask in honesty, in wholeness, in unity—and unity is the essence of all. Yet, the most transcendent unified light still uses a form. And if a human form and human symbols are used, a degree of imperfection lingers, an element of deception.

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Where then is personality, and where soul? Among actual humans, I do not know if I’ve ever met a personality. I’ve seen faces in degrees of radiance and faces transmuting pain. But in all this alchemy, no personalities like the mental construct. Today, I suggest there is no category of personality rapport and or soul rapport. It may be convenient to speak of them, but they are not what is before our eyes. The existence of personality is factual, but it is not true. Before our eye is an exquisite play of light and shade, a world of gradations in flowing colors and shapes. The persona and its provincial and cosmic matrix are worlds of dancing lights, bits of energy with star-like distance between the points of illusion. The soul is the indefinable light that holds these stars in place and feeds their life.

The shine of personality is attractive. But it is somewhat like a moon, shinning with borrowed light. Its real beauty is not in the form at all, but in the soul shinning through. Personality is love in disguise. Virtually everyone I meet in the normal course of life looks well attired to me. They do not speak the language of personality only, they speak also the language of the soul. They do not always know they speak it, even when they do it very well. We hear the voice behind the voice. They cannot hide it; it is the nature of things. I see where the gleam in the eye comes from, even though they have forgotten to explicitly mention it.

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4 thoughts on “Paradox of Personality Light

  1. this is beautiful and insightful – where does the personality end and the soul begin and yes that gleam in the eye, whose is it – often when observing nature in say masai mare we are told dont interfere to save the lion’s prey from that predator, let nature take its course – i feel the soul has been told that too, look through the eye occasionally but let matter alone dear spirit – this will not be puppetry on divine strings – allow it to evolve and make mistakes to learn so that the shadow follows the one who causes it and you may witness it of course on your safari.

  2. You perhaps have been fortunate, James…never to meet ‘just a personality’, for the world has been full of them for a very long time. That doesn’t mean there is no soul there, only that they are still in process of building the astral and lower mental and have not yet begun to build the antahkarana which connects the soul consciousness even in part, with the personality. There are human beings on the planet right now that represent the states of consciousness from savage to a Christ….but all are equally divine, just at different stages in the demonstration of divinity.

    Think you’ve started a splendid site here, much to explore!

    Nancy.

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