Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul
The Act of Being Born is a
Continuously Creative Process
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
During childhood, we subconsciously remember the vibration pattern of earlier lives.
We recall or review at the same time the previous phases of planetary evolution. Individual Karma gets inspiration once more from the long term past. Before we are born, we are immersed as a sea animal in the amniotic fluid of our young mother’s body. After birth, some time is spent in deep meditation as the reincarnating individuality slowly approaches the new body. Through the eyes of a newborn, Eternity itself looks at the world – and inaugurates a new tool for the learning of the soul.
As time passes, the baby creeps as a reptile and walks like a four-legged animal. While playing, developing different actions and feeling joy or fear, he experiences one more time in various ways the primitive forms of life in the planet. He essentially starts again from the point he left in the previous life. Yet he does so having to absorb the changes in human karma, both positive and negative, that took place during the interval.
Many therefore are the factors that get together to build the initial impulse for the writing of a new chapter in the Book of Life. While the scenario is different from that of the previous incarnation, the fundamental patterns are the same. The life of the child emerges from the deep memory of cycles completed long before, and such subconscious remembrance constitutes the basic foundation of the new existence.
There is a certain confluence between Psychoanalysis and Theosophy. It is not by chance that Psychology recognizes the central importance of the early years in one’s life. According to Theosophy, childhood contains the updated material of the soul’s learning in previous existences.
The beginning of a lifetime is the map of the treasure. Yet in its limited horizon Psychoanalysis ignores the process of reincarnation.
While their work is effective in studying the life of the child, the majority of psychoanalysts have no real knowledge of classic theosophy and do not know that the elimination of suffering depends above all on the work of Antahkarana, the living bridge or ladder between the lower self and the spiritual soul. In the future, psychoanalysts may expand their views.
It is easy to see that the way we look at childhood evolves. The images we have of the past and the future change according to the situations of the present. The citizen’s relation to the inaugural part of his incarnation get both wider and deeper all the time as he learns more about life, and about himself.
One should learn to look with detachment at the moments of courage and fear that marked his childhood, especially on the subconscious, supra-conscious and non-verbal levels. The main feelings of enthusiasm or confusion, the positive guiding lights and the most important decisions in childhood remain influential across the various phases of one’s life. Such a karmic heritage contains the key to the meaning of one’s previous incarnation, and it helps define the facts and potentialities of present and future times.
As we interpret and decode the central feelings of childhood, we liberate them from blindness and from automatism, and see in them wider, sacred meanings.
The relation we had during infancy with the authority, the relation with other persons and our accumulated image of ourselves are factors we must carefully examine, for if seen as patterns they have a decisive importance in more than one lifetime. Yet they also evolve and change at each new existential situation.
The lower self, which contains the immortal soul, is no doubt the hero of the journey.
Imperfect, precarious, it lives the supreme adventure of present incarnation. It tries to meet the challenges before him. It follows the guidance coming from his master, the higher self. Like Hercules, human beings are semi-mortals for they die in their lower and physical half, but live permanently as spiritual souls.
The act of being born is, therefore, a continuously creative process. At each decisive moment in life, the meanings of the same childhood experiences are renewed. When you are 20 years old, you have a certain view of your first years as a child. Once you are 40, 60 or 80, the same period is seen in different ways and the lessons transmitted are deeper.
As the pilgrim proceeds along the line of time, some barriers dissolve, seeds germinate, walls fall down and new buildings of inner knowledge are made. Each cycle of 24 hours breaks a new level of the protective amniotic sac which prevented a wider perception. Just as his brother, the Sun, the pilgrim is born again, layer by layer, every day.
The article “Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul” was published on the associated websites on 06 September 2020. It is also part of the August 2019 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp 1-3. Original title: “The Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul”. There was no indication as to the name of the author.
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