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Individuals and Personalities

C. J. Ducasse     Commenting on Some Dogmas of Religion by McTaggart

Reflections . . . should cause one to take his present personality . . . as but one of the various personalities which his individuality was equally capable of generating had it happened to enter phenomenal history through birth in a different environment.  And the fact might further be that, perhaps as a result of persistent striving to acquire a skill or trait for which he now has little gift, aptitude for it in future births would be generated and incorporated into his individuality.


Huston Smith     The Religions of Man

. . . our personalities are . . . the roles into which we have been cast for the moment in this greatest drama of all, life itself.

Turning his awareness inward [man]must pierce and dissolve the innumerable layers of the manifest personality until, all strata of the mask at length cut through, he arrives finally at the anonymous actor who stands beneath.


H. S. Olcott     Buddhist Catechism

. . . though personalities ever shift, the one line of life along which they are strung, like beads, runs unbroken; it is ever that particular line, never any other.  It is therefore individual . . .


Leslie D. Weatherhead     The Christian Agnostic

Our true identity will not be lost. The pure gold of the ego will be maintained, purified, and strengthened.


Plotinus     Enneads

What does it matter when [beings] are devoured only to return in some new form?  It comes to no more than the murder of one of the personages in a play; the actor alters his make-up and enters in a new role . . .


Thomas Wolfe     Look Homeward Angel

Each of us is all the sums he has not counted; subtract us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas . . .


Raynor C. Johnson     The Imprisoned Splendor

By the term "soul" we mean that individualized aspect of the Self, including . . . the Intuitive Self --and Higher Mind, all of which are regarded as normal.


C. E. M. Joad     What is the Soul?

The first is body dependent . . . it is known as the "Lower Self.". . . The "Higher Self" is identical and continuing in and through different lives.  It is the permanent element which runs like a thread through the different existences [personalities] which are strung like beads along its length.

"The rational, but earthly Physical Intellect of man" is "incased in and bound by matter."  The Higher Mind is "that which reincarnates periodically . . . while its reflected "Double," changing with every new incarnation and personality, is, therefore, conscious but for a life-period." (H. P. Blavatsky -paraphrased)


H. P. Blavatsky     The Secret Doctrine

. . . from Spirit, or Cosmic Ideation, comes our consciousness; from Cosmic Substance the general vehicles in which that consciousness is individualized and attains to self --or reflective-- consciousness. . .

Intimately, or rather indissolubly, connected with karma, then, is the law of rebirth, or of the reincarnation of the same spiritual individuality in a long, almost interminable, series of personalities.

                                 Isis Unveiled

The personal consciousness had originally been infused into the quaternary at birth, as a projection from its parent, the Higher Self, and can only be lost if it utterly misuses its life on earth, and has no spiritual harvest to return to the Parent for assimilation into the higher consciousness during the long heavenly afterdeath condition.


Jane Roberts      Seth Speaks

. . . you yourselves are physically composed of conscious cells that carry within themselves the realization of their own identity, that cooperate willingly to form the corporeal structure that is your physical body.

Physical existence  is one way in which the soul chooses to experience its own actuality.


Roshi Philip Kapleau          The Wheel of Life and Birth

This is the human predicament.  The Ego-Self, split at the root into subject and object, is forever dangling fom a bottomless abyss, unable to gain a footing   --Masao Abe (Zen and Western Thought)


Gloria Chadwick          Discovering Past Lives

Your High Self is a universal channel of knowledge, awareness and light and is a link to your spirituality.

Your soul is the essence of all that you are and is the energy and awareness that comprises you.


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