HOW DO THE
Essence and Character Traits
MANIFEST in daily life?
To live life as a Priest/ess/ means to hold yourself to a higher standard. It means that you are striving to be the best person that is possible in all circumstances. Specifically there are some details in life that you can attend to, to bring your consciousness to a higher vibration:
Many people ask themselves “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”
To answer “Who am I?”, they might begin by looking into their own personality.
To answer “Why am I here?”, they might turn to a spiritual teaching or philosophy.
But ultimately, both searches end up in the same place
who we are is why we are here
In other words, your mission in life … should you choose to accept it … is to be yourself, to allow the fullness of You to shine.
You see, the real You is not your personality. It’s your essence — that which is constant and ever present, yet also invisible, intangible, and silent.
Your personality — with all its quirks, hangups, and limitations — may be more superficial, but it is no accident. It is a kind of vehicle for your essence to learn how to shine in the world. “Self-realization” and “self-actualization” are what we call those moments when the essence that is You comes to outshine your personality.
One way of
looking at Architypes:
When we cast light through a prism, it comes out in the form of a spectrum which we perceive as the seven colors of the rainbow. Similarly, when the Source of all being (God, the Tao, the Absolute, whatever you like to call it) casts its consciousness into the relative world, it comes out in the form of individual souls of seven types:
The Priest/ess Soul is one of the seven soul types, or roles in essence. In life, Priest/ess souls seek to serve a higher good by being a source of inspiration to others.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi
“I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” — John Lennon
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
More than any other soul type, Priest/esses feel a sense of mission, a higher calling, a need to make the world a better place. They do so by igniting and galvanizing the same sense of purpose in others.
Like Servers, Priest/ess souls are both inspired and inspiring. But whereas Servers feel driven to help specific individuals in need, Priest/esses feel driven to move everybody on to higher things. To give an analogy, if Servers like to dig others out of holes, Priest/esses like to lead others up mountains. They stir, inspire and arouse change by openly proclaiming their vision of a better way.
The raison d’être of any Priest/ess is to serve the higher good — that is, whatever the individual Priest/ess envisions as the highest good for all. Different Priest/esses will define the highest good in completely different ways, particularly as they evolve through the soul ages. The thrust, however, is always the same: to catalyze change in others, to promote a better way of being.
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE POLES
[As a reminder, any manifestation of consciousness has both a positive pole and a negative pole. The positive pole is an expression of the true self or soul; the negative pole is an expression of the false self or ego.]
In the positive pole, a Priest/ess soul can be impassioned and compassionate, a good shepherd lovingly leading his flock to better pastures, and a guiding light to all. Perhaps the most famous example of this in recent times is Gandhi, whose path of non-violent resistance to tyranny inspired civil rights movements all over the world. Another prominent example would be Martin Luther King.
In the negative pole, however, a Priest/ess can descend into manic zealotry, being intensely self-righteous and preachy, determined to convert everyone to a single vision whether they like it or not. “I know what’s best for everyone – my way is the only true way!”
Moreover, the Priest/ess’s sense of a higher ideal or better way is not necessarily everyone’s idea of a good thing. It can even be “evil” by most people’s standards. Adolf Hitler is probably the prime example of a Priest/ess manifesting this “dark side of the Force”, the negative pole of the essence.
Professionally, Priest/ess souls are naturally attracted to leading roles in religion and spirituality. However, any role which allows them to inspire, rouse or ignite people in general will work just as well. A children’s football coach, for example.
Being the singer of a rock band is an ideal occupation for some, providing many opportunities to inspire crowds and audiences with a provocative social message. Think of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Sting and U2’s Bono (above). The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair started out in a rock band before turning to politics.
PRIEST/ESS SOUL EVOLUTION
As a reminder, all souls progress through five stages of self-evolution in physical form.
THE BABY PRIEST/ESS
“It is our duty to be righteous.”
In the second stage, many ‘Baby’ Priest/ess souls are drawn to mainstream religion where they tend to become fundamentalist preachers, teachers and missionaries with a sense of God-given duty to do good and fight evil. They can be somewhat naive and harsh in how they interpret their mission, and tend to frame moral choices in extreme black-and-white terms, e.g.: “Only people who hate God have sex before marriage.”
Again, an extreme example in the negative pole would be Hitler, whose vision (approved by God of course) was of a German homeland in which all ‘inferior people’ were eliminated or enslaved. However, we should be clear that while Baby Priest/esses do tend to be ultra-conservative by nature, this does not rule out a capacity for compassion.
THE YOUNG PRIEST/ESS
“There is a better way … my way.”
Young Priest/esses like Oliver Cromwell, Aleister Crowley and Napoleon Bonaparte tend to approach life as a sort of heroic crusade, with themselves as the hero. Their basic thrust is ambitious and progressive, using their vision and fire to achieve positions of influence, whether within religion or elsewhere. They know for sure that their way is right — it’s just a matter of getting everybody else to come on board.
THE MATURE PRIEST/ESS
“Together we can make the world a better place.”
Mature Priest/esses such as Barack Obama, Karl Marx and John Lennon like to inspire others to some genuinely beneficial purpose: to change society, to save the world. They tend to look earnest and like to be thought-provoking.
As mature souls, they are more sincere and sensitive than young souls, who tend to be brash and competitive. They also come to realize that not everyone automatically shares their Priest/essly sense of purpose. There are many others with completely different ideas about what would make for a better world, and each has validity from their perspective. Hence, a mature Priest/ess sets out to justify his or her vision. It must sound reasonable to others.
I find it interesting that a number of Mature Priest/esses are also outspoken atheists — Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins are famous examples. The mature soul cycle is a stage in which, at some point, traditional organized religion tends to be rejected wholesale. The individual needs to find his or her own sense of truth. For some Priest/ess souls, always looking for a higher ideal to serve, this can lead them to idealize the higher truth which they find in reason. The Priest/ess, being a Priest/ess, is then compelled to evangelize about the rejection of religion in favor of science and philosophy.
THE OLD PRIEST/ESS
“You can create a better life your own way.”
Old Priest/esses can display great compassion as they perfect their mastery of inspirational energy, whether in religion, the arts, philosophy, whatever. They tend to have a very warm gleam in the eye. Many of the great, highly adept spiritual teachers and gurus are late-stage Old Priest/esss. Rather than seeking to impose one way or one vision, their general thrust is to enable others to rise above whatever it is that has kept them from living a better life. They become catalysts of positive change.
*NOTE: Much of this was taken from the website