The recent post Endless lead to questions from a friend. I thought the results were worth sharing.
In later Unity, we can realize how consciousness is both globally aware of itself and aware of itself at every point simultaneously. I illustrated that here.
What part of that is eternal? Both global and point awareness. The second could be called the “soul” value.
As long as a person is in a body, the drop, point, flame, or wave (different ways of seeing & describing the same thing) remains active even if they are experienced as “merged” with the whole. Awakening doesn’t change reality, it changes how we experience it.
After a person has awoken and wound down their entanglements (desires, resistance) related to the world, they’re no longer obliged to return. At death there appears to be a choice.
A rare few continue on in their body as lights in the world, their karma complete.
Some drop the body and continue on in subtle form on some level to support some aspect of creation and evolution. Many of the more illustrious sages of history have stayed accessible, for example. I’ve also heard talk of continued evolution there, although I’d imagine there’s a huge variety in what that looks like.
Yet the majority are not camped out somewhere. They merged with the ocean.
But even that merge doesn’t mean the drop is not eternal. It’s more like it becomes dormant, unexpressed, somewhat like some laws of nature are dormant in darker times.
It seems there is 4 states of a point or soul:
1 – dormant or asleep, unexpressed (no self)
2 – waking and expressed (no self)
3 – awake to itself and expressed (Self)
4 – awake to itself and dormant (Self)
Note – the point value is the observer aspect that initiates the process of expression. (see the Illustrated link up top)
Both the universe and creation are forms of expression and are thus not eternal. They come and go in cycles over vast periods of time. The universe periodically goes to “sleep” and its particular expression goes dormant for a time. When it arises again, the growth of those points pick up where they left off.