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I hadn’t watched the Mark Twain channel since last year’s Time of the Merlin event. One evening last week I poured a glass of chardonnay for Linda and me, then we watched the entire presentation from start to finish. We decided to put it on YouTube and offer it as a download in the Crimson Circle store free of charge because, well, it was one of my favorite channels ever.

When I channel Adamus, Kuthumi or other entities, it’s always part them, part me and part Shaumbra. With Mark Twain, it was all Mark Twain. I remember how, when I walked up to the stage to begin the channel, I was filled from head to toe with the essence of Mark Twain, and he stayed full and present the entire time. It was his time on stage. Nobody else.

When I was watching the channel, I was struck by his discussion of the soul. His story, titled Checking into Heaven, was a wonderful set-up for conveying a message about the nature of the soul, and the relationship between past lives. After checking into heaven, he found himself at the dinner table with other past lives of his soul, Zebael. There was St. Germain, Samuel, Francis Bacon (aka Shakespeare), and even the Little Slave Boy from the Temples of Tien in Atlantis. The huge table was filled with hundreds of Zebael’s past lives, but no Zebael. This gave St. Germain the opportunity to tell Mark Twain about the very nature of the soul. It was a brilliant method for discussing a rather complex topic in a non-religious or non-esoteric way. Even the casual viewer of Checking into Heaven should be able to take away some gems.

It got me to thinking about the whole concept of the soul. For all my life, I never heard a good description of the soul. Born and raised Catholic, I was taught that the soul is what waited around after death for the final Judgement Day, whenever that was to be. If all went well at the trial, my soul would then go to heaven. If judgement was harsh, I’d be heading south… far south. I never liked the Catholic idea of the soul.

As important as the soul is to religions, it is only mentioned 102 times in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. There are over 750,000 words in the New Testament, meaning that references to “soul” make up just 0.01% of the entire length of the New Testament. It leads me to believe that nobody really understands much about soul, so they just don’t say much about it.

To make things more confusing, the word “soul” didn’t first appear until about 974 AD. Translated from old English and German, it loosely means “coming from or belonging to the sea.” It appears that folks back then thought their soul came from the sea at birth and returned to the sea upon death. Hmmm, that sounds like a fishy story. I’d rather think that my soul came from some far-off celestial realm rather than the murky underworld of the sea.

I scoured the Internet for a good definition of the soul. Some of the definitions were highly complex, mechanical explanations that felt incredibly mental and downright fearful. In Scientology, a thetan is an alien soul living inside the human body, allegedly responsible for depression and other forms of mental illness. It is the thetan, not the central nervous system, which controls the body through communication points (the anayatron?). Pardon me, but I really don’t want a thetan soul inside my body. L. Ron Hubbard must have been one very troubled man with that alien lurking inside him.

Buddhists don’t believe in the concept of the soul (some will argue this), although Buddhism does say we have an “essential nature that transcends conditioned or material existence.” Sounds kind of like a soul to me, but whatever. In Zen Buddhism, you do not have a soul and you do not even exist. This is all a dream, perhaps even a bad dream. But at least it’s not real. Even though it feels like it’s real, in which case it is real. Then you have a soul and you exist. But not for real. (Zen hurts my brain, if indeed I have a brain.)

In the Jewish faith, there is the belief in the gradations of the soul. The lowest part of the nephesh (Soul 101) is common to all, while only Jews have a neshamah, the higher soul. It must be cultivated by following the Torah and its ultimate goal is God. Damn, now I wish I had been born into a Jewish family just to get that coveted neshamah. Does that fact that Tobias was my father in a past life qualify me for neshamah status?

Most Muslims believe that after death the soul will enter Barzakh, a state of sheer boredom and waiting, until the Day of Judgement. When a person dies, their soul is taken by Azra’il, the Angel of Death. God sends two angels to question the waiting soul. I wonder what sort of questions they ask? And just who are these two angels anyway? Can you tell old Azra’il that he can’t have your soul? Dear Muslims, I think I’ll pass on your religion and beliefs in the soul. Just too many unanswered questions, and too much waiting around for Judgement Day.

Other definitions of the soul by other groups were incredibly nebulous, like they really had no clue. The term soul is thrown around like everyone knows what it is, but nobody will come forth and admit they have no clue. They walk around pretending to understand the soul, and even using terms like soul music and soul food and Soul, the Disney movie. Amazon lists over 60,000 books with “soul” in the title or subtitle. There is the Untethered Soul, Soul Collector, Half a Soul, Unclutter Your Soul, Watering the Soul, The Naked Soul, The Introvert’s Soul, the Harley Bikers Soul and Soul Eater. And of course, the classic Chicken Soup for the Soul. They use the term “soul” but nobody seems to understand what the soul is. Does it exist inside the body or brain? Is it the same as the aura? Is it the Higher Self? Can you have more than one soul, or can one soul have more than one human expression at a time? My soul aches just thinking about it. And why do they call the bottom of your feet the sole? Is this where the soul resides?

That brings me to the upcoming Kasama: Destiny of the Soul Cloud Class. We’re offering it for the first time online August 19 – 21. We’ve done the workshop about 5 times with in-person Shaumbra audiences in Villa Ahmyo in Kona, Hawaii, then we filmed it in March at the Shaumbra Pavilion. Adamus gives the most coherent and palpable explanation of the soul that I’ve ever heard. He talks about the differences between the soul and the I Am (consciousness), as well as the relationship between the two. The good news is that according to his definition, the soul never sits around in limbo waiting for Judgement Day. The bad news is that every day is Judgement Day, but it’s the human doing the judging, not the soul.

The human expression has the right and the ability to turn its back on its soul. It can deny that it is the soul, and disconnect from the wisdom, potentials, energy and flow of the soul. Why would anyone want to do this? Perhaps we do it to focus only on the human experience, and to experience what it is like to be separated from the soul in order to return to it with incredible insights and realizations. In other words, turning away from the soul provides a new level of understanding Self when returning back to the soul.

In Kasama, Adamus takes Shaumbra through the experience of reconnecting with the soul, and all of the treasures it holds. The way he explains the soul, along with the profound, experiential merabhs, fulfills a deep longing that I think most Shaumbra have: Returning to conscious awareness and sensual connection with your soul.

When someone asks me what the Kasama workshop is about, I simply say that it is about returning to your soul, which has been patiently waiting for your return for a long time now.

Watch “Checking into Heaven” with Mark Twain on YouTube or download in the CC store.

More information on Kasama, August 19-21, 2022

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