Soul Evolution Principal: The 4 Stages…

Soul Evolution Principal: The 4 Stages

Rumi’s most famous quote in English is his promise to take you to a place that is “beyond” right and wrong, good and bad, a place well beyond religion and blind faith. I call Rumi’s highest stage of soul evolution “The Beyond”. It is the ultimate attainment of a spiritual seeker while still in the body. Change, expansion and evolution are the reality of the physical universe. Our own planet has undergone near five billion years of evolution. However, we don’t just evolve physically or as species, we also evolve mentally and conscientiously. Through reincarnation and maintaining an open mind our souls can also evolve and grow with no limit.

We are on a very long journey of the soul, however, we can’t move forward on this endless path without an open and free mind. As soon as we close our minds, because of religious dogma, fundamentalism, orthodoxy, misguided sense of spiritual elitism, or an enslaved sense of self (a mind that is enslaved to a guru, a sect, a god or deity) we stop evolving. I have categorized my humanity’s Soul Evolution Principal in 4 stages. Of course, a lower level mind doesn’t know about the other steps. For example, while you are in Level 2 (religion), even if you read about the Level 4, chances are you would simply ignore it or consider it “crazy.”

However, a higher-level mind certainly is aware of the other 3 steps as it has been there before. I have seen on my Facebook page rather violent reaction from people in Levels 2 or 3 when they read about my Soul Evolution Principal because it challenges their belief system.

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Level 1 — The Animal or Primitive Mind

Those at Level 1 are only concerned with survival, physicality, and reproduction. They aren’t interested in higher spiritual aspiration, which is a carryover from their mostly new incarnation from the animal world. Almost all animals’ main focus is work (food, survival, shelter) and reproduction. Hence, the mind at this level stays the course.

Level 2 — Enter Religion

Filled with dogma and fear of punishment, it introduces basically what is soul slavery. Religions of the world program the followers to worship invisible beings and deities and surrender notion of self. Some religions openly refer to their followers as “sheep.”

However, religion also brings about a vague concept of higher thinking and it introduces the principal of a divine soul. Even though it also invents the incredibly dark term “eternal damnation.”

Due to very strong programming and the closed minds of the followers, most souls will not be able to ascend beyond this level. In fact, Level 2 dwellers are routinely quite fanatical about clinging to their religion.

Level 3 — Spirituality 101

As a progressive soul evolves, it sees through and naturally sheds the simplistic mind and soul control tactics used in religion. Many souls looking for answers outside of religion are drawn to Eastern-style spirituality or what is commonly called yoga or yogic teachings. Due to strong programming that also exists in basic spirituality, the seeker wrongly considers spirituality to be the ultimate truth (a fanatical pattern carried over from Level 2) and falls into another mind trap. Spirituality 101 certainly is more evolved than religion, as it introduces more light into the teachings. However, as religion may contain only five percent truth, the Spirituality 101 increases that dose to about 25 percent.

Spirituality 101 is only another step in our soul evolution and it shouldn’t be considered to be the final step. Spirituality 101 is also dogmatic and tries to control people through fear. Whether it’s fear of bad karma or fear of regression or fear of being disliked by the guru or by countless deities. Many spiritual sects maintain the concept of soul slavery and promote slave mentality and worship. The followers are trained to use deities and gurus names as mantras and repeat their names with every breath, at all times or chant their names out loud for days on end. They also demand total surrender and minimize the effect of the mind and logic to keep their followers small and dependent.

The Spirituality 101 world is filled with agenda-driven men and women who prey on innocent and naive people. This, in some ways, is even tougher to evolve out of than religion. Most people will be stuck at this level for a long time since it involves even deeper programming.

Level 4 — The Beyond

Rumi calls my Level 4 the Beyond, which is a place beyond right or wrong, good or bad and dark or light. Once you understand and truly inhabit your soul’s worth, your true origin, your infinite path and ultimate destination, you’ll gradually evolve beyond the basic spirituality as well. Your soul reaches adulthood and it then can become independent. All the past shenanigans and con artistry fade away. The thoughts of soul slavery go away. New revelations are revealed each day.

You transform from a slaved-soul to an empowered soul. You change from a dependent-spirit to a self-guided entity. The process of Soul Evolution is about the maturity of the soul and its readiness for ascension off this dark planet. You transform from that of a child soul needing boundaries and reward and punishment control methods to a mature soul that no longer requires any limitations.

The Beyond is where your soul journey starts actually. Up until now, you have just been in training. You need strength of the soul, strong sense of self and acceptance of the notion of self-love. Only progressive souls with infinite thirst for the truth and clear, open minds can get to this point. Dogma and hypocrisy don’t have a place here. The Beyond is the goal of all committed spiritual seekers. A true Lover doesn’t follow any one religion, be sure of that. Since in the religion of Love, there is no irreverence or faith.

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Shahram Shiva


Shahram Shiva is an award-winning translator and scholar of Rumi, author of several books, recording artist and teacher of advanced…

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