Heraldry of Soul - what is it



Hi! I, Dr. Alexander Zelitchenko, a philosopher, a psychologist, a historian and a theologian, invite you to make a pilgrimage inside your own soul and to be granted your Coat of Soul at the end of this expedition.


1. What is a Coat of Soul and why is it a Coat of Soul



A Coat of Soul is a portrait of your soul. A Coat of Arms aims to tell everybody about the merits of its possessor: how good he is, what merits he has, and so on. The Coat of Soul also tells about its possessor, but not only about his merits. It tells about his soul and the soul's Way: about the possessors personality and talents, about the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious, about the forces that lift the person up and push him down, about the person's goals and what helps a person reach these goals and what hinders him.

Different forms of shield, different objects (ordinary in the language of classic heraldry), different colors, and so on all these are the symbols that tell about your soul.

Who needs a Coat of Soul? First, you do.

Why do you need it? To free yourself from everything that tries to make you a slave and to gain the ability to move along your Way as fast as possible.

Difficult to understand? Thus, I need to open to you some secrets, which you cannot learn at the usual school.


2. Academic science and esoteric science



Besides all known academic science that is taught in public schools, another science is studied in another sort of school. This is the so-called esoteric or mystery science, although there is nothing mysterious in it. Everybody may study it, but only if a person has prepared himself for this kind of education - exactly in the same manner a person must prepare himself to study, say, theoretical physics.

There are many esoteric schools. Some of them are closely related to conventional religions the mystics of western Christianity, hesychasm of Orthodox Christianity, Sufism in Islam, Kabbalah in Judaism, Dzogchen in Buddhism.

Other esoteric schools such as Hermetism, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, theosophy, and dozens others are more "religion-independent" (although each of them represents its own religion).

All these schools tell the same picture of the world, but sometimes in so different words that it is difficult to understand that they speak about the same thing. The difference between the schools is that they address different students. As a result, although they speak of the same world and even of same goal of all human beings in the world, each of them focuses on its own methods to reach this common goal.

One world and one aim are what make the different schools similar. Different students and different ways are what make them different.

Further, I will speak of the common esoteric view on the world, which often differs from those of academic science.



3. Esotericism in five minutes (philosophy and psychology)



In spite of the views of good old academic science, even older esoteric science knows that the person does not die psychologically when he dies physically. A physical body is only a dress of the soul, and when the dress wears out, the soul simply changes it.

Of course, this is not "simply" at all. For example, it is not necessary for the old physical body to be replaced by a new physical body, as popular theories of reincarnation addressed to very naive people say. But this is the essence of what happens when a person dies.

What is the sense in all these changes?

To understand this, we must know that besides the well-known physical world there is another, not less real subtle (or fine) world, which we come to know through our mental experience.

The human soul lives in the fine world and is itself a part of the fine world. It is possible to say that the soul is made from fine material.

While living a sequence of its lives, a soul changes itself and rises. What does this mean?

Some layers of the fine world are finer and others are coarser. This is like the atmosphere of the earth, where the higher we rise the more rarified (finer)the air becomes. In contrast to the atmosphere, however, where the higher finer layers are poorer (containing less air) than the lower coarser ones, in the fine (spiritual) world, the finer layers are richer (containing more information, in the language of computer science). Because of this, the higher layers of the psychosphere of earth are brighter than the lower ones.

A human soul lives in several layers of the fine world. Dark sides of the human mind, such as fears and anger, belong to the lower layers, whereas the bright sides as, for example, feelings of beauty, to the higher.

However, both fears and feelings of beauty reside not in the lowest and the highest floors of the soul, correspondingly. Both fears and feelings of beauty belong to the conscious part of the soul. In the soul, however, there are the unconscious parts as well: the lower unconscious part is called the sub-conscious and the upper unconscious part is called the superconscious.

The human soul bridges the coarser layers of the fine world with the finer ones. A human being works as a transformer of the flows, which come from the lower and the upper layers of the fine world and vice versa. Everything we hear, read and speak, all our ideas, opinions, and thoughts are such flows.

Different people work in different ranges, some people in the upper ones than others.

What is most important, however, is that each soul in the course of the souls development rises from the lower layers to the upper ones - from foolishness to wisdom, from envy to kindness, or in other words, from imperfection to Perfection.

We all are alpinists climbing the Mountain. And our climbing does not end even when we die. (Of course this does not reduce the value of each minute of life even when it seems to be meaningless because each minute provides us with such opportunities for development, which we will not have after physical death.)

Academic science is rather far yet from these discoveries, but esoteric science has always known this.


4. The way of the soul



We are all climbing, but we are climbing by different paths. Moreover, we carry with us different backpacks with different climbing equipment. But what is even more important is that each of us is winded by the whole net of different climbing ropes, which connect us with our numerous visible and invisible companions in our climbing.

All the "flows" we transform, i.e. all our ideas, opinions, thoughts, are such ropes, or to put it more accurately, the threads of such ropes. Thus, we are living in the very complex field of different forces, which we experience in our minds as our wishes, feelings, goals, etc. Some of them force us up, others down. But we are not aware of all these forces, which act on us and determine our lives. Many of them exist in our unconscious: the subconscious ones force us down, the superconscious - up.

Your climbing equipment includes, among other things, your abilities, your personal traits, your knowledge and your skills. But there is one thing among your climbing equipment that is absolutely wonderful. This device is a furnace that melts the weight that pulls you down into the step of your climbing ladder.

Such transforming is your only possibility to grow your ladder and thus to lift yourself up. This device is self-awareness. By becoming aware of your own vices you are becoming free of them and are subordinating them to you.

In this meaning, your spiritual development is a struggle with your vices, and self-awareness is your most powerful weapon in this battle.

However, although all religions teach this wisdom (e.g. repentance in Christianity, or karmic knots healing in Buddhism) only very few people know about it. Now you are one of them.

You develop all the time, and it is not important whether you know about your development or not, whether you notice your own development or not, or whether you move up or temporarily go down in preparation for the future move up. However, when you are aware of your own development you receive an opportunity, which you have not had earlier, to accelerate it.

Now I may tell you why a Coat of Soul is so valuable for you.


5. Meaning and Usefulness of Troubles


You are in trouble unhappy love, shortage of money, illness, loss of near one For what?! Do I deserve this!?! Although it may be cruelly sound, yes you do.

Each of us is hiking to the Top of Mountain following his own trail, which is his shortest way to the Summit, but it is a shortest way only for him. This trail comes through the awareness of secret deeps of his individuality. However, not everybody likes the work of self-cognition and self-analysis. There are many more pleasurable things to do dances, parties, drinking beer Troubles are the response of World on such our laziness. They force us to wake up and to start an inner work, for which in other case we would not find a time. Thus, our troubles (like our vices, which are closely related with our troubles) are the fuel for the engine of self-awareness that lifts us up. However, the need in this fuel exists just until the moment when we become aware of the reason of trouble. As soon as we realize it (and thus lift ourselves above it) the trouble ends.

Let us consider an unhappy love. It may teach you a lot. For example, you may discover own spiritual blindness, i.e. your inability to see your beloved as he is in a reality, e.g. to see that he does not need your passionate love. Or you may discover the selfish character of your love, when what seems to you to be I love him is indeed I love myself and your sweetheart may feel this. This is why his ignorance may be a form of his response on your inability to love him, and as soon as you will begin to really love him he will begin to respond you with his love. There are also a lot of other lessons we may learn from the unhappy love. And, even if your love will not become reciprocal after all, that lesson may be priceless for you. Moreover, when you reject to extract the meaning of the lesson that one trouble gives you, the life will prepare for you another lesson and so on until some new trouble helps you to cut the rope that forces you down.

An understanding of this esoteric law comes with big difficulties. However, even more difficult to realize that many of you troubles are not personal yours, but they are common for some groups you belong to. And to lift your above these collective troubles, overall group has to become aware of them. Unfair? Why I must suffer for others?! No, this is quite fair because the significant part of your self is just others, we. This is one more esoteric law.


6. Why do you need a coat of soul



The better you know yourself the faster you move up. The process of creating your Coat of Soul itself gives you the instrument for self-cognition. To make your Coat of Soul you must stay alone and travel in your own soul, think about yourself and answer to yourself a number of questions. If you wish, nobody else will know your answers. On the other hand, you are free to share them with as many people as you want, if that is what you wish. The most important thing is that you will know these answers. This will make you a more powerful fighter with your masters and a more skilful climber of that Mountain we all climb.

However, beware! Nobody knows what you will discover inside of yourself. All of us keep inside ourselves a lot of beings we would not like to deal with, and your discoveries may be rather unpleasant, painful, or even frightful. But such pain is necessary for you to start breaking free from your chains, to transform these same chains, which prevent you from developing, into the instrument that would serve your development.

Besides a coat of soul helps you to better understand yourself, it helps you to better understand other people and your relationships with them. For example, you may try to draw the coat of soul of your near one. Is it easy for you? Now draw the coat of soul of him as you want he be. How similar are these two coats of soul? Now try to draw his coat of soul as you think he would draw it himself, and invite him to draw his coat of soul himself and show the result to you. Compare these coats and decide whether you know your near one well enough. It is possible to invent a lot of such exercises and each of them will discover for you the new sides of your personality, of your near one, and of your relationships. However, be careful: the knowledge of how your friend thinks about you may be painful, if he thinks worse than you are expecting he does. Thus, try injuring neither him, nor yourself when you build coats of soul together.

I hope, however, that in your travel inside yourself, what is interesting and useful will prevail over what is unpleasant.

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