2.46 Remember: Your Individual Soul Value Is All That You Get To Keep Upon Death
“There never is absolute birth nor complete death, in the strict sense, consisting in the separation of the soul from the body. What we call births are developments and growths, while what we call deaths are envelopments and diminutions.”
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Mathematician & Philosopher
Your Monad & Your Soul
The monad is an individual “container” of consciousness that experiences the trials and errors of moving through time utilizing the Process put in motion by The Purposiveness seeking It’s Ultimate Goal.
There are various archetypal levels of monads. The Universe is one, the Solar System another, a Planet another, and individual life forms that possess freewill yet another.
My goal is to define life as we know it upon Earth and through the eyes of human consciousness. The evolution of human consciousness is the highest level of evolution on the Earth plane and the one that is most meaningful for us (since we are humans).
When examining human consciousness, the monad is the blueprint of a complete reality which it ultimately represents. So the monad exhibits properties and contains within itself virtually or potentially all the properties it will exhibit in the future, as well as containing the trace of all properties it did exhibit in the past.
Essentially, the monad is “pregnant” with the future and “laden” with the past. All of these properties are “folded up” within the monad. They unfold when they have sufficient life experience applied to cause them to do so.
The monad cannot be divided since that would leave some of its definitions without a sufficient reason to exist or merely separate two substances that never belonged together in the first place. The monad is one indivisible individual container of consciousness.
In addition, the monad’s properties include all of its relations to every other monad in the universe and yet it is self-sufficient. Having all of these properties within itself, it doesn’t need to be actually related to or influenced by another monad. It truly is separate even though it lives within a group of monads and a particular period of time where group values are expressed.
According to Leibniz, “If I were capable of considering distinctly everything which is happening or appearing to me now, I would be able to see in it everything which will ever happen or appear to me for all time. And it would not be prevented, and would still happen to me, even if everything outside me were destroyed, so long as there remained only God (The Purposiveness) and me.
Instead of cause and effect (karma) being the basic agency of change, there is a pre-established vision or blueprint that was provided at birth prior to the creation of the 3DPMU. This is the blueprint that emerges out of Vishnu’s belly button in the form of Brahma (both Eastern Indian ways to describe these unique energies so humans can relate to them). The same principle applies to your own life but at a smaller scale and at an individual point of consciousness level.
Every monad is behaving independently of other monads. Nevertheless, every monad is synchronized and connected with one another by The Process put in motion by The Purposiveness seeking a specific outcome. Each monad expresses the entire Process. As Leibniz has stated, “every monad mirrors the whole of the universe in that it expresses every other monad, but no monad has a window through with it could actually receive or supply causal influences. Furthermore, since a monad cannot be influenced, there is no way for a monad to be born or destroyed. All monads thus are eternal.
The monad can be also considered to represent the human soul. There are levels within which the monad exists:
- The primary and most fundamental only includes monads, their perceptions, and their appetitions (no causality, no space, no time as we normally understand it. Each monad spontaneously unfolds according to it’s specific form that it takes within the Process of the Arc of Creation (molecules, plants, animals, and humans)
- The laws of physics are perfectly indeterminable and perfectly correct. However, reality is not purely mechanical and the containers of consciousness that exist at the various points in time are not true objects. They are not just the one body or the one mind or the set of emotions they might be seem to inhabit. Instead, each monad is an individual point of consciousness, acting within it’s process of evolutionary development carrying with it it’s own experience from trial and error and representing the full scale of experience acquired through multiple lives.
- Human’s “see” life as a continuous cause and effect type of movement. In reality, this is an illusion but is acceptable at the human level of consciousness. Within each human monad is the beginning, the present, and the end already determined. Seen from the human’s perspective, however, it appears only as one life and its movement within the time frame of that particular and individual life.
- There are 4 basic types of monads: molecules, plants, animals, and humans since these are the evolutionary forms that are able to exert freewill (a requirement for the monad to exist). All have perceptions, in the sense that they have internal properties that “express” external relations. The last 3 (plants, animals, and humans) have specific forms and thus appetition. The last two (animals and humans) have memory and only the human kingdom possesses reason.
- For a monad, an idea in one’s monad (soul) is just a property of that monad, which happens according to an entirely internal explanation represented by a complete concept. However, at the phenomenal level, many ideas are represented as arriving through one’s senses. This is how human’s experience reality within the space time continuum.
Human’s are the only level that can forsee and project the future. They can do this by analyzing past experience to determine future potential experience. It is through the development of their cerebral brain that allows this to happen and is what distinguishes the human kingdom from other kingdoms.
But what is most unique about human consciousness is that it can use the rational principles of physics, and can analyze a situation and predict the outcome of all of the masses and forces, without ever having experienced a similar situation or outcome.
This is what truly distinguishes the human from the prior kingdom of the animal. The human develops it’s own container of consciousness – the individual soul spurred on by the ideal vision first created by The Purposiveness. The animal works within a group or species that develops a particular group soul based upon experience only of the group and spurred on by the genetics of that particular species. The group soul experience is called up instinctually and primary by the limbic brain. The cerebral brain is not developed enough in the animal kingdom and only evolves within the human kingdom.
Time And Space:
Time, like space, is an illusion. How then is one to understand change without time? The important question is: what conception of time is being discussed? Just like space, Leibniz is objecting to any conception of time which is exterior to the objects that are normally said to be “in” time (time as an exterior framework, a dimension). Also, he objects to time as mere chronology, a conception of time as a sequence of “now points” that are ideally separable from one another (that is, not essentially continuous) and are countable and orderable separately from any thing being “in” them (that is, abstract).
However, in discussing the relational properties above (and, in particular, Leibniz’s response to the Newton-Clarke argument about non-linear motion), “space” was in a sense preserved as a set of rules about the representative properties of monads. Here, too, but in a more profound way, “time” is preserved immanently within the monad. The active principle of change discussed above is immanent to monads, and no one state can be separated from all the others, without completely altering the thing in question into a thing that never changes (that has only the one state for all eternity).
For Leibniz, the past and future are no more disconnected, in fact less, from the present than “here” is from “there.” Both distinctions are illusions, but temporal relations in a substance that forms an explanatory, intelligible sequence of a self-same thing. The principle of change becomes an original, internal and active power of the thing constantly becoming the thing that it is, as the spontaneous happening and internal principle of the particular order of things which make up that substance. In other words, substances unfold, become the things God (The Purposiveness) always knew them to be, in a time that is nothing other than precisely that becoming.
Time, then, has three levels, according to Leibniz:
- the atemporality or eternality of God (The Purposiveness);
- the continuous immanent becoming-itself of the monad as entelechy;
- time as the external framework of a chronology of “nows.”
The difference between (2) and (3) is made clear by the account of the internal principle of change. The real difference between the necessary being of God and the contingent, created finitude of a human being is the difference between (1) and (2).
This discussion might seem a bit strange since it comes from the exploration of the mind of a philosopher, scientist, mathematician and diplomat and is somewhat confusing particularly if you’re not familiar with this kind of language and these kinds of concepts. Leibniz was one of the most prominent figures in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics and he died in 1716 (a long time ago).
This is how you need to think about the substance of your own soul or what also can be called your monad. When you do, you’ll realize the importance of the concepts I’m sharing with you in this course. Your individual human soul is an expression of your monad and your monad is your soul’s container.