[image: Portrait by Alessio Albi ]
Those undergoing the first stage of reincarnation are known as infant souls. They are the novices of physical existence, learning to get used to life in physical form.
Any soul that volunteers for the journey of reincarnation is courageous indeed. It is a journey of many steps, many difficult lives, many births and deaths — often traumatic. Yet those who are relatively new to the journey are still close to that cosmic urge to experience, learn and evolve. They have more enthusiasm for life than most of us.
Learning to survive
All stages of reincarnation confront the individual soul with certain choices. At this first stage the focus is very much on choices to do with moment-by-moment physical existence and survival.
Infant souls are learning to adapt to the human form and to the world around them. There is an emphasis on very basic life-skills, both individually (food, shelter and so on) and as a family or small community (protection and reproduction).
The major lessons for the soul are to do with experiencing oneself as a physical being with one’s own needs and limitations, as well as interacting with a separate physical environment and with other physical beings, both caring and threatening.
The simple life
Since the focus at this stage is to become acquainted with the nature of choice in a physical world, Infant souls prefer to live in small, closed, tightly-knit communities that are safe and nurturing. Left alone, separated from their own family or community, Infant-souled individuals are likely to become feral.
Because the first taste of physical life can be so unusual and terrifying, many will opt to have a series of early deaths until they “find their feet” as human beings. And if early death is a required option, there is likely to be some mortal danger conveniently near to their birth place.
Infant souls generally find modern, technology-driven society too complex and threatening, preferring the comforting simplicity of traditional lifestyles in natural or pastoral environments. Those who do live within a modern society will tend to live on the fringes. They almost never commit premeditated crimes, but because they lack the moral conscience and “civilised standards” of Baby souls, they can easily transgress accepted moral standards without a second thought, resorting to violent acts of incredible ferocity as a simple means of self-preservation. Hence they might come to be regarded as dangerous sub-humans, or psychopaths, or treated as the “village idiot”.
That said, there is in Infant souls a natural instinct to nurture and care for one’s family, and this is the first opportunity for a form of love to be expressed and experienced in the realm of human separateness. Tactile contact is particularly comforting and reassuring. The more we are willing to hold and care for one another, the more we find the terrifying sense of separateness and aloneness diminishes.
Infant souls probably make up less that 10% of the world’s population.
Perceiving a world that isn’t me
The Infant soul’s perceptions derive primarily from the raw sensations of physical embodiment and encounters with a physical environment. The sense of self, others and life is at its most basic. Life is perceived in terms of “ME” versus “NOT-ME” — the body and its environment.
Early experience counts a lot for how the world (not-me) is perceived overall. Generally, the environment is found to be threatening and largely incomprehensible. Most Infant souls feel that they are in a strange and often hostile environment. Those who are so fearful that they try to withdraw as far as possible from contact with the world are nowadays identified as cases of severe autism.
[image: Face 4 by mp gollon ]
At the same time, however, the Infant soul is still close to the original state of oneness with all-that-is. Having little experience of physical separation as yet, the Infant soul retains an inward sense of cosmic connectedness.
The soul that is newly cast from the Tao retains some of that essential alliance with the Tao not unlike the human infant’s closeness to its mother, but the human infant is not aware that it is far from the goal and the newly cast soul is. The ladder must be climbed and the infant soul is aware of this.
Messages From Michael (pp. 43-44)
[image: Magical Angel (detail) by mpetro ]
Because of their remnant closeness to Home, individuals at this stage also tend to have animistic perceptions. That is, they will readily attribute spirit (consciousness, mind, will) to anything and everything in the physical world — animals, plants, rocks, clouds, flames, etc. The environment is perceived as consisting of many different agencies who can be either helpful or, more likely, terrifyingly dangerous — tree spirits and so on. The Infant soul’s fundamental distrust in things “out there” in the world of separation means that hostile intent I projected onto anything and eveuything.
This sense of immersion in living consciousness, albeit a largely hostile one, is often expressed in tribal art and ritual. It is gradually lost during the Infant soul stage, and will not be regained until the fifth stage, thousands of years later, when the Old soul finally comes to perceive the same loving essence in all things.
The Five Stages of Reincarnation
|Infant Soul||Baby Soul||Young Soul||Mature Soul||Old Soul|