“I Have A Dream”
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi
“I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” — John Lennon
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
More than any other soul type, Priests feel a sense of mission, a higher calling, a need to make the world a better place. They do so by igniting and galvanising the same sense of purpose in others.
Like Servers, Priest souls are both inspired and inspiring. But whereas Servers feel driven to help specific individuals in need, Priests feel driven to move everybody on to higher things. To give an analogy, if Servers like to dig others out of holes, Priests like to lead others up mountains. They stir, inspire and arouse change by openly proclaiming their vision of a better way.
The raison d’être of any Priest is to serve the higher good — that is, whatever the individual Priest envisions as the highest good for all. Different Priests will define the highest good in completely different ways, particularly as they evolve through the soul ages. The thrust, however, is always the same: to catalyse change in others, to promote a better way of being.
Positive and Negative Poles[As a reminder, any manifestation of consciousness has both a positive pole and a negative pole. The positive pole is an expression of the true self or soul; the negative pole is an expression of the false self or ego.]
In the positive pole, a Priest soul can be impassioned and compassionate, a good shepherd lovingly leading his flock to better pastures, and a guiding light to all. Perhaps the most famous example of this in recent times is Gandhi, whose path of non-violent resistance to tyranny inspired civil rights movements all over the world. Another prominent example would be Martin Luther King.
In the negative pole, however, a Priest can descend into manic zealotry, being intensely self-righteous and preachy, determined to convert everyone to a single vision whether they like it or not. “I know what’s best for everyone – my way is the only true way!”
Moreover, the Priest’s sense of a higher ideal or better way is not necessarily everyone’s idea of a good thing. It can even be “evil” by most people’s standards. Adolf Hitler is probably the prime example of a Priest manifesting this “dark side of the Force”, the negative pole of the essence.
Facially, Priests tend to have almond-shaped heads and intense-looking eyes. Their expression can vary between one of stern disapproval (when they focus on what’s wrong) and rapture (when they look to the possibilities beyond).
There is often an enigmatic, other-worldly gleam in a Priest’s eyes that can be quite mesmerising. (See the Gallery of Priests at the bottom of this page.)
Being so committed to what they envisage as a better way, Priests have a habit of seeing where others are going wrong and trying to put them right. Having this sense of a higher good or better way constantly in the back of their mind, current life events and situations are often judged in relation to it. It can be hard for some Priests to utter a sentence without seeming to include some sort of inspirational insight — or perhaps just a moral lecture.
They can also be taken aback to find that others aren’t immediately on board with their vision of a better way. As a result, they often have a stern look in the eye that says something like, “There is much wrong with the world … why can’t you see it? There is obviously a better way … why aren’t you making it happen?”
Professionally, Priest souls are naturally attracted to leading roles in religion and spirituality. However, any role which allows them to inspire, rouse or ignite people in general will work just as well. A children’s football coach, for example.
Being the singer of a rock band is an ideal occupation for some, providing many opportunities to inspire crowds and audiences with a provocative social message. Think of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Sting and U2’s Bono (above). The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair started out in a rock band before turning to politics.
Priest Soul Evolution
As a reminder, all souls progress through five stages of self-evolution in physical form (see: Reincarnation: the 35 Steps).
The Baby Priest
“It is our duty to be righteous.”
In the second stage, many ‘Baby’ Priest souls are drawn to mainstream religion where they tend to become fundamentalist preachers, teachers and missionaries with a sense of God-given duty to do good and fight evil. They can be somewhat naive and harsh in how they interpret their mission, and tend to frame moral choices in extreme black-and-white terms, e.g.: “Only people who hate God have sex before marriage.”
Again, an extreme example in the negative pole would be Hitler, whose vision (approved by God of course) was of a German homeland in which all ‘inferior people’ were eliminated or enslaved. However, we should be clear that while Baby Priests do tend to be ultra-conservative by nature, this does not rule out a capacity for compassion.
The Young Priest
“There is a better way … my way.”
Young Priests like Oliver Cromwell, Aleister Crowley and Napoleon Bonaparte tend to approach life as a sort of heroic crusade, with themselves as the hero. Their basic thrust is ambitious and progressive, using their vision and fire to achieve positions of influence, whether within religion or elsewhere. They know for sure that their way is right — it’s just a matter of getting everybody else to come on board.
The Mature Priest
“Together we can make the world a better place.”
Mature Priests such as Barack Obama, Karl Marx and John Lennon like to inspire others to some genuinely beneficial purpose: to change society, to save the world. They tend to look earnest and like to be thought-provoking.
As mature souls, they are more sincere and sensitive than young souls, who tend to be brash and competitive. They also come to realise that not everyone automatically shares their Priestly sense of purpose. There are many others with completely different ideas about what would make for a better world, and each has validity from their perspective. Hence, a mature Priest sets out to justify his or her vision. It must sound reasonable to others.
I find it interesting that a number of Mature Priests are also outspoken atheists — Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins are famous examples. The mature soul cycle is a stage in which, at some point, traditional organised religion tends to be rejected wholesale. The individual needs to find his or her own sense of truth. For some Priest souls, always looking for a higher ideal to serve, this can lead them to idealise the higher truth which they find in reason. The Priest, being a Priest, is then compelled to evangelise about the rejection of religion in favour of science and philosophy.
The Old Priest
“You can create a better life your own way.”
Old Priests can display great compassion as they perfect their mastery of inspirational energy, whether in religion, the arts, philosophy, whatever. They tend to have a very warm gleam in the eye.
Many of the great, highly adept spiritual teachers and gurus are late-stage Old Priests. Rather than seeking to impose one way or one vision, their general thrust is to enable others to rise above whatever it is that has kept them from living a better life. They become catalysts of positive change.
A gallery of Priests