“Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow?”
~~David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Evolution is indisputable. It is also quite provable. While both Darwin and Galileo were initially condemned for their pioneering work, they are now revered for their advanced knowledge and wisdom. In the midst of their own experiences of the human condition, they illuminated different aspects of evolution—some about those who inhabit this planet and some about the nature of our solar system as a whole. No matter how you look at it, both of these individuals provided vital information about how we are all connected—plants to animals, animals to humans, humans to planets, planets to sun, sun to solar system, solar system to Universe, Universe to Source, and back full circle at the ultimate level—from soul to Source.
Regardless of what science proves, the divine nature of all things continues to both inspire and baffle us along the way. Billions of people consider reincarnation a serious subject. For thousands of years, Hindus, for example, have held a cyclical view of life. In their minds, you are born, you live, you die, and then you start again. Each part of the cycle allows the opportunity to work out any negative karmic imprints on your soul which stem from bad thoughts, words, or deeds until they are expunged. They see this process as part of world order.
The next step in the evolution of reincarnation is to understand what happens to a person’s soul as they travel through multiple lives. Simply put, it ages. It is important to understand that the “age” of a soul plays a crucial role in 1) how “mature” a person is as a human being, 2) how an individual responds/reacts to the world in general, 3) what decisions individuals make and how they do it, 4) what people tend to struggle with in life, and 5) how quickly these individuals learn and evolve beyond old patterns.
In essence, our soul becomes seasoned or “polished” not only by every experience we have in a lifetime, but also by all of the experiences we’ve had in those prior as well. This cumulative effect forms and shapes our soul over time to become progressively more beautiful, resilient, and wise. We wouldn’t struggle with the same things over and over again unless there was something to learn. Just like a diamond, our soul requires time and energy to reach its brightest luster—the time necessary to “age” your soul to perfection.