I believe everything is Soul.
Rocks, curtains, linoleum, amoeba right up to more complex life forms such as ourselves.
I am an animist. So, no external force ‘out there’ which we have to placate or pray to lest something terrible happen to us. There are no special rites one has to learn or perform. No holy books to pore through and interpret ‘correctly’ lest we encounter God’s wrath.
I believe that every living thing whether it has sentience as we understand it or not, is of the same worth and validity as the most complex organisms. So, as one example, I am no greater in the scheme of things than the tiniest snail or aphid.
I believe we each have our part to play in the journey to full realisation which can be attained by any living being which has sentience at any time. It doesn’t require special knowledge or being born within a specific species or bloodline. It is achieved by merging with The Soul. For us humans, that means shedding the programming we have accumulated during our lives. The lies we have perceived as truths.
I believe our role while here in a body is to as closely align with the wishes of The Soul as possible and so when the physical body dies, the Essence of Truth simply remains. I believe The Body is within The Soul, not the other way round.
We not separate from Spirit at all although we may feel we are. That is the brain tricking us into believing we are apart from The Soul when we are a part of The Soul. There is no merging required with the Godhead within a Chosen Incarnation because The Body resides within The Soul. All we have to do is see we are not what we have been led to believe we are by the World, which seeks to keep us from realising our place within Divinity.
If a person is Bad within a lifetime and dies, it doesn’t effect the Soul at all because that’s external to the person. They had the choice to live in Direct Alignment with Divinity and chose not to. Their passing changes nothing. The Soul remains as it always has done – Pure and Eternal.
If a person is Good and ‘dies’ then the parts of them which were in Direct Alignment with Truth/Love/Source gets added to the surrounding Divine Energy Field at that moment and this Substance, strengthens the Soul. That’s so Good eventually wins out over Evil.
The Bad die away into Nothingness, without affecting the Soul.
The Good strengthen the Soul and they move on where they can choose to either Reincarnate or to Merge with The Universal Soul and become Spirit Messengers for those who are Earthbound and have Awakened to the realisation they too are Spirit.
Choosing to Reincarnate doesn’t mean they will return as a so called higher species because every living organism is of Equal Worth nor does choosing to Merge mean they cannot Reincarnate at a later point.
All Good people (regardless of species) remain on Earth for a period of time after they have ‘died’ to show those they loved and whom loved them, that death is an illusion. They are simply on a different Vibrational Level. White feathers and rainbows on clear days are just two such signs a loved one is still here although no longer physically present.
That Vibrational Level is attainable by everyone regardless of whether they are living or ‘dead.’ Those who seek to live in Direct Alignment with Spirit/The Soul while Earthbound never lose their Spirit Connection with those who have gone before.
Those are my beliefs.