by Michelle Belanger
All of us exist upon a threshold. This is what makes us what we
are, and what allows us the command over energy and the subtle
reality that comprises the bulk of our powers. We walk in two
worlds at once, and although the bodies we have are but mortal,
the spirit within is vast and eternal.
Each of us differs in the quality and quantity of energy we
require to sustain us. The depth of our need is influenced by the
strength of the connection between our bodies and our souls. Those
of us who are more connected to our bodies need to take in less
energy from those around us unless we are engaged in very draining
spiritual work. Those who are balanced more on the spirit side of
the threshold tend to enjoy greater powers and sensitivities, but
their need for vital spirit is also increased.
Where on the threshold one falls affects not only the quantity
and quality of energy required, but also what skills may be
learned, what talents will be inborn, and how ones nature will
manifest itself. It is crucial to understand these matters and how
they affect the individual, especially in a Potential or in one
who is verging upon awakening.
The caste system is an attempt to simplify the various
threshold states. The castes are guidelines for understanding
ourselves, our basic natures, and the role we play in our
community. Although loosely based upon an ancient social system,
the castes are not intended to become a hierarchy or social
structure in this day and age. That time has long gone by.
Instead, use the castes as what they are intended to be:
guidelines for personal understanding which will hopefully explain
some of the mysteries of why one person processes energy one way,
and someone else has a very different experience and approach.
Keep in mind that the caste system is very limited. There are
but three archetypes offered here, and not everyone will fit
neatly into any of them. It is far more likely that each person
will find within themselves qualities of two or more. We have been
through many lifetimes, and our souls have grown and changed. We
have learned much, and most of us have come a long way from what
we once were. Discovering the caste that describes you the best
may hold the key for understanding your basic nature and how to
proceed in awakening to it, but use the caste solely as a tool. Do
not try to become something you are not, and do not allow yourself
to chafe beneath an archetype that does not suit you. In the end,
you are you, with all your complexities and contradictions, and no
simple word will ever be found to encompass all of these.