A valuable way to look at the centers is as conduits of information between the body, soul, and spirit. It is through the centers that these three can communicate with each other. The centers also serve as the organs of impression and expression for the personality –the conglomeration of all the little ‘I’s mentioned prior. To understand the difference, consider that the soul or essence of a person is all the character traits they are born with, whereas the personality is all that is acquired through the outside influence of family, friends, education,
One of the stated goals of this work is the consumption of the personality as a food source for the soul. In other words, by its very nature, a personal development journey entails a diminishment in the force of the personality, or artificial ‘I’s, and an increase in the force of the soul, or one’s essence.
Through the practice of introspection, the centers, as conduits, make this possible. In the work, we often use the example of an egg to illustrate the transformation process. In the egg, the fledgling bird (yolk) consumes the albumin (white) and emerges as something entirely different and extraordinary compared to the embryonic seed from which it emerged. In this example, the albumin is the personality, and the yolk is the soul – the product of their interaction is the emergence of a new kind of man or lady, Man #4 in the work.
The above is one of the reasons why a rich personality with lots of experience is encouraged at the beginning of the journey. The more exposure one has to life, and thus, the richer one’s personality, the more fuel for transformation is available.
Unfortunately, in our culture, the acquisition of personality is of primary importance, with no view to becoming a new kind of man or lady.