Once the soul evolves beyond the realm of the elements, it moves into the realm of nature. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the plant and animal kingdom. Achieving higher consciousness involves learning about the natural environment and ecology. Through incarnations as plants and animals and Nature Spirits, we learn to how to be in balance with Mother Earth and that everything alive on our planet is one.
In the realm of nature, consciousness moves up through plants to the animals, which learn how to experience and live together in a group, such as a herd of elephants, a pride of lions, a hive of bees and colony of ants and so on.
Once the group essence of nature is experienced and explored, our souls incarnate on Earth as Nature Spirits, such as fairies, gnomes, leprechauns, dryads, etc. These beings are very real, and they have the assignment of taking care of nature herself. Many ancient legends and myths from around the world attest to their protective powers of nature.
An interesting note concerning animals and consciousness is after we reach the stage of incarnating as humans, if we take an animal into our home and give it love and attention, we give it individuality and personality. This separates the animal from the group nature soul and helps it progress to the human stage of the Earth school.
I will write about the human stage of consciousness in my next article.
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