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POP08 - The Four Types of Souls

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Good morning Seekers of the True One,

Now that you have stepped upon
the Path of Search
for the True Prophet
it is important to know first the Seeker.

Who are YOU?
Well I can tell you that
you are a soul,
but as a teacher and traveler
we need to know what kind of soul.

There are only four kinds of souls.
I know that this may surprise you.
Some people think that there may be
only one kind of soul.
Others think that every soul is different
and that there are therefore infinite kinds of souls.
But no, there are only four kinds.

Recognition of this fact
is to be found in Aristotle, Shakespeare,
and many other classical thinkers
down through the ages.
It was acknowledged in the work of
William James, Americas greatest psychologist
and intimated in that of Pavlov,
which was Russia's. Many thinkers and teachers,
of the East were also aware and today
there is a large body of study on the subject.
But still it is not common knowledge
and most people are not aware that there are only
four types of souls.

My source for this information is of course
the True Prophet,
but I have mentioned the above because
Truth is Universal and can be universally found.
2+2=4 in both Russia and the US
or anywhere else one may go
no matter by what name the numbers are called.
So it is with other Truth such as religious truth.

Types of things come in limited numbers.
Water can be seen as a

and while every snow flake may be unique
it is still one of the three states of water.

Each person has blood of some particular type.
You may know yours.
While there are variations within the types,
we still say that there are only so many types.

As one last example -
Suppose that we said that there were only
four kinds of animals.

Among the insects there would still be great variety -
And among the birds
In the fish
and among animals
With great, great numbers of varieties among all the species,
but still for our convenience we listed them as four categories.

And no matter how great the variety,

there remain a limited number of categories.

And so it is with the soul -
there are but four types.
Not to say that there is not great variety in the types,
or that you are not individual and unique,
because both of those things are true.
But it is still true that you have one of the four types
of soul.

It is important to know the type of soul.
Otherwise we will end up
putting the canary in the aquarium
and the goldfish in the bird cage.
Yet the world as a whole remains blind to this fact.

When you take your child to the kindergarten,
to enroll them in their first day of school
they may ask you a hundred questions

but never on the form will you find
the most important of all questions for a teacher -

In my next four letters
I will be discussing the four types of souls.
It is important to identify and understand
your own type of soul,
but it is also useful to know and understand
the other types.

It will much help you

and the dozens of other situations
that you meet in life.
It is well to understand others,
even if they do not understand themselves.

For a teacher it is essential
to understand the kind of soul
that they are attempting to teach.
And in this I have a problem,
because I cannot know each of you individually.

I have taught before through email
on a one to one basis
but I have never tried to do mass teaching
through email
and I know of no other teacher
who has tried to do it either.
So perhaps it can't be done.
But perhaps it can.
So it appears that you are a part of an experiment.

Somethings can be learned out of a book.
But for other things a teacher appears to be necessary.
Probably no great musician or mathematician
has ever been self taught.

In the past I have seen attempts
to teach mathematics by computer.
In fact I was VERY enthused about the idea
and was involved in some very substantial programs
to do so.
Didn't work out.

Turns out that you can give printed example
after printed example with a computer
but successful teaching requires interaction
between a pupil and the teacher.

The teacher stands at the blackboard and explains
but needs to watch the eyes of the students,
and when they start to glaze over,
the teacher must slow down and wait for them
to catch up.

At some point the pupils may just not get it
and the teacher will stand at the blackboard
and tap with the chalk
at some particular point in the formula.
And then the gleam of recognition
will appear in the pupil's eyes
and the teacher can proceed on.

is something comprehended among all primary teachers,
consciously or unconsciously.

Many are the stories of the Zen Teaching Masters,
or of the Abbots in the Catholic Monasteries,
who suddenly performed some action
like reaching over and tweaking the pupil's nose,
grasping their ear and not letting go,
or thumping them on the head,
at the moment that they called satorie,
and that the pupil suddenly saw the light.

Yes, every student is unique,
and every step along the path is unique,
and every student must make every step for their self.
And therein is the problem,
because I must address a general need,
speaking at one moment to one type of soul
and at another moment to another.
Addressing some with a particular level
of concern or comprehension at one moment,
and those with another at the next.
We shall have to see if this will work.

In all communication there are three elements.
There is

It makes little difference what we are talking about.
It could be light.
It could be sound.
It could be radio.
The principle remains the same.
In this case we have:
In each case there is also the MESSAGE.

The MESSAGE is quite separate from the signal or datum.
The Message should contain Information.
Otherwise, as in writing it is just empty marks, scribbling on paper.
Many people can see the signal
but not get the Message.

They can see the notes written on the musical score,
but not hear the Music.
They can even hear the sounds of the orchestra
but not hear the Music.
The Message and the Music
are something separate from the Signal.
The Message and the Music
are something heard in the soul,
not in the ear or in the instrument.

For this reason some can pick up the Bible or Koran
or other Book of Revelation
and just have the words sing off the pages to them
while someone else will just see the smudges of words on paper.

The problem of lack of communication
rests in either

In this case
comes from a perfect source.
If you do not GET IT
then the problem rests in
I shall do my best to communicate it to you,
but I assure you
the problem is not in the Message.

Peace and love,
Bruce Beach

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