The Oversoul: Beyond a Limited Understanding of the Soul

 The front cover of The Oversoul Seven Trilogy by Jane Roberts

Are you like me where every once in a while you come across a book you never want to end? I say to myself, “I’ll never find another book as great as this one,” and then I either start piecing it out to make it last longer or I just surrender and devour it nearly all at once. Oh, what the heck! Just go for it! And I do, staying up until 2 a.m. But every time I finish such a book thinking there’ll never be another… another one eventually comes along. That’s how life is, thank God. And that book has come to me and it’s putting concepts, ideas, feelings and beliefs into motion for me that are beyond the ones I had just yesterday.

What makes a book, a story, a television series, a movie, a work of art so compelling for me is its ability to provoke me to feel, deeply. It’s usually a masterpiece–creatively excellent beyond measure–which I appreciate so much. And it’s usually telling a story rich with characters and relationships I identify with or connect with on an emotional level. I know that in most cases, the movies or the stories aren’t real (or are they?) but I nevertheless cry my eyes out (in a joyous way) as I dive in to the story as if I were right in it.


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That book that I’ve been reading—a superbly written story–is a book I almost can’t believe I never read until now. Maybe that’s what I wanted all along because, boy, is it ever hitting me on all levels at this precise moment in my life! It’s The Education of Oversoul Seven by Jane Roberts. Roberts was the oracle for the master Seth in the 70s and 80s. Seth described himself as an "energy personality essence no longer focused in physical matter.”

The captivating story is explaining concepts about time, simultaneous lifetimes, dreams, sound, energy, reincarnation, the soul, the starseed, and how we create our own reality in a way that reaches out, provokes and permeates me. I understand certain concepts better now, not that I do 100%, but I feel much more grounded in my understanding of these. It has me feeling joyous and glad to be in a body with an Oversoul of which I am a part and with whom we are one and the same.

My understanding of Oversoul (some call it Overself or Overlord), is that the soul housed within our bodies is only a portion of our entire soul. The greater part of our soul, the Oversoul, is in the etheric non-physical realm and it, too, is infinite, of course. If you read the book you’ll see how magnanimous, powerful, capable, creative and valiant your Oversoul is.

In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s, The Oversoul, he writes:

Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence… When I watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see that I am a pensioner; not a cause, but a surprised spectator of the ethereal water; that I desire and look up and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come.

I realize that much of what I receive in meditation or spontaneous wisdom or thought that seems to come from that ‘other’ place during the day or in my dreams is coming from my Oversoul. And when we begin to understand the Oversoul, we are able to see a bit more clearly how magnificent this creation we live in actually is and that we are so not alone left to fend for ourselves here on Earth. Not that the Oversoul interferes or makes everything right for us, it doesn’t, but it assists by oftentimes lighting the way for us, if not occasionally getting more involved as we deal with certain challenges in life a bit more directly.

Yes, we are loved beyond measure by God the Infinite, the Prime Creator of all things, and it’s also incredibly wonderful, even liberating, to know and to feel that we are loved so completely by our very own Oversoul.

The Education of Oversoul Seven can now be purchased as part of a trilogy of Roberts’ books also including The Further Education of Oversoul Seven and Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time.

Read at least the first book (but it will compel you to read the other two!) and you will be in love with your own Oversoul, your simultaneous aspects of self and the self you intimately know sitting right here and now as you read this. Not only will your love of self expand, your knowing of self and your unlimited capabilities will, too.