Life evolves. The universe expands in numerous ways beyond just the physical and biological realms. We see evidence of evolution everywhere in our lives, whether in technology, spirituality, psychology or in social systems.
The word evolution comes from the Latin word evolutio, meaning to unfurl (like unrolling a scroll). Stars, planets, flowers and mammals are all emanations of evolution. What if a rose could refuse its own flowering? What if the rose said, “I’d rather be a sunflower”? Were it possible for a rose to refuse its destiny, the universe would lose a tiny part of its emergence. Likewise, if your soul-purpose doesn't emerge, then the universe doesn't fully emerge. "To understand the human," writes Teilhard de Chardin, "we must adopt an evolutionary point of view...the human is an evolutionary phenomena."
Evolution itself is what the universe actually is, and you are a part of this endless expansion. We humans are often unaware of the evolutionary nature of our species. Rewording McIntosh’s quotation, we might say that, “The evident purpose of soul is to grow towards ever-widening service through the embodiment of the soul’s latent gifts.”
Soul-purpose or life-purpose points to what is essential about our nature as “us” and what we have to offer life. Life is an evolving process and as such, our soul-work is part of that never-ending development.
This is a revolutionary idea: that our impulse to make things better and the impulse that has been driving the emergence of the universe is the same thing! The purpose of evolution and the purpose of soul are identical: to midwife more goodness, truth and beauty.
Upperworld spirituality asks “Who am I?” Lowerworld spirituality asks, “Why am I here?” For most of us, it's not enough to know who we are. We also need to know what we can contribute to life.
There is a creative force that lays deep within our core called “Soul.” Soul is an evolutionary dimension of self. It is possible to live so closely in tune with your own soul’s deepest purpose that it becomes the driving force in your life.