Firstly, here is an extract from The Milk Is White:
The Soul’s “Wardrobe”.
When a soul enters a life it consists of two aspects built on to, or in to, it’s Spirit ‘self’. One is the combined pattern of countless experiences acquired over many lifetimes, and the other is expressed as a specific body required to fulfil the needs specific to the particular life. In the case of the former, only that part of the whole that is useful in the particular life is to the fore and forms the personality.
The personality can be compared to a wardrobe of garments in which there is a wide range to cater to divers situations, climactic conditions etc. A garment, or set of garments, is an expression of the personality in any given condition. For example, when we are in a situation of confrontation we put on certain garments (display certain traits), when we are in a situation of peace we put on others, in a situation of fear yet others and so on. In this context the expression “The clothes maketh the man” is correct. However, as with any wardrobe one can discard, darn, patch, change colours, acquire new ones etc.
12.04.11 note: I am somewhat surprised by the concise clarity of this 1996 description but will take this literary attempt further.
Secondly, let us simply call the “a wardrobe of garments” analogy above
So, initially, in our primary state of spirit, we get progressively involved in Earthly phenomena (energy/matter). We can equate this progressive involvement in matter to dressing in clothes: as we progress we put on more clothes and also add to our wardrobe of clothes which we call upon as needs be for the various earthling experiences.
What we wear affects the way we look, feel, move and act.
We now have a combination of sorts: spirit wearing clothing, and we will call this combination “soul”.
The clothing affects the way the spirit (now soul) appears, feels psychologically, feels physically and acts. It also affects the spirit’s mentality – the way its mind works or ments (“thinks” as it is commonly termed).
As a result of our experiences in each of our numerous lives our clothes change; we add some and discard some and, when we start getting enlightened we start to discard more than we add. Thus, our clothes reflect our experiences over many lifetimes and what we have learned from them. Consequently, the soul is the sum total of its experiences over many lifetimes.
Eventually, we have no more clothes – the wardrobe is bare!
If the soul is the sum total of the spirit’s experiences over many lifetimes what is the “mind”? The mind too is the sum total of the spirit’s experiences over many lifetimes. Hence, what we call “soul” and what we call “mind” are the same. Hence also, my word “moul”, for mind + soul, for the purpose of clarity of communication.