At infancy the soul is coemergent with her true nature, but her discriminating and cognitive capacities are not developed enough for her to recognize her true nature. Such innate ignorance seems to necessitate some kind of development where the cognitive capacities can mature to the extent of being able to recognize the ground of the soul in a conscious and discriminating cognition. This development turns out to include the normal ego development of the soul, in which not only does the soul differentiate and dissociate from its essential ground, but such differentiation and dissociation also seems to be an integral part of the process of developing the cognitive and discriminating capacities of the soul. More specifically … the dissociation of soul from essence occurs primarily by, and parallel to, the development of normal representational knowledge, which is conceptual discrimination divorced from the ground of Being. Ordinary knowledge develops by the soul abstracting out the outlines of concepts from basic knowledge, and holding their reifications in the mind.
Inner Journey Home, p. 469
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However, our observation is that the infant’s soul, though immersed in true nature at times of psychophysical equilibrium and feeling its characteristics, not only does not recognize it for what it is, but also her direct awareness of it is dim and tends to be obscured by the dominance of the forms that arise in her experiential fields. Some of these forms are aspects of essence, of various colors and textures; but even though perceived and felt, they are not recognized for what they are. Some of the arising forms, mostly not aspects of essence, become gradually integrated into her sense of self, an identity that begins to function as a lens through which consciousness looks, further obscuring her ground true nature. The final result is that she is prevented from recognizing her true nature, and also from directly experiencing it, due to the duality arising from the development of ego structures.
Inner Journey Home, p. 536
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Our main reason for believing that the infant's soul is in touch with her true nature, but without recognition, is that we know from experience that when the soul is not perceiving through a construct, a construct that normally develops by the third year of life, her experience of herself is immediate. We also know that when the soul is experiencing herself immediately, without the intermediacy of such constructs, she experiences presence. Actually, this is true almost by definition: the experience of presence is nothing but the soul experiencing herself with immediacy. What else will the soul experience herself as but as presence, when she is experiencing herself immediately?
Inner Journey Home, p. 538
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