Unities of All Things
Henry A. Weil
Henry A. Weil's Descriptions of the Seven Powers of the Soul
  1. The Coordinator of Bodily Functions
    "This power serves as the coordinator of all involuntary functions of the body. It literally connects the organs as well as the members and parts of the body and causes them to operate in harmony. As a unifying agency, it makes the continuation of life possible. Yet this clock-work precision of the bodily functions is carried on without the awareness of the human body." (Anchorage edition, page 42; New Delhi edition, page 36)
  2. The Mental Faculties of the Soul
    "While the mental powers of imagination, thought, understanding and memory are properties of the soul, they cannot perform as a decision-making instrument by themselves. It is not until they are acted upon by the human spirit (force) and assisted by the brain that there is a mind or intellect. The mind, therefore, is not the brain by itself, nor the human spirit alone, nor the intellectual faculties by themselves but rather the interaction of all three." (Anchorage edition, pages 44-45; New Delhi edition, pages 38-39)
  3. The Faculty of Inner Vision
    "An easy-to-understand explanation of the inner vision faculty is that it is the source of intuitive thoughts as well as abstract thought. Now the mind can develop abstract thought too but only with the aid of concrete evidences. The faculty of inner vision creates abstract thought within and by itself. It doesn't need the outside assistance of prior conclusions or concrete evidences. The difference between the two kinds of thought is that the faculty of inner vision knows whereas the mind must reason its way through." (Anchorage edition, page 50; New Delhi edition, page 44)
  4. Individuality
    "The individuality, however, as a power of the soul, is that gift from God which consists of our latent capabilities and virtues. In other words, the individuality is the seat of two potentials: the potential for accomplishment and the potential for inner change. The potential for accomplishment is found expressed in all the multiple forms of thee arts and sciences. The potential for being is represented by the capacity of man's dual nature." (Anchorage edition, page 56; New Delhi edition, page 50)
  5. The Mirrored Reflection of Your Moral Choices
    "The choices that the mind makes are registered on yet another faculty of the soul. If it will help you to understand this additional power of the soul, you might liken it to an adding machine that registers the sum total of all the moral or spiritual choices you make during your physical lifetime; or you might liken it to a hinged mirror which takes on the exact reflection of the sum total of your moral choices. To stay with the analogy of the hinged mirror, you decide with your mind whether you want the mirror tilted up or down to reflect good or bad or in-between choices." (Anchorage edition, pages 58-59; New Delhi edition, page 52)
  6. Spiritual Happiness
    "To be spiritually happy is to have certitude, serenity, and radiance. Spiritual happiness is detachment from the material and attachment to the Kingdom." (Anchorage edition, page 61; New Delhi edition, page 55)
  7. Immortality
    "During the physical life your soul advances towards God by the spiritual choices which you make. After the physical death, your soul continues its advance towards God but at the mercy and bounty of God. Man's immortal soul begins its new life at the level of development achieved on the physical plane." (Anchorage edition, page 67; New Delhi edition, page 61)
  • Weil, Henry A. Closer Than Your Life Vein: An Insight Into the Wonders of Spiritual Fulfillment. Anchorage: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Alaska. 1978.

  • Weil, Henry A. Closer Than Your Life Vein: An Insight Into the Wonders of Spiritual Fulfillment. New Delhi: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. 1991.