The universe was built with the tools which man calls music, arithmetic, and geometry: harmony, system, and balance. The building blocks were all of the same material, which man calls the life essence. It was a power sent out from God, a primary ray, as man thinks of it, which by changing the length of its wave and the rate of its vibration became a pattern of differing forms, substance, and movement. This created the law of diversity which supplied endless designs for the pattern. God played on this law of diversity as a person plays on a piano, producing melodies and arranging them in a symphony.
Each design carried within it, inherently, the plan of its evolution, which was to be accomplished by movement, growth, or, as man calls it, change. The sounds of several notes unite to make a chord; chords in turn become phrases; phrases become melodies; melodies intermingle and move back and forth, across and between and around each other, to make a symphony.
Everything moved, changed, and assumed its design in various states of form and substance. Activity was begun and maintained by the law of attraction and repulsion: positive and negative, attracting each other and repelling themselves, maintained the form and action of all things.
All this was a part of God, an expression of His thought. Mind was the force which propelled and perpetuated it: mind did everything God imagined; everything that came into being was an aspect, a posture, of mind.
Thus a new individual, issuing from and dependent upon God, but aware of an existence apart from Him, came into being. To the new individual there was given the power to choose and direct its own activity; without this freedom it would remain a part of the individuality of God. Mind, issuing as a force from God, would naturally fulfill His thoughts, unless directed otherwise. The power to do this - to direct otherwise the force of mind - is what man calls his free will. The record of this free will is the soul. The soul was the greatest thing God made. The fact that man's body is a speck of dust on a small planet leads to the illusion that man himself is a small creation. The measure of the soul is the limitless activity of mind and the grandeur of imagination. Our souls are as sparks from the One soul of God. The first thought which it generated of itself, the first diversion of mind force from its normal path, was the beginning of the soul. Thus the soul consisted of two states of consciousness: that of the spirit, bearing a knowledge of its identity with God (the subconscious mind), and that of the new individual (the conscious mind), bearing a knowledge of everything it experienced.
God is aware of everything that happens in the universe and is aware of the consciousness of each individual. When the desire of will was no longer different from the thought of God, the soul would return to God. Thus the return of the soul is the return of the image to that which imagined it, and the subconsciousness of an individual, its soul record, could not be destroyed without destroying part of God Himself. What is destroyed is the ego - the desire to do other than the will of God. When the soul returns to God the ego is voluntarily relinquished; this is the symbology of the crucifixion of Christ.