2.2 BEFORE THE FLESH IS BORN
For children of clay, life begins
not at the moment of conception but rather at the moment
the soul enters its mortal receptacle.
Until that point, nothing exists but an
amalgamation of useless matter.
The soul gives this mass cohesion, purpose, and a
spark to start the engine running.
Without a soul, the body is merely an empty husk.
Unfortunately, the point at which the soul is
introduced varies from case to case.
Sometimes it occurs within the first few hours.
While other times the child must wait the full
nine months inside it’s mother’s womb before
receiving a soul. If
no soul is present at the time of delivery, the baby is
Each soul is delivered by an angel
of conception. This
celestial order’s soul function is to retrieve souls
from heaven and place them in the proper body.
While in ethereal form, the angel reaches into
the mother's womb (an experience the mother usually does
not feel) and places the soul in the embryo.
At that point life begins.
For the most part, these celestials perform their
duties as early as possible, but sometimes circumstances
and obstacles get in the way.
It is not unheard of to have an angel of
conception rushing franticly to deliver a soul before
Ironically, demons tend not to
interfere in this process.
In fact, they want the child of clay to be born,
because while it exists in heaven it is a pure thing.
Only through interaction with the material world
can the soul be corrupted and lead away from the
Each soul is meant for a particular body. The angel of conception is given strict instructions as to who the soul belongs to. Bur sometimes things go wrong, and a soul is placed in the wrong body. This can happen either by accident or design (the original host was destroyed). The empty shell of matter will accept this “wrong” soul easy enough. This soul is destined for a hard life, though. As it grows it will begin to feel uncomfortable in its own skin. The person will become frustrated with who they are and will begin to foster a feeling (rightly so) of having been born somehow wrong. This frustration often leads to depression and even suicide.