Are fragment personalities missing a soul. What makes them fragments?”
This is an excellent question, and I would like to invite everyone to weigh in with their own insights and observations in the comments below.
A fragment is, in the most basic sense, a sliver of the whole. The most familiar catchphrase might be: A chip off the old block.
Seth spoke often of fragments, particularly in the Early Sessions as he refined his message. The best way to understand his terminology is to get to the basics which is simply that every one of us is a ‘fragment’ of our entity. And yes, we’re chips off the old block. 😉
Yet in some cases, he utilized this phrase in a deeper sense to convey the concept that a personality is itself fragmented. A good way to grasp that is to imagine a jigsaw puzzle. Picking that up by hand, a few pieces may fall out. It does not feel whole and because of that may not feel cohesive enough to maintain balance and self-awareness.
Seth touched on that idea while describing Lee Harvey Oswald: “Oswald was always a personality fragment, as all psychopaths are. As fragments of a personality break off in the manner that I explained for schizophrenics, so in some cases part of an entity reincarnates before it should, does not carry its full mental gene blueprint, and therefore causes trouble and confusion. It is as though one of the wild images of a nightmare emerged with full physical power into the world of the day.”
—TES1 Session 15 January 13, 1964
The best way for us to understand the idea of all personality fragments is to realize that we don’t Have souls, we Are souls.
“The self that you know is but one fragment of your entire identity. These fragment selves are not strung together, however, like beads of a string. They are more like the various skins of an onion, or segments of an orange, all connected through the one vitality and growing out into various realities while springing from the same source.
I am not comparing personality to an orange or an onion, but I want to emphasize that as these things grow from within outward, so does each fragment of the entire self. You observe the outside aspect of objects. Your physical senses permit you to perceive the exterior forms to which you then react, but your physical senses to some extent force you to perceive reality in this manner, and the inside vitality within matter and form is not so apparent.”
—SS Chapter 1: Session 512, January 27, 1970
“On the other hand, more complicated organizations of consciousness are necessary to form, enter, and vitalize the more complicated physical structures. All structure is formed by consciousness. Defined in your terms, a fragment is a consciousness not as developed as your own. The living portions of nature are the result of your own creativity, projections and fragments of your own energy; energy that comes to you from All That Is and goes outward from you, forming its own image manifestations as you form yours.
(these two paragraphs are snippets)
There is no single-line development, in other words. The fragment elements directed outward by you as a species also add of course to your physical reality, for without the fine balance maintained, and without this cooperation, your particular kind of environment would not be possible.”
—SS Chapter 20: Session 582, April 19, 1971
“A fragment is a consciousness not as developed as your own.” In the Early Sessions he would describe a board as a fragment of a tree, while acknowledging that the tree can grow but the board has reached its finite form. Yet he also acknowledged that personality fragments can indeed continue to evolve and grow.
Now sometimes personality fragments may be an entity/soul who yearns for life too quickly, meaning they rushed into life without taking the time to process and prepare. Consider some of your dreams and your dream Self, and how s/he might react if thrust into physical reality without proper grounding.
Two analogies pop into mind.
Once, when my brother was about fourteen, he attempted to grow marijuana seeds under a grow-light. They shot up fast on spindly stalks and then fell over and died. Too fast, too soon. No time to develop a solid enough base.
I’m also reminded of when I first made blueberry muffins, and pulled them out when they were just beginning to brown. I hadn’t realized they needed to be brown enough for the insides to cook properly. Perhaps the hilarious irony is to consider you need to grasp the necessity of “taking your time” within a linear framework.
In the York Beach incident, Jane and Rob encountered fragments of their own personalities, unconsciously created by them. Those personalities were part of Their Souls, so yes, they were also souls who could (just like you and me) continue to expand and explore, or ‘merge’ with our original essence:
“The man and the woman in the York Beach dancing establishment, sitting across the floor alone at a table. They were fragments of sour selves, thrown-off materializations of your own negative and aggressive feelings. Jane’s were even stronger than yours, since the woman was fatter than the man. She almost recognized them because of the circumstances and your illness, and because of the peculiar vitality of your conflicting emotions at the time.”
—TES1 Session 9 December 18, 1963
“The projected fragments disappeared. They stood up, walked across the floor and disappeared in the crowd in the anteroom by the door. They had no power to leave the place where they were born, unless you gave it to them. Remember, however, that they did exist; and having once existed could reappear with less impetus than the original. As Joseph represents the fullest potentiality of your entity the image of the man represents a possible, though I hope not probable, pitfall image of your present personality, though not of your overall entity.”
—TES1 Session 9 December 18, 1963