…this “Quintessence” is the Divine spark, the reflection of the Celestial Fire formed through the balancing of the four Elements. It is, literally, the Fifth Element.
To me, in the grandest sense, the Cosmos is undergoing its own Digestion and Distillation period, which is why we, as individuals, congeal either to the higher nature or the nature of the lower, profane, human animal. The Universe is undergoing Alchemy to perfect itself, and we are the microcosm of this process.
Each one of us can be likened to a particle in the cycles of the water-precipitating, gathering in clouds, returning to the heavens, condensing, falling again to run through the valleys-both reshaping the earth and being directed by it, only to distill and rise again.
In this way reincarnation is, to me, the spiritual equivalent of the physical process of rain; souls falling back to this earthly existence to gather up the residue of experience and return again to reservoir of the Absolute. We are raindrops.-from my personal journal Sept 9, 2009