Most of us are probably in the middle of the continuum between pure soul and not-so-pure soul; leaning toward pure soul in my mind's eye. The best news is we can chose to work on moving toward the pure soul side because of our free will, even in the worst of circumstances.
I thought I would conduct an experiment. Every morning when I meditate I think back to the moments of the day before when i was closer to a pure soul and when i was not. The irony for me is that a pure soul probably doesn't have to do this kind of exercise. I came up with a few times when I got defensive or felt victimized and sorry for myself. Another time i started jabbering in order to teach something I knew about and then realized the conversation would have gone much better if i had asked a couple of clarifying questions so my "student" could come to his own conclusions. Going through this exercise helped me get a little closer to the pure soul ideal. . . . for the moment. But, what happens when these situations come up again? In order to be a purer soul I have to let things that don't have to do with service roll off my back. I guess that challenge is part of my life journey and it makes me joyful to be on this path. Love to all. Deb B.