NSS - We are composed of a body and soul, but we also have energetic bodies that have corresponding energetic layers and chakras. The layers are physical, etheric, astral, causal, mental, celestial, christ - 1st through 7th chakras.
The Akashic energy grid that surrounds the planet is composed of 144,000 equidistant points (the ley lines and vortices of this grid create the etheric body of the planet) - at these points are the original 144,000 Christ souls (also mirrored in micro form with the fact that each human soul is comprised of 144,000 light cells).
From the original 144,000, each entity keeps dividing/projecting into other beings which exist in the other levels of consciousness - on the celestial level we are known as OverSouls.
Our Oversoul is that eternal part of us that can project itself into various incarnations. Just like we have the mental, emotional, and physical bodies that are an aspect of being human, the Higher Self is the mental aspect or personality of the Oversoul. When the Higher Self projects into consciousness, it creates a level of angelic beings which become guides for the human experience. (There are also angelic beings not created from this projection, existing seperately and having various roles).
The projection/division of angelic beings creates what are referred to as spirit guides, and the projection/division of spirit guides finally creates what we call the human soul.
Many psychics will speak about the Higher Self as if it's synonymous with the Oversoul. The term spirit guides can be an all inclusive phrase, which can include guides that are angelic, other humans like us, enlightened or ascended masters, and even pan realm guides which are trying to ascend to the human dimension.
Our Oversoul is like the director of the symphony, with each lifetime acting as a musician in the orchestra. When we are "out of tune", the Oversoul gives us a good prompting to help us out. When we are "in the way" of ourselves, it is the conflict contained in the etheric forms of the body and the soul that wants to be released/completed. When we can acknowledge the wisdom of our body without getting too distracted by it's desires, then the Oversoul leads the way as a soul-body team - like a riding a horse with mutual love and understanding.
You are right - prior to incarnating, you as the Oversoul chose a certain path - now you are "on the ride" so to speak. That doesn't mean we are helpless - the less conflict we have the more we can respond at greater levels of consciousness. Hope that helps!
PS - Come visit the Akashic Records thread in the Psychic/Paranormal topic if you like this type of information.
Last edited by ChrisL; 10-04-2010 at 04:06 PM.