In the Autumn, in temperate zones such as New England, it is not uncommon to travel a distance to view the Fall foliage in all its splendor. One of the colloquial terms for this is "leaf-peeping," and it applies to those who take advantage of the cool but gentle days of early Fall to appreciate the beauty of Nature's landscape that does not appear in quite the same way at any other time of year.
The "peepers" know what they are looking for - the breathtaking spectacle of orange, bright gold, and red-leafed trees that give forth one last burst of glory before letting their leaves fall to the ground, there to mingle and mix with the earth in its softer and more muted tones.
Such travelers who seek the glorious colors of Autumn and the Divine paintbrush that Nature applies to the quickened foliage, would be amazed to learn that similar color can be found as attributes of the soul, attributes that do not expire in a burst of glory, but rather that form the basis for a soul's expression upon the earth. If this parallel universe of color were known, many more would embrace the amazing spectacle of souls in their varied hues with the same fascination and awe that they presently attend to the Autumn leaves. Such travelers would not waste a moment on the exterior trappings of people in their more narrow presentations, but would seek the unmistakable heart and soul of whomever they were with, relishing the uniquely precious individualized beauty that each possesses, and savoring the particular shadings that each strives to bring forth.
The colors of the soul are splendid in their array. They vary from purple, to blue, to green, to orange, to yellow, to white - not along a visual spectrum which belongs to the physical world, but along an emotional and energetic spectrum which, if it were translated into the language of color, would partake of all of the shades of the rainbow, and even within these, divide into more subtle and particular shades and hues. The colors of the soul exist as part of the soul's essence, and even the individual bearing the stamp of a particular tonality may not recognize it as such - may not perceive that it is part of their unique identity.
Such soul-energies may also be likened to musical tones, for each resonates with a particular sound or range of sounds as well as a particular color, and each soul has its own recognizable 'note' in the great symphony of the spiritual hierarchies. What is remarkable is that no matter how many others share the same color or the same 'note', each soul's expression is always absolutely unique, for it is not just a matter of the particular color or sound, but also a matter of the feelings it evokes in those who behold it, and the history of its relationship with the individual soul. In this sense, every soul is absolutely singular, vibrating with their own sound, their own color, their own music.
Soul qualities, if understood in this manner, would create a fascination at least of the same order as "leaf-peeping," if one were simply to look behind the outer form of each one to the heart and essence that lay beneath. There, they would find something perhaps hidden from outer eyes within the mysterious layers of personal history, but nevertheless always present. Because of this presence, it will be a step forward for mankind when it becomes able to see in this way, for no longer will anyone seem poor or ill-equipped. All will be seen in their resplendent beauty.
With such a perspective in view, human beings will be able to recognize each other not only by outer definitions, but by an inner sense of presence - by the color, tone, and energy that characterizes their inner being which radiates through all that they do. At such a time, mankind will be able to celebrate this discovery in the same way that we celebrate the colors of the Fall - paying tribute to God's infinite creative capacity, manifested in the uniquely precious individual soul. All souls will be seen as bearing their own gifts, their own virtues, allowing us to partake of the richness of Creation in the intimacy of our relationships with others.