Soulewolf said in the OP:
My questions are, does essence transcend universes? Do i have the same essence in this universe as i do in another? What about the Soul?
After all, in all those other universes, i am not a different person. I have the same identity in those universes as i do in this one (hence “parallel”).
It is one thing to experience Essence; it is quite another to stabilize having done that, it is yet another to develop or discover an accurate cognitive line regarding that experience. Once again we are faced with the ideas of degree and kind. This is also the dynamic within which we find and question the reason for people who See remaining or not in their tradition.
A survey, if you will, of some who have such insights allows us to conclude that deeper realizations tend to result in some cognition that Soul is an aspect of Essence that is more closely associated with individuality in a personal sense, and yet is fundamentally equal to Essence itself. There is a very good reason for this from the perspective of non dualism, but this is not the place to go into that. In some Eastern traditions it is said that “Atman (Soul) is Brahman (God)” and in the West that “Soul is a synonym for God” or that “Soul is the feeling of BEing I AM” All pretty esoteric, and since the Church is exoteric, despite claiming otherwise, this is a difficult point therein.
As is usual in English, again not a matter for this thread, the near impossibility of a 1/1 corespondency between grammar and Reality is what we face. One has to tease out which sense of identity/Identity, i/I, or “me” one is using. As Heinlein said, “In English, only the first person singular present tense of the verb ‘to be’ is true to fact.” We ask that to bear a lot of our subject/object limitations and thus err in expression.
So from a viewpoint different from that of the Church, Essence is Universes, or whatever manifestation there is, as one of the aspects of God, in the Church called the Trinity. So it would be accurate to say that while “you” as Essence called “I” am the same in or as any Universe, your hypothetical person allegedly not in this universe is what it is. You might think of it as you, here, wearing a series or stack of mask, each of which is used in a different room or before different people. Not so different from what we do anyway, eh? We tend to “forget” our selves as we take on what goes with any mask. It is quite a trick to keep all of the characters possible in mind while playing through/as one.