William, I agree with the idea of group souls for animals — it is a fundamental part of my belief system. But it makes more sense to me that group souls are smaller than saying every fish in the world belongs to one huge group soul. To me, it looks like every fish in one school of fish constitute one group soul. Take a look at this picture. Google Image Result for http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/img/2009/10/oct09wallpaper-7_1600.jpg Here we see one school of fish that is acting as if it was one entity. I think it is, one group-soul. When a diver tries to divide the school with his arm, the school divides to avoid his arm, but them ‘clumps’ right back together into its ‘group soul.’ I also believe that, as we look at progressively more evolved types of animals, the group souls have fewer members. When I look at a litter of newly-born kittens, it makes sense to me that all of the kittens in the same litter belong to a single group-soul. Of course, the day comes when highly evolved animals like dogs, cats, horses, elephants, etc., become so highly evolved that they no longer need to be born into a group soul, and are ready to ‘break out on their own’ — be born into their own individual soul — a human being. ~~~ I agree that the soul creates the personality and the personality incarnates. It makes sense to me that when a person dies the personality returns to the soul and it's energy and experiences are assimilated back into it. But I wouldn't say the person no longer exists, I would say the personality no longer exists, and that, as you are saying, a person's true nature is at a level of consciousness far higher than a person's personality.