Inherent in the physical plane school that each of us attends is free will, so that we are able to learn to choose and create. That makes for the possibility of evil—willfully harming others. From a higher point of view, that's not necessarily a "bad" thing because we can become more conscious of light by seeing it clearly against its absence, darkness. Polarity is an intrinsic part of our life's structure—we gain understanding by comparing and contrasting opposites. Learning what not to do can help bring into focus what to do, and why, expanding light. Genesis says that on the first day of creation, "God divided the light from the darkness." That also happens for souls here on the first plane of creation.
There are many levels of self. Our core is what the Michael teachings call a spark of the Tao, which is a unit of consciousness of the All That Is. Religious people might call that "the God within." That part of self is mostly untouched by evil because it is not directly involved in polarity. It creates an essence that contains a blueprint for how we will manifest on the seven planes of creation of Earth—our potentialities. The outer layer of our essence is our soul, which animates and carries all our human lifetimes. It extends a part of itself into each body/mind, inhabiting it and giving it self-awareness. Animals also have souls, hive souls, which are simpler than human sentient souls because they are not designed to make reasoned choices; they have awareness, but not conscious self-awareness. Without a soul, a body would be vacant—nobody would be "home" other than the body's own instinctual consciousness.
Michael charts are a great way to get to know yourself and others better. The following excerpt from Journey of Your Soul provides an introduction to the charts and to the Michael teachings in general. See workshops for videos.
The cliché icebreaker used to be “What’s your sign?” In the near future, someone attractive might glide up to you and say something like “Hi! I’m a young warrior in passion mode. What’s your role?”
Role, mode, and soul age are part of the Michael teachings, a fascinating channeled body of information about how we set up our lives. According to Michael, each of us is an eternal spark journeying from the Tao and back again in an adventure ...