I confess… I still ponder at times what (or who) the soul is. It’s one of those terms I’ve heard all my life (like God), and — depending upon who is making the reference — the meaning changes. For example, some ideologies speak of all creatures upon our world — including the Earth — sharing a soul. Some say only humans have souls and, therefore, dominion over all other types of life forms. I extrapolate from all the ways I’ve heard the term used and described a fundamental definition that soul means spiritual consciousness.
And then, I wonder where does my personality fit within the parameters of spiritual consciousness. And how do I recognize the difference between the voice of personality and the call of spiritual consciousness?
Indeed, as my understandings of spirituality evolve, my questions regarding the soul are answered with more questions. When I was a child, I thought about the soul as a separate personality — stronger and wiser than me — who abides in a distant place in the sky observing me from a distance. When I prayed, it was in the hope that my soul would carry my prayers to an even more distant God.
Over time, it’s become clear to me that the flaw in all my premises centers around a belief in separation — that I am somehow different than what a soul (or even God) is. I’ve come realize that spiritual consciousness isn’t different than “my” consciousness, and who I am as a personality isn’t “less than” what my soul is. Rather, like light on a continuum of gradation, soul is ALL of who I Am, and I am part of soul.
The call of the soul is all around “me” then. In every expanding awareness — in every reach to understand deeper — I am answering the call of the soul. Spiritual consciousness is in every component of consciousness that has the capacity to expand and evolve.
All of a sudden not only is spiritual consciousness within reach (because, frankly, we evolve always — and sometimes in spite of ourselves; >), the soul is inclusive of all of me. There is no moral test or righteous judgment that defines any aspect of myself as “less than” the soul. There is only my unwillingness to love all I am and allow soul’s radiance to wrap Love’s arms around All I Am. The soul’s call to awaken is simply this: “Come and be loved. Come and be Love.”
The soul — now I understand — is the mind in the heart of Love. The soul thinks through love. The soul acts through love. The soul observes through love. The soul listens through love. The soul IS through love.
This is today’s expanding awareness. Tomorrow, I will hear the call of the soul and let that call guide me further into the explorations of awakening. I will allow life to open me to new insights and experiences. I will align wider and deeper into the Will to Good from the heart of love. Will you join me?
Thank you. I love you.