weaving the longings of the soul, the guidance of the higher self, the patterns of the natural world, and the necessities of everyday life……into a workable kind of spirituality
My own sense of my personal soul, or psyche, is that it is an underpinning element, perhaps even the core, of my awareness. This soul is both personal yet also, at the same time, non-personal and transpersonal. This soul operates in a personal sense in that I am a coherent individual, who is a vehicle, a transmitter, a transformer of energy into actions and speech and vibrations. (When I use lower case, as in “soul”, I am referring to the individual soul, and when I use uppercase, as in “Soul”, I am referring to the Soul of the World, which of course includes all the individual souls.)
The personal soul needs and is drawn to certain experiences in order to relate to the souls of others and the Soul of the World — in specific, awakening and enhancing ways. When affected by unaddressed trauma or a learned false perception this soul/psyche is vulnerable to a muddying effect that clouds our ability to be present and to react to people and situations with clarity, immediacy, and compassion.
Experiences I have had (for example in meditation, ceremonies, and dreams) have shown me that even though I need a sense of individuality in order to survive, relate and create, the soul dimension of life is in fact contiguous, non-separate, non-dual, and non-egoic.
I am guided in connecting with the Soul (of myself, others and the world) through (non-neurotic) feeling states, dreams, and observation of meaningful meetings, inspirations, surprises, and synchronicities. To the extent to which I can cultivate a calm and receptive mind, I am more available to the Soul.
The longings of the soul are how the Soul expresses its needs and future direction through the individual.
Longings show themselves through attractions (driven by strong feeling), dreams, and fantasies. These all bring important information and should be paid attention to, especially when they persevere over time.
Unfolding and examining longings can be a crucial factor in spiritual development, which is why I have included this phrase, the longings of the soul, in my description of what this blog is all about.
Until the mind is clear and past trauma has been healed, longings have to be carefully analyzed before action is taken, as they may arise more from the need to compensate or from false conditioning than out of a genuine urge to be creative and awakening.
In today’s world, with its predominately capitalist structures, we have to be especially careful of longings that have been created by the indoctrination of advertising. The current mythology is that wealth solves all. The conflation of self-worth, good looks, and material prosperity is a fundamental error, and betrays the extent to which our minds have been influenced by free-market capitalism, which after all is just the current model of human organization and not the be all and end all.
Individual fulfillment varies, thanks to the wondrous diversity of our amazing world. For many, great wealth is the last thing on their genuine agenda. So clarifying what is true for oneself at a deep level is part of our soul work, part of our spiritual wholeness, part of allowing ourselves to be authentic and truly happy.
What we dream of is what we are longing to become, and within these dreams lie the future not only of our individual experience, but also of our world. We need to be free to dream our own dreams, to listen to the part of the self that is free of corruption, and then work to fulfill these dreams in ways that benefit all.
The soul and its longings have been historically and universally expressed through poetry, song, and music. Partaking of any of these, whether through making or receiving, can give you immediate access to both your personal soul and the Soul of the World. Notice which poems, songs, and music draw you. Watch also for visual art, movies and television shows that move you rather than being simply entertaining. As always, pay attention to your dreams. What is all this abundant information telling you about the longings of your soul? The more you focus on this, the more specific the information will get, and then you can work on turning that longing into direct experience that transforms and brings joy.
Next time, an investigation into The Higher Self and how this concept relates to notions of best wisdom, spiritual guidance, angels, and deities.