Do You Know What Your “Soul” Is All About? Connecting with a “Soulmate”?

What is “soul”?  Do you have a definition?  How do you use it? It is a term that has long interested me, even though my early experience of it was frightening. When I was a young Catholic lad the priests and nuns said to me “Johnny be good (a song said that, too) or your soul will burn in hell.” Now that was scary, though it did not always dictate my behavior! I kept trying to find my soul to no avail.  Where, or what, was it? The quest continued.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has eight definitions.  The first two are:

1. The immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life.

2. The spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe.

Thomas Moore has written two immensely popular New York Times best sellers: CARE OF THE SOUL and SOULMATES. Mooredescribes “soul” as “a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves.  It has to do with depth, value, relatedness, heart, and personal substance. Soul is the deepest part of who we are. …It is the source of life and either we respond to what the soul presents … or we suffer from this neglect of ourselves.

Mooresays that to take care of your soul you must “know your story” – know who you are and where you’ve been.  This is your identity.  When you are “with you” – conscious – you then can transcend the mundane of every day life and spiritually connect with another, with nature, in a richer and deeper form of existence.

In SOULMATES Moore writes about intimacy as it relates to soul.  Intimacy is the soul engagement of the “most within” of oneself and another.  One finds one’s soul by being introspective and attuned to the deepest parts of one’s being.  Reflection, meditation, and dialogue are worthy avenues leading to soul connection.

At this point some of you may be saying to yourself , “What the hell is he talking about?”  I guess discussion about soul and intimacy is a lot like describing “love”. You either get it and experience it or you don’t.

In an attempt to summarize I invite you to know your deepest essence – your soul.  In doing this you will love and embrace the best of you.  This will enable you to live a more noble life and one which can connect with the depth of another – a soul mate.  This energetic connection helps you understand your spiritual dimension and, thus, clarifies your purpose in life.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”      Socrates

 

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