Like any tightrope walker, sometimes we fall.
Layers of Imperfection – The Truth About Soul
I don’t believe in evil souls.
There, I’ve said it.
You’re free to argue if you disagree.
But everything I see, with my human eyes, with my heart, and with my spiritual intuition, tells me that souls are whole and perfect.
That souls are eternal and infinite and cannot be altered from their original pure and perfect state.
So why then, do humans do such evil things? We do evil, I believe, because we forget that we are soul.
We lose our sense of true soul self in the accumulated experiences of being human. We are soul born as body. Because soul cannot experience anything except infinite perfection. Soul cannot act. Soul needs body, but then we begin to believe that it IS body, that it IS the result of the actions taken upon it and the actions that it takes.
And those actions, and our beliefs about them, deposit layers of non-soul self stuff.
Those actions, and our human beliefs about them, leave behind remnants that are not part of our true nature. And, as we accept those layers as part of our “human nature” we begin to think and act in ways that are not pure and perfect.
So how do we hold to the realizations that can only came through action, action that can only be experienced as human, while acting from our true nature of perfect and infinite soul?
Well, usually we don’t. That’s part of the path, part of the lesson, part of what we are born as body to experience.
Like any tightrope walker, sometimes we fall.
The balancing act that is required, I believe, is to be aware of self as soul, yet fully in the moment of self as human, while releasing the attachments to layers that are not perfect soul-self.
When we learn to see those layers as only costumes and travel dust, when we dedicate ourselves to a regular practice of getting naked, of getting clean, then we will not only see ourselves in our perfect light form, we will also be able to see the perfect light form in others.
No matter how many layers of not-soul they have accumulated.
*My deepest gratitude to the souls at Peace Village; Sister Jenna, Antonia, and all the Brahma Kumaris, and to the other souls who came to experience we knew not what and could never have imagined. Our recent retreat has given me passage to deeper waters than I have dared to navigate before, and lifted me up to simple truths I have never dared to speak before.
Thank-you so much Dixie and thank you to Peace Village for the long list of gifts (non-material) they bestowed upon us. I struggled with this for a while in my teenage years then one day I proceeded to put together a collage of baby pictures. Infants from all over the world. I had this as my screen saver visible to me everyday. They are all lets say a few hours old but no older than a day. It put a smile on my face and helped me see the soul in the beautiful little vessel. Whenever I encountered a challenging experience of someone reacting or acting in an evil way I would imagine them as babies and that would bring their soul to the surface and I was able to smile and remain detached but loving (too a while). I was never aware of what cards this person was dealt throughout their life or what choices they made but visualizing them as a little newborn really helped me love unconditionally, forgive boundlessly… I thought I’d share 🙂
There are days I stumble and I fall. Grazed and bloody I get up and go forward once again thanks to the support of the loving souls on this thread. xx
I had an immediate picture of what your screen might have looked like. What a perfect way to remind us all of the perfect possibility each new-born represents. I’m so glad you DID share and hope you’ll share this in other spaces as well!
I thought exactly that when I read a post this morning, which said ‘Let go of people who dull your shine, poison your spirit and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues.’ I do not know why, but it did not resonate with me. Ideally the issues can be released, but this may be the time that the person most needs holding. (If I believed in perfection, the issues might be layers of imperfection.)
I am not convinced that my spirit can be poisoned, or that drama is a bad thing. I see action as the evidence of success. It is passion I find harder to understand: the strength that keeps us alive.
Of course, there are people I do not share interests with and if they manipulate me, I leave.
I never realised how essential body is to all my values in life until body went on strike. Now I feel I know nothing; but believe free head-space may be exactly what it takes to entertain the issues, which barge-poles have put on a ducking stool.
It is hard for me to see body and soul as opposites. I am not saying you are doing that; but I am beginning to see bodies are more significant in symbolising soul stuff. Love is care.
It’s that balance between not releasing the people, but not attaching to the issues isn’t it? A tightrope walk that looks graceful and easy when we see someone else doing it, but takes balance and focus and practice to accomplish with any consistency at all. I have been a terrible example the last 18 months, and the result of that is the basis of the article over on my business blog. But it’s served as a good lesson that the body and spirit aren’t opposites, neither are they unrelated. They are partners in this thing we call life and when we neglect one we threaten the other.
Yes; but the soul has no great attachment to life, while the body does.
The soul would not emulate anyone. Mine wants to take my body with it in self-containment; but even a soul is not self-contained. Irrespective of life, it seeks connection.
I think we see the role of the body and soul differently. It is my soul that loves life, and when it finds purpose in THIS life it insists that I treat the body in such a way as to extend it. When I am not in touch with soul my body has no desire for life. Are you sure it’s your soul that wants that of your body? Or layers of not-soul that you’ve accumulated? Because I would not say “even” a soul is not self-contained. I would say ESPECIALLY the soul is not self-contained for it recognizes the connection to all things.
Could well be – I’m not too big on soul. Spirit is what keeps me alive.
In a way, soul is too connected for me to feel able to write about it with any degree of conviction. What would I know about anybody else’s soul? Yet it is the kind of care, which I believe in, which is soul. I suppose I associate soul with warmth, and spirit with ignition.
Dixie, let me start by saying, Om Shanti. This was wonderful and powerful.
Love, sr Jenna
It was wonderful and powerful for me to understand, and such a blessing to be in a place where I could come to that understanding and have souls like you affirm it and rejoice in it with me. Your guidance was beyond price!
You don’t have to say much to bring smiles and tears do you dear? My thanks to you especially for sitting with me while I worked all this out, and for letting ME sit with it until I knew it for true. It means more than you know.
Excellently put Dixie