I think I’ve finally found it

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So, I’m thinking that this post is going to sound like a cross between spirituality 101 and a fairy tale.  For years I have struggled with the false-self/true-self model.  Not that I didn’t believe that it had validity – too many of my respected mentors speak of it, but I just couldn’t wrap my self around understanding it totally – not that anything spiritual can be totally understood!

It’s just that I didn’t really know what a true self is – because if my false self is the face that I project to the world, than, not only is it depressing,  but then where is this illusive true self and how do I get it to surface?

Once again, my understanding came from a child……who defined a ‘soul’ as the part of you that lives forever with God.  Not only do I love that simplicity, but that definition was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me.

In order for me to not make this a too-long post, I will highlight my ‘ah-ha’s’

  • I have a soul inside of me that is both beautiful and perfect (the true self that God created???)
  • It is the ‘me’ that is eternal and is united with God both now and forever
  • It is the ‘me’ that God sees – the rest is just fluff and really inconsequential to God – (that point may get me into trouble)
  • I can access my soul anytime I become quiet
  • My soul is where I meet God – we reside there together
  • My soul – my true self – my eternal (noun) – God’s creation is loved.  Beyond all measure, beyond all time, beyond all space, all words and all actions.  My soul is who God created – my ‘me’

Some points to ponder….

Some of the most beautiful flowers bloom in the desert….

  • They are simple and yet oh-so colorful
  • They still blossom even when surrounded by ‘thorns’
  • Even though conditions are ‘harsh’ and ‘dry’, they find a way to bloom and spread their beauty and fragrance – even if no one is there to appreciate it (with a little help from the ‘SUN’)

Read between the lines….sound like anyone you might know?  Or, perhaps it is you…..

Synonyms – or are they?

   How do we experience everything?  We see, we hear, we smell, we  taste, we touch.  Our five senses are our windows to the world.

We can’t block out our senses, if our eyes are open, we see.  We can’t not hear the sounds around us, etc.  And yet, even though our senses are bombarded at each moment, we can choose how we incorporate our experiences.

Do we look or do we see?  The difference may be subtle, but upon reflection, there is a world of difference.  Do we hear or do we listen?  Do we feel or do we touch?  Do we taste or do we savour, do we inhale or do we breathe?

Think about your day – how much beauty did you see?  How many people did you really listen to?  How was dinner – savoured or rushed while watching the news?  Did you feel the touch of a loved one today?  How about your breath – did you breathe deeply enough to nourish all the cells in your body with oxygen?

Look-see, hear-listen, feel-touch, inhale-breathe, taste-savour – synonyms, or are they???