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I am reading Meet your Soul, by Elisa Romeo. This author has a somewhat different definition of “Soul” than I have read before. She says that our Soul and our Spirit are not the same thing, and they complement each other, in a sort of Yin and Yang relationship. On the one hand, she says that our Soul is our true Self, but she also says that our Soul is the Divine part of us – sort of like the Holy Spirit living within us. The author uses examples from both Jesus Christ and Budda. She advocates prayer, though some of what she recommends is prayer to the Soul. My reaction, on reading this, is that it reinforces the idea that we have a connection to God, not that we are Gods on our own.
If your faith is strong, and you are able to integrate the best parts with your faith, I feel that this book should do no harm to your Christian beliefs. However, be warned that some might take this book otherwise. My perspective is that it is good to test your faith by reading other points of view.
Ms. Romeo describes a few meditation methods, then recommends that we communicate with our Soul through a journal after meditation. I made a few attempts at meditation, but definitely need more practice at it. At first, I was skeptical about the journaling, but as I read the examples in the book, I came to understand it better. The journal is done in a conversational style. The conversation is between your Ego (physical mind) and your Soul (spiritual mind). The responses from the Soul come through the imagination, but are dependable (with practice).
I once had a similar writing experience when I started a piece called “A Conversation with God”. I didn’t take that one very far because I didn’t trust my imagination. Maybe I should find that file and work on it some more, taking Ms. Romeo’s advice not to worry, just let it flow.
I have also had a similar experience at times, when writing articles for my Secret to Happiness blog. Sometimes the inspiration was flowing and I wasn’t quite sure where it was coming from.
I decided to give this Soul Journaling thing a try. The following are the transcripts of my first two attempts. I am using the same convention as the examples in the book. The statements and questions from my “normal” Ego self will be in normal text and the responses from my Soul will be in italics:
Elisa says that I should give you a name. It can be temporary. We can pick a better name later, if we are inspired to do so. She also says that the Soul has feminine characteristics, even a man’s soul. Which should we use, a feminine name or a masculine name?
Either will work. Maybe we will talk later about previous incarnations. I have been female sometimes and male sometimes. You thought about Denise, because it is similar to Dennis. I think the journals will be easier to understand if we choose something that is more distinct.
How about Dan? As a kid, I went through a period when I wanted to be called “Dan” as a nickname because I didn’t like “Denny.” My middle name, “Elden,” came from one of my father’s friends, who had the nickname “Dan.” In fact, most people in the community didn’t know his actual first name.
Dan, it is, then.
I must admit that I was surprised by Elisa’s statements about the Spirit and the Soul and the relationship between them. I would like to understand this better.
All in good time. You have much to learn. You will understand this mystery better if you get a few more basics down first.
Jesus said that He would send a Helper (generally understood to be the Holy Spirit) to dwell within those that believe on him. Some of what I have been reading about the Soul suggests that you might actually be that Helper. Can you clear this up?
This is a big question to deal with so early in our conversation. I will answer in a general way at first. As you know, God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are very tightly connected. You can consider that they are different presentations of the same entity. Everyone’s Soul is also connected to the Holy Spirit, though the nature of that connection depends on the strength of the person’s faith. Your faith is strong and growing, so my connection to the Holy Spirit is more intimate than many. Be assured that Jesus’ statement in 1 John 4:13 is very true. You confess that Jesus is the Son of God. You have come to know and believe that God is love. You are trying to abide in love. Therefore, you abide in God and God abides in you. I am the part of you that God truly abides in.
Thanks. Between my recent reading, and my conversation with you, I understand a bit better now.
Dan – In her book, Elisa said something interesting about getting started in communicating with our Soul. She said “Fake it ’till you make it.” She was referring to the exercise of my “imagination muscle” as I learn to communicate with you. She also said that I must learn to trust the responses. Am I faking it, or making it, or some of both?
As I said, you took us into a big question very early. I think you typed a very good response that well represents the inspiration I gave you. If the effort was “some of both,” we did a good job together. Trust that the collaboration among your various parts (including your Ego and your Soul) is working well (and has in many instances before this exercise). I am pleased you are making this effort and look forward to more. However, let’s give it a rest for tonight and try again tomorrow night.
Sounds like a plan – Good night, Dan.
Dan – I’m pretty tired tonight, after the snow clearing last night and the training presentations today. I tried to meditate and immediately fell asleep.
I have been reading, in Elisa’s book, that I should start off with easy questions, that I should get to know you better before going into the harder subjects.
Ask whatever you like, though she does make a good point.
I feel a little awkward, typing messages to another part of myself.
Don’t you think our sessions have been productive, so far?
Well, yes they have. Amazingly so, really.
So, what’s awkward?
Perhaps it’s my skeptical side, saying that I am just playing imagination games with myself.
So, what’s the problem with that? After all, I am another part of your self. Your imagination is the best connection we have right now. I feed thoughts to your imagination and your ego translates them to words in your computer.
So, are we something like one person with multiple personalities?
Yes, we are something like that. In our case, we don’t really have a “multiple personality disorder” going on, though. I’ve heard you say things like “part of me believes this or that.” You need to come to grips with the fact that there are multiple parts to your whole being.
Are there multiple parts to God’s being?
I thought you said you were going to stay away from the hard questions tonight. Yes, God has multiple parts to His Being. That is part of the explanation of the mystery of the Trilogy. There is one God, but the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are parts of his whole Being.
My conscious ego mind just wanted to edit your last response. I thought of what might be a better way to word part of it. However, I resisted the temptation and left it as first typed.
I think your first interpretation was close enough. I agree that you should refrain from editing the thoughts I give you. That could muddle them. As you translate my thoughts and inspirations into words the first time, you are using your writing skills, with good grammar and spelling. I give you permission to fix obvious typos, but otherwise, please do not edit.
I am pleased with how our first two conversations have gone. The dialog looks good enough to use in one of my blog articles. What do you think of that? Would my readers think I’m nuts?
First off, if you are being honest and true in your writing, you shouldn’t care whether the readers will think your are nuts. Let them think whatever they will. You will know what the truth is. I, too, am pleased with our conversations. However, let’s do two or three more before making a blog article out of them. I know you want to share what you have learned, and you will. Let’s just let our relationship mature a bit more, then you can glean some of the best for an article. You don’t need to give them every little detail.
Thanks for the good advice, Dan. I’m tired now. Let’s call this enough for tonight.
Good night, Dennis.
I didn’t take Dan’s advice fully. The above are the entire transcripts of our first two sessions. We have had more since. I may take some excerpts for another article.
Dan’s answers flowed to me as I typed them. His voice is subtle. At this point, he does not come across as an entirely different personality. However, there are parts of the discussion that never occurred to me in quite the same way before his answers came in these sessions.
So far, I haven’t seen anything in this activity that runs contrary to my Christian beliefs. It has helped me to better understand how our spiritual side could be connected to God. There has been more on this in subsequent sessions that I will incorporate in another article. Stay tuned.