Meeting my Soul – Part Two

The conversation continues

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If you are new to this blog, Welcome. You may want to start reading the series of articles at the beginning, or pick an article from the Table of Contents.

Whether they be reasons or excuses, a few other interests, projects and distractions have kept me from my writing for a while. Tonight, I want to at least do my promised Part Two of Meeting my Soul, which has been sitting in rough form for a while.

In Part One, I related the first two of my Soul Journaling sessions. The concept and technique of these sessions was based on Elisa Romeo’s book, Meet Your Soul. I wanted to ponder on my 3-16-17 session before turning it into an article for this blog. I have pondered long enough, and I have decided that I will neither add to, nor subtract from, what I recorded initially. The statements and questions from my “normal” Ego self will be in normal text and the responses from my Soul (whose nickname is Dan) will be in italics:


3-16-17 Session

Dan – I reread the chapter in Elisa’s book about the Spirit and the Soul and the relationship between them. I was curious why she emphasizes the Soul and doesn’t say as much about the Spirit. I wanted to understand why she advocates a dialog with the Soul and not with the Spirit. After reading again, I am beginning to understand, but maybe not completely. Let me try to describe my understanding:

The Spirit communicates in a different way to my Ego self (the part that I am most aware of) and also to the Soul self. The messages from the Spirit are more like direct transfers of knowledge and understandings, and not like a conversation. The Spirit has a strong influence on me, but seems to just be part of my “nature.” You (the Soul) are part of my nature, too, but you and I also have the ability to converse. Elisa said something along the lines that the Soul is the most trustworthy guide, because the Soul is the best interpreter of the Spirit. She also said that my Ego self contains my analytical abilities. I think I am more analytical than many folks. Elisa said that the Spirit and the Soul work together. If I am understanding correctly, things work out best when the influences of the Ego, Spirit and Soul are all in balance and harmony.

Am I on the right track here? Does this make sense?

Yes, you have a good basic understanding. You have progressed a long way in a short time. You, the analytical engineer, are asking me, your touchy-feely, emotional and relational soul, about whether your theory makes sense? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) “Making sense” depends on who you ask, but since you asked me, it does make sense.

This morning, while in the shower, I had a small revelation. I had wondered why, even though I have not yet had much success with the meditations that Elisa recommended, I was able to jump right into this Soul Journaling exercise and seemed to have a good conversation going from the start. What I realized was that you and I have been doing this for years, but in a different way. I am frequently having mental conversations with a “voice” in my head. Much of my habitual “thinking” process involves conversations with that voice. Sometimes, I thought of that voice as my conscience. On a few rare occasions, I thought it might even be the Holy Spirit, though that usually did not seem like the right explanation. Now, it sure looks like that voice was you, my Soul. What say you?

Yes, we have been talking for most of your life. The differences are that you now understand better who the voice is, and that, in these journaling sessions, you are taking notes. You have been more connected with your soul than many people are. On the conscience thing, yes, that was me, too. One of my functions is to be your conscience. As I told you earlier, I have a connection to the Holy Spirit, and a part of Him does indeed live within me (and in you, in a general sense). The Holy Spirit instructs me sometimes. I interpret those instructions and pass them on to you. The reason it doesn’t feel like it’s direct from the Holy Spirit is that it’s not. Direct contact with the Holy Spirit is much too intense for you to handle at this point in your development.

I spend most evenings in my recliner in the living room, where my wife is also watching TV. She even keeps the TV on while she reads, alternating her attention between the two. I tend to ignore the TV and either read or “work” on my laptop computer. After having my hearing aids tuned up recently, it is harder to ignore the TV. That is likely the biggest problem with my feeble attempts at meditation so far. I need to go to another part of the house where it’s quieter and I can concentrate better. Maybe I’ll take the hearing aids out, too. I plan to make a better try this coming weekend at some of the meditation exercises. Will they do something more for me?

Some folks need the meditations in order to even get the conversation with their soul started. As you now have seen, you don’t need them for that purpose. There are other benefits and abilities that can be developed thorough some of the meditations. I would be wary of taking advice on meditations from just anybody, but Elisa’s recommendations seem sound. Give them a try.

We have had another good session. I think it’s time to call it a night, Dan.

Good night, Dennis.


I have not gotten back to Soul Journaling since the above session, though I have often thought I should. I have had some of those mental conversations more recently, but not with the journaling. I wanted to give it a rest for a bit and see if I still felt the same way about it. I still believe it was real and worthwhile.

Before reading Elisa’s book, I didn’t think this way, but I now believe there is some degree of autonomy between the different components of myself (or of my personality). In other words, my ego self, my spirit, and my soul do not march in lockstep with each other. The sayings “I am of two minds about this” or “part of me thinks this” may have more basis in reality than some of us might have thought. I do believe I should try harder to understand and know my soul.

While some folks cringe, and run in the other direction at the mere mention of the idea, I think it is interesting, and potentially fruitful, to explore our spiritual side. After all, we are not merely physical beings, we are spiritual beings as well!

 

Meeting my Soul – Part One

Getting to know my best friend

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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:


3-14-17 session

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.


3-15-17

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.

That’s OK.

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.

 

Body and Soul

As Landlord and Tenant

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My Soul and my Body have a sort of business arrangement.

My Body is the landlord. He is the host of my Soul. Without a physical body to inhabit, my Soul could not live and participate in this physical world. God set up a very strict rule about that. Souls with no bodies are not allowed to reside here on Earth.

My Soul pays rent. He supplies my Body with the one thing he needs most to survive – the Spark of Life. My Soul also provides direction and intelligence to my Body. My Body is just a bumbling fool when he tries to act without help from my Soul.

In addition to a place to live, my Body provides other amenities to make life in this physical world more comfortable for my Soul. My Body provides eyes to see the world around it, as well as brain function to help interpret the scene. My Body provides ears to hear music as well as warnings and communications from others. My Body also provides other senses, such as touch and the ability to detect warmth and cold. My Body provides transportation, in order to navigate around this physical world.

They need each other – Body and Soul. Neither could get by on this Earth without the other.

One of God’s greatest miracles is the interface that allows a constant and intimate communication between Body and Soul. This interface is so seamless that most folks don’t understand where Body leaves off and Soul begins.

My Body is made from imperfect and perishable materials. It has an amazing ability to replenish itself, but that ability has limitations. Several of the functions do not work as well as they once did. At 70 years and counting, age is starting to take its toll. My Body is a product of the physical realm and is made of materials that can’t escape it.

My Soul is a product of the spiritual realm. The spiritual realm is every bit as real as the physical realm, but modern western culture knows almost nothing about it. Some of the more “primitive” cultures, including the Native Americans, had a better understanding of the spiritual realm than our society does. Our science (if you can call it that) refuses to acknowledge anything except the physical and material realm. Our scientific community turns a blind eye to any evidence of spiritual entities, such as God, the Creator, our own Souls and Satan. This is an example of ignorance posing as enlightenment.

I’ve been told that my Soul can last forever! In light of that fact, I have been taking a few steps to strengthen and improve it. I have renewed my acquaintance with God, and have been on a quest to understand Him more completely. This quest has taken me to reading some very good books about God, Man, the Soul, Creation and the Universe. I am also reading more of God’s Instruction Book – the Bible. I am finding that the more my understanding increases and the more my faith matures, the more interesting the Bible becomes.

If our culture, and our education system, continues to reject all understanding of the spiritual realm, our society will continue to decay. However, there is a glimmer of hope in the knowledge that a few of our scientists are coming around to acknowledge God and the spiritual realm. See my Proof and Truth article and the mini-reviews of several books, especially The Spiritual Brain, in my Recommended Reading article.

Another way of expressing the relationship between Body and Soul is this: My Soul is my real self. My Body is its support system.

The thoughts expressed in this article are my own, and are based on conclusions and beliefs I have drawn from life experiences and my reading. I don’t claim to know, or fully understand, the details of the relationship between Body and Soul. This is a subject area that should be important to all of us, yet there is little information readily available. If you have something to add, please leave a comment.