The Soul within Spiritual Community

On my way~~~~~~~~Tonight I read a very comprehensive piece about how souls orient themselves within a larger spiritual community. The soul writing about it went through a deep initiatory experience with a few members of the spiritual group she had embraced.  I quote her and applaud her for the insights her experiences have brought her.

“The soul within community is balancing and harmonizing contradictory drives and impulses for seperateness and togetherness, sameness and difference.  Respect for difference is intrinsic to community development.  Difference is the life-blood of the group. Difference ensures greater resources of creativity, talent, skill, ideas, and perspectives.  It calls upon our ability to bring forth patience and tolerance, without which the soul’s journey lacks meaning…Valuing difference enables us to move beyond the limitations of fear, narcisissism and cliqueyness, all obstacles to true community.

Loosely speaking, there are four streams or ways of relating within a spiritually focused group.  The first group are those who take a straightlaced approach, attached… to doing everything ‘by the book,’ clinging rigidly to a straight and narrow path with which they feel secure.  In the second group are those who are aligned with the philosophy and basic principles, but rebel against rigidity and certain trappings of the practice or philosophy.  As a result, they like to do a bit of cage rattling.  In the third stream are those who are neither rigid nor rebellious, but who integrate spirituality into their lives, relying on their own experience and wisdom to move along in a mature, self-supporting, and co-operative manner.  The fourth stream are completely surrendered and dedicate their whole self, without reservation, in service to God, the community, and humankind.  They do not have private or personal lives.  Most of what they say and do is public.  the fourth stream has the fewest numbers, for now at least.  True community is incomplete without all four groups.” Pemell, p181)

more on this topic forth coming~~~

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Loving Exercises to Develop Soul Power and Peace

beautiful rose and beautiful background Contemplate upon the ways that you are loving towards your Self~eating comfort foods doesn’t count!  Reflect upon how you disrespect yourself and are hard on yourself.  Go deep into which thoughts elevate you and which ones bring you down!

CSelect one of your strengths and focus on cultivating it for a day, a week, a fortnight until it is a current running through your every thought, your every move, your every word.  Here’s a little list to get you going: patience, honesty, determination, courage, integrity, contentment, peace and so on.  Practice filling your actions with this virtue…for example when you cook, cook with honesty, conduct your business meetings with honesty, walk with honesty…

Cave DreamGet up a little earlier than usual.  Make your first thought be of your Spiritual Mother/Father.  Before going to sleep, review your day and let go of any mistakes, give them to your Spiritual Mother who with compassion receives them.  Give Her your successes as well.  Wake up early the next day and feel how clean your heart feels!

Soul Power is the most Essential Power

Doing what you do “with love” is the only way to accumulate power and merit.  If you are moving out of guilt, obligation, or force, you will not receive the results you are seeking.

As you choose to build up the spiritual aspect of your nature~do it with Love.  The love of knowing that everyday at the same time, you will be doing something that will be yours for eternity.  You are adding to your account of consciousness.  Keep your appointment with yourself.  This teaches kindness and respect to the self and strengthens your determination to overcome distractions, carelessness, and laziness.

Start your day right, by carving out some morning time that is dedicated to You.  Enjoy moments when you connect in again with your self during the day.  Being able to quickly recognize that you are a soul, by affirming this truth through a simple statement such as: “I am a peaceful soul” as you sip water throughout the day, empowers every cell in the water, as well as every cell in your body.  Choose a simple statement that resonates deeply~choose a statement that is most likely to ignite your light! Starting with peace is a powerful step.

Even the most basic practice, repeated consistently, can bring enormous benefit.  You may also add to this by saying I am a peaceful soul 10 to 20 times as you cook,  do your laundry, or as you go about your work day.

As you walk to your car or to the bus, continue to affirm to yourself…I am a peaceful soul.  This small step qualifies you to enter a wonderful spiritual doorway. You are entering into your true reality, that of a spiritual being of light.

You may feel that it is not easy to live in this world and to be spiritual. Granted there are definitely forces at foot to pull us down.  An easy method to lift yourself time and time again and to fuel your consciousness is to have easy access to thoughts which make your soul smile, which refresh and restore your stamina.  Thoughts, which as soon as you think them, give you a spiritual rush and transport you from ordinary consciousness to a higher state of awareness.  It does take effort to redirect thoughts.  The choice is yours, would you rather have thoughts that elevate you or thoughts that limit you.  As we understand on deeper and deeper levels, that thought creates reality, this practice takes on more meaning and importance.

Take the thought that “I am a powerful soul, full of spiritual power”.  Yes, I am a powerful soul despite any weaknesses that I have acquired over time, the reality of my original state of being is that I am a powerful soul. Allow yourself to accept this thought. Allow the feelings behind the thought to come into your experience of yourself; this will happen as you contemplate on the spiritual truth of the thought. “Yes, I am a powerful soul, I feel my spiritual well-being rising.”  Such contemplations  guide us into positive experiences of power.

“As you palpably feel the fullness of your spiritual energy, that experience is imprinted in your subconscious mind. It becomes a new reality that you can access at will.  Over time and with regular reinforcement, this subconscious imprint will begin to impact upon the activity of your conscious mind.

Soon “I am a powerful soul” will color your attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs…i.e. this reality will become first nature to you.” (de Carteret p71)

Restoring and Experimenting with Soul Power

This piece is meant to be helpful to all in using your soul power in concrete ways to create more peace, love, kindness, and respect in our world.

Shivalaya

“Imagine what would happen if one of your physical organs stopped working.  The consequences could be life-threatening.  If one of our spiritual “organs” is impaired, however, it often goes unnoticed, even though the loss in functioning is just as serious.” (Pemell,p25)

Most of us, today, are suffering from some loss of spiritual function or other and may not even know it.   As one understands the Self, the spiritual anatomy of the soul and how it functions, then “spiritual fitness and power” can become a true focus of life.

The spiritual organs or components of the the soul through which the soul functions are predominately (1) mind, (2) intellect/conscience, and (3) the impressions that the soul has experienced time and time again on its journey which become a collection of “sanskaras”, ie habits, characteristics and personality traits. The soul uses these faculties to think, feel, experience, realize, discern, remember, express…

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Experimenting with Your Soul Power

I Am the Being that I AM“Imagine what would happen if one of your physical organs stopped working.  The consequences could be life-threatening.  If one of our spiritual “organs” is impaired, however, it often goes unnoticed, even though the loss in functioning is just as serious.” (Pemell,p25)

Most of us, today, have some loss of spiritual function or other and may not even know it.   If one understands the Self, the “spiritual anatomy” of the soul and how it functions, then “spiritual fitness and power” can become a true focus and aim of life.

The spiritual anatomy of the the soul through which the soul functions consist of:  (1) mind, (2) intellect/conscience, and (3) the impressions that the soul has experienced time and time again on its journey which become a collection of “sanskaras”, ie habits, characteristics and personality traits.

The soul uses these faculties to think, feel, experience, realize, discern, remember, express, comprehend, learn, change, and act.

When spiritual functioning is cut off in some way, the body/mind will eventually reflect it through physical, mental, and/or emotional imbalances.  Therefore “healthy maintenance of the soul is just as important as healthy maintenance of the physical body.” (Pemell, p25)

How do you know when you are functioning fully as a soul?  What does it feel like on a practical level?

As a fully functioning soul aware of itself, you’ll feel full, content, emotionally and mentally balanced, free from obsessive thoughts and addictions, and in general~happy, loving, and detached, not some of the time, but constantly!

You may be thinking this doesn’t sound possible in a 3-D world of continual change and you are partially correct. For as your consciousness deepens, you will find that spiritually you become aware of more than this 3-D dimension.  As you become connected to another dimension, by practicsing meditation, you can enter a purely spiritual  dimension of light, and recharge and absorb  spiriutal sustenance that fills you with happiness and peace, even when it is not present in the world outside.

What is required to live from this soul awareness is the development and exercise of your spiritual muscles or if you will the development of “ruling power” over your kingdom.

Since your kingdom/queendom is made up of your mind, intellect, and ‘sanskars’, the extent to which your ‘advisors’ of mind, intellect, and sanskars are cooperating with you is the extent to which you will feel that your kingdom is running optimally.

Let’s take a look at what this involves and how we can develop and strengthen our ability to be ‘self-sovereign’ and fully functioning as a soul-conscious being.

Have you realized that you, the soul, are the one who makes your body function?  Yes, you are the master almighty authority, the one in control.  However it is only when you remain aware that you are the master that the advisors will follow your direction and guidance.  If you, the soul have gone on automatic pilot, your advisors have to work overtime and without your authority.  What does this feel like?

Lets start with your first power which is the thinking of the mind.  If your first power is not working hand in hand with you the soul, than your other powers will also be off.  This could result in the mind becoming undisciplined, disorganized, and unable to focus.  If you have ever experienced a chaotic, mind firing off thoughts left and right, you know how this can be your worst enemy, whereas a steady, deeply focused mind, is your best friend. The task of the mind is purely to facilitate and create thought, but it does not have the function or ability to exercise control over the quantity or quality of those thoughts.  It creates thoughts as seeds for actions.  You, the soul, require a powerful intellect to understand, discern, and decide which thoughts to take action upon.

“The most elevated desire of the mind is to be peaceful…”(Panjabi, p19) Thoughts that create a sense of inner calm and coolness are thoughts which are focused on only what you intend to do. These are considered powerful thoughts.  Powerful thoughts are benevolent and will enable you to accumulate spiritual muscle.

“When your thoughts are pure and powerful, you are able to transform negativity into positivity at the level of thinking.” (Panjabi, p20)  An important key to creating powerful thoughts is the following rule of thumb: “have positive thoughts for the self and others. Having positive thoughts for the self is very deeply connected with having positive thoughts for others…If you don’t have positive thoughts for others, it indicates that you don’t have positive thoughts for your self.” (Panjabi, p20)  By understanding your true nature, you can develop a great deal of self-respect and appreciate who you are as an eternal, unlimited soul.  This is such a good place to start your meditations or contemplations of “who am I”?

Starting your day with the powerful thought that: “I am an eternal being of light”, or” I am a bodiless soul,” or “I am a point of unlimited light sitting in the driver’s seat of this vehicle” will remind you of your true nature and how what you are thinking about determines your state of being and the quality of your day.

Presently, many world issues, as well as many people, are in such a state, that you cannot deal with them through words, so it becomes essential to use positive thoughts and vibrations to  make a difference.  Experimenting with this will give you a real experience, after all, “the proof of how great the cook is, is in the pudding”.

Start with something “manageable”, such as a disgruntled colleague or co-worker, friend or relative.  As an unlimited soul, send out your light and love to them, cover them with a protective shield of love and light.  Wish them peace and serenity.  Do this many times during the day, over an extended period of time and note how your relationship with them improves.

As you many successes sending out powerful thoughts to others, expand your capacity for goodness, apply it internally to a health issue and watch your health improve.  Keep a record of your “soul experiements”.  Eventually expand your prowess to an area of the world that is out of balance and needs peace. Trust that you are having an impact.

As your awareness of your own self respect grows, so will your humbleness.  You may even begin to recognize that you are not alone in your positive efforts, but that you are part of an awakening humanity who have unconditionally aligned themselves with the Source of Goodness and it is from this Source of Goodness that you can continually draw strength and spiritual power.

As you come to know and accept that you are undeniably supported by the Benevolent Source,  you will  become aware of being an extension of the Source, a conduit for the Source, a helper in this One’s elevated task of restoring goodness, kindness, peace, and love to uplift and create a new world.

We see the world, not as it is, But as we are…this is why we must become the change we wish to see!!!

“Whatever each of us is meant to find seems to come and find us.”

Judith Pemell from The Soul Illuminated

Learning to become the Silent Witness and “see” from this vantage point is a profitable form of education.  Who can teach it? and who can learn it?  are worthy questions.

To quote Lao-Tsu, an enlightened master of the Way of the Tao~

  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
  •  Don’t resist them~that only creates sorrow.
  •  Let reality be reality.
  •  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Granted, for the ego, this sounds dangerous, threatening, and altogether too passive!  But its not the ego who wishes to learn this; it is the soul who benefits from this type of education.

The soul is a concept which much better defines who you truly are, than the ego.

When observation is turned inward through contemplation, meditation, silence, absorption in higher thinking, the senses and the ego cease to be the center of attention and the inner world has a chance to emerge bringing the true You into focus.

Once you have grasped the knowledge that the true You lies within, you can practice the art of becoming a neutral observer, detached from the things of the senses, in other words, from what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.   For another sense develops, the sense of inner sight and with this “upgrade” you are closer to being freed  from the situations you find yourself in.

Drawing from the experience of Jacques Lusseyran, a blind professor at Hawaii University and author of several books on perception, taught himself to “see” internally…. He shares that: since I was blind, I found that by being still, things came to meet me.  Any internal reaction or agitation pushed things away, impatience displaced objects, and sadness dimmed them… “by contrast, joy illuminated everything.”

He found that he could “see” by differentiating the variations of light and shade which “every sound, every scent, and every shape” had in the form of ever changing light on his “inner screen”. He was able to see external objects, such as trees, gates, walls, and even people, according to the intensity of light or shadow they presented to his inner perception.

He also discovered that inner calm heightened his observation skills, as well as his perception of himself.

Likewise, as you become stabilized in inner peace and calm, you can be freed from the turmoil of emotional and mental activity, and you will be better able to view yourself clearly, without the usual limitations and distortions presented by the ego.

“This internal, impersonal perception is the ability of the third eye (the unlimited eye of the soul) to see past falsehood and deception within the self and recognize the truth.” (Soul Power p136)

“To lose the true self is undoubtedly the greatest loss one can experience, as once this happens, you depend on the environment, (people, places, and things) to acknowledge who you are and to make you feel temporarily good about yourself.  Your vision of yourself becomes dictated by external, changeable, and temporary things of the world rather than from your inner, eternal, unshakeable vision of knowing who you are.

Soul-awareness brings us in touch with our intrinsic value and with the fundamental goodness of the self and others.   Once we recognize the difference between the true and false self, we have the power to choose which of these identities to give life to.

Soul identity reveals us to ourselves as beings of light…powerful, positive, loving, and uncomplicated!.

“When a human being is born the soul is in its emerged state.  The innocence and purity of an infant reveals the natural state of the soul;” for babies do not relate through the mechanism of personality or ego. (Pemell,p.22)

They have not formed any ego defenses yet.  The world and the soul’s karmic account has not played upon the soul’s innocence as yet and given it reason to develop any false and protective ways of being human.

However as the child grows and experiences the world and its rejections and hurts, little by little, layers of resistance and opposition to its own light form to “protect” the self from the pain, sorrow, and disappointment associated with “growing up”.

In a world that does not instill knowledge of the soul or an adequate understanding of the effects of karma upon the soul, the soul grows without the foundation needed to achieve the best and highest results of its present actions and reactions.  “Thus the ego or personality forms layers of protection around the soul early in life.”(Pemell,p22)

I Am the Being that I AM This predicament of the soul in modern times feeds the arena of Psychology and Psychotherapy.  Although psychology literally means the study of the soul (psyche=soul, ology=study of) and psychotherapy promises therapy to the soul, both of these fields primarily focus on how to change or adapt the personality/ego and its behavior.  While this is empowering at the level of the personality and ego, and of fitting in more successfully into this world, it does not include methods to restore the soul’s conscious awareness of it’s Self!

This is where more knowledge of the soul and its unlimited nature can point us in the direction of complete self realization and liberation, the ultimate destination of every soul!