The soul is our authentic self. Born of Spirit, it seeks to become aware of itself as Spirit through its multiple incarnations. Each incarnation offers a new view of the Spirit. Each one offers a different experience that contributes to its awareness. Your life is one of these experiences, a piece of the puzzle you might say. It helps the Soul to construct a picture of itself as Spirit. Eventually, the Soul will have collected enough pieces of the puzzle to have a complete picture, and when it does, it will have raised its level of consciousness to that of the Spirit and know itself as one with it.
Since the Spirit exists in everything, the Soul’s picture of itself must also include everything before it will be made whole. Its picture remains fragmented until it does. Incarnation after incarnation expands the picture. The Soul grows in compassion and understanding for each of the physical forms that it takes. But the Soul also gains compassion and understanding for those with whom it comes into contact. These are the people that surround us – our relationships. Through these, the Soul has more opportunities to grow in consciousness. Thus, it is not just its incarnation that helps it know itself as Spirit, but all those it touches in a lifetime.
The energy that drives the Soul to seek wholeness is love. Love is the energy out of which it was created. Love compels the Soul onto higher consciousness. It ensures the Soul’s evolution. While we may be accustomed to thinking of love in terms of a mushy emotion, it is actually anything but. Love is the strongest force there is. It is better symbolized by steel than a box of gooey chocolates. (Keep that in mind when shopping for your Valentine.) It permeates every corner of the Universe. Literally, you cannot turn over a rock without finding it.
The Soul is magnetized by the energy of love in other forms of creation. Have you ever been caught in love’s embrace when staring at a sunset? That wasn’t your mechanical mind that made you sit up and take notice. That was your Soul’s recognition of an energy that resonated with it. With each recognition, the Soul expands the picture it set out to construct. Its grows in consciousness not only through complex relationships, but also in simple observations like watching a sunset.
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