Vol. 2, Issue 1
Show Me My Soul
We are each stewards of the love God's bestowed on us. And all love is the same, identical not similar. So as we take time in our thoughts to list our differences we often see them as the problems they might create when the only differences we can really find are in our perceptions about those differences. In reality, our differences empower our potential in the same way different vehicles serve different purposes.
Sure, the differences are obvious. Some of us are tall and others short. Some are well educated and others depend just on their experience. We can be powerful or weak, thoughtful or aggressive, clever, practical, average or exceptional, and every combination you could imagine. But whoever you are, it's not the details of our differences that're important, it's the application of your particular abilities and their effectiveness and efficiency in solving life's problems that create their value. It's only the problem at hand that decides the value of a talent, and different features are better tools and more appropriate as the situation demands.
Belief, race, and culture mean nothing outside how they're applied. Whenever someone's in need of a blood transfusion, suddenly none of those things matter. When life or death is the issue then the value of every human being is clear. And we're all alike in this desire to fulfill our lives. Happiness and misery have no cultural favorites. We feel them both in our humanity. And as we feel our humanity it's a simple effort to understand how every human being perceives their own condition.
That's how any soul sees life. That's how every soul approaches their problems and goals. That's how the unique qualities each of us brings to life are applied to the identical problems we all share, our physical and spiritual survival. While the specifics of the situations we each face may be very different, the underlying goal of our survival is the same. And while the features of our problems are more or less desirable than we might hope, the opportunity to succeed exists in each of them. This is because the challenges of life are every soul's journey.
The hard part is identifying our values and their limits so our souls can benefit from the decisions we make on how we value life's conditions. This is a good place to ask the critical questions of just who we are. That's, "How should we identify what's a human need and what's a spiritual need?", "Where do they meet to produce the best benefit?" and, "How can we be sure?"
That's why we love and respect our religions. Religions all do the same thing. They try to define love and the right way to consider ourselves with respect for others. We all live in a variety of social groups, each with its own rules of social order. So we have to question ourselves, "Where is spirit's place in how these rules are determined?" For the answer we ask our religions and philosophies to explain it. "Show me who I am." "Tell me what I am." "What am I supposed to do?" "What am I supposed to value?" And we expect answers-but different beliefs promise different solutions with different responsibilities.
It all boils down to this. It's simple what we want. We want to know, "What is a soul?" We want to know, "What are its responsibilities?" "What can it do?" "What's its life cycle?" "What does it own?" "What does it want?" And these are reasonable questions. These are necessary questions, because they're all questions about love.
Love is the essence of spirituality and identifies it. Where love is, a soul is at work. So think about love. Feel it. Question it. Express it. Equate it with your spirit. Learn about it. Study it. Think about it. Wonder about it. But, find answers. It has a definable nature. See it in yourself. Touch it in your desires. See it in others. Become an expert at it. It's romantic. It's holy. It's passionate. It's considerate. It's loyal. It's courageous. It's patient. It's kind. It's helpful. It's firm. It's committed. It's supportive. It's selfless. It's accepting. It's confident. It has all the tools a soul brings to life. And it's the joy of having them. So it's also delightful, delicious, protecting, satisfying, comforting, compelling and all the things that make faith real.
So love has two sides. That means our spirit has two sides too. One side is its joys while the other side is its purpose. That's who we are. And we can live in this love when we seek it out. We can have the confidence of our purpose when we make an effort to guide every decision we make with love. And we can like it too.
But it's really not as easy as I'm making it. You know that. Life demands constant attention. It has physical needs and five billion human beings looking for ways to satisfy them. But no matter how much attention you give your life you can never get away from who you are. You are a soul. You are that love. The hard part is bringing life's demands together with love's sincerity, and trusting them both.
So we have love with its faith, hope, and charity. And we have life with its economics, romance, and social responsibilities. And we have to join these together in a way that we can respect ourselves and also respect those others with whom we share this experience. The love of your soul is the consciousness you have of your spiritual self that guides your choices in a way that gives them true value. The only lasting value is love. If you want to see your soul then feel the love in your heart and trust it as the compelling power that fulfills your dreams. Because knowing your soul is not seeing who you are, it's trusting who you are.
© 2007 Martin Tomback