Knowing Ourselves


In many ways it is strange that we do not fully understand the anatomy of our soul and spirit. Even the simplest person knows quite a lot about the anatomy of their body, yet the anatomy of our soul and spirit is largely ignored. I say ignored instead of unknown because we do actually know our soul and spirit, we just don’t realise it.

Becoming aware of our soul and spirit is liberating. It gives us a new take on ourselves. Above all, we become more conscious of the little things in our personality that we would perhaps like to change. This becomes possible with our new awareness. These things are not as difficult to change as we might think.

How often do we hear that we should think positively, that we should love one another, and that we should forgive? The reality is that deep within us we can be very negative, and we do actually hate some people, and we do constantly re-enact a situation that made us angry.

Many self-help guides show us ways to gloss over this, covering up our feelings, when in reality these difficult feelings are still there, sometimes unconsciously. The thing is; feelings cannot be changed. They can no more be changed than a flowing river can be changed. Feelings are like a river flowing within our soul. The negative feelings, hatred and anger are obstacles in the river. If they are large, they can block the flow of the river.

What we can do is to make the blockages smaller so that we can guide the river past them. We can accept the negative feelings that arise from a situation and try to discover something positive about it. We can realise that we do hate but look for something to love about the person. Try it, you will find a different attitude in your soul – which is where these experiences take place – and over time your habits will change. You will start to see the good first, not the bad, and eventually you will more objective more often.

By overcoming lower unconscious soul responses to life’s situations we begin to use our spirit. Our spirit gives us the perspective from the mountain top. We see things in a broader perspective.

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