Three Quick and Easy Ways to Wake up the Spirit.
By Matt Welsh
Scientists, philosophers, and mystics have been trying to understand the nature of the soul since the beginning of time. This piece will not be able to give a definitive explanation of the soul because it transcends human experience. However, it will explain how you can wake up your Spirit and utilize your soul.
Theologians describe the soul as the transcendental dimension of human existence and explain that human beings are not a soul separate from his or her body, but rather a soul and a body that is immortal. This explanation is absolutely consistent with scientific studies. From the moment of conception, when a tiny drop of human protoplasm combines with an egg, life in physical form begins, but our higher reality, (soul) is directing the process. Where do the molecules, atoms, electrons, and sub-atomic particles that are produced when the seed and egg combine come from? Why does the heart begin to beat at the specific moment it begins to beat and cause a life to begin? What causes the heart to begin to beat at that moment?
Einstein and leading contemporary scientists have concluded that there is no absolute, definitive particle at the source of sub-atomic particles. The source of these sub-atomic particles, the soul, is an invisible domain of an unbounded spiritual field of energy vibrating so fast that it defies measurement and observation and is responsible for the formation of the body. It is present before conception and will remain immortal after death. It is a person's connection to their divine source. It is also known by some as the Self, Higher Self, Intention, Source Energy, Non Local Field of Intelligence, Subtle Body, or Spirit. It is the part of the mind that is nonlinear and hears the Voice of the Holy Spirit. Three quick and easy ways a person can wake up their Spirit and utilize their soul are through meditation, following their intuition, and an awareness of Divine providence through coincidences. These are not the only ways one can connect with their soul, but are the f ocus of this article.
The goal of any meditation technique is to quiet or eliminate one's conscious thoughts to silent the mind so that they can be open to experiencing and reflecting on the Presence of God or their Self dwelling within them. Two common meditation techniques involve either focusing on ones breath or repeating a mantra such as the sound "ah". The "ah" sound is a useful mantra because it is a common sound for the Ultimate Reality. For example Krisha, Nirvana, Taku Wakan, Yahweh, Allah, Braham, Atman, and God all share the "ah" sound. One of the many positive effects of meditation is a deeper level of awareness and openness to what God is trying to communicate to a person. When a person quiets his or her thoughts and eliminates the desires of their ego, the "voice" which is revealed is God, however one may understand God. For example, some refer to God as Spirit, Universe, Ultimate Reality, Yahweh, Source, Brahman, Oneness, Divine, Sacred. All of these ter ms refer to a supernatural creative Presence.
God communicates to people everyday through a person's intuition if a person chooses to make a conscious effort to become aware of it. Intuition can be described as a gut feeling, gut instinct, following ones heart, hunches, guiding light, inspiration, or the Voice of the Holy Spirit. It is often an ineffable experience or communication of Divine Knowledge at a deeper level that may not always be rational, logical, or easy to express because it often transcends ordinary human logic, feelings, and senses. Still, meditation allows one to connect with his or her soul and be more conscious of what God's Divine purpose is for them.
Not only does meditation allow one to be more aware of their inner dialogue between one and God, but it also allows one to have greater awareness of how Divine Providence is revealed through outside events, objects, and observations. Karl Rahner described this process as "experiencing ourselves as a subject radically open to God." Carl Jung and Deepak Chopra describe this as synchronicity. Many refer to this phenomenon simply as serendipity. This spiritual experience is consistent with the science of the Chaos theory. Scientific research of the chaos theory has shown there are no random events in nature and everything and every event is interconnected to every other thing and event in nature.
Atheists often claim that the world is filled with a chaotic configuration of random events, situations, and coincidences that have no spiritual meaning, connection, or relationship to one another. They believe the world's creation is entirely random with no greater spiritual explanation. However, those who are connected with their soul can find inspiration by knowing and trusting that a "coincidence" is just one example of how God draws attention to the intentions of each person's Divine purpose. Examples of Divine Providence may include the right person coming into one's life at the exact right time, reading a book or watching a movie with a theme or message that is perfectly applicable to a person's specific life circumstance at that particular time, or any other so called random event, person, or object that draws attention to or leads to a greater understanding of what his or her true divine purpose is. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe explains what happens when one is open to God's Divine plan . . .
"The moment one definitely commits oneself (to connecting with the soul), then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred . . . unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way."
The only caveat to following one's intuition or Divine providence is if a person is tempted to act on thoughts that are contrary to love. This is where free will plays a role. A person can freely choose to make a commitment to cultivate thoughts of love, peace, joy, and kindness. Thoughts of anger, hate, guilt, shame, depression, judgment, fear, and anxiety are not consistent with one's true essence because one's true essence (Spirit/Soul/Self) is constantly connected to God who is all love.
While anger may possibly spark one to move from a lower state of consciousness such as fear, apathy, or guilt to a higher state of consciousness such as courage, acceptance, forgiveness, or love; anger eventually weakens the mind, body, and spirit because it plants the seed of harming another or holding a grievance against another. It can provide a temporary boost of force by releasing adrenaline into the body. However, anger ultimately damages ones mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, anger, and even righteous anger, contradicts Jesus' message of being nonjudgmental, practicing forgiveness, and having unconditional love, even for ones enemies. If one is experiencing these low energy thoughts, then one has the free will and power to change and focus their thoughts, attention, and actions to thoughts of love and forgiveness.
At times, one may have trouble distinguishing the ego from ones true intuition or soul because a person may mistake an illusion as truth. This article is not referring to the ego that psychologists refer to for a person's self-development, nor is referring to the ego that most people talk about in typical conversation. This article defines the ego as the part of the mind that believes in a dualistic reality or the part of the mind that experiences an illusion of being separate from God. Quite literally, the ego is a thought that provokes fear. The ego seeks survival. It believes it has good intentions, but it is only operating out of ignorance.
One of the most effective techniques for overcoming the ego is unconditional forgiveness of ones self and of others when a thought of fear surfaces to the mind. Simply forgive yourself for having a thought contrary to love or forgive the person who provokes the thought contrary to love. Eventually, the ego can "dissolve" as one gradually becomes aware through forgiveness, surrender, and Self-Realization that the best way for survival is to live accordingly to ones higher Self. The ego's clouded illusions can slowly dissipate and the Light of ones radiant Self shines through.
It is important to have a basic understanding of the ego so that one can recognize it, deconstruct its thought pattern, forgive it, and thus develop a greater awareness and connection to ones higher Self. One can tell if they are connected to their soul/Spirit/higher Self/intuition by the results of their thoughts and their actions. True intuition generates energy, light, and love. Conversely, ones ego generates anxiety, grievances, and conflict. These feelings generated by ones ego are not necessarily wrong, bad, or uncommon. At times, the thoughts produced by the ego can be helpful signals that indicate that the particular thought or action that is generating these low energy thoughts or action can be forgiven and replaced with a more empowering, energetic, or loving thought or action.
While it can be an arduous process at times, the result of connecting to one's soul is finding one's true purpose that ultimately leads to a life filled with an abundance of happiness and love. One of the core messages of the bible is: The Kingdom of Heaven is within. God is love, "and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in Me and I him". Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Love is our highest word and the synonym for God." Thus, when a person connects to his or her soul, he or she is experiencing God dwelling within them and that is an experience of unconditional love.
Consequently, when one is connected to his or her soul and experiences this unconditional love, he or she is often moved to spread this love by living a life focused on kindness and service to others. Additionally, this process of loving others provides one with intense feelings of ineffable serenity and exuberant bliss.
This has also been demonstrated by scientific studies. Research has shown that simple acts of kindness improves the function of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Additionally, even persons observing the act of kindness have similar results. Serotonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that makes people more comfortable, peaceful, and even blissful. Most antidepressants are taken in order to stimulate the production of serotonin chemically to help reduce depression.
These scientific discoveries are consistent with the spiritual truths: "You reap what you sow." or "It's only through giving that we receive." The interesting paradox is that the more one loves and gives to others, the more one will receive love in return. In Power vs. Force, Dr. Hawkins summarizes this point by explaining . . .
"Simple kindness to oneself and all that lives is the most powerful transform-ational force of all. It produces no backlash, has no downside, and never leads to loss or despair. It increases one's true power without exacting any toll. But to reach maximum power such kindness can permit no exceptions, nor can it be practiced with the expectation of some selfish reward. And its effect is as far reaching as it is subtle."
Swami Paramananda explained, "Self-realization means that we have been consciously connected with our Source of being. Once we have this connection, then nothing can go wrong..." These powerful words have extraordinary implications. Once a person chooses to connect with his or her soul, they become more aware of their instrinsic Divine nature and encounter the joy, peace, power and love of God who has constantly been residing within them. As one experiences God dwelling in his or her soul, he or she is unselfishly motivated to spread these high energy feelings of love to everyone they come into contact with, which in return prompts an abundant, reciprocal succession of giving and receiving additional peace, joy, and love.
During Matt Welsh’s junior year of college at the University of Notre Dame, Matt reached a point of virtual self-destruction that
stirred within him the need to seek out an easier and more fulfilling way of life. This awakening sparked him to study the practices of today’s greatest spiritual teachers. His debut novel, The Bottom Line, tells the story about how their practices forever changed the way he lived his life. Matt also speaks to high school and college students about how they can turn their passions into their career path. Presently, he is a law student at Indiana University – Indianapolis. After he graduates from law school, Matt will work for the William Morris Agency.
You can read the first two chapters of The Bottom Line at Matt Welsh’s website, http://www.followyourpassiontoday.com
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