Someone asked, “Is consciousness the same as a soul?”

The phrase “have a soul” is misleading and a reversal of the nature of things. The real individual is a soul and it is the soul that, for a period, “has a physical body.”

Yes, we can equate the word “consciousness” and “soul” and, depending on what we mean by the words, that does approach part of the truth. But ordinary consciousness is temporarily under the spell of illusions. Consciousness in the ordinary sense is not soul, rather ordinary consciousness is an extremely stepped down, shadowy, very partial, and often distorted mirror of the soul or higher self.

The soul is a pure multidimensional energy of immortal love, intelligence, wisdom, will, harmony, order, light, meaning, and beauty. It is the aura, the magnetism, the radiance of all these and it is evolving and unfolding according to its infinite potential. If when we say “consciousness” the word has all these connotations and more, then the soul is consciousness.

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Someone asked, “Do you think it’s wiser to forget the toxic realities of life or dare to be kinder and more compassionate to everything?”

Do not forget, but do magnify the good because thought and attention create. Be conscious of your surroundings so as not to fall into the ditch. As you move forward, be keenly but peripherally aware of the toxic realities but keep your gaze firmly fixed on the bright path before you. Look directly at the toxic only when it is your karma, your mission, and your talent to grapple for a time with a specific aspect of it. About being kinder and more compassionate in all things, yes, yes, yes.

Someone asked, “Do people realize that life is a cosmic joke and something that probably ought to not have been because of the suffering that is inherent within it?”

No, life is the unfolding of a cosmic purpose and while occasional threads of humor are present, it is a most serious and profound undertaking. The long history of suffering is for education and the blood, sweat, and tears also derive from that deep unfolding purpose.

In ancient times, servitors of dim instincts fought for survival where truth seemed no more than the fearsome laws of the jungle. Tribal truths groped forward as magical spirits good and bad and darkest instincts grayed toward mythic spirits, dragons and goddesses, but these were often used by a host of red conquers. It may not seem now that truth could be red, but with glimmers of common fire, of protection and exchange, it was an advance over dark terrors of the jungle.

Group truths struggled forward under a fear-infused sense of right and wrong with imposition of laws and rules. Teachers came, then quickly forgotten and mostly ignored, their impress shadow-shifted to more religious Towers of Babel where stolen fires heated iron gray cauldrons of desire and power.

Religious fanatics practiced their cruel trade and crowds of partly right people strained under the spell of pseudo-truths. A small number discovered thought and tried, with small success, for education. The gods of thought gave birth to science, and the truths of science engendered more gods. From philosophers, theologians, and technicians came misuse with metal in the sky, and dry abstractions in place of the heart. But the mind had exercise even in these and some with a stronger “I” stood apart.

Gradually, the truth of “I” is moving toward “we” where truth can be stated in the plural. The need to patent it as exclusive property of a particular faith begins to wane. The many are still fighting over absolute truth, but here and there comparative study of light is alive. From this, the momentous–a tear in the illusory web of space and time. Thought moves toward unity, embracing relative and absolute. It moves toward the cosmic, toward the vistas of stars and Space.

Yes, the ground shakes and a thousand deaths mark the violence. It has been so since the beginning. Now, we take each tremor as the first, not marking the long history of Earth, or the longer history of exploding stars. Floods, bombs, plagues, wars, cycle in history. And finally the burning questions and wonder at the vast solemn array of nature’s austere visitations. I think in this the crucible of pain and time is laid mysterious compassionate lessons of life and death.

We have always been free to die and free to live, and die we have down the ages by the thousands and millions–but not alone, rather in waves of life and death. We die at home and in far places, in good company and bad; we have died well and poorly. Our deaths and lives are personal and cosmic; it is our way.

We live beneath a canopy of life and death. Our sky is adorned with ancient records; luminous ghosts that ceased shining long before humans peopled Earth. We may wonder what civilizations rose and fell around those lost points of light. Yet, life being one, it is our sky, our record, and our life. And I see that no point is lost, for every point of seeming loss is ours, is beginning also, and every bloom of new life is ours.

Life, near and far touches us, rouses to action, and death rouses to action. The old dark holds of tears and death have been ours, and will be ours yet with more open eyes. Tomorrow’s life and light are also ours, and close upon us today. Looking up, all the lost points are gathered in wondrous constellations; future patterns warm with promise, laid out beyond the beauty of today’s best dreams.

Are we then from the night only, from the dark womb of earth, of time, of tears and pain? I say we are as well from bright beginnings and unspeakable joy. History shows and will show dark, yet further back still, back through creation to the first bright blooms of universes, we were infinite then as now.

Portions dapted from my writings: Morphing with Light

Keys of perspective:

Death and Parapsychology–Research and Resources

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Some Key Passages on Karma

The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples

 

 

Someone asked, “What advice can you give a 20-year-old boy who’s so anxious? He always says what’s on his mind and the truth, but it is also what they use against him always. It is hard for him not to speak out his mind.”

There are many times when we should speak what is in our mind and there are other times when we should be silent. Wisdom is learning when to speak and when to be silent. Honesty is important but diplomacy is also important. In general, the key thing is that our speech and life should be as harmless as possible while still being true to ourselves and what we think is right. Right speech is also often a mater not just of knowing when to speak and when not, but also how to speak, the manner and the quality of it, the spirit of it. Both speech and silence provide beautiful opportunities. Many difficult things can be said if they are voiced in the right spirit from a motive of love.

About being anxious: “When men speak ill of thee, live so nobody may believe them.” Plato

Another insight into the anxiety issue:

“We think it is because we are little and fearful and timid and we are afraid of being found out that we are anxious in the presence of other people, but really it is because we are afraid of not being appreciated for how marvelous we are. Anxiety is a great
egotism.” Jo Coudert

Wisdom in speech is something that needs to be rotated and looked at from many directions and for that some quotes are useful and worth pondering. Notice that there are paradoxes in the wisdom quoted and it is important to understand them and to synthesize all of what is given.

“Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare
The truth thou hast, that all may share;
Be bold, proclaim it everywhere:
They only live who dare.” Lewis Morris

“A young man read a book about the importance of honesty and decided to practice this virtue as rigorously and as strictly as possible. When his employer invited him to a party, the young man wrote a note declining the invitation:

‘Your conversation is boring, and you wallow in trivia. Besides, all of you are insufferable opportunists, and specimens of congealed egotism.’ As a result of his honesty, the young man was discharged from his position.

The next day his sister asked him his opinion of an expensive dress she had just bought. ‘You have no sense of harmony,’ he told her, ‘and prefer what is fashionable to what is beautiful.

‘The dress is really a monstrosity, but no one will tell you so because it is the present vogue.’ For the next week his sister refused to speak to him, but he could not understand why she seemed to be offended.”

Francis Merchant

“The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.” Thoreau

“Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibrations as in twanging them to bring out their music.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– George Sala

“In the commerce of speech use only coin of gold and silver.”
Joseph Joubert

 

 

Some asked, “If we are souls having a human experience, are our bodies not our own then? Do we fuse with our bodies or are souls the puppeteers?”

The self, the “I” is consciousness—it is that which thinks, feels, loves, and perceives. This happens first on psychic and spiritual levels and only secondarily on the physical level when the consciousness is attached to and functioning through a physical body. Thought, emotion, love, and spirit are not physical but begin on an energy level that is above the physical plane. When the soul is functioning through a physical body, this subtle energizing is communicated instantaneously to the brain and body.

The body then is your vehicle. It is like a suit of clothes you wear during physical life or it is like a horse on which you ride and with which you are temporarily identified. We possess or are temporarily attached to a physical body. The body is, in effect, a temporary and very partial extension of our real identity which is the soul. It is a partial and limited reflection of the self as soul.

The “I” is not the body. I (as consciousness) is the soul. The soul is not a puppeteer but it’s life feeds the life of the body and works through the body. The soul, or rather a portion of the soul, is identified with the body and we could say there is a fusion. People often think that they are their physical body/brain. It is the fusion or identification of the soul with the body that creates the illusion that “I am my body.” Spiritual experience can break the illusion and reveal the fact of the soul, the real self, or the transpersonal self.

The body has an elemental life of its own that is inherited from the animal kingdom and and the life experiences of the individual are reflected in it. But this elemental life is no more than a ghost of the actual individual. It is the soul that makes real consciousness possible and it is the presence of the soul in and through the brain that makes conscious personality life possible.

In cases of extreme brain damage or the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, the soul is largely blocked from expressing through the brain and so the former personality with its true consciousness and memories is no longer present at a physical level and only a ghost of the former personality is left. The life of the soul is still feeding the physical elemental so bodily processes continue. And the full personality is still present on psychic and spiritual levels but its connection with the body has been functionally severed and so the result is that “no one is as home.” This demonstrates the extent to which consciousness on the physical plane is dependent on the overshadowing energy of the soul that normally stands behind and works through the personality.

Of course there are some people who even when physically relatively normal do not seem to “be at home” and the reason is that in such cases the soul consciousness is partially blocked by other factors. The degree to which the soul can take charge and function through its personality varies widely from person to person.

 

 

Someone asked, “What is ‘déjà vu’ to you? If you had to explain it logically or metaphysically, how would you?”

It is the experiencing of the present as if it were the past, just as prophecy is experiencing the future as if it were the present. And this occurs because at a higher or deeper level of consciousness there is a sense of timelessness in which we experience past, present, and future as a unity.

The one qualification on this is that the future in some respects is not fixed and, because freedom exists, the future unfolds according to individual and collective expressions of free will and choice. Nevertheless, many vectors converge to make a given future highly probable and visible, and certain aspects of the future certain.

 

 

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