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Defining The Soul
As I first attempted to explain the soul in my first yoga teacher training, I noticed that I was writing in circles, touching upon what the soul was but unable to give any concrete definition.
In the Total Transformation Talk by Yogeesh Ashram, “How do you explain the soul?”, it is repeated that defining the soul is impossible; it is unexplainable, it can only be experienced. When experienced, I can best describe the soul as, serenity and a high vibrational love energy.
Home and board Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Bali, Thailand, New Zealand, London, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro Greece, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Buenos Aires, Dallas, Miami, New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Tel Aviv, the soul is experienced by stripping away one’s ego, looking past one’s physical form, and examining what remains.
Ones ego is shaped by our judgment of the world. Each experience, whether it is a hardship or a joyful experience; viewed as positive or negative, adds another lens with which one views the world.
Our soul is the part of us separate from these lenses, allowing us to see the world and oneself as it is; neither good nor bad, that all has its place and purpose.
As stated above, these lenses are formed from our judgments. Judgments of past expectations unfulfilled or future expectations yet to be filled. Therefore, to experience the soul you must be in the present moment.
The healing energy used in Reiki is often referred to as “universal” or “love energy”. It can be found within all of us and is accessible to any one of us once realized.
It is this Universal love energy that I believe to be what the soul is. The soul is that love and serenity, attainable conceivably at any moment, when we are able to see the world through ego-less eyes. Past circumstances that used to baffle do not anymore.
One understands that they are, but a piece of this interconnected puzzle called life and that all events have their place, all people have their place, therefore none are good or bad, they just are.
Future expectations melt away as one understands that none of that exists, only the present moment matters, fear does not exist, only love, gratitude, and knowing.
A deep sense that one is exactly where one is meant to be in this web of life, that each person is the same and connected at the soul level.
Through repeated connection in the present moment with oneself, one will experience the soul. The soul is able to see the soul of another. It is love energy. It is the part of us untouched by drama and trauma.
Untouched from societal views or views passed down to us from our teachers or parents. It is responding to the present moment. Responses are not based on past experiences or future expectations.
By living in the present moment, the soul is able to seize opportunities, to see only solutions to what might otherwise be perceived as problems, to live authentically. Not needing to prove anything to anyone or anything, including oneself.
To experience the soul, we can do yoga or a yoga teacher training, and one must lead their life connected to oneself, and one moment at a time.