The Landscape of the Soul
Through the years, we accumulate a series of experiences. Our tendency is to evaluate and simply reflect on what we have been through and what we have learned. This inward insite into what we can no longer see with our eyes allows us to see through our soul.
The landscape of the soul creates a movement and a synchronistic pattern between our heart and our mind through the inner visions of our soul. When the heart and imagination join forces to look back or look forward, we are deepening our awareness of who we really are. This deepening of who we really are is our true inner growth and is essential for soul development.
It has been said that “our hearts will not rest until we rest in thee.” This is our journey in life. It is our journey home. It is the journey into the spacial quality of existence that brought us into this world. It is the journey of what is leading us through this life. And, it is the journey back to where it all began.
One could say that the infant and the elderly are more soul than body. As you and I develop our personality and ego, we begin to think we are somebody. Ram Dass calls this “somebody training.” We begin to think we are real and act on this appearance of being as we move into adulthood. When we mature, we go back into what Ram Dass has called “nobody training” we realize much more of the greatness around us and focus less on ourselves as the center of our experiences.
We spend a great deal of time learning to develop independence from infancy only to lose it again as we grow old and die. It is the journey from innocence to grace. The human expression is a journey with many ups and downs. What keeps us on tract and often sane in an insane world is the “landscape of the soul.” The landscape of the soul gives us strength to do the impossible and gives us hope when there is none. We may experience lack to know abundance or solitude to learn of love, we may face war to learn of peace and millions of other lessons that the soul may take on in a lifetime.
Even though all parts of the self needs to be embraced with scrutiny and unconditional love, there is something inside us perfecting our true nature. Our authentic self knows we are growing through life and simply going through life at the same time. This delicate balance between these two forces of nature enables us to stay on our path. It is the path of knowing who we are through the various experiences and expressions of our life. In so doing, we learn to trust in our soul and find direction there when direction in life is not present or apparent.