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Is There a Problem with Your Soul?

I was presented with an idea today -an idea, a worldview, a way of looking at "The Soul" (spirit, higher consciousness) as if it is something that can be damaged, or something that can cause a person to suffer through their soul or higher consciousness being damaged. 

Twenty years ago, through my Near Death Experience and associated experiences in transpersonal consciousness and non-linear time travel that happened in the years after that experience, I learned that "the soul" or "spirit" is never truly damaged. 

In confusion over "The Illusion" our lower ego, (and associated distractions) will try to convince us that all sorts of things are "wrong" with us, our bodies, minds and spirits... our daily lives, our jobs, our families, our everything - the play of illusion and our fears and insecurities will make it seem that things are "fundamentally damaged" or "wrong" or that "our life is suffering" - but in spiritual reality, we are absolutely whole, well, healed... perfectly loved, perfect love, and perfectly fine.   It is our grasping at the illusion which convinces us that something like one's soul, or spirit, can be damaged or split... or is just not "right" in some way. 

Outside of this illusion, the truth, or the Dharma of our situation is..

We are OK.

There are Zen Poems and Koans which speak to this problem of human beings clinging to the idea of being "less than" or "not good enough" or "split" or "broken" - and while living through this "imperfect" world with limited understanding - with the experiences of lack, of hurt, of suffering may be very real.. it isn't necessarily what is TRUE. 

One's soul or spiritl may remember itself (and other selves, and being other selves, and co-existing consciously with other selves) throughout all time and space, in all places, all universes, dimensions and realms, and be able to understand and see, hear, feel, touch, taste, smell, experience any time, at any place - and this is not because it is "broken" or "split" - that is because it is functioning correctly... it is recognizing itself as part of the WHOLE, and the recognition of being part of the WHOLE begins by remembering, time-traveling, integration of experiences, bi-locating to experiences outside of linear time and space, and other related phenomena of consciousness. 

These activities of the soul, (mind, spirit, higher consciousness) are signs of healing, of moving toward wholeness... not signs of imperfection, or "wrongness."

Zen Masters composed Koans and Poems like the following to give students open ideas to consider about their states of being and states of mind:

It is as though you have an eye

That sees all forms

But does not see itself.

This is how your mind is.

Its light penetrates everywhere

And engulfs everything,

So why does it not know itself?

Foyan


Few people believe their

Inherent mind is Buddha.

Most will not take this seriously,

And therefore are cramped.

They are wrapped up in illusions, cravings,

Resentments, and other afflictions,

All because they love the cave of ignorance.

Fenyang


The past is already past.

Don't try to regain it.

The present does not stay.

Don't try to touch it.

From moment to moment.

The future has not come;

Don't think about it

Beforehand.

Whatever comes to the eye,

Leave it be.

There are no commandments

To be kept;

There's no filth to be cleansed.

With empty mind really

Penetrated, the dharmas

Have no life.

When you can be like this,

You've completed

The ultimate attainment.


Layman P'ang (740-808)

 


Now... as a psychic I do understand the irony in presenting a poem that tells a seeker

"The future has not come;

Don't think about it

Beforehand."


But this is still, and always will be - pretty darn good advice! 

And Yes - your inherent mind is Buddha. 

You are - in Dharma - perfectly OK.

There is no problem with your soul.


 




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