The Practice of Soul Work

Sometimes we realize that there are deeper things in life

Aakifa Misger
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 22 2017 11:38PM | Updated Date: Nov 22 2017 11:38PM
The Practice of Soul Work

At the end, what plays a big role in our lives is the soul. It is the soul that delivers an inner voice kind of, and a direction or moral compass of compassion to guide our lives. Soul is the center of our body responsible for reality, perception, manifesting, thought, and intuition. Sometimes we realize that there are deeper things in life and more than that we actually see, experience and become, and it is due to the level of Soul sensitivity, or we call it Intuitive feelings. Also, it is the Soul that suffers actually when we don’t nurture it with meaning, purpose or spiritual significance. It is said, Great soul with a great purpose can make a weak body strong and keep it so.

Soul can be understood as the individualized expression of spirit – or spirit made conscious of itself. Although we are all born with soul, not all of us know how to completely embody it and integrate it into our human experience. We are so often unable to connect with our souls due to trauma, beliefs and social conditioning which limit our capacity to experience profound joy, bliss and wholeness. On the other hand, when we are in touch with our souls, we can live a life of true purpose, love, joy and peace. This is why the practice of soul work is very important.

The connection with our soul is a gradual process. As we grow older and wiser, at some point during our physical manifestations, we slowly jump to becoming aware of ourselves to within ourselves and connect to soul finally. Once done that, we achieve a differentiation from the rest of the world through greater sensitivity to one’s inner wisdom, or a deeper receptivity to one’s own soul. And, here it is why one person is driven to pursue material ambitions and momentary pleasures for his entire life, and another, to search for something deeper and more meaningful? Here it is why when two people witness the same poignant scene of earthly suffering, but only one of them experience a deep enough ‘awakening’ to completely change their lives? Here it is why some people are more mature, receptive and compassionate than others? Thus, the soul is central.

C.S. Lewis says, “You are a soul; you have a body. The body is but the temporary clothing of the soul.” So the Soul is the first to be focused on and body, the next. And it’s the soul demands that should be full filled prior to Body demands. When soul is full filled, the whole of a being is full filled and, hence, it’s the key to peace, acceptance, happiness and wholeness.

Further, to this very central thing what is important is its refinement and purification especially in this modern era when we have lost touch with our souls. Souls are refined and purified each time they return to existence, and through lifetimes of conscious development. The conscious development can be achieved through knowledge and wisdom via a procedure from self-retrospection to self- awareness to self-understanding to self-transformation to self-mastery. The process consequently leads from spiritual awakening to spiritual growth and also to soulful maturity, as a bonus. Just as everything in life grows, blossoms and matures, so too does the soul. Soulful maturity is the process of our soul’s maturing. When our souls have fully matured, we are capable of reconnecting with our souls and fully embodying our wholeness.

The matured and refined soul shines like the sun and nothing can enlighten you more than that of it. Plus, nothing can dim the light which shines from within. James Lendall Basford says, “Neither height nor depth can measure the possibilities of the human soul.” Oscar Wilde says, “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” Hence, follow your soul, it knows the way. It has answers to everything. It is the beauty. It is the key.

“You are a soul; you have a body. The body is but the temporary clothing of the soul.”

Aakifa Misger is Research Scholar at Deptt. Of Management Studies, Kashmir University