Soul is the uniquely creative part of ourselves that when engaged, gives us a sense of fulfillment, peace and joy. Soul gives us meaning and is our unique purpose in this life and the way we assist in creating a better, more loving, more joyful, more peaceful world. Soul is who we were born to be and who we are compelled to become. Birthing the Soul is as much of a spiritual as it is psychological journey and there is just one thing that stands in the way of living our Soul’s purpose….and that is fear. Today’s blog explores that fear.
Getting a Glimpse of Soul
Soul is the uniquely creative part of us that we were born to become. Soul is our original nature and the person God/dess made us to be. Living from Soul, we find meaning and purpose in our life, it leads us to fulfilling work and healthy intimate connections. Living from Soul, we offer our own unique gift for the betterment of humanity and our world. Soul is not something that only shows up after we have done enough work, said enough prayers or beat enough bushes. Soul is with us all along, calling to us, beckoning us, guiding us and sometimes kicking out butts. We can recognize Soul in the moments in our life where we are on-fire with enthusiasm, excitement and joy. Soul is found in the activities, books, movies, relationships, life encounters that make our hearts sing. Soul is speaking through us when we hear words of wisdom, insight, comfort, support and guidance fly out of our lips and we wonder, “Where did THAT come from?” Soul is in the moments of tender intimacy, heart breaking grief and bold righteousness. Soul is in our passion, our grief, our joy and our activism.
Soul in Retrospect
Soul is also available in the 20/20 vision of hindsight. When I look back on my own life, I can see Soul glimpsing at me behind Fr. Otto’s robes, in the rolling mists of Avalon, in Obi Wan Kenobi’s brown hooded robe, in Wonder Woman’s golden lasso of truth, in the gleaming blade of Excalibur, in the wiggle of Samantha Steven’s nose and in the haunting strains of Moire Brennan’s voice and the platformed heels of Stevie Nicks’ boots. Soul guides us in glimpses and flashes of inspiration and in dreams of things yet to come. Soul is always there in everything, calling us home to ourselves, to the person God/dess made us to be.
Being Human = Having Fear
If Soul is there all along, calling, cajoling, beckoning us on, the birthing of the Soul should be easy, right? Yeah….I wish. Birthing Soul would be easy if it weren’t for one thing…..FEAR. In the moment that we agreed to participate in this human experiment, Fear decided to come along for a ride. In fact, if it weren’t for fear, we wouldn’t be human…instead, we’d be sitting up on the clouds with the Cherubim and Seraphim, not being human, but singing songs of glory to our God. But we aren’t here to be angels, neither are we here to be gods. We are here to be human. In being human, fear has an important role to play. I keeps us alive and allows us to survive. Without a healthy dose of fear, we’d all be jumping off of bridges and leaping from cliffs to our death, eating poisonous plants and burning ourselves with fire. Beyond the necessary fears for survival, however, fear is simply an obstacle that keeps us from living from Soul and from being the joyful, loving, creative, fulfilled, peaceful person God/dess made us to be.
One of the things I have learned about confronting fear is that if we can name the demon, it no longer has power over us. 99% of the work of moving beyond fear to Soul is actually naming the fear. Today, I’m going to help you with that task. In my book, Authentic Freedom – claiming a life of contentment and joy, I have identified the seven core spiritual fears that are THE obstacles to us living from Soul and being the person we were made to be. Your assignment in the coming week is to look for the presence of these fears in your life, identify them and call them out. While there is more to releasing fears than simply naming them…..naming is a good place to start. So here are the fears that have been keeping you from the life of contentment, fulfillment and joy that you long for:
- There is not enough (time, money, power, things, love, support, time, money)
- I am not uniquely gifted (ie: I have nothing to offer, no gifts to speak of, nothing to contribute)
- I can’t
- I am not loved (or will be rejected)
- I am not free to express my truth
- I do not know my truth (or my path, or my gift, or my Soul)
- I am alone
In the coming week, reflect on how these fears are present in your life and how they are an obstacle to you living your Soul!