I’m into the belief that Spirit is Soul. A quick peep behind the doors of any emergency room will confirm that we, humans, brain cells and enzymes notwithstanding, are but bones, flesh and fluids. Of course, we are animated by our soul! Our humanity comes from her. That works for me.
The nice thing about souls is that they are neither vengeful nor benevolent – in varying degree, these are the alleged attributes of people and gods. We know humans are flawed but gods don’t cut it for me, either. I simply don’t understand the idea of anthropomorphic gods with demands, moods and foibles that religious humans have inflicted upon them.
The concept of an avenging father, of a forgiving father or that of a lord that speaketh to me and will asketh me questions as I stand heart-in-mouth at the Pearly Gates, simply fails to resonate in me. Actually, now that I think of it, who knows how ‘things’ would have turned out differently if the words of Jesus had not been taken so literally when he spoke of his father in heaven, most likely to tap a familiar chord within the hearts of his listeners.
Though through birth and circumstances, I could claim Catholicism as well as Judaism as my religious heritage, I have never practised any form of religion – not even an alternative one.
Basically, my spiritual belief is focused around our soul, an intrinsic part of us, an active energy that resides in the middle of our chest. And, of course, I believe in the nameless, inexplicable, unprovable but overarching power of the Cosmos.
It is only through a connection to Soul, cosmic/divine energy that is always pure and constant that, I believe, we can attempt to edit some of the karma that is ours to amend in this lifetime. It is through a genuine connection to our soul that we can soften the rub of our ordinary, daily life. For religious folks, an evolving connection to Soul would complement the relationship they already have with their god, but matters of the soul can stand alone, free of any rituals, religious or otherwise.
Having said that, seeing as our karma is partly inherited from our soul’s prior incarnations and partly constructed by ourselves, the same goes for our ego. Thus it will take many more lifetimes before our subsequent incarnations can rectify the deficit or at least tilt the balance the other way by a degree or two, as they go on creating and amending our collective karma, theirs and ours, going back to the Dawn of Time – just as we, here and now, are expected to begin doing on a daily basis.
It is through a soulful link to our spirit and through the underlying principle that, though each challenge comes uninvited and is always most inopportune, we need to ‘actively’ accept all our disappointments and setbacks with an open heart. Accepting under duress and acquiring a ‘poor me’ victim status are not viable options. It doesn’t score us any points but this resentful passivity does make us sick. It forces us to make mistakes – sometimes irreparable ones.
The bottom line is that we need to accept emotionally difficult situations as readily as we always accept our moments of joy and pleasure without asking, “Why me? What have I done to deserve this?”