A conscious decision to look within


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Finding the right human words to describe or define the word “Soul” can leave us entangled in various concepts and ideas.


It's really hard to describe it in words, as it is not something that we learn intellectually but something that we experience inside ourselves. Throughout the history is has been named and shaped in many ways and forms. In essence, there is the pure Soul, the Spirit of God embodied in each human, animal or plant, which is ever-existing, ever-conscious, formless and spacious, an energetic bliss, One Unity. The Soul also called Energy or Consciousness.

However, the identification that the soul is taking with the physical pain body during its life journey is what causes confusion and thus a dormant being. Mentions to “spiritual growth” or “soul evolution” use this definition, because the soul that is aware of its true nature as consciousness itself is already perfect. Souls only change or evolve in the sense that they go from identifying with their physical pain bodies to identifying with their true nature, God nature, Consciousness.

"(2:24) The soul is never touched; it is immutable, all-pervading, calm, unshakable; its existence is eternal."

From The Bhagavad Gita, “Song of God,” Chapter 2, Verses 18 – 29

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A trauma can be an emotional heavy stone or a simple teacher. A trauma can be defined as any significant negative event or incident that shaped us and generally are related to the physical pain body and ego identification with it, in which case one becomes incredibly limited because of the past. Suppressed emotions is another way of seeing unresolved trauma.  


Understanding and experiencing truth means that one can accept the fact that one does not have to do anything about the external events that have happened or are happening or to try to understand them. But instead to cultivate a discipline of self-inquiry and observation thus awareness.


Looking and engaging with thought patterns is useless and endless.  A profound effect happens when one consciously shifts the attention from concepts - external to complete focus on the energy below the upset - internal. Becoming aware and “catching” the energy swirls when they begin or even before they actually emerge, will weaken its power thus creating an internal peaceful and harmonious space.


In truth, there is another way to look at it, there are in fact other choices that can be made. In truth the less one thinks, the more one surrenders and accepts life as is, the more one detaches from ego driven desires, the more delightful and synchronized life becomes.

During a life journey, we learn that our choices are the decision factor of our current reality. A useful choice is to decide to stop engaging with the mental constant noise about everything and simply abstain from comments, opinions, preferences, and value statements. Freeing oneself. Becoming truly non-reactive thus aware, observing.


It is therefore where a discipline is required to develop one’s skill to simply observe without engaging, evaluating, commenting, and having preferences about what is witnessed.


Then one can clearly see the coming and going away of phenomena and the temporary nature of appearance, which in general is conceptualized as a repetitive sequence of cause and effect.

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