The Nature of Soul The Nature of Soul It is

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It is the nature of soul to grow, to heal, and to love. As we enter
into the world, we emerge as a tiny child. We are open. We do
not have conditions placed on us by our parents or ourselves.
We have not closed ourselves off from any possibility. It is
though the world lay at our feet. We are a bundle of
unconditioned purity.

As we age, conditions are placed on us to direct us along our
paths intended to keep us from harm. Even if we manage to
stay out of harms way, we move into a state of stimulus-
response reactions toward life. This draws us further and
further away from the natural state of pure being we came into
the world with as an infant.

How can we return to our natural state of being? How can we
call our soul back and gain a sense of spiritual well-being? The
following are ways we can return to the wholeness and healing
we seek as spiritual beings incarnated into the human race:

1. Do Something Creative.
Creativity engages our heart, our mind, and our imagination.
These activities allow us to utilize our whole being. Our
attention moves from outer expressions of the world and
enters the inner dynamics of living giving rise to our heart and
our imagination. When our heart and our imagination are given
attention, we enter into the realm of insight. Insight is our
ability to see from within just how sacred and magical our lives
really are.

In the realm of soul, our humanity becomes sacred. Through
creativity we are aware how life flows through us and not from
us. The more we identify with these qualities of attention
flowing through us, the more we are identifying with qualities
residing in us that are whole and healing. It is our natural state.

2. Spend Time With A Child.

Children have a way of drawing our attention away from
activities and responsibilities defining us as adults. All a child
wants to do in this world is have fun. They seem to never tire of
such activities. Children are constantly motivated by play.
As adults, we tend to think of play as wasted time. Adults who
lose a sense of play and joy in their lives are in danger of losing
self-motivation. The kind of self-motivation I am referring to
involves the desire to have fun in life. This can lead to a
depressive state lacking creativity, spontaneity, and the heart
of a child.
Each of us has the heart of a child within us that never tires. It is
the part of us fully participating in and with life. As our
imagination and heart begin to guide us over the mind, we are
in soul.

In soul, our mind is in its proper perspective. This part of us is
our inner awareness not bound by the pressures of the world.
When we return to soul, the possibility of living whole and
healed becomes a reality.

3. Become A Child.

The next time you look into a child's eyes try to feel their heart.
Notice the difference and similarities of your heart and their
heart. Is there a difference? Is this awareness a long or short
distance from where you were as a child?

What happened to that little boy or little girl inside you? Since
we cannot retrieve childhood physically, maybe we can from
within. Remember your past as a child - the good times and the
bad times. As you look at your life through the eyes of a child,
recall how active your heart and imagination were. Embrace it.
Let this inner vision penetrate your entire awareness. Let go of
your adult interpretations of your childhood and view it with
innocence and love.

Our true nature is to live in the world without being fully of it.
Inside us are endless avenues that can move us toward the
experience of joy. When we let go of our tendency to view the
world as right or wrong, good or bad, we leave behind dualism
and enter into Unity.

This Unity behind all appearances of diversity is a healing state
of unconditional love. It is the part of us bringing all life into
being, leading us through life, and what will lead us home. It is
the force of nature giving us life. It is our soul.
Samuel Oliver, author of, "What the Dying Teach Us: Lessons on

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