I am not sure how universal this is so I haven’t written about it before. But I thought I would share some of my own experiences with this.
The initial awakening was an awakening to and as Big Mind, and within that, there was a strong sense of the soul and soulfulness. Just as the human self happens within and as Big Mind, the soul happens within and as Big Mind. It’s a vehicle for the divine to experiencing itself as an individual self. The human self is physical, and the soul is made up of “soul matter” for lack of a better term. I recognized the soul as similar to the human self. Something that’s here but not ultimately what I am.
The human self, the world, and the soul, are all part of the always changing content of experience.
For me, this soul emphasis took expression through a strong urge to make art and music, and generally diving deep into the arts. It was also expressed through a strong resonance with nature mysticism, ecospirituality, ecopsychology, deep ecology, community, and sustainability.
Gradually, over time, this soul emphasis diminished. There was still Big Mind, but with less of the soul and more just neutral clarity. That’s another way for Big Mind and the divine to experience itself. It’s not better or worse than having the soul more emphasized. And I think it’s natural for these shifts to happen, also because it makes it more clear what’s here independent of any changes in content of experience.
I wouldn’t mind having the soul experience return more strongly but I am not sure if it will. It may have been cleared out. Who knows.
I know that in our culture, soul and soulfulness are highly valued so many would think it’s better if it’s here more strongly. But I really don’t know. I see both as equal.
- moving beyond the soul
- intial awakening BM w. very strong emphasis on the soul, soulfulness etc. (also expressed through art, music etc.)
- but since, feels like moving beyond the soul, the fascination of the soul, more clear, open
- BM still there as before, but less (or no) emphasis on the soul
- not sure how universal this is, so haven’t written much if anything about it before