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At the workshop ‘Healing on Purpose’ Richard Leider stated that “We are not a body with a soul, we are a soul with a body.”  This blew my mind.  I had never thought of this before… I had never even really considered the soul before.
Since that moment in the workshop I have read this sentiment or variations of it many times.  But I still remember quite viscerally hearing that idea for the first time.  It felt like a small, quiet awakening.
This morning as I was getting Shiya into the car I was composing an email in my head (there are so many more emails in my head than in the digital world!) and in my first version I was going to write to someone that ‘you have a good soul’ and then I unconciouly revised it to say ‘you are a good soul’.  And that gave me pause… why had my brain just made that revision?  What was the difference?  And I realized that having a soul makes the soul something separate from us, from our body.  But being a soul… that places soul into a more important and integrated role.  It struck me that my subcooncious mind is making some substantial changes in the way it perceives the world.
And what do I mean by soul?  Well, that’s hard, of course.  But I am writing a book called “The Wheels of Soul in Education” and the authors write:
“Soul is a word with many connotations.  At one times it was associatied with religious and cultural contexts but today it is increasingly being acknowledged as the more profound or essential nature of the deeper self that nourishes us and connects us with something beyond our immediate personality selves (page xi).”

I find myself pondering the questions…

  • Do souls choose their body?  Their family?
  • Do we, as spirits or souls determine our life purpose before entering our life in earth?
  • Is our quest in life to ‘find’ our life’s purpose actually a quest to ‘remember’ our life’s purpose?
  • Are souls and spirits the same?  If they are different, how are they different?

Any thoughts on these questions?  I’d love to hear them.  And other questions?  Let’s add them to the list!