The soul exists as part of a larger, interconnected dimension, which, belonging to an entire pattern of interconnected dimensions, makes up the world as we see and yet don’t see it. To exist in our own little world without tangible proof of other aspects of the larger world can mean to deny a fundamental truth of harmonious existence between the earth and the powerful presence of things yet to be discovered, things that mirror our natural world in spirit.
The soul, on its own, exists without any ties to the physical world. But as human beings carrying this soul, we are tied to a physical plane that we often resist. We resist when we agonize over every experience we find uncomfortable or unnerving. We create anxiety over that which we have no control. This is what we call “human nature,” and yet what is it to be “human”?
To be a human being with a thriving spiritual soul seems like a dichotomy, for how can one exist on the physical plane with all of its primal needs for things that ultimately cause us worry - things like food, shelter, clothing. Cars. Television. Diets. - yet still exist on a spiritual plane where one is free from the confines and limitations of such earthly woes. How do you shave your legs and elevate your spirit at the same time? The answer is: you don’t.
To be connected with Spirit or God or the Universe before you go to bed, but not while brushing your teeth, and during church service, but not in between soccer matches, is to assume that the soul takes a break from its “interconnectedness” from the larger pattern of interconnected dimensions like it’s using up PTO time from work, and once you run out of paid vacation, you’re stuck with making excuses for why you need to stay at work instead of focusing on your personal life. Because a personal, spiritual life is “Too Hard.” That’s right - it’s TOO HARD.
The difficulty one faces in “working on yourself” and your spirituality is tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment by criminal society. It’s worse than watching reality TV and pretending to like it. Which is why most people secretly watch reality TV and pretend to like it. To work on yourself and your soul’s innermost needs for harmony and balance is only difficult because it seems to be a time in which you separate yourself from “the real world” with the assumption that once you cease your meditation or your yoga or finish that last self-help book that you will look back at all that mumbo-jumbo and think, “I can’t exist that way every day. I am a human being.”
As a human being - a divine, powerful, creative human being - you are every much a part of the spiritual process of BEING a human being, already existing in a physical world that is deeply and wholly integrated with a spiritual dimension that you simply cannot see or touch with human senses. Your “spiritual sense” of yourself is just as much a physical reality as any of your other biological senses.
To exist in a spiritual and physical world as a human being is to relate to the world around you with the perception of your soul. And what is your soul but a light, energetic body that is interconnected with every other person and every other plant and tree and animal on the earth. Step into it. Get off your yoga mat, rise up from your meditation cushion, put down your spiritual self-help book and go into the real world.
I want you to do something: I want you to walk outside. Observe the air, the earth, the passion around you and the emotions within you. You have now experienced all earthly and spiritual senses needed to live an impassioned spiritual life.
Your soul, interconnected with universal spiritual wisdom and its twin manifested in Mother Earth, resides within a physical body that was designed to express and grow with the patterns of life like the seasons of the planet. With each step we take further into the real world, we become as light as the air, as solid as the earth, as resilient and enlivened as the spark of fire, and as peaceful in her serenity as the wise mother ocean. We begin to understand what it means to be a soul.
Dana Anne Hutchins is a spiritual teacher, writer, artist and shaman who integrates earth-based spirituality with the power of the angels to bring combined wisdom of the next generation of soul dimension. Dana, along with her partner, Archangel Michael, leads her students down a path of spiritual growth into a divine earthly being of great wisdom and creative power. She works with individuals who are seeking limitless expansion of the soul and who desire freedom to lead a life of rich expression. Dana mentors her students and provides expansive healing services through her mentoring and shamanic pathwork programs. Dana shares her life with her Twin Soul, four dogs and family in a simple, creative and abundant life. You can find more of Dana's wisdom at www.beyondstillness.net.