Evolving Our Soul to Full Expression
Humans are complex. We have many interacting layers and component parts. In addition to our personalities, we have a soul. Our soul and personality are in communication to varying degrees as we move about in our daily life. Over time, our personality moves towards integration and our soul evolves to full expression.
The arena for soul development is our daily life. Daily experiences offer opportunities to learn and open to the Divine.
The journey of soul development requires that we dissolve our obstacles to personal growth as we engage with the world. As we understand our motivations and personality tendencies, obstacles are exposed. In the later stages of soul development, people are willing to learn how to work with the obstacles, thereby using life as a classroom with unlimited opportunities to heal and be healed. This process is referred to as inner work. Through our willingness to look within and discover the obstacles to the awareness of our true nature through inner work, we can experience the soul coming to full expression through the personality.
The first step of soul development is to observe our behavior with awareness. Awareness itself initiates some change in the personality. With awareness, we start noticing:
- our reactions, attachments, and tendencies in relating to the world;
- synchronicities – that is, the apparent coincidences of events, meetings, and gifts;
- that there is an exchange of receiving and giving in life: as we learn wisdom, we give it away;
- the urge to making a difference in the world with compassion; and
- the consequences of our thoughts, speech, and behavior.
The arena for soul development is our daily life. Daily experiences offer opportunities to learn and open to the Divine. When a particular experience presents itself we can ask: How do my thoughts, motivations, and behavior help or hinder how I relate to this person or situation? Looking inward, we notice our intentions and motives in various situations. We start to observe our attractions and reactions to our environment. We realize what we believe and the depth of those beliefs. We develop congruence between our inner motives and outer actions using the Universal Tributes, ten principles which provide a spiritual road map for attaining self-transformation through service.
Considerable energy is needed to do the necessary inner work to bring about soul development. Therefore, it is important to take the time to focus inward to review one’s life events, explore options, question beliefs, and allow the healing process to unfold. Through this life-long process, we commit to wholeness – to the integration of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of the self.
Reference: , , PhDBorn to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, ©1997.
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