“If you neglect your soul, demons grow in your unconscious mind”
The invitation to an evolutionary shift
Feelings and the path to soul
The large framework for the journey]
Learning From Our Soul is a program of mental and spiritual practices designed to awaken our Inner Guide and to activate deeper resources that have been neglected. This soul-based program provides responses to the challenges we inevitably face in life. Some practices calm us, some energize, several release harmful habits and painful states, many transform negative to positive states. The primary goal is to identify, hear and follow what our soul is calling us to.
Although we may feel defeated at times, it is temporary. When we access our deeper strengths, we change set-backs into opportunities to create a life of energy, peace and success. No matter what issue we face, the soul deep within us has the power to resolve it.
The experience of living from our Soul takes us more deeply into our essential Self —beyond who we think we are. It reveals unexplored resources that have not yet been tapped into. Getting to the soul level is a journey to the source of authentic inner power. Not the external “power” we see in the world, but the quiet personal power to follow our dreams and desires.
The effort to live from the soul may be “painful at times, but the journey is essential. It is a deeply felt, risky, unpredictable tour of the soul, where memory is more important than planning, art more compelling than reason, and love more fulfilling than understanding,” as Thomas Moore writes in Care of the Soul.
When we are willing to get more in touch with our soul, our deeper Self, we begin to experience an inner Guide. We discover parts of ourselves — talents and limitations — that had been dormant. Responding from the level of soul surprises us with awareness and gifts our conscious mind had not recognized.
In this process we find how we are all connected in the collective unconscious mind of humanity. Moreover, we begin to realize that we are all now involved together in an evolutionary shift to higher consciousness. See Gary Zukav’s Seat of the Soul for a full account of our evolutionary movement. This is part of our soul’s calling on the collective level of consciousness at this point in human history.
On the soul journey we face difficulties. Some are challenges from the world around us — social pressures, economic hardships, the inevitable demands of others, etc. But more than we usually realize, many of our troubles come from within. We too often cause our own problems. Some come from our unconscious mind. Some we inherited, others stem from poor choices we made. Learning from the soul redresses inner challenges in order to succeed with the issues we face in the world.
In the soul journey process we must deal with our shadow (see Jung page for details). Shadow contains those aspects of ourselves that we have repressed — rejected, avoided or ignored, whatever we find difficult to face, etc. It also includes what unconscious burdens we inherited from our family lineages.
The shadow or, better, our shadow-ego is pushed our of awareness into our unconscious. It hinders our soul journey, temporarily, until it is transformed. The practices of this program provide the mental and spiritual tools for transforming shadowy parts into fresh energy for the soul journey. These psycho-spiritual methods of transformation yield enormous energy, courage and wisdom.
Jung called our Inner Guide the Self - the center of all consciousness. When we learn from our Soul to trust our core Self, we find confidence within, and we are much better equipped to thrive in the world around us.
FEELINGS AND THE PATH TO SOUL
Following the path of Soul, we go beyond the surface of the daily roles we perform. The fleeting feelings we experience in performing daily functions, especially those we avoid, I call “persona emotions” as distinct from deeper feelings. These are the routine emotions that arise from the roles we play.
In learning from soul we choose to stay with our feelings, going to deeper levels, allowing them to move toward the deepest layer of forces comprising our soul. In Jung’s vision individual souls arise out of the primal archetypal forces in the collective unconscious mind that we inherit. Experiences of soul concern intense depths of love and fear, and issues of life and death.
So, how can we thrive in our work projects and in our love relationships? The conscious ego-mind must make all decisions. But it needs to remain stable. So, we must be able to tune in to our deep wisdom. Listening to the guidance we can receive from the Self in our unconscious mind reveals how to respond to the difficulties of love and work with strength and calm effort.
It takes willingness, courage and commitment to try new practices. Are you willing to make adjustments in your thinking? to shift your attention to a higher level of awareness, beyond the limits of our ordinary mind? If so, ancient practices and recent research offer useful and powerful ways to release what holds us back from the full potential of our mind, heart and soul.
Living from the Soul requires that we “watch” the automatic activity of our egomind — the mental chatter and troublesome feelings that lead us away from deeper awareness. This awareness goes beyond thinking and activates the authentic power waiting within. The power to create a life, love, laughter and the
work that our Soul calls us to.
If we ignore our soul, as Jung warns, we lose touch with the Source of vibrant life within us. All the social roles we perform can harden into a “power politics” of relating, even in our marriages and families. We forget to express the love that we are made of. Without the strength of our soul we become victims of the world
Soul is the source of love. And Rilke, in Letters to a Young Poet, advises us: “Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” This is the realm of soul.
In the inner work of learning from soul this program combines three wisdom traditions to re-connect our mind to heart and soul — to achieve full health and mental peace. These are family constellations, Jung’s vision of the human Psyche (mind-body-spirit) and the “Knowing” energy field of our ancestors.
We follow the sacred path of deeper feeling through levels of the unconscious to arrive at Soul.
Family Constellations, Jung’s Vision and the Knowing Field
Family constellations (see web page) release unconscious blocks to our growth and happiness by settling unfinished emotional business in our self and with our family. We become conscious of all that we inherited, so that we can own it, release or transform it, and then empower ourselves to heal our own psyche and our family wounds.
Activating Carl Jung’s teachings and practices about our true Self, as well as our Shadow and archetypes, takes us into the deeper feelings that are waiting to make us more whole. We transform Shadow to Light, using its energy to balance conscious and unconscious mind. We become more creative with our life and work. We become more compassionate to ourselves, with our family and with others.
When we enter the shamanic “Knowing Field,” ancestors bless us with energy, strength and wisdom to live a better life. In turn they become more proud of us, and can then rest more in peace. In constellations we release the "soul entanglements" that we blindly "carry" for love of family. This family soul demands justice across generations. Constellations re-balance the family system.
We invite the presence of ancestors into the energy circle of our efforts in constellations. Ancestral wisdom guides us. Jung’s vision of the natural psyche sheds light on the journey. And the “Knowing Field” stimulates the rise of our emerging consciousness.
The process requires our willingness to open up to deeper parts of us. We need to be willing to allow whatever feelings come up, and to commit ourselves to staying with them. We need to simply be curious about and notice what comes up. We need to notice what appears on the screen of our mind
But habits of mind —mental chatter, judgments, emotional reaction, without expectations, comparisons, any avoidance of feeling — all these interfere with the inner path to the soul level. The process also involves various breathing techniques to prepare ourselves for successful journeys. We need to notice how
sensations cluster up in parts of our body, how feelings deepen our awareness, how surprising images flash in our mind, and how intuition leads to solutions.
EGO AND SOUL COMPETITION
A character in David Mitchell’s The Bone Clock says:
“power is crack cocaine to the ego and battery acid to the soul”
Our conscious ego mind (who we think we are) creates our dilemmas. Living from the deeper consciousness of soul, we respond to difficulties with a calm sense of inner power. We can simply choose to allow our conscious ego-mind to receive input from the deeper Self in our unconscious mind.
The conscious ego-mind has worked well for us to help us survive as a species until now. But when we want more out of life, we need to allow more of our greater consciousness to arise and become integrated into our consciousness.
Ego has protected us, but kept us limited. While staying good friends with our ego, we can safely expand our horizons. With some effort we can expand exponentially. Authentic personal power comes from within, from tapping into deeper resources.
Throughout history the conscious ego and our deeper Self or soul have been in competition for our identity. The ego and the unconscious mind are always to some degree competing to influence our thought and behavior. We are their playing field, or battleground if you like. See more on Jung page.
At the deepest level of mind we “find”our soul. It was never “lost,” but we lose touch with it. We can agree to stay with our feelings, to follow them deep within, sometimes through shadowy feelings, to our depths, allowing powerful archetypal forces to arise and go through us.
Emotional Health Systems
John Dore Ph.D.
Emotional Health Systems
Tucson, AZ USA
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