Thursday, May 14, 2015

Growing Your Soul

Since life is a mystery and we may never know how we came about and what happens after we die, we can all speculate about this brief period of living.

My own interpretation: we are entrusted with a soul.  Our mission becomes growing this soul during our custodianship.  We have choices we can make.  We can let our soul stagnate or we can improve it.

The concept of reincarnation intrigues me.  This would say that after we die our soul continues but in a different body.  Does this really happen?  We don’t know and probably never can know.  Some people seem to be in possession of immature souls and others exhibit the wisdom of a mature and experienced soul.

It’s said that there are more people alive today than have ever lived before though the history of mankind.  Thus if souls get passed on, then a whole lot of new souls keep getting added to the mix.  Unless souls are being supplied from some other location in the universe.  That presents another interesting possibility.  Outsourced souls.

Regarding the reality of this, I don’t know.  But I like the concept of soul custodianship--that we take responsible for a soul during our lifetime.

This provides a good model for ethical living.  It implies we should do everything possible to grow our soul during our lifetime.  We should contribute to life and not death, nurture our soul with positive experiences and the beauty of nature, learning from life’s experiences and doing what we can in our sphere of influence to make the world a better place.

Since we can each have an impact either positive or negative, why not contribute to the positive?

Water your soul, give it light and, sure, a little fertilizer is always getting thrown on it, but just realize that this also helps your soul grow.

1 comment:

Patricia Stoltey said...

Lovely and thoughtful post, Mike. I like the idea of our purpose being to grow the soul...and if there is such a thing as reincarnation, I'd certainly like to be a librarian in my next life.