It isn’t until one tastes the reality of the relationship between the body, mind and spirit, experientially, does the understanding become apparent and clear as to what is soul, who is soul and what does soul do.
For that reason, most of the books in the library of my abode have been given away, tossed aside and left behind as I turn my attention towards a more reliable source of wisdom to guide the expansion of awareness. After some time, it becomes obvious in the first page or two of any book, if the author is a reliable source for gaining insight, awareness or a formidable shift in consciousness. Even the contemporary astrological systems of clever minds lose their appeal and quickly become a waste of time and effort once one sees vividly the connection between experience and truth of ancient wisdom as taught in the Vedas and Agamas, Upanishads and Shastras.
It’s astonishing how accurate, how true, how pragmatic and incredibly current ancient teachings are even in these so called modern times. Still, the teachings can be applied and used to define the nature of human in the most reliable way.
WHO IS SOUL
In the teachings of the ancients, the Sanskrit language eloquently and mysteriously conveys what one is able to grasp in accordance to the expansion and humility of the nature. It is not easy to unravel, and perhaps, it is not meant to be unraveled, only to be experienced.
First, we must address the layers of the multiplex human form in order to determine exactly who is soul.
In accordance with the ancient texts, we find that there are four main parts to the human form in a process that is working towards union of body, mind and spirit while achieving greater states of awareness in the process.
The part that is dominant, controlling the life force, can be identified through how one is breathing while astrological experiences are happening.
On the mundane plane there are four basic parts of the human form experiencing the karmic seeds that impact perception and behavior providing the lessons for growth and coloring the perception of reality. We also see the maturation story that reveals the Soul in action on the material plane. The first path, that of the emotional desire mind holds a frequency of color, sound and smell of the lower nature, as seen in a dramatic interplay through the right and left nostrils as one moves about throughout the day. The same effects are created in the Soul path however, they can be observed consciously for intelligent navigation.
On this mundane plane of existence there is the physical body, the emotional mind and the senses driving the life experiences causing reactions motivated by pressures in accordance to the placement of planets and their design. For instance, if one’s Moon is in the eighth house then one can tend to be in a selfish mood, lazy, feeling attached to family. Within twenty-four to thirty-six hours or more, the Moon moves into the ninth house. Suddenly, the nature becomes diplomatic or more emotionally reactive, possibly a stronger intuition and feeling more spiritual.
It may sound far fetched, however I watch people change in behavior one day to the next, acting out the biorhythm of their design in accordance to placements and activations of planets. This influence on the biorhythm indicates the nature of a person’s ego and the primary characteristics of the Individual Soul.
The forces of the Moon and its movement through the constellations changes approximately every two days. With the Moons fast movement, so comes the fast changing behaviors from happy to sadness to exhilaration, laughter, hunger, greed, lying or desire to care. Moment to moment can be extreme in the Maya governed by the forces of the Moon and the body that is tuned to its influence.
At the level of the Moon influence the vehicle is simmering slowly the process of maturation. Most people are living at this level of operation, missing some juicy activations in their design for getting opportunities to move up to a higher quality of living. Many have a colorful life story full of possibilities yet ignore chances for positive change. Humans get very attached to people and places and locked deeply into their material lifestyle.
At the root of all human existence is the yearning to know one’s self, to understand one’s life purpose and to taste the fullness of one’s own talents and abilities. However, many humans stay in the place of emotional ups and downs, crisis, confusion and often, despair because of the extreme experiences that come with a charged emotional reality. At this level of existence, the breath is usually, fast, short, shallow and often, filled with heavy, occasional sighs.
Most of the daily habits and patterns foster short, quick, shallow breathing and breed the sadness, frustration or depression. The heavy sighs that are unconsciously expressed are an indication that something is missing and natural desires are unfulfilled or one is in a state of depression.
This is what life is like when soul is being ignored, rejected and not given the opportunity to live out its expression through the body it has incarnated into and the opportunities written in the life design.
Inside each person is a life story with a unique identity yearning to be expressed and experienced. This unique identity is the Soul. Dialing in the Soul with its purpose, surfing and overcoming the karmic seeds, bypassing the emotional imprints and the challenges of the imbalances of elements is the journey that is written by the stars. It is very difficult to find and tap into when the emotional nature is driving the life through its patterns and habits that foster the short, quick shallow breathing.
This is why Pranayama is so important, the art of learning how to breathe deep and slowly, becoming mindful of how one is impacted by environments, patterns and people. Pranayama also assists greatly in clearing so that unfriendly influences are removed from the body and nervous system, making space for Soul to come forward. When there is space for the Soul to be and express there is more calmness, deeper, slower breathing and a wonderful sense of satisfaction inside one’s being.
This higher level of intelligence ruled by the Soul also gives the ability to override the senses and their tendency to drive the life. Often, the senses cause great confusion or discomfort in some way. For example, eating when not hungry because one is feeling sad or pushed by taste, becomes a habit which can create becoming overweight. Another example is smoking tobacco, using the habit to control the sadness, boredom or broken heart or drinking coffee to wake up and stimulate the body into action, which eventually causes blown adrenals and exhaustion. Most people turn to coffee for waking up only because they are not getting enough oxygen. This can happen through not spending enough time outside, sleeping with closed windows and in a space filled with wifi energy, electrical currents running through the walls and around the bed. This considerably zaps energy and vitality.
As my Guru recently pointed out, if there are cobwebs in the bedroom, then most likely one is suffering from stomach pain and poor digestion. If the house is not clean then one may be suffering with ulcers. This proves how greatly we are impacted by our environment and how much habits influence the measure of what one is perceiving or what they are aware of.
Conscious intelligence says,”no, the results of this action are not good, I must do this”. Or it may push self to do the right thing such as get out of bed, stretch the body and be mindful of what it chooses next for fuel.
This is will persistence in action applying higher intelligence.
Operating from this place of intelligence actually adds time and years to one’s life while fostering good health. It also gives the ability to handle life events. Conscious intelligence fosters enthusiasm for activities, inspiration for what comes next in the day and provides the ability to see objectively.
When one knows who they are, the life story that has been written with strengths and talents, purpose and direction and decides with all their willpower to live out that destiny, then the Soul has appeared and is in control, driving the life.
Applying Pranayama on a daily basis provides new grooves in the brain, gives strength to willpower and causes one to be more receptive to new ideas, inspiration and fabulous opportunities. It also provides the key to open the door so that Soul can enter and settle into the drivers seat. Suddenly, there is more time, more energy, more vitality, and consciousness can grow rapidly.