Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life's Jigsaw - Soul

Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each little piece is an aspect of our journey through it. And when at last we find that last piece and fit it into place, we eventually see the meaning of this life.


UBC Day 22
The S Piece - Soul

Note that all thoughts in this post are merely my thoughts and beliefs.

Our ultimate relationship is with the Divine. So how do we start that relationship?  I believe we do that through our soul.

Over the years the words, know yourself, love yourself, go within to find yourself, forgive yourself, be your true self, be your authentic self etc,  came at me through many discourses and blogs. I simply could not understand these concepts. How does one love oneself or know oneself or forgive oneself, be authentic, be real, go within. Go within?  - where, how?

Then the theories that we are really our souls, that the physical body is just that a body. That the soul controls all. The idea that we are not us (the physical self) but we are our soul somehow didn't feel quite right. If we are indeed only our souls then why are we always in disharmony with life, after all the soul is all knowing and all loving and peaceful. And how do we explain heinous acts that occur? That could not be an all loving, peaceful and caring entity.

I do believe that the soul is immortal and a spiritual entity that has probably lived many lives via many bodies and that it is ever loving, ever knowing entity. But the ideas that the physical self and the spiritual self are merged entities or that my physical self is only defined by my soul, I constantly questioned.

And so I concluded (for myself only) that the physical self and the spiritual self (or soul) are indeed two separate entities. For the soul to grow and experience life on earth it requires a body and for a body to be a living conscious entity it requires a soul. The relationship between the two is coexistent.

Now the idea of going within, of loving ourselves, of forgiving ourselves, of being our authentic self starts to make sense because our physical self can seek its soul and emulate it.

The physical self is controlled by our minds, circumstances and the choices we make.The soul is our life guide, our compass, our source of wisdom beyond the physical world, our source of Divine love. And when the physical self is in harmony with our soul, when it can tap into its love and wisdom and when it is prepared to be guided by it, then life is in harmony and the soul takes us towards that Divine source. Because meeting that Divine source is our soul's ultimate purpose.

These 2 poems that I wrote on my poetry blog Reflections Of My Soul depict my thoughts regarding the relationship between our physical self and our soul:


The mirror of my soul my moments reflect
Not just of this life but of sojourns in time
Somehow I know but ever warily suspect
But like a nurturing mother she repeats the mime

If only I look and heed her care
For she is the essence of His love
And yet I rebel and ignore and dare
And close my eyes to her and above

Gently she coaxes and shows me the way
Patience epitomised love never wavering
Until at last in my life breaks that day
When I finally understand my soul's labouring

The mirror of my soul my moments reflect
Not just of this life but of sojourns in time
My soul I am blessed, for you I have met
Now the journey with you in this life is sublime



I can't get away from myself by moving from one place to another
My load I carry everywhere, that much I know
No matter where I run it's never going to be further
For with me I travel wherever I go

I don't know what you look like or from whence you came
But without you I would be lost, that much I know
What would my life be if your guidance you refrain
My life would be more ebb and less of the flow

Wherever I travel, I blend in with the landscape
For earth is my present home, that much I know
My travels with you, my soul, my life does reshape
And through my adventures you learn and you grow

I wish I knew the reason for this life's quest
But you know all lifetimes, that much I know
And each step that I take is a cause and effect
And of journeys you planned a long time ago.


May your journey with your soul in this life be sublime.


The Jigsaw Pieces of my journey so far

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56 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Suzy. Love the poems! :)

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    1. Thanks Tanya. Glad you liked my poems and thank you for visiting.

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  2. Journeys are never easy, never go as planned. Thank God He knows what is going on. Over here from the A to Z.

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    1. Thanks Susan. You are so right, journeys never go as planned. Going with the flow is my favourite way to go. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. I loved your poems Suzy...they are so poignant!

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    1. Thanks Vinodini. Glad you liked them.

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  4. The way you calmly and confidently welcome your soul on your journey is so loving, Suzy. Both poems are a firm testament to that. The way you've analysed the meaning behind it as a concept is truly a pleasure to read.

    Shailaja @Doting Mom

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    1. Thanks Shailaja. So glad you liked my poems and enjoyed reading my concepts. My life has become a whole lot easier in surrendering to my soul.

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  5. "And each step that I take is a cause and effect, And of journeys you planned a long time ago", so so true. Only He knows what's happening and what's best for us!! Beautiful thoughts, Suzy :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Yes best way is to let go and let God.

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  6. Suzy you have beautifully explained the journey of the body and soul and how the two are complimentary to each other. Loved the poems.

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    1. Thanks Usha. Glad you liked my prose and poetry. Means a lot to me.

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  7. Bful poems Suzy - loved the lines - The mirror of my soul my moments reflect
    Not just of this life but of sojourns in time!

    I loved the write up. I too believe soul and phy body are different

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    1. Thanks Afshan. Glad you liked my poems and agree with my concept of body and soul.

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  8. Lovely poems. The last four lines of the second poem are especially beautiful and full of such calm wisdom. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your inner journey.

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  9. Very pretty poems Suzy, missed your blogs for 2-3 days as I was held up!! :)

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  10. Your philosophy is simply narrated ! Loved the post !

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    1. Thanks Vasudha. Glad you liked my post.

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  11. So true...a soul and the power of Almighty God...!

    S for Safe-Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. Thanks Naba. You said it all in one sentence <3

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  12. boy... I wanted to select and state which poem I liked better but both are equally good. Still, Im gonna go with the second one.. parts of it mirror my state of mind more accurately.

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    1. Thanks Roshan. Glad you liked them both.

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  13. Awesome post Suzy! The soul-body connection, I understand at a more intellectual level than at a spiritual level. I have a really really long way to experience that at the highest level possible. Thanks for this post.

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    1. Thanks Prathima. I too started with a more intellectual understanding, but that eventually led to my spiritual understanding. Glad you liked my post.

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  14. Love your poetry and your explanation of body and soul. ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Glad you liked both.

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  15. What an inspiring post for this time of the morning.. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Kung Phoo. Glad you found my post inspiring. Thanks for dropping by.

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  16. Both the poems are so beautiful. I believe in the eternal nature of the soul, and in the fact that we are given this physical body so as to be able to understand our souls better.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. Glad you liked my poems. Love your summary of the body - soul relationship.

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  17. Divine post on the soul and the self. It made me feel at peace reading this one and love both soul-stirring poems, Suzy. They are beautiful and inspiring:)

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    1. Thanks Vishal.Glad you liked my post and poems and found them inspiring. Makes my writing worthwhile.

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  18. Great post, and wonderful poems! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Marya. Glad you liked them both. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  19. Lovely poems and a even better post Suzy! I simply loved it! :D

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  20. Though I do not agree with your ideas on the soul, I did like your poems, especially this line from your second: "I can't get away from myself by moving from one place to another." So true! We have to live with ourselves, no matter what. Why not live so that you have no regrets?

    God bless you and may you continue your poetry. I'm in awe of a poet!

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    1. Thanks Jerralea. It's our diversity and our different thoughts that keep feeding our minds and knowledge. Glad you liked my poems. Thanks for dropping by.

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  21. I like your poem "Running With Me." Such a lovely point--how wherever we go, there we are.

    Carey from abundance in the boondocks

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  23. Beautiful post Suzy. Lovely poems too. Yes I too believe that we build our relationship with the Divine through our soul.

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    1. Thanks Geeta. Glad you liked my post and poems and agree with my philosophy.

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  24. Beautiful, Suzy! :) I loved how you mentioned the terrible things that occur, and how the more God-like soul isn't responsible. In the Book of Mormon (if you don't mind me sharing), there's a scripture about what we call the 'Natural Man' - the more mortal, physical part of our existence. You might agree with it. :)
    Mosiah 3:19
    "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."
    Which tells us that we must give up the awful things of the world, and embrace the Divine and the goodness. <3
    Thanks for the lovely post!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie for sharing your thoughts. So agree that we should embrace the Divine and the goodness.

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  25. Loved starting my day with your poems Suzy - really beautiful... Had to read them twice - and then look out on the sunrise ... Ahhh - Thanks dear:-)

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  26. Beautifully expressed through poems. Yeah, the physical self and the spiritual self are both different...yet, with the help of spiritual self we can control the physical one.

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    1. Thanks Janu. You summarised it beautifully.

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  27. So lovely Suzy! Both poems so reflective and wise! Your journey and the quest to understanding the soul - body coexistence will stay with me...Love :)

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  28. Such beautiful and reflective poems, Suzy. I enjoyed reading your ideas about the physical body and soul being separate entities. Very thought provoking. I'd never thought about it like that. You always give me something to ponder and think about.

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