Monday, 18 April 2016

The Soul ~

Freydoon Rassouli
The soul in many religions, philosophical and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal and immortal essence of a living being. According to Abrahamic religions, only human beings have immortal souls. For example, the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas attributed "soul" (anima) to all organisms but argued that only human souls are immortal. Other religions (most notably Hinduism and Jainism) teach that all biological organisms have souls while some teach that even non-biological entities (such as rivers and mountains) possess souls. This latter belief is called animism.

Personally, I believe the soul can be simply termed as the 'magic' that lives within us all. :o) 
Anima mundi is the concept of a "world soul" connecting all living organisms on the planet.
Freydoon Rassouli
Eugenia Loli
Twin Flame ~
Throughout the course of your life, you may have had unusual or powerful dreams, visions, or fantasies of a mysterious person. You get a particular feeling and the energy of the individual feels familiar as if it is someone you have already met in the past or someone you will meet in some unknown future. You have a vague feeling that this person is real even if you can not see a face or invent their physical appearance in your mind. You have a feeling as if this person is 'out there somewhere' and may even know who you are on the same level.

There may be an unusual synchronicity or event that surround the initial meeting between first flames. Often you have a feeling or 'knowing' of something that you just can't quite put into words. Twinflames often encounter each other for the first time in an unexpected way out of the blue and usually there are synchronicities and strange occurrences or major shifts in energy the same week of the initial meeting.
Most twin flame couples are physically at a distance or live in different countries. Often there is something that prevents the twin flames from being physically together in the beginning. This is usually because there is much energetic work to be done on the mental and emotional levels before the physical meeting can occur. If the physical meeting were to occur too soon the energy can often be too intense.

The relationship is immediate, as though no time had been lost since you were last together. You feel comfortable with them and you feel you can truly be yourself with them. Sometimes conversations can seem to last forever and there is not much that twin flames are not willing to talk about. It's as if you could share your entire life with this person and there is a level of openness and understanding between you that brings a comfortable yet intriguing sense of familiarity.

You feel an overwhelming sense of love and attraction. This love is genuine and heartfelt and you feel magnetically drawn to their energy. This is not to be confused with lust or an obsessive love. Twin flame love is unconditional and transcends the ego. 

Twin flames, also called twin souls, are literally the other half of our soul. We each have only one twin, and generally after being split the two went their separate ways, incarnating over and over to gather human experience before coming back together. Ideally, this happens in both of their last lifetimes on the planet so they can ascend together. So you probably haven't had many lifetimes with your twin.
Each twin is a complete soul, not half a soul. It is their task to become more whole, balancing their female and male sides, and ideally become enlightened, before reuniting with their twin. This reunion is of two complete and whole beings. All other relationships through all our lives could be said to be "practice" for the twin, the ultimate relationship.
Meeting, you feel a sense of completion that goes beyond words. Wholeness on a soul level that is beyond the physical. Each twin flame is still an individual and is not 'the other half of your soul' as if you are complete now that you have found them. It is a meeting an energetic mirror of your own soul. You share a vibration and resonate with them. ~ I call this the 'soul song' in book two. ;o) 
Soul Mate ~
Soulmates are our soul family, the ones we do have many lifetimes and experiences with, who help us grow and evolve, create and dissipate karma. According to ancient wisdom, when the soul is "born" or descended from Source, it is created in a group. The souls in this group are our soulmates, ones who are very like us in frequency makeup. Then each of these souls is split into two, creating the twins.
A soulmate is someone you are close to at a soul level, and with whom you have had many shared experiences in different lifetimes, in various kinds of relationships -- siblings, parent-child, best friend, as well as romantic relationships. There is a deep love for each other, and a spiritual bond that sets them apart from the superficiality of most other people in your life. Conversations are generally deep, about personal growth and service to make the world a better place. We can have many soulmates in our lives, and they come to us to help us grow spiritually. More Here 
Naked of Form
The Modern English word "soul", derived from Old English sáwol, sáwel, was first attested in the 8th-century poem Beowulf v. 2820 and in the Vespasian Psalter 77.50. It is cognate with other German and Baltic terms for the same idea, including Gothic saiwala, Old High German sêula, sêla, Old Saxon sêola, Old Low Franconian sêla, sîla, Old Norse sála and Lithuanian siela. Further etymology of the Germanic word is uncertain. The original concept is meant to be 'coming from or belonging to the sea/lake', because of the German belief in souls being born out of and returning to sacred lakes, Old Saxon sêola (soul) compared to Old Saxon sêo (sea).
In form ~ Odilon Redon
The Koine Greek word ψυχή psychē, "life, spirit, consciousness", is derived from a verb meaning "to cool, to blow", and hence refers to the breath, as opposed to σῶμα ("soma"), meaning "body". Psychē occurs juxtaposed to σῶμα.

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: 
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body."

In the Septuagint (LXX), ψυχή translates Hebrew נפש nephesh, meaning "life, vital breath", and specifically refers to a mortal, physical life, but is in English variously translated as "soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion"; an example can be found in Genesis 1:20.
Transformation ~ Kassandra Vizerskaya.
Freydoon Rassouli
The Ancient Greeks used the word "alive" for the concept of being "ensouled", indicating that the earliest surviving western philosophical view believed that the soul was that which gave the body life. The soul was considered the incorporeal or spiritual "breath" that animates (from the Latin, anima, cf. "animal") the living organism.

Francis M. Cornford quotes Pindar in saying that the soul sleeps while the limbs are active, but when one is sleeping, the soul is active and reveals "an award of joy or sorrow drawing near" in dreams.
Freydoon Rassouli 
Drawing on the words of his teacher Socrates, Plato considered the psyche to be the essence of a person, being that which decides how we behave. He considered this essence to be an incorporeal, eternal occupant of our being. Socrates says that even after death, the soul exists and is able to think. He believed that as bodies die, the soul is continually reborn in subsequent bodies and Plato believed this as well, however, he thought that only one part of the soul was immortal (logos). Aristotle's discussion of the soul is in his work, De Anima (On the Soul).
Cathrine Langwagen.
Augustine, one of western Christianity's most influential early Christian thinkers, described the soul as "a special substance, endowed with reason, adapted to rule the body". 
The 'origin of the soul' has provided a vexing question in Christianity. the major theories put forward include soul creationism, traducianism, and pre-existence. According to creationism, each individual soul is created directly by God, either at the moment of conception or some later time. According to traducianism, the soul comes from the parents by natural generation. According to the preexistence theory, the soul exists before the moment of conception. There have been differing thoughts.
David Joaquin.
In Hinduism, the Sanskrit words most closely corresponding to soul are jiva, Ātman and "Purusha", meaning the individual self. The term "soul" is misleading as it implies an object possessed, whereas self-signifies the subject which perceives all objects. This self is held to be distinct from the various mental faculties such as desires, thinking, understanding, reasoning and self-image (ego), all of which are considered to be part of Prakriti (nature).
The atman becomes involved in the process of becoming and transmigrating through cycles of birth and death because of ignorance of its own true nature. The spiritual path consists of self-realization – a process in which one acquires the knowledge of the self (brahma-jñanam) and through this knowledge applied through meditation and realization one then returns to the Source which is Brahman.
"For the atman, there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever – existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain". [Translation by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada).
When the Atma becomes embodied it is called birth when the Aatma leaves a body it is called death. The Aatma transmigrates from one body to another body based on karmic [performed deeds] reactions.
In Hinduism, the Sanskrit word most closely corresponding to the soul is Atma, which can mean soul or even God. It is seen as the portion of Brahman within us. 
Freydoon Rassouli.
Daisy Lee
The flower itself unfolds worlds of deeper meaning. From stem, petal, leaves, color, stamen and pistol, there is so much to consider in the deeper realms of flower meanings. Take the time to contemplate the various nuances of "flower-power" in a symbolic perspective. You'll be delighted at every turn.

Since antiquity, flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. Flowers accompany us in every major event in life--birth, marriage, holidays, graduations, illness, and finally death. Flowers have been grown in decorative gardens and used as an adornment for centuries on virtually every continent on earth. 
Over the ages, humans have devised symbolic languages of flowers, which became popularized in the Victorian era. In the 1600's, Lady Mary Wortley was pivotal in bringing flowers and meanings to the public attention. Prior to her research and observations, the symbolism of flowers was quite esoteric. In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. 

Floral symbolism varies according to the type of flower, how it is arranged, how many flowers in the arrangements, and combinations of flowers. Effectually, a floral bouquet as a gift could have endless symbolic meanings. Only someone savvy in the language of flowers and meanings would be able to crack the secret code.

Further, the Victorian era wasn't the only phase of intense floral discovery. Deeper meanings of flowers were used and interpreted by:
Native American Indians
Ancient Egyptians
Ancient Greeks
Ancient Celts
...and many more cultures around the world have their own specialized flower-language. HERE HERE
Finding the right flower to give to someone your love is an art. 
Luli Sanchez.
Transmigration of a soul - Metempsychosis is a philosophical term in the Greek language referring to transmigration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death. Generally, the term is only used within the context of Ancient Greek philosophy but has also been used by modern philosophers. Another term sometimes used synonymously is palingenesia. It is unclear how the doctrine of metempsychosis arose in Greece. The Orphic religion, which held it, first appeared in Thrace. 
Orpheus, its legendary founder, is said to have taught that soul and body are united by a compact unequally binding on either; the soul is divine, immortal and aspires to freedom while the body holds it a prisoner (not released until death). More HERE
Stasia Burrington.
In a dream, I saw an ethereal purple flower ~ it was  the source of everything. (Moi)
Enna, a character for a book I've yet to write called 'The Butterfly Bridge', traveled through water and white sands, her journey takes her into the universe where a beautiful, translucent, magical flower exists. It was quite a moving experience, and where my idea for the title 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers' and 'Calageata' derived. An ethereal flower/place ~ containing the karma of all life/souls. 
I've written a short creation story which includes the Sindria, the first beings of light born from the source. 
Lonely in Your Nightmare by Silvia C via DevianArt
Calageata (Swan-gate) ~ An otherworldly place for Sindria (care-keepers of souls).
Flower of Vororbla ~ Flower of karma. (Voror Flower)
Mists of Calageata (from the flowers) represent our forgetting in timelessness. In sleep during soul transition stages.
I love the tempo and lyrics in this song by Mree. It's how I see two souls (twin flames) joining, and it was perfect to listen to as writing a certain visualization in book one. It's not about perfection of the body (material form) but uniting of souls that have been separated for an extremely long time. Words spoken by the eyes are not comparable to the voice. It could be called 'insta love', but in truth, it is ancient love and far from instant, intangible to many, especially when not yet soul ready to meet their twin. ;o) 

I'm not a religious person, but I do consider myself spiritual, though not in a heavy way, and by that I mean, my daily life is not filled with incense and meditation, not that there's anything wrong with that. ;o) I live, when able, in my mind, writing, researching, and creating art, that is, to me, a form of meditation - detaching from a systematic world and the surrounding city stresses. I believe that our creative muse connects to 'the source' becoming a form through which we can share experiences, dreams, and knowledge. People rarely show their inner selves, but through creativity, we can easily express/investigate parts that otherwise would remain hidden.
More research behind the spiritual/scientific concepts for the story can be found HERE
It has been quite the challenge to use these areas in a very subtle way so not to overload the story with information or get too deep into the psychology of life and death/soul and matter/form. A love story was the perfect way to explore these ideas. Helps that I'm a hopeless romantic, too. It's the reason that I write using fantasy and reality creating a blend of truth and myth. It is up to the reader to decide what is possible, or not. The layers within the story are concepts that go beyond tangible/literal thinking, so I don't expect everybody to connect to certain elements used in the book, but I've applied them as gently as possible, and I promise all is relevant to the bigger tale. :o) 
What does the soul mean to you?

love and light,


Sarah Owen said...

Hi Trace,

What an absolutely beautiful piece of writing you've done here. <3

I believe all creatures in this world have a soul. If it's the soul that makes all humans different, I think animals have a soul too because each individual animal has a different character. (I've had three cats and they've all had different traits.)

I hadn't heard about dreaming of your twin flame before and it's really weird to me that you should write this because as I read it I kind of recognised the idea ~ I've had dreams where there's a person present I've never met. I can't always tell if it's the same person but I feel like I know them really well and really love them. So it's amazing that you've written about this. Thank you.

By the way, I'm also interested in flower symbolism.

love and hugs,
Sarah xx (((<3)))

Tracey-anne McCartney said...

Hiya lovely,
Sorry for the late reply. Life has been manic. Checking in when can.

Completely agree. Consciousness, being aware of self, is all soul energy. Animals defo included. I swear my fur baby, Geezer, thinks he's human. ;o)
I think the main question that has intrigued me is ~ What is the soul? It would be one of the first questions any skeptic would ask. :o) What are your thoughts?
I look at the soul as energy, an invisible personal vibration of sorts. No-one can grasp/prove its existence because it isn't meant to be experienced on a material level. But saying that, the things we call instincts, insta love, muse, etc can all be felt. At times, especially when actively creative, I get filled with an incredible bliss...It's beautiful when that happens, a state of mind which came about from trusting the energy, the heart, and letting the mind soar. The great thing is, we all have this magic inside us. Does that make sense?

Maybe the hardest part is trying to figure out what to do with that magic when we've found it? How can we express it? Share with others. Do we have the skills, the confidence? I think the bravest thing we can do is put thoughts out there. It can be a harsh world for us delicate souls. ;o) Is that what urged you to write? To create?

Oh, wow, that's so cool, Sarah. Yes, I do believe in a connection while sleeping ~ the mind is the souls computer. I read somewhere that scientifically, everyone we see when dreaming we have seen when awake. Little snapshots saved in the subconscious. It's really interesting to cross reference the spiritual with science/logic.

Tee hee...pleasure. Have you tried flower essences/making them? I love the idea of vibrational medicine, including colour healing. Moon, sun water, and dew. Reading about Bach is quite interesting. Aroma is quite a magical thing.

What are your favourite blooms?

I've read quite a few books on alternative medicine, etc, and even took a few classes in ~ Indian head massage, aromatherapy and massage ~ to quench the thirst for knowledge but mainly to gain a little experience. It was fun, but the aromatherapy got too technical and scared me away, lol.
The Indian head massage course was amazing. I went with my daughter. It's quite funny because she isn't interested in spirituality at all, but she experienced a sensation while aligning the chakras (this is done prior to working on clients so that your vibration is balanced) which shook her a little. It was then that she revealed to me a memory of being extremely young at her nan's house. She was asleep, but floating down the stairs, fully aware that it wasn't a dream. She recalled everything about the house correctly and when doing the chakra exercise got the same feeling, which shut her down because of fear - I was stunned. I said to her, 'that's astral projection'. We ended up laughing and brushing the whole thing off, but it's a moment that's stayed with me. A glimpse into my daughters spiritual side, even if she doesn't believe. I completely understand that it can be a scary thing to let go, surrender yourself to something which feels beyond your control. I've not experienced anything like astral projection, have you, Sarah?

Tracey-anne McCartney said...


Oh, have you seen the vibrational patterns of Cymatics ~ A demonstration of sand forming cymatic patterns on a metal plate. Quite amazing, and relates to Dr.Emoto's snowflake patterns. Everything is connected, we just don't fully understand it's relation to us and the universe, yet. ;o) My mind loves absorbing this stuff, and I feel that we can possibly learn to heal ourselves, as we are held together by vibration, too. Cells change, if they can change, wouldn't it be (logically) possible to change them back to original form? Renew, maybe by vibration? Food for thought.

In book two, I incorporate a little of these ideas, but not too much. That's the great thing about writing Fantasy/Magical Realism isn't it? The mind can play with all the areas that you find interesting. Blend them into a new world from your perspective. Tah-dah...A book is born. ;o)

Link to Cymatics at play ~

Gosh, sorry, long reply. Lol. See, these topics ignite the imagination, I get carried away. ;o)

Hugs 'n' much love,
Trace xoxo
((( <3 )))