Soul, Spirit, Essence
If you’ve ever wondered what the terms soul, spirit or essence mean, you are not alone. These concepts have been sending people on spiritual journeys of discovery throughout human history trying to understand the true meaning of notions that seem to defy definition yet they also seem to refer directly to us. We sense they are important and extraordinary in fact, but struggle with how they relate to us on a personal level. It’s a little like trying to relate to a cloud or to the wind. We know it’s there and can be extremely powerful, but it seems out of our mental reach.
To fully grasp the true meaning does take a bit of unfolding or unwrapping the layers of understanding from one discovery to the next. But that does not mean you have to spend years and years trying to figure it out. It’s really more about simply turning your attention toward it and meditation holds the key to seeing that door and beginning to unlock it.
If you are truly curious, you need only take a moment to look past your activities how ever you are engaged physically, intellectually or emotionally and recognize that you as the one who is observing is steady, unchanging and complete. The world constantly pulls you and your attention in every direction creating uncertainty and a sense that something is missing or lacking. When, in fact the one who is observing is already complete, ever present and fully aware. When you are pulled in different directions it can be difficult to see that. Yet, the constant changes happening all around you are not something you need to get caught up in because you (your soul, spirit or essence) are already steady and abiding, unchanging and complete.
When you recognize that, you can always take a step back and reside in that ever present being who has the capacity to just be there free from all the challenges and limitations even as everything else changes.