AS a question, it’s usually more of a statement, a greeting.
And the answer it receives is rarely of much value either.
“How are you?” asks one of our friends. “Yeah, ok, thanks,” comes the reflex answer before we have even had chance to consider our response.
Yet the more honest answer would be even less informative.
“Don’t know,” would be, for almost all of us, our most accurate reply.
A few years ago I was chatting to a lovely woman living with terminal cancer.
She gave a relatively upbeat reply to my question but, for some reason, I added a fair bit more. “I know you are extremely well, never been better,” I said.
That would have been inappropriate, even rude, if she hadn’t known what I was really referring to.
For, whilst most of us think about our physical health and circumstances in this material world when assessing how we are, that’s not the real us.
Nor are our feelings, the wealth or lack of it in our bank account, or our emotional response to a particular day.
The real us is detached from all of our daily events. The real us is our soul.
So how is your soul today? In all honesty, you may not be able to give me an answer and I’m just as out of touch.
For very few of us takes the time to communicate with our inner self.
What a shame because we are the ones who are missing out.
Our soul was created as perfect and what has been created can’t be uncreated.
When we take time away from the demands of this noisy world and quieten our internal chatter, we make an amazing discovery.
For, however crazy our physical lives may be at any one time, we have an inner base that remains serene and happy.
Meditation brings us in touch with reality. It strips away the division and loneliness of this world and unites us with the universe.
We and creation are one. We are timeless, limitless and free of the cares of this unpredictable existence.
I would liken it to watching a film. You go to the cinema and watch images and voices on the big screen. What is happening there is not your life or your experience but for the couple of hours you are sat in that seat, it certainly appears to be. You don’t need to have a simulator to put yourself in the place of the characters in the film. Indeed that’s the very reason you are there in the first place.
You may well relive some of the emotions you have just gone through on your way home and later that night.
But, in truth, none of those events really happened,
And so it is with our physical experience. Everything we go through, good or bad, seems entirely real at the time. We make enormous emotional investments in our loved ones, our friends, even our sporting teams. Yet none of it, ultimately, defines us.
The second we are separated from our physical bodies and our spirit experiences the freedom we have always had but never realised – it’s a game changer.
Yes, it may take time to fully detach from the ‘movie’ life we have just gone through but we now have a far different perspective.
In this life, many believe we are physical beings with or without a spiritual element – but, infact, the reverse is true.
Our physical self is everything we are not – temporary, aging, prone to disease and pain. Our spiritual self, or soul, is permanent, timeless and detached from the wares and tears of this world.
We can choose to wait, perhaps hope, that what I have written here is true or we can turn within and begin to experience that truth within the confines of the physical here and now.
Our bodies are imperfect, the circumstances in our lives are only fleetingly, if ever, ideal.
But we, in effect, are experiencing a virtual reality journey. Like the film goer we can either take the events we have seen on life’s screen and chew them over incessantly or we can start to put them into perspective and detach ourselves from them.
Then the things we think are important become much less so. And what remains is pure love.
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