The soul, beyond the temporary limits of the physical world, such as space and time, is so powerfully free we can scarcely imagine its full potential. Yet we should thoughtfully investigate it, for the soul is here with us now, and there is no reason to wait until this life is over to learn to use it.
I believe the soul, a conscious energy, must have senses. Otherwise all the soul could ever experience would be its own conscious thoughts. In my cosmology such a disconnected existence, stuck in one’s mind and blind to all else, would be a hellish waste. Since I believe the nature of all things is ultimately connected in relationships and oneness (although through complementary duality I do not deny the appearance and value of “self” and “other”), I must conclude that the soul can sense phenomena beyond its own thoughts.
But what might these senses be?
Certainly it cannot be impossible to discover at least some of these soul senses, because the soul is here with you right now and I believe it contains its full capacity even while we inhabit physical bodies. In other words, nothing is stopping you from putting your soul’s powers and senses to use now. In fact, I think it is crucial that we learn to use them now.
With such mysterious potential at our fingertips it is easy to be overwhelmed or doubtful. Where does one even begin in one’s quest to understand the soul?
I suggest that one first gets into the right frame of mind for connecting to the soul and spiritual energies. I have described this technique before, here, but now I will describe it a little differently. Getting in touch with the soul and spirit requires some quieting of the physical world. The trouble with all senses, both spiritual and physical, is how easily desensitized we become to them. By wanting more experiences or stronger experiences, we lose the ability to sense other, more subtle experiences. So we need to be focused and quiet to better sense what energies the soul offers, at least until we get to know them better.
Visualize yourself gently letting go of the physical world and all the entropic complications that come with it. Feel all life’s problems and concerns, whether large or small, flowing out of you like a river from your feet. You can let this energy go into the ground if you wish, or just imagine it flowing out of you. Then, before too long (because you might actually start to feel drained by releasing this energy), start to draw the pure energy of potential and possibility and creation from the universe. Draw this energy down through the top of your head and feel its flow into your body. Focus on what you’re doing: letting go of entropy and human drama, and drawing in the essential, free energy of potential.
Try to physically or spiritually feel the energy flowing in and out of your body. I believe this state is one closely mirroring what the freed soul itself experiences.
This technique only needs a moment of your time and focus in order to have an effect and feel some benefit. With practice it can feel incredibly vivid and powerful.
Now that you are in a better state of mind, consider this. How would you, as a soul beyond the physical world (such as after the body dies), decide what you wanted to do and experience? All the power and potential of the soul is here at your disposal right now. What do you want to do with it?
What would you want to do if there were no limits to your existence? If you can imagine what you might do as a soul, freed from the body, you can imagine a greater mission for your physical life. As the true desires of the soul should easily find some expression in the physical world, no matter what they are.
What are the true desires of your heart and soul?