Archive for July, 2010

The ancient legends shedding light on the unborn soul tell us that we already know where we came from and where we are going. The part of us that always remembers, that always lives in close proximity to God, is called the “secret soul” in the Sufi tradition. What we seek is within us, as the sacred traditions also affirm. Our remembrance of this would fundamentally change us and transform all our relationships into relationships of authenticity, respect, and compassion.

The great mystic poets knew, ultimately, that remembrance links us to the spirit we all possess, which links us to each other, as well. Rumi puts it this way:

“What I tell about “me” I tell about you

The walls between us long ago burned down

This voice seizing me is your voice

Burning to speak to us of us.”

Walt Whitman says:

“I celebrate myself;

And what I assume you shall assume;

For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.”

The practice of remembrance leads us from the depths of ourselves to the heart of our deeper connection with others. Remembering our true origin, identity, and destiny leads us ultimately to the service of humanity, through our own deeds and actions that benefit others.

A 36th way to review your life story – What secrets does your soul have to tell you? What is already within you that might lead you beyond yourself? How could remembering what is within you transform the relationships you already have and even those you don’t yet know you have? Reflect and meditate on these questions, asking your soul what it knows about the walls between us that are not really there, about the voice that is the voice of all of us, that burns to speak to us of us. How does every atom that belongs to you also belong to everyone? If you would like to, share this story that your soul tells you with us all here.

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Transcendence and remembrance are two halves of a whole process. Remembrance, the conscious effort of reflecting on and listening to our thoughts, in prayer or meditation, helps us to achieve transcendence. Transcendence helps us remember more of what we once knew, as unborn souls having come from an eternal realm. As a regular practice, remembrance can help us become and remain conscious of who we are as spiritual beings, how we see ourselves in the world, and how everyday events and circumstances affect and influence us. Consciousness is a unique characteristic of the self, and is the key to both transcendence and remembrance.

As souls born into physical bodies, we may be meant to go beyond what is not only most familiar to us, but to seek that which we truly are, at our inner most essence. And this process has been a very long time in the works, matter transcending into mind, and the powers of the mind transcending to a consciousness of spirit. Just imagine what else might be possible as we continue to add more and more levels of consciousness to our transcendent nature.

A 35th way to review your life story – As a way of remembering more of what you once knew, try to listen to your thoughts in a way you may not have done before. Try to reflect deeply not just on the events themselves, but on the feelings or emotions they evoke. Pick out a specific experience, incidence, circumstance, or situation from your life, and in meditation on it, see if you can take yourself beyond what is most familiar to you about that particular situation by looking at it from the perspective of the soul, the part of you that is on an eternal journey, so that you enter into a new realm of consciousness about it. How does this focused practice of reflective, meditative remembrance expand your consciousness of who you are as a spiritual being? After you’ve had enough time to reflect on this new consciousness of a moment in your life, tell the story of your deeper remembrance and transcendence, and share it here for others to enjoy, as well.

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