More about Soul, Spirit and the Empty Space.
- Soul is what you are.
- Spirit is Soul in motion.
- Empty space is the reflection of your life.
Is spirit the same thing as soul?
No. While spirit is soul in motion… one could make the mistake to think the two are the same thing. This link between spirit and soul is one of the reasons the term spirit and soul are used so interchangeably. They are separate but interconnected in life. Much in the same way the tide is not water, but gravity’s dancing movement between the earth and the moon. Where the water is caught up in the motion of the tide to reveal its existence.
This is important due to the nature of our empty space. Lets define the nature of “empty space”. Taoists will often describe empty space in relative terms. Because it’s uniquely defined for each person… as the meaning of our very life. However, this definition leaves people wanting for more. Since most people struggle for a fulfilling meaning for their life.
From a practical point of view: Empty space is defined by how we try to embrace it. This gives empty space a surprising definition:
Empty space fulfills us with the connections to the larger world we stash within it.
We hold within the empty space all the connections to the universe we hold dear.
This truth helps give surprising insights for each person on how they connect and maintain their relationships.
So back to soul and spirit.
Soul defines the shape of our life: in that space: it creates a “empty space” a bowl within which we capture the essence of connections to the larger universe. Just as a bowl holds water, our soul holds everyone and thing we hold dear to our life.
Now this is the tricky part. Our shape is more than a static form: It’s also the shape that gets carved out by our soul moving in our life: Our spirit!
When our soul moves with life.. expressed as our spirit: it also creates a larger shape, which also in turn creates a larger empty space: within which we can hold even more connections to the larger universe.
This is why spirit is very important as it helps a person expand to reach out and experience ever more life.
The Practical Meaning of This Discussion
The movement of our life is important as it helps add shape/form to our nature. So learn how to dance with life: enjoy the very movement of our existence since it’s fulfilling to our very meaning in how we reach out and connect to the surrounding world.
It’s not about doing the most, the best or following the path of others… it’s simply a question of living, stumbling, recovering and moving on with grace, that is potential. It’s never too late to act gracefully. To do so has surprisingly amazing results in reflection to how one will feel and then be able move ahead in their life.
When helping others, I assist a person to live: to the heart of their nature.
What does this mean?
The answer literally varies from person to person. The Taoist practice I teach shifts with each person to uniquely but fully find answers that center their life. I often like to start with a simple question:
“If you had to take an animal, a force of nature, and a mythical reference:”
How would you write a sentence to describe yourself?”
As an example many years ago I answered:
“A breeze wrapped around a dragon who is a cat sleeping in the sun.”
It’s usually best to answer this question two times.
- First in terms of where you are now, what you feel like you are now.
- The second time I would like you to answer in terms of your dreams, where you envision or would like to be.
It’s a helpful question to reveal a person’s inner nature and to where it flows.
I hope you enjoy answering it for yourself. You are welcomed to share answers here. It’s in sharing the heart does open up to grow more fully.