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Day 18 — Spirit: Return

Yesterday I finished with, "My continued spiritual development proved to me that I had found my buried treasure back home. It also showed me that I had touched the Soul of the World." What did I really mean by this?

Spiritual Unity

The Soul of the World represents spiritual unity. It creates a Personal Legend for everyone. To accomplish mine I must tap into the Soul of the World. According to this view I am part of a single spirit and everyone is interconnected. In finding my buried treasure back home I had discovered that I was part of this spiritual unity and as such I was the source of everything. In touching the Soul of the World I had become one with it.

This can all seem a bit esoteric as it did to me for a time. Once I saw that these concepts are simply metaphors for something intangible I was able to see a lot deeper.

For me the Soul of the World represents what Deepak Chopra calls the field of infinite possibilities or pure potential. It is the source of energy that my own soul came from and will return to. I tend to call it the Source or the Universe.

In simple terms I came to understand that my soul, or spiritual nature, is an offshoot of a universal source of spiritual energy. When the time came for me to be born into my physical body I connected with what my purpose was in doing this by choosing the time, place and family of my birth. At the time of my birth I lost awareness of this purpose so that I could fully grow and integrate as a man. Inside though is a lingering memory of what I am here for.

My journey here on earth is to re-connect with that purpose and carry it out. I believe, though, that it is not necessary for me to consciously articulate what that purpose is because it will naturally be underneath all that I do. This means that what I have been doing all along is intimately connected with my reason for being here.

That reason is my Personal Legend, using the language of The Alchemist. In writing this piece and this series I am fulfilling my Legend. In working as a lighting designer I was fulfilling my legend. My return to myself was simply my realisation that I was already fulfilling my Legend. I no longer needed to seek not because I discovered what I was seeking but because I was there already.

A Deeper Sense

The details of what I believe I am here for I will illuminate later in this look at my spiritual heart but for now I want to focus on the importance of this understanding of my journey here on earth.

In my years of seeking I had a feeling that my life was about more than just living in the period from birth to death. Yes, I wanted to feel that I was important. Yes, I wanted to feel that I was not just a biological accident. It was deeper than that. There was that hint of something already there, something that came with me.

To connect with that deeper sense I needed to read the signs that were put in my path by Source. My initial task was to become aware of these signs, to see what was in front of me daily. It was then important for me to accept their existence and what they meant. Finally I needed to develop a way of living that was an authentic representation of what the signs intended.

The book, The Alchemist, was a sign. My meeting with Connie Schottky was a sign. My work with and about men is my way of setting up signs for others to follow. My journey continues.