1. THE GREAT WEB OF LIFE
2.THE TEACHING OF KABBALAH
Healing the Soul
through reconnecting Body, Soul and Spirit
The living spirit
grows and even outgrows its earlier forms of expression; it freely
chooses the men and women in whom it lives and who proclaim it.
This living spirit is eternally renewed and pursues its goal in
manifold and inconceivable ways throughout the history of mankind.
Measured against it, the names and forms which men have given it
mean little enough; they are only the changing leaves and blossoms
on the stem of the eternal tree.
C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
Healing is wholeness. To be healed and
whole we need to reconnect body, soul and spirit through:
1. Awareness of the Presence of Soul/Spirit
in and as all that is.
2. Developing a conscious relationship
with and respect for the complex web of life we are part of.
3. Bringing together spirit and nature,
thinking and feeling, mind and soul, the masculine and feminine aspects
of our being.
4. Understanding the instincts and caring
for the body with its miraculous integrated processes.
to recap: this Course is about:
Recovering the lost feminine dimension of the divine.
Healing the split between spirit and nature.
Discovering that we have never been outside an ensouled universe, outside
a great Web of Being
Discovering that the soul is not only in us. We are in the soul. To
repeat what I said in seminar 1 about the soul:
The Soul is:
The Feminine Aspect of Spirit
The Vehicle of Spirit
The Containing Principle of the Universe
The Principle of Relationship, Connection and Participation
I suggested in seminar 1, there are two concepts of soul: one is the
personal soul, the core of our being, source of our deepest instinctive
feelings, hopes and longings. These feelings, hopes and longings will
connect us, if we allow them to, to the greater entity in whose life
each of us participates — an Entity, Being or Consciousness that is
the life of the universe, the life of our planet (what we call nature)
and every stone, plant and creature on it. It is this greater consciousness,
the ground of our own consciousness, this wider, inclusive concept of
soul that has been lost. The extent to which it has been lost is reflected
in this statement of a modern scientist: "I myself, like many scientists,
believe that the soul is imaginary and that what we call our mind is
simply a way of talking about our brains." (Francis Crick, Nobel prize
winner, one of discoverers of DNA)
has been imagined in Christian culture as something within our nature
- something that connects us to spirit and can act as a receptacle or
vessel of spirit. Spirit has been defined in male imagery as something
that is totally transcendent - outside or beyond us. But, as I hope
I have shown in seminar 2, the whole of life, visible and invisible
(in the image of the Great Mother) was once experienced as spirit -
as something inclusive and all-embracing to which we belonged, a greater
life or consciousness in whose Being we participated, something we were
connected to, and through it, to each other and to all aspects of life.
There was no essential barrier between what was outside us and what
was within. Outside and inside were part of cosmic life: one part visible
- the physical universe - and the other invisible, including our thoughts,
emotions and imagination. Today we have accepted the separation between
our inner life and the outer visible one of our environment, but this
separation is the creation of our own consciousness. Before this sense
of separation arose, we felt part of an invisible web of relationships
that was the hidden life of the universe - a sacred matrix or sea or
field of being. The role of the shaman, artist, poet or mystic was to
connect us with this great sea of being, this dimension of cosmic soul.
Even today, a modern artist has written, "Beneath our technological
civilization, there still flows the living river of human consciousness
within which is concentrated the life of the animals, plants, stars,
the earth and the sea, and the life of our ancestors, the flowing generations
of men and women: the sensitive and solitary ones, the secret inarticulate
longing before the mystery of life."
As I said in seminar
2 and 3, the religions of the last 2500 years – all formulated by men
– were, not unsurprisingly, focused on the masculine aspect of spirit
and neglected the feminine aspect of it. They excluded from the word
'spirit' nature, body and the material world. What was once imagined
as the Great Mother – all nature and her mystery – came to be seen as
separate from spirit and desacralised. (Giordano Bruno was burnt at
the stake in 1600 for refusing to deny that God was present in nature).
We need now to bring together body, soul and spirit so that life is
not so fragmented, so that we know ourselves in our wholeness, know
that our lives, our consciousness, our being and our body, are inseparable
from the life and consciousness and being of the universe.
The effects of the
loss of the feminine aspect of spirit on our civilisation are incalculable.
Instinctive knowledge of the holy unity of things, reverence for the
complexity and inter-relatedness of all aspects of life, trust in the
powers of the imagination and exercise of the faculty of intuition -
all this as a way of relating to life through participation rather than
through dominance and control, was gradually lost. Here and there, fragments
of the knowledge of how to live in participation with the life of the
universe survived and were treasured (Kogis, American Indians, Australian
Aborigines). During the phase of separation from nature, we lost the
vital sense of relationship and communion with an unseen presence that
was immanent in the physical world, animating the great organism of
the planet with all its mountains, rivers, springs, trees, plants and
Effects of the return of the feminine principle:
The return of the idea of cosmic soul or anima-mundi.
The recovery of a sense of relationship with nature.
The recovery of a sense of the sacred.
The recovery of the instinctive, feeling values that are so vitally important
for our connection with soul and spirit.
A better balance between thinking and feeling
Greater sensitivity to other people's needs and feelings in the field
of human relationships. A sense of global connection with others.
A greater respect for the body (see seminar 8).
we can now understand that the concept of soul embraces an immense web
or matrix of relationships which is concealed behind the veil of matter. But can we also understand soul to include visible
nature; the physical aspect or manifestation of life which arises out
of the invisible, out of what cannot be seen, rather like the stem of
a flower arises out of the depths of the soil or the stars emerge in
the night sky? We are directly connected to this unseen dimension through
our instincts, our feelings and our emotions. These have their origin
in this deeper dimension of soul and they connect us instinctively,
as a child is connected to its mother, to the matrix of the planetary
biosphere and the still greater matrix of cosmic relationships about
which as yet we know almost nothing. All this is the vehicle, the dwelling
place of spirit. This unity of seen and unseen is infused with the animating
energy of spirit which cannot be separated from any part of itself.
Nothing could come into manifestation withoutthe intermediary of soul.
Imagine the universe as a great Web of Life, a cosmic internet of incredibly
complex interdependent relationships and networks within networks; shining
filaments of light flowing like an unfathomable sea through the galaxies
and the starry fields of space as well as through our bodies and the
life of animals, plants, trees and landscape we see around us. The ancient
tradition of cosmic soul says that this invisible Web in which we are
embedded, this immeasurable Sea of Being is alive with consciousness
and that this consciousness longs for us to awaken to awareness of it
and to relationship with its "unutterable existence." The new physics
says that we are not split off from this Web of Life as separate entities;
we are part of it, continually interacting with it. Our molecules don't
just stop at our bodies' parameters - they flow into a wider field -
receiving and transmitting messages, information, consciousness. All
living systems are networks of smaller components, and the Web of Life
as a whole is a multi-layered structure of living systems nesting within
other living systems - networks within networks. "Nature's language
is a language of relationships." - (Gregory Bateson). Organisms are
aggregates of autonomous but closely coupled cells; populations are
networks of autonomous organisms belonging to a single species; and
ecosystems are webs of organisms, both single-celled and multi-cellular
belonging to many different species. (Fritjof Capra) The pattern of
organization within all these organisms is always a network pattern.
The capacity for self-organization exists within the pattern. i.e. the
oak grows from an acorn. We grow to our full capacity from our molecular
origins. This new concept of human consciousness draws together:
1. the interactions of the body systems
(unconscious to us)
2. perception through our five senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch,
3. emotions, feelings, instincts.
4. conceptual thinking and the ability to be aware of and explore both
an external and an internal world and to reflect on them.
5. language and communication with others.
6. the ability to imagine.
these different modes of perception whether at a conscious or unconscious
level connect us to our environment, both visible and invisible. Consciousness
is the very process of life. We are a minute excitation on the surface
of a great sea of being (the quantum vacuum). We exist in this sea of
being like a bird in the air or a fish in water. We see ourselves and
everything round us as solid matter but in fact we are a mass of vibrating
atoms that are interacting with all other atoms. The vast unknown dimension
in which we live communicates through instincts, feelings, emotions,
intuitions, thoughts and through our capacity to imagine. If we do not
pay attention to these, we can have no knowledge of this deeper level
of our life and there is no way that it can reach us. We cannot be enriched
and developed by a relationship with something greater than ourselves.
Cut off from soul, we become impoverished and diminished. In compensation
for the loss of the priceless treasure of a conscious relationship with
this Web of Life, we become possessed by the desire for ever more power
and control over life, driven to achieve goals which have nothing to
do with the quest for and discovery of the hidden treasure of relationship
with the ground of our being. The present time is demanding a total
re-assessment of our values, a breakthrough to a new kind of understanding.
are beginning to realise that we need to treat the earth and the millions
of different species on it with more respect, that we need to show more
concern for the delicate ecological balance of the biosphere, that we
are poisoning the earth, the seas and our own bodies with chemicals
and pesticides, that we are inviting our own destruction through our
continued aggression towards our environment and each other. Yet there
are billions of people who have little possibility of being aware of
these issues, who cannot or do not feel protective towards the earth,
the sea, the trees and animals.
of the duality in our thinking which came into being as we slowly separated
from nature, we tend to think in terms of spirit and soul, masculine
and feminine. I would like to go beyond this distinction (which exists
very strongly in Jungian thought) and draw them together into an integrated
whole or oneness, as the Taoist sages of China did (see under book The
Divine Feminine). We can study the history of the concepts of soul
and spirit as two separate "things" but we can also learn to imagine
and experience them as a single energy with two "faces". If one has
to make a distinction, soul seems to be the structure, the fabric, the
containing web of relationships which provides the 'matter' or matrix
for spirit to work on or through. Spirit is the dynamic energy which
manifests at different levels of organisation and rates of vibration,
producing different degrees of density and different "kinds" of matter
- galaxies, planets, humans, animals, plants, trees, rocks etc. Soul
is the matrix or subtle organisational field that holds everything together
and in relationship with everything else.
do not speak of God because they are working objectively as scientists
to prove the hypotheses which belong to their particular discipline.
But those who are working at the leading edge of physics have now realised
that they cannot separate the organising energy or process (spirit)
from the matrix or structure (soul) which acts as a transmitter of or
container for that energy. "the interdependence of process and structure
allows us to heal the split between mind and matter." (Capra, The
Web of Life) These can't really be separated; together they form
a single creative dynamic. So, it is ultimately impossible to separate
matter and soul from spirit.
has put this more clearly than Jesus in the gnostic gospel of Thomas:
Cleave a piece of wood, I am there; Lift up the stone and you will
find Me there.
kabbalist text says:
The essence of
divinity is found in every single thing - nothing but it exists. Since
it causes every thing to be, no thing can live by anything else. It
enlivens them; its existence exists in each existent. Do not attribute
duality to God. Let God be solely God. If you suppose that God emanates
until a certain point, and that from that point on is outside of it,
you have dualized. God forbid! Realise, rather, that God exists in each
existent. Do not say, 'This is a stone and not God.' God forbid! Rather,
all existence is God, and the stone is a thing pervaded by divinity.
2. THE TEACHING OF KABBALAH
I have found the teaching of Kabbalah
extrardinarily helpful in understanding our connection to unseen dimensions
of reality - dimensions that might be called The Great Web of Life.
I have therefore included this very brief description of it as part
of this course. In my view, Kabbalah explains better than any religious
teaching why, in Blake's words, 'Everything That Lives Is Holy'. I would
suggest that anyone interested in taking this further could read the
books by Warren Kenton and Gershom Scholem. One Kabbalist has described
Kabbalah as "a symbolic representation of the relationships believed
to exist between the most abstract Divinity and the most concrete humanity...a
family Tree linking God and Man together with Angels and other Beings
as a complete conscious creation." (William Grey, The Ladder
"Kabbalism is the inner and mystical aspect of Judaism. It is the Perennial
Teaching about the Attributes of the Divine, the nature of the universe
and the destiny of man." (Warren Kenton) It was imparted by revelation
to men who devoted their lives to contemplation. In the course of its
long history, it has had many rich and varied images of reality, expressed
according to the comprehension of the many individuals who studied it.
Legend says that the angel Razael gave Adam and Eve a book when they
were cast out of Paradise on how to find their way back to it. Kabbalah
is that book.. The word 'Kabbalah' means to receive. The hidden oral
tradition of Kabbalah was called 'The Voice of the Dove'. Kabbalism
is some 4000 years old with deep roots in Egypt and Babylonia. A great
chain of teachers passed the teaching orally from teacher to pupil until
the 13th century when a book called the Zohar (The Book of Splendour)
teaching of Kabbalah was the doctrine of emanation and, because of this,
the fundamental oneness or unity of life. God is not only transcendent
but, through emanation, is present in every particle of the visible,
created world. The aim of the kabbalist was to unite the Above with
the Below, the Divine World with our Manifest world. Unlike other spiritual
traditions, Kabbalism did not reject this world but saw it irradiated
by the light of God. It saw nature as the garment of God. This mystical
tradition taught the direct path to God. It taught that whatever we
do in this world affects other invisible dimensions or worlds and vice-versa.
It taught the inter-connectedness of everything, visible and invisible.
It taught that the soul becomes enlightened over many lives through
contemplation of and communion with the higher worlds. We cannot bear
the radiance of the light of the divine ground all at once. As the relationship
with the divine deepens, so our consciousness expands to include awareness
of the deeper dimensions of being and we gradually begin to radiate
the light and love of the ground of being.
He will first open for them a tiny aperture
of light, then another somewhat larger, and so on until He will throw
open for them the supernal gates which face on all the four quarters
of the world…For we know that when a man has been long shut up in darkness
it is necessary, on bringing him into the light, first to make for him
an opening as small as the eye of a needle, and then one a little later,
and so on, gradually, until he can endure the full light…So too, a sick
man who is recovering cannot be given a full diet all at once, but only
gradually." The Zohar, 13th century
THE TREE OF LIFE
(see diagram at end of seminar)
We find the image of the Tree of Life
in Hindu, Buddhist and Chinese mythology, usually connected with the
image of a Great Mother. Indian mythology says that the Buddha's mother
holds on to a tree as she gives birth and he sits beneath a great tree
on the night of his awakening. Paintings from ancient Egypt show the
goddess Hathor/Isis reaching out from the Tree of Life to offer the
water of eternal life to the soul of the deceased. A tree always stood
in the temples of the goddess in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece as a
symbol of her gift of life and abundance - particularly a pomegranate
or sycamore fig with its milk-like sap. So, in the Tree of Life mythology
there are ancient traces of the Egyptian goddesses Hathor and Isis and
also Mesopotamian and Greek ones. There are also elements of the Platonic
concept of the Great Chain of Being connecting the god-head with our
world. The Tree of Life in Kabbalah is a clear diagram of worlds within
worlds, dimensions within dimensions - an image of the Web of invisible
relationships which integrate spirit with every aspect of what we call
nature and matter. At the deepest, innermost level is the unknowable
god-head, at the outermost the physical forms of matter. All is one:
one life, one pulsing energy, one containing, animating spirit. We are,
each one of us, that life, that energy, that spirit. We are atoms in
the being of God. Kabbalah offers us one of the most ancient images
of the inter-relationship of all aspects of life.
Here are a few examples of this great connecting image of the Tree of
Then I was standing
on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was
the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than
I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred
manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all
shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw the sacred
hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide
as daylight and as starlight, and in the centre grew one mighty flowering
tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I
saw that it was holy.
The Vision of Black Elk
And the angel showed
me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of
the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it,
and on either side of the river, was…the tree of life, which bare twelve
manner of fruits, and yielded her fruits every month; and the leaves
of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)
I am the root of the
great tree of the universe which has its beginning above in Me. The
trees on earth receive their nourishment from below and their form grows
upwards, while this universal tree has roots above, in the Absolute;
it gets its life force from Me and manifests as branches, leaves, fruits
and flowers. Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita,
A friend of mine, a man in his late seventies, had a wonderful dream.
He dreamed that he saw a tree covered with golden pomegranates. He took
this to be a confirmation that he had lived his life as deeply and completely
as possible. Was this his own tree, he wondered, the tree of his own
life which now bore such ripe, golden fruit, or was he a fruit of the
great feminine principle imagined as the Tree of Life?
Kabbalah the Tree of Life is a diagram or template of the levels of
consciousness and the complexity of the invisible relationships flowing
through four worlds, connecting the innermost (not the uppermost) divine
source or god-head with outermost manifest creation, connecting the
invisible with the visible. (for a modern scientific explanation of
this idea see David Bohm's Wholeness and the Implicate Order).
There are two fundamental aspects of the God-head. One aspect is utterly
transcendent, non-being, the Void. The other is the totality of being
- the Full or the All. The oral tradition of Kabbalah says that 'God
wished to behold God.' God created a void in which the mirror of existence
could be manifested or reflected. A ray of light penetrated the darkness
of the Void and the Emanation of and from the divine source began. It
proceeded to manifest through ten Vessels, Attributes or Divine Powers
called Sefiroth (also called the Crowns or Faces of God). These structured
the outpouring of light into a specific archetypal pattern which formed
the model on which everything that was to come into manifestation is
based. This model is called the Tree of Life. The network of relationships
set forth in the primal archetypal Tree underlie the whole of existence.
(see Warren Kenton's Kabbalah from which this description is
Four Worlds of Kabbalah emanate from the God-head - a great fountain
of light and love flowing from the heart of God. This fountain of light
emanates through the ten Vessels or Powers or Attributes of God which
are connected by 22 paths. The first Vessel (Kether) is a state of perfect
equilibrium and contains all that was, is and will be. The divine impulse
towards emanation moves the energy to expand beyond the first Vessel
to the second; it is then received and contained by the third Vessel.
This process of expansion and containment is repeated three times until
this Tree is complete and the emanating energy balanced. The process
of emanation then proceeds through the three further worlds, and the
laws or archetypes which govern each world or level of creation come
into being. The Tree of Life can also be imagined as a lightning flash
and as an octave of the musical scale. One may also see the four worlds
as a single Tree of Life with the Vessels or Powers arranged down the
central column. (see diagram at end of seminar)
1. The World of Emanation = the divine
2. The World of Creation = the world of archetypes
3. The World of Formation = the invisible soul-forms of life
4. The World of Manifestation = our physical, material world
The World of Emanation is the divine
or eternal and unchanging world - the Divine Ground of Being is perhaps
the closest definition we can reach.
The World of Creation is where distancing from the divine world
and imperfection and evil begin. These are of necessity woven into the
fabric of the further emanation into the next worlds or levels of becoming.
In this world or dimension of reality time begins. This is the level
of the archetypal laws of life, the blue-print of all possible universes.
The archangels are the agents of the creative emanation at this level.
Occasionally we can receive a vision or a dream from this world. (See
painting of St. Francis and the Red Angel).
The World of Formation is the dimension
where the archetypal or soul-forms of life come into being. Rupert Sheldrake's
discovery of what he calls Morphogenetic fields or patterns of life
reflect these soul-forms. "The Garden of Eden." The place of origin
of myths, fairy-tales and dreams. The Collective Unconscious. The memories
of all of humanity's experience are held here. The "Treasure House of
Souls" where souls "exist" between incarnations. In Egypt this dimension
was called "The Fields of Ra" and in Greece "The Elysian Fields". Ideas,
images, feelings, emotions, instincts flow from the world of Formation
into our consciousness. At this level, angels are held to be the agents
of the process of emanation.
The World of Manifestation: In taking
on bodies or coming into incarnation in this dimension of reality, we
move from the level of the soul to the physical level of life on this
planet. Embodiment is experienced as a constriction for the soul; a
narrowing of focus. The soul dons a "coat of skin" and loses the memory
of its place of origin.
In Kabbalah The Birds of the Air
are the Archangels; The Fish of the Sea are the Angels; The
Beasts of the Field are the life of our manifest world - the life
of the planet.
Fire is the symbol of the Divine World
Air of the World of Creation
Water of the World of Formation
Earth of the manifest world
Left hand column of the Tree = Pillar of Severity. Containment,
holding. Path of intellect: the scientist; hermeticist, seeker after
truth and insight. The receptive, containing, holding principle.
Right hand column = Pillar of Mercy. Expansion. Orphic path,
ecstatic: the path of the artist, poet, musician, healer, shaman. Revelation.
The active, dynamic, expanding principle.
Central column = Pillar of Equilibrium. Path of compassion; union
through love - Christ/Buddha and all those who serve humanity and the
planet. The focus of balance, union, harmony and relationship.
The greatest myths direct our attention
towards these higher and inner worlds to which we can have access through
the refining of our consciousness. The great theme of the quest for
the Grail gives us an image of the Cup or Vessel which holds the love,
compassion and abundance of the Holy Spirit -which is another name for
we strengthen our relationship with these worlds? Transforming the deeply
ingrained habits of centuries and imprinted structures of thought is
as difficult and arduous as melting and recasting metal. The first thing
needed is to set aside time for just sitting and wondering about these
things - even five or ten minutes a day. Make a space for dreaming,
for being, for imagining the sense of connection growing. Make the place
where you sit special with a flower or a piece of cloth or a favourite
picture. Allow your heart to open, your deepest feelings to be heard,
your deepest longings to be expressed. Into the space you create something
new will appear, shyly, like a fawn entering a glade in the forest.
Make time for listening to music, for dancing, singing, painting, writing
a fairy story; doing something that is completely different from what
you usually do and that you have never had time to do before. Do not
try to turn what happens into anything to begin with and do not show
what you do to anyone. If you feel like crying, let the tears come.
Slowly (or for some people, suddenly) a sense of relationship with an
invisible world will grow and strengthen. Do not kill this fragile awareness
with criticism and intellectual disparagement. Banish the inner critic!
Become aware of the constant stream of thoughts, feelings, fears, anxieties,
hopes and longings that make up the content of our daily lives. The
ability to observe these and to detach from them rather than continually
identifying with events, moods and patterns of behaviour may take many
years but it is astonishingly liberating. Gradually the process of observing
and detaching from what is observed will strengthen the sense of serenity
that develops and the space for relationship with a deeper dimension
of reality will expand. For a long time there will be the experience
that you are now in touch with everyday reality, now with an invisible
one and this will be disconcerting and disturbing but gradually the
two will come closer together and will not be in conflict with each
other. You will be able to live in relationship to both dimensions,
although the focus of your lives and your priorities will change as
this process develops. Find the approach to the invisible reality which
most appeals to you - whether it be Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism,
Zen, Kabbalah or the writings of the mystics of all traditions (see
The Mystic Vision).
of St. Victor connected to the deeper dimension in this way:
I will speak in secret to my soul, and in friendly
conversation I will ask her what I should like to know. No stranger
shall be present, we will talk alone and openly to each other. Thus
I need not be afraid to ask even the most secret things and she will
not be ashamed to reply honestly. Tell me, I ask you, O my Soul, what
is it that you love above everything?
Secondly, pay attention to your body as if
you were becoming aware of it for the first time. Think of how casually
you have treated it and the constant demands you have made on it for
years and years. Are you destroying its miraculous organism through
smoking, drinking, drugs and casual sexual relationships (not grounded
in love and respect for the other person)? Ask your body how it feels
and listen to what it says. Is it continually immersed in a daily routine
of immersion in the "10,000 things"? Consider making fundamental
changes to your life if your body says it is exhausted. Ask it what
would make a difference to it.
look at the environment in which you live. Are you happy in your house
or flat? Is it well-loved space, clean, well cared for or is it neglected?
Is there anything you would like to change? Can you make a small change?
Even a single flower, a new rug, a cushion, can change the atmosphere
of a room. What do you feel about cooking? Is it a hateful burden? How
do you see food and do you enjoy eating? Do you crave food to satisfy
an emptiness in other aspects of your life? Look at the objects around
you with new eyes, see them as part of soul, something precious, in
need of your care and love, something that has been created out of the
body or substance of the earth. Life can become an opportunity for dreaming,
imagining, expanding and freeing the soul and the body from the iron
grip of the inner critic or the compulsion to achieve and control. Look
upon your soul as a house that you set aside a certain time of each
day to enter. When you enter this house you are leaving the day world
which is so governed by constant activity and by trying to achieving
goals. You are moving into the inner world of the soul where you come
into contact with a deeper level of consciousness. We are so used to
living only through our focus on the external world. If we become more
aware of our inner world of dreams, myths, longings and the imagination
and our attraction to whatever fascinates and enchants us we will more
easily discover our soul purpose and be able to live it in the world.
We can slowly bring these two worlds, inner and outer together. Our
soul purpose will reveal itself to us through some kind of creative
work or activity that brings us satisfaction, fulfilment and joy and
will, like rain, fertilise the earth of our daily lives and the lives
of those around us. To discover your soul purpose, never force things
or try to control them but follow the thread of what strongly attracts
you and make time for it to grow and develop. Trust your life path to
unfold. "Follow your bliss."
The Tree of Life as in the diagram below
is a clear and wonderful template describing the Web of relationships
which connect spirit with the fabric of life in our world. At the innermost
level is the unknowable god-head; at the outermost the physical forms
of nature or matter. All is one life, one energy, one spirit. We participate
in the energy which informs all these mysterious levels of reality,
unseen and unrecognised by most of us.
The Tree of Life in Kabbalah
illustrated above (from Warren Kenton's books with his permission)
see seminar 11 - Lead into Gold: The Process of the Soul's Transformation and seminar 12, Individual Soul, Cosmic Soul and Spirit.