There was a great movie called “Cocoon” that’s about aliens disguised as humans who come back to earth to retrieve twenty of their friends who were kept alive in pods which were left behind at the bottom of the ocean. They retrieve the pods with the help of a human boat captain and put them in an abandoned indoor swimming pool. Next door is a retirement home where several elders find out about the pool and decide to go for a swim. Seeing the strange pods, they decide to swim anyway. The elders and the aliens soon meet, and along with the captain, they all become fast friends. It’s a beautiful movie about friendships and people coming together in spite of any perceived differences.
One scene made a huge impact on me. The captain was on his boat with the aliens, and a female alien was in one of the rooms. As the captain watched her from outside the room, the woman reached behind and unzipped her ‘costume’ causing the human disguise to fall to the floor. The captain was shocked to see that underneath was the most beautiful light being.
When I saw that scene, I had a great aha moment! That must be what the soul is like! Every single being on earth has this soul light within because we were all made from that same light Source (God or by whatever name you use). Within us, that beautiful light emanates and glows. When we are aware of that light which is made of pure, unconditional, perfect love, we can let that light shine outwards towards others, and we can connect with the light of all those around us and in the world. We know that we are all connected because we are all made of the exact same substance, the same substance that makes up the stars and everyone and everything around us. Billy Fingers said, “Imagine your cells as billions of stars sparkling inside of you.” I love that image!
When I first came to this realization, it taught me not to judge, that we really are all created equal, and that when we hurt others, we are only hurting ourselves. When we take off the labels we use to define us, we realize we really are a soul. The soul has no color, race, religion, gender, nationality, etc., and there is no separation. Marianne Williamson said, “The soul is the truth of who we are.”
The adventure is that because we are souls living in a human body and we have no memory of who we were before we came here, we get caught up in so much of the human drama that makes up our lives, and then we acquire those labels that end up defining us. Once we become conscious of the soul within and our connection to others, we then can no longer be a part of hurting anyone else for any reason. As Deepak Chopra stated, “If we could learn to live from the level of the soul, we would see that the best most luminous part of ourselves is connected to all the rhythms of the universe. We would truly know ourselves as the miracle-makers we are capable of being.” If we could all really see each others’ souls, there would literally be peace on earth.
states, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”
Jesus and all the great spiritual masters in all genuine religious and spiritual teachings knew this eternal truth as well as our connectedness with each other. We are bound together by these loving souls that are within each and every one of us. Trudy S. Vesotsky said, “Your soul is the extension of a higher source, its love for you is greater than anything you can experience outside of yourself.”
I love the term Namaste` which means, “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.”
We can all become more enlightened when it comes to our souls. As James Blanchard Cisneros said, “Enlightenment is not a change into something better or more, but a simple recognition of who we truly already are.”
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper May 13, 2016.