Inspired by the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Imagine Your Soul
An Exploration into Spiritual Intuition, Part 2
Henry Reed, Ph.D.
At the Edgar Cayce Institute of Intuitive Studies, we offer a training course entitled, "The Intuitive Imagination." As part of that training, we experiment with the use of intuition to explore spiritual realities. One exercise has proven especially popular and has spread beyond the training seminar. It asks, "Imagine Your Soul." Here is a brief recap of what was presented in Part 1 of our sharing, followed by a continuation of images and their analysis. In the commentaries section, there are further images, contributed by our readers.
You are a soul. I didn't say, "You have a soul," like you had some kind of polished stone you carry in your pocket. No, I said you ARE a soul. Just look at yourself and you'll see what I mean.
All you see is your body? That's because you are looking with your eyes. The only part of your soul that you can see with your eyes is your body. How do I know that? A good question. William Blake, the mystic poet and artist said so. The mystic philosopher Edgar Cayce said it. Probably many other people, too discovered it. But that doesn't make it so. But imagine this:
The soul sees through the imagination! If you want to see the rest of you, besides the body, you have to look with your imagination. When you are looking with your imagination, you are looking with your soul! Imagine that! If you don't believe me, then just see for yourself. Let your soul look at itself! All you have to do is to imagine it, imagine what your soul looks like.
What is soul? That's for you to see-- to imagine--for yourself. I don't want to influence you, but... but I can tell you what some people who have seen their souls have said:
A soul is more than a body
A soul doesn't die
A soul never forgets
A soul is aware of all of creation from the inside
A soul talks to God directly
No two souls are alike but all mirror each other
Using words to put us in touch with soul is not too easy. It's better to use the imagination.
So close your eyes now, and simply imagine. It is the soul which imagines. And it looks in a mirror. What does it imagine when it looks in the mirror? What does it see?
I have collected many of the drawings that people have made to record their experience. Before you look at them, you may wish to conduct your own experiment to see what your soul imagines of itself. When you look the drawings, perhaps you will recognize something of the imaginings of your own soul.
Our intuition tells us, and religious traditions suggest, that the soul incarnates in the body. Sometimes with specific images, sometimes vaguely, the soul is imagined as an energy that crystalizes, like rain condensing out of vapor and falling to earth as bodies. The process takes many forms as you will see:
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The Body Electric
The last soul drawing in the previous section (by Judy Hockenberry) shows, besides that quality of incarnation, a sense of energy. Sometimes this energy is not falling out of the sky, but is all around the person. Many soul self-portraits suggest that the soul is reflected in the body, but that the soul is an energy field surrounding the body, or at its core.
These last two drawings show how the features we have been describing often overlap. The last one, suggesting that the soul pattern in creation replicates itself in the person, leads in to our next category, "The Soul of Creation." We'll be showing these, and "The Mystery of Soul" in our next issue. In the meantime, look at some of the soul self-portraits sent in by our readers by clicking on the commentary page, below. Maybe you'll send in your own.
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