The spiritual journey takes a myriad of forms, yet all have the same destination which is called HOME.
For centuries, seekers have been lost in the belief that to experience Self-realisation or enlightenment is the absolute goal, when perhaps these awakenings could be said to be the beginning of the expansion of our consciousness from individual to universal.
The traditional Aristotlean poles of thought we have grown accustomed to using in our Western culture teach us that there are fundamentally two options; yes OR no, black OR white, good OR bad etc. However this is the weakness, the frailty and the flaw in our perception and leaves us unable to see the whole picture.
Because of this way of thinking, we tend to believe that being ultimately 'spiritual' means to develop our minds to the point that we may sit under a tree OM-ing away, and so be perceived as spiritual by others because of how we appear to be.
The reality is that SOULNESS (realisation of the consciousness of the Soul) occurs once we discover that in this lifetime on Earth, we are beings of duality AND non-duality. To simply live in one or the other excludes and separates our inherent and organic wholeness. In truth we are multi-dimensional beings who can adapt and change to what is required of us in any given moment. We are Animal and we are Divine. That is our reality - and that is what we have constantly overlooked.
Realisation of the Soul consciousness (SOULNESS) is the manifestation of a holistic view of all that we are which arises from the direct experience of Life itself. Soulness allows me to see that I am a body, mind and spirit tridentity - and that in this Earthly existence as an example of Homo sapiens sapiens - all three are an opportunity as well as a necessity.
Soulness is about remaining awake to the dimensions of Body, Mind, Spirit in any given moment. That is to say that I am this physical form called Jonathan, I have a unique personality and conditioned mind, and yet I am also conscious in sense and feeling that the 'I' of awareness in me is also the very same 'I' of awareness in you. That underneath all the thoughts, memories and patterns in your mind there is the one essential intelligence which is whole and loving. This is the Life Source we all came from and what we will all return to one day.
So we are the same yet different.
We are the One and the many.
If we can harness all that we are, remain aware and not attach ourselves to any one concept or possibility of consciousness, then we may be free growing liberated souls living a holistically conscious, choiceless, unburdened existence, at one with Life itself.