Spirit or Soul

I have been exploring recently what it is like to feel me, the true me, my connection to Soul. The aspect in me that brings me back to how I felt as a child – open, free and extremely play-full, while in complete harmony and respect for everyone and everything else at the same time. When I am living from my connection with Soul, I feel my connection with God and my absolute joy of just being me!

It occurred to me that I have not always lived this way throughout my life; that I have often lived the contrasting opposite to this otherwise natural way of being. It has become far more obvious to me each day that there are actually two versions of me that I have at my will to choose to be at any given moment, on any given day, and each gives me a very, very different way of living and approaching life.

There is a part of me that is Divine. It is absolute and known within my being to the core that there is no doubt that the essence of God is in me. It feels very powerful! It feels such that, from my heart to my bones, stretching down beneath the ground, with every step I take the very earth I walk on is being graced by this presence and movement. I feel so at one and held by God’s Love that my body feels yummy all over. I can feel this connection through every tree, every breath of wind on my face and even every drop of rain.

His perfection is everywhere, His mastery of life, just an undeniable reality, and with such connection comes the enormous sense of responsibility and Brotherhood. It feels that with such love, nothing is held to be less than or greater than me. Everything and everyone is held without judgement in this love by my presence and understanding.

I can feel this connection with God throughout my veins, in my being and deep within my heart. This connection naturally offers inspiration to all of life that sees and experiences it and it is absolutely Gorgeous!

And that was only a small preview – being with my Soul is undeniably amazing.

Then there is the other side of the coin, my spirit, a part of me that chooses to live in separation of the deep connection with God and life that is naturally there within us.

When I am with my spirit and no longer feeling connected to my Soul and to God, I feel small. I feel that life is full of issues and problems and, at times, they feel so dominant that they seem to exist in every facet of my life. It feels horrible to be living from this side.

There enters an ignorance to others and to life and the very Divinity of life seems to have been replaced by just being functional. I find myself forever seeking more, not feeling complete and content within myself. I can feel there is more to life than this but it feels like I am lost in the seeking of how to get to it. Life feels mundane, a drag, and in my body I feel heavy and lethargic.

There is a constant tension running through me that is from the knowing that this form of living is simply not it.

It feels like the world’s own poles have shifted and I am the centre of it, everything is about me and, I can even convince myself that I am also God’s number one man. The worst feeling about being on this side of life is the feeling that life is always ahead and I am always dragging on behind, dragging my heels through the sand. God becomes a figurehead but no longer the livingness that I in-truth deeply miss when living in this way.

Choosing to be with my Soul has revealed to me a forever-deepening understanding about the key distinctions that exist when living from spirit or from Soul. Through Soul, I have learned that the ways of the spirit may make us feel that what is presented to us in life is much greater than what we are able to handle, but in truth this is never the case. In fact there is never anything greater than us at all when our love is brought to it. It may sound outlandish but I have found this to be absolutely true.

Life actually presents situations to us constantly to help us re-connect with more of the true side of us, our Soul.

It is clear that there is a choice to be made in each and every moment: a choice to be with our Soul and hence live our Love and Truth in and with God – or a choice to be in total ignorance of God, Truth and Soul and make our life much, much smaller than it truly is.

We are all from God. We are His Sons. To feel this as a fact we only need to stop, take a moment to be with ourselves and our bodies, perhaps through the support of The Gentle Breath Meditation®, and there is a warmth and love inside us. We all deserve this love equally from ourselves and from each other, without perfection, and hence it is the responsibility of us all to make true and wise choices as to what source we choose to live our lives from.

When I am with my Soul, there is no greater feeling than feeling that we are all One. Plumbers, gas fitters, Muslims, Jews, Christians, people of all other races and cultures, are all our equals, our Brothers, and deserve our love neither less nor more than anyone else does. I can now see clearly that the only true way forward for all of us is to become more responsible about where our quality of life is coming from as, without a doubt, nearly every single one of the problems we have today would not be there if we chose to live the love we all naturally are from, Our Soul.

Forever inspired by Serge Benhayon, a man who presents a living example to us all of what living from Soul is truly about and how simple it truly can be.

By Joshua Campbell (23) Amazing Man, Tauranga, New Zealand

Further Reading:
Spirit or Soul – Learning the Difference Through Serge Benhayon
I Am a Student of My Soul – There is Always a Choice
The Wake of Our Walk

562 thoughts on “Spirit or Soul

  1. A powerful expression and exposure of the difference between spirit and soul. To be living as lesser or from the grandness that we are in our essence.

  2. It is important, in our love for God and in appreciation of his love for us, that we always remain as his equal. This is true love and appreciation.

    1. I agree, the difference between Soul and spirit is something that we all deserve to have access to; and likewise how incredible would it be to have this amazing blog shared at a much wider worldwide level.

  3. It is like living in two absolutely different worlds when living from the Soul or from the Spirit, which you have clearly described, when I am with spirit I feel the push and drive in life and the complication and tension that the way of living brings, when I am connected to my Soul, life takes on an easeful- ness and a flow in its simplicity, with a joy and openness to experience what life has to offer.

  4. There is tension whether we live from our Soul or our spirit – the pull from God to be more of who we are. The difference is in how we experience it – either purpose or pressure depending on where we are coming from.

  5. Great point here Joshua, to live from our Soul is really simple, it is when the Spirit is in control that life gets complicated and it becomes all about ‘me’ forgetting our true nature and connection to this grand love.

    1. To live from our Soul is more simple, and joyful, ‘I feel so at one and held by God’s Love that my body feels yummy all over. I can feel this connection through every tree, every breath of wind on my face and even every drop of rain.’

  6. A beautifully spacious blog that also allows us to feel the contracting and diminishing way the spirit works in us too, the pride that it holds and the attachment to having or doing more, the disregard and lovelessness.

  7. The contrast you illustrate here is just stunning and so visceral. In spirit’s way, “It feels like the world’s own poles have shifted and I am the centre of it, everything is about me and, I can even convince myself that I am also God’s number one man” – this really stood out for me, as I could feel how I have invested in this way of being. Not pleasant at all, as it feels like the world is closing down on ‘me’ and very suffocating.

  8. I can absolutely feel the difference – when I move as a hungry spirit in the world, grabbing, pushing, crashing around… as opposed to the natural flow that is possible. As Eduardo says above – this is the natural order.

  9. There is a natural way of being that is totally natural for us to live. We have not been educated to know so and to be able to feel it, make it part of our foundations to propel our movements and to return to it. Instead, we have created our own ‘natural’ way of being that above everything else stands out for being truly unnatural to our body and being.

  10. God is a choice we can make in our lives. What comes next, it’s not at our hands to be controlled. The same happens we we choose the individualisation of the Spirit. The trick is that it makes us feel that we are the ‘choosers’ after the first and only choice we make… and we neither control. How we feel in our body is the reference we have to know in which source we are living at each moment.

    1. It’s true Amparo, we think that being individual we are in control and running the show, when in fact whether we are aligned to our spirit (individialism) or our Soul (brotherhood, oneness) we are obedient to an energy – either prana or fire. The difference is that the fiery energy of the Soul is of joy, love, harmony, truth and stillness, whereas the pranic energy of the spirit keeps us locked in the misery and struggle of the illusion of creation.

      1. This blog would be awesome to be shared in primary, infant, or junior schools, for when children are very young, so they can feel the difference in their bodies, and are then able to relate to whether they are connected to their Soul.

  11. Knowing the difference between spirit and soul, offers one clarity for understanding the patterns and behaviours we rely on in order to avoid our evolution and to know that we can also choose to live in a way that offers us true settlement in our bodies when aligned to our soul.

  12. Loved the clarity with which you shared your experience Joshua, thank you, the two ways of living are so starkly different with the spirits ways being so deeply embeded within us but this is not our truth but an illusion for when we live connected to our soul we have arrived home, where we can so naturally live the love that we all equally are.

  13. Two sides of my coin, my split personality, my angel my devil, my two faces, all of these sayings and more have been used over the years to describe our spirt and soul. But none have really been instrumental in describing difference in quality, of soul and its counter part, spirit. I am thankful that I had the age old mystery cleared up by Universal Medicine of why I would do some things that just didn’t feel like me and why I had such moments of clarity.

  14. The thing about our spirit that it’s easy to forget due to its/our wayward and harming ways, is that it is a part or our Soul that has turned away from it, but it is still part of our divinity, our oneness, of our Son of Godness. With Love and understanding we can turn it around and bring it back to being whole with Soul.

  15. Thank you for this incredibly clear, engaging and wise blog about how life can be when you live with your Soul and how it can be when you choose not to. I felt my whole body expand when I re-connected to Soul – our true purpose.

  16. What could ever seem more important than feeling the connection to the divine through my essence? While I still might stubble and fumble with spirit ways it is my choice to re-connect back to soul asap.

  17. As we have free will we think we have a choice but I came to the point that we actually have not. Our human lives are just an experiment of the spirit and I can admit that to me it is a failure. So why would I hold on to it any longer as to me it is not a choice to choose for anymore.

  18. I do prefer to live with my Soul, that provides me that natural freedom in my way of living that is not there when I live with my spirit instead. Therefore to do it is actually no choice, it is my responsibility to live with my Soul and with that to bring back in the first place human decency and respect as we deserve to live that in our societies once again.

  19. Living with my soul has brought more to my life than I could possibly have imagined. I have heard Serge Benhayon say “I am nothing without my soul”, and having now chosen to live with my soul, I agree.

  20. As I read this I felt myself move from being in the centre making life all about me, to the expansive feeling of oneness and of being part of the whole. Much needed, thank you Joshua.

  21. Our choices always have consequences but when we make our choices wisely it allows us to live our potential.

  22. The choice is ours; challenging as that may be at times; to live connected to our soul or not. What you have expressed here Joshua is simple, powerful and inspirational;
    “When I am living from my connection with Soul, I feel my connection with God and my absolute joy of just being me!”

  23. ‘Life actually presents situations to us constantly to help us re-connect with more of the true side of us, our Soul.’ This is such a powerful truth that I can live observing and in growing appreciation of.

  24. It is so true we have the choice to be with spirit or soul in each moment of every day. For me I just have to be majorly aware as my spirit can play me so easily from the eons of experience at doing so, it is very, very cunning and leaves me alone until the perfect moment to pounce, a moment of weakness or tiredness. My soul on the other hand is the patient old master waiting with open arms after returning from my scrape with spirit.

  25. Perfectly expressed Joshua. We are divine to the core and to not live this divinity we have to call upon an enormous force of resistance from that part of us, the human spirit, that has its heels dug in, in the sense that it/we need life to be a certain way that we have become identified by and are not so willing to let go of. This is how we have come to let the clouds mask the light of the sun and thus condemn ourselves to live a life in shadow.

  26. Knowing the difference between Sprit and Soul is huge, When we don’t come from our heart then we are in fact avoiding our evolution back to soul. We all have to make our way back home and it is up to each and everyone of us as to how quick or slow we get there.

  27. How you express your connection to Soul feels just so exquisite, and such a stark contrast to being connected to spirit. And what’s so amazing is it’s just a choice, actually a quite simple one – although some of us may choose to turn that into a struggle. And I agree, it makes us realise how all the world’s problems stem from us not living from our true essence. We all matter, each one of us, and us being who we truly are not only brings much harmony and joy on a personal level, but also far far wide and far far beyond, and I think that’s rather cool.

  28. I am very familiar with the dread and stress that comes in when I choose my spirit over my soul. It has many disguised but the Spirit is always identifiable by the anxiousness and dis ease it creates.

  29. I too have learnt that all the issues in my life come from the spirit, whereas they don’t exist as issues when living from my Soul, they are still in my life but they do not own or dominate me. And in saying this I was about to say my only issue is coming to terms with having chosen to live by the light of my Spirit and repeatedly choosing it daily but the first part of my comment answered the situation.

  30. Yes, I completely agree when we are in connection to our Soul we are in union with God and when we are choosing our spirit we are in separation. I also find in connection to my Soul everything is very simple but with the spirit there is complication and identification. I absolutely love Unimedpedia God: http://www.unimedliving.com/unimedpedia/word-index/unimedpedia-god.html which delivers many wonderful short audio and quotes presenting God from many different glorious and very real angles.

  31. Something that always humbles me upon pondering, is that the Soul stands there ever-ready, in constant offering of evolution, never imposing or asking, just being, ready for that choice to allow it’s divinity to be expressed through.

  32. At the end of the day (or the start of the day), it always boils down to two choices: spirit or Soul. What do you choose? A lovely description here of what you feel when you choose one or the other. It makes that choice real and relatable – and clearly helps me, the reader, to know which one I’d like to choose every time.

  33. We are constantly giving the opportunity to connect with our soul where everything is provided for us according to what is needed in divine time, it is a simple choice that serves all and reflects the beauty of God within.

  34. Even when we consciously or unconsciously choose the behaviours, habits, reactions or emotions of the spirit, behind all this is the fact that we are originally all soul, so its a matter of observing, building a relationship with ourselves that understands the waywardness of the spirit and comes to know the quality of the soul. Then the choice of which to choose (or actually surrender / let go of the spirit) becomes clear.

    1. Yes it is a fundamental starting point to know that our original and innate essence is that of Soul, and then “observing, building a relationship with ourselves that understands the waywardness of the spirit” becomes a part of way of life which lovingly supports our return to living our true essence in every aspect of life.

  35. It is an undeniably important distinction to make, about whether it is your Soul or your spirit who is influencing all your decisions. And, it is easy in some respects to discover this more, as the outcomes of each are so clear to see, as one will lead you into a life that is purely motivated by self-gain and the other will embrace all of life as a journey back to truth.

  36. Serge Benhayon’s teachings about the difference between spirit and Soul delivers a truth that is life changing and brings a responsibility and a true way forward for humanity to evolve.

  37. If Goethe would have known what you share here, it would have saved him a lot of trouble. He wrote a whole epic (Faust) about “two souls live in my chest” and many generations in Germany could and still can relate to what he writes. You respond to this whole dilemma in your blog, that generations of philosophers and poets could not find an answer to.

  38. It is as simple as a choice – we can complicate it as much as we like. But it is as simple as our choice in every single moment. If we don’t choose it’s already chosen for us, and our Soul doesn’t impose – so it’s not our Soul if we don’t choose.

  39. “When I am living from my connection with Soul, I feel my connection with God and my absolute joy of just being me!” There are not many in the world today who know who they truly are and express it with such joy.

  40. Thank you Joshua for so clearly presenting the difference between Soul and Spirit for they are worlds apart, one being in the livingness with the Soul and our connection to God and the other just existing with the Spirit.

  41. This is a great reminder of the difference between what it feels like to live in connection to our Soul and with our spirit. They are two distinctly different feelings. The way you have illustrated it reminded me why I am naturally inclined to my soul but the pull to individuality is more familiar at times as it feeds off the acceptance, individuality and recognition. My Soul is complete, it is divine and has a connection to all others. There is no striving or needing. It creates space in my body.

    1. That is a great clarification Adam, it is only in the choice to express in separation to our divinity that we experience ourselves in parts that are often contradicting and seem to tear us apart.

  42. We got a Soul that is constantly there with us – but we choose to connect or not. And hence we can live like nothing is a miracle or everything is a miracle. The willingness of the individual then makes the distance to our Soul closer or further away. Hence some people are more connected to truth and love than the other. But the distance, even though in truth there is no distance, never truly makes us lose our Soul. As we come from that we will live on earth until we all know and live from it again.

  43. I agree Joshua. The spirit can own our movements when we make it about function. By dropping the awareness of our quality, the HOW in what we do, we are left to feel this reduction. Moving and living with the awareness that we are more than human and that our quality is a confirmation of the energy we allow in the body, welcomes the Soul.

  44. Thank you Joshua for this beautiful explanation of spirit and soul…I find I certainly seem to have this oscillation happening between living from my spirit and living from my soul as I learn to really distinguish between the two ways of being….The spirit can be very devious in mascarading like the soul, or it can feel at times a little over powering in its influence when I am making choices or decisions. But none the less to know that I have within me a precious and divine essence, my soul, is already a start and a solid one at that too…And as you have shared here, it is about then making the choice to live from and with the soul as much as we possibly can, for after all it is our most natural way of being.

  45. ‘Life actually presents situations to us constantly to help us re-connect with more of the true side of us, our Soul.’ This is the wonder of God in the universe… that a situation can present itself, with many people involved, and it is perfect for each and every one of us.. showing us exactly what is needed for our evolution, or not… its our choice.

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