When you hear the word “soul”, what do you think of?
I used to just use it as another word to describe things that touch me deeply. I could feel a song in my soul if I was able to deeply connect to it.
To be honest, I didn’t give it much more thought than that. I knew there was this concept of soul in many religions. I knew that people believed that after we die, our souls go to another place, but I didn’t believe this.
I was more focused on the physical functioning of the brain. I imagined that we were just our brains, and after we died, that nothing would happen at all. We would cease to exist.
I was wrong. I was completely wrong.
The very first lesson the plant medicine Ayahuasca taught me was that we have souls. I learned that in one second.
Why? Because I literally jumped out of my body. I flew out of my body, so quickly, and there are no words to describe this experience. I can’t even try to put this into words, because its nothing like what we can feel here, on our human plane of existence. The only thing I can compare it to is like creating a beautiful piece of art.
Because of this, I now have new connotations with the word soul. It’s not that we have souls, its that we are souls. And we are here to have this beautiful experience in the human body. There are things we can experience here, that we can’t experience in the afterlife.
Only here can we enjoy the delicious taste of coffee. Only here can we kiss the people we love. Only here can we enjoy the sweet aroma of baked goods. Only here can we hear the sound of a waterfall.
The little joy we feel in these things, well, that is our soul speaking to us. What I learned is our souls are naturally vast. Our souls extend across multiple dimensions. And we are all likely part of the same soul, that has broken apart, to experience life, in many different forms, then we return to being the same form. This repeats, over and over again, like a dance.
It’s almost as if your soul is flowing like water. Imagine your soul like water in the clouds. Then it rains, and the single water droplet that hits the leaf becomes your body. And all the other water droplets, they are also you. Everyone else is part of the same cloud. And you eventually go back to being the water in the cloud. You become one again.
You may scatter temporarily, but you always go back to being one. Its so natural, so incredibly natural. When we are connecting to our soul, we are like water droplets, trying to connect to the sky from which we fell.
We are humans trying to connect to something bigger than ourselves, and the thing that is bigger doesn’t speak using words. The only way to connect to it is through art, because art isn’t constrained by our human body. Art is free flowing, art is full of infinite possibility, art can be anything at all. And you my dear, are also free flowing. You came here to remember that.
Once you remember it, then you start to flow. Art will come easy to you- in fact, art will become something you have to do, because now you can hear the vastness of your soul. You need to express that vastness inside of you, because it is now a part of you, more than ever before.
Most often, people have no troubles agreeing that art is an expression of the soul. What people struggle more with is finding inspiration to do art. They lack motivation, lack inspiration, lack the time. And this is why meditation is so important.
With meditation, you will come to learn that these are all just mere story lines we create in our mind. We are always attaching ourselves to excuses, and they are all just a story. They are only as real as we make them. You can learn to deattach yourself from these stories.
And when you do, you will have more room to connect to your soul. If you are a river, all your thoughts are like rocks, blocking you from flowing correctly. You can learn to flow through the rocks. You can become free flowing, just like your soul. And then your art will become free flowing too.
When creating art, don’t put any limitations at first. Just let it all flow, without limitations. You can critique it later.
Don’t listen to what your thoughts are saying, just draw, just play music, just knit, just take photos, just write, just cook- whatever it is you’re doing, just do it, completely mindlessly.
And that is how to make your soul jump out of you.