One Apple A Day #447 – Of wisdom and soul

Every morning I do this small ritual using the Be The Change cards.
I sit down with my eyes closed, and I shuffle the cards.
The intent for this ritual changes every day; an inspiration for my writing, a new perspective about something that it’s stuck in mind, or just an idea to kick off the day meaningfully. Then I pick a card, and I let it sink in my awareness for a few seconds.

This morning I went through my ritual as usual with the intent to find inspiration for this post.

But I while I was observing the card that I picked — Deepening into own wisdom — I realised that I chose two cards. There was another one stuck behind.

As you can see in the picture above, the second card has the word “Soul”.

The invitation from the cards is so vivid and compelling that I don’t think there is much I can add.

More and more in the last months, I’m becoming aware that my path to wisdom is taking me beyond my mind, my knowledge or my understanding.
It is a journey of the soul and into the soul.

“It’s the heart that knows the path. The mind is just there to organise the steps.” — Jeff Brown

One Apple A Day #439 – Integration

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”

According to the gospels, the one above is the sentence that Jesus used to answer to someone asking if it was lawful for Jews to pay taxes to Roman’s empire.

Where I grew up, this sentence was often used to explain that spirituality and reality are two different worlds. On one side the real world, made of matter, in which we live. And above that the realm of the soul.

I thought spirituality was a journey of elevation.

And that same thought pushed me away from any spiritual work for a very long time. I couldn’t handle that fracture anymore. I couldn’t understand the kind of spiritual schizophrenia of people praying for love and acting with hate.

It took me years, a lot of falls and some inspired teachers to find my way.

Now I know that my spiritual journey is one of integration.

“Or music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.” ― T S Eliot, Four Quartets