|Is one's soul God's energy?|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor|
|Friday, 09 March 2012 08:24|
(This is the third in a series focusing on the energy of God.)
From the moment of conception until our death, we are beings filled with energy.
The fusion which occurs at conception creates a life which is sustained by the energy of food, water and the air we breathe. First through the mother's use of those items while the baby grows in her womb; and then later after living on one's own.
The radiance of the nearest star also enhances the body. We could not live without the life-giving sun. God's energy is intertwined in our lives.
Not a moment passes without the normal intrinsic electrical conduction of the heart beating to keep us alive.
Our life depends on the energy provided by the heart muscle, which beats on average more than 100,000 times a day, more than three million times a month. It's thus no wonder our deepest emotions and feelings are expressed in terms of our heart. That's a tremendous amount of energy within us - a gift from God.
Similarly, many other bodily functions are connected to energy. Electrical synapses from the brain regulate our movements. Our actions and our reactions, both voluntary and involuntary are connected to energy. The food we eat is chemically transformed and processed through the energy reactions within our digestive system.
At the root of all life on Earth is energy. There is a multitude of ways in which living things handle energy. All the plants, trees and animals, including humans, are involved in energy exchange to maintain each one's existence.
Some may disagree, but let's look at the possibility one's soul is a spiritual energy, our connection with God.
Throughout the Bible and other religious texts, God is often manifested through energy.
Indeed power is a synonym for energy and God is oft called powerful or in power. Truly God embraces energy - and energy is manifested through God.
It seems consistent, therefore, to consider at the time of conception, a child is infused with an energy we call the soul. God's spiritual energy given to the new creation.
The newly conceived baby has few recognizable features of human life. Yet we all know how children develop and grow from that fertilized egg. One's soul is similarly not recognizable until after birth and allowed to grow and develop with one's faith life.
Singer Ray Charles once said, "What is soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room."
As we grow older, many people admire the beautiful, gracious and wondrous souls around us. Those are the people who have nurtured their spiritual energy within and let it shine for all to see.
We cannot see energy, but we can see its properties including light and feel its properties such as heat.
Similarly, we cannot see the actual soul. What we see are the visible signs of a vibrant and energetic soul. We see the love poured out, the deliberate acts of kindness and compassion. We see God's love through the spiritual energy of an individual's soul.
We see these things much as we see leaves blowing through the energy of the wind. We can't see the wind, but we know it exists by the things we do see.
Our souls are recognizable through actions.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung once said, "I simply believe that some part of the human self or soul is not subject to the laws of space and time."
Isn't that very similar to how many people view God? God is not subject to human laws and properties, despite our general tendency to give God human qualities.
While the Bible states we were made in God's image, how often do we try to portray God in our image?
Our God is a God of energy among countless other qualities.
(Editor's note: By no means is there any intention to question one's beliefs nor ideas regarding God. However, it is hoped people of all faiths can enrich their belief system by focusing on energy aspects of God.)
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