“The birth of the soul” (from the spiritual kernel): pastel no. 237 by Iris Sullivan
The bottom line is that in each of us is a spiritual kernel, which has a past and a future. That applies to the big noise whose name is remembered for decades, it applies to the silent one who goes through life unnoticed. That spiritual kernel is not to be confused with the “positive soul qualities” (upright, worthy, selfless, honest…) which we appreciate in the one, miss in the other. Equally it is not to be confused with “unsavoury” soul attributes! Our spirit kernel is our spirit kernel. Our soul attributes and qualities clothe that kernel, and are changed, washed at varying intervals. They say something about us, but are not us. For the parent of a growing child this is vital to remember. Between adults it is similarly important to include in our picture of the people we encounter.
Interesting are our deeds and their relationship to our spirit nature, our on-going biography. Whether they are deeds which we brought to earth with the intention of carrying out, or whether they are ‘new ‘deeds, they are directly written into our biography as facts. They will also have, more or less, a soul colouring – a loving parent, a conscientious tradesman, a reluctant speaker . Here on earth we have the opportunity to reflect on, to change that soul colouring, which becomes a deed in itself. If, for example, an action carried out under duress can, with hindsight be seen with positivity, something one takes ownership of, then all to the good. But the actual deed is done, recorded, building substance for our biography and for the biography of our surroundings. One only needs to think of the deeds of well-known people of the past. The consequences of their actions for their own path remain their ‘secret’, but the impact as kings, popes, artists, can have visible and long-lasting effects on the world around them. One of the best known, most widely recognised paintings of all times is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”. Many other artists have tried to capture this moment of gathering in the Upper Room. Da Vinci had barely finished his interpretation on the Milan refectory wall and artists were coming to copy it. Down through the centuries that has continued. Some of the more wayward versions in recent years underscore more, not less, the high recognition of this artistic deed for the art world and far beyond. Each of us will have our ‘favourite’ examples of politicians’ and presidents’ deeds of recent decades, where it is already clear how those decisions and their subsequent application shaped a country’s or region’s direction.
Recognising that there is a spirit kernel in each of us, and the strong link which exists between that and our deeds, prompts a further consideration. Tucked in between the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer is an undertaking on the part of the one praying: to forgive those whose actions have trespassed against them. In the same way that the trespasser can reflect on his actions, so too can I reflect on them, from my vantage point as the one ‘done unto’. Thus the deed or action, is cleansed from two sides, freed from some of the emotional clothing. It stands there as a deed belonging to the individual’s spiritual path, and serves that further development.
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