Our Stories Seen from the Soul

As we live out our stories, we start to realize that they are not original.

Although the details of the stories vary from individual to individual, the themes and motifs are timeless, basic archetypes that replay endlessly: heroes and villains; sin and redemption; the divine and the diabolical; forbidden lust and unconditional love.

We’re fascinated because we can identify some aspect of our souls in those stories. The drama of these stories is more compelling and more dramatic than fiction because they resonate in our soul.

So now we can redefine our definition of the soul. The soul is the confluence of meanings, contexts, relationships, and mythical stories or archetypal themes that give rise to everyday thoughts, memories, and desires (conditioned by karma) that create the stories in which we participate.

When you get in touch with your soul, you see the whole script for the drama. You understand. You still participate in the story, but now you participate joyously, consciously, and fully. Each moment takes on a deeper quality that comes from appreciation of what it means in the context of your life.

 

Adapted from The Essential: Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2007).

43 comments

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago

noted

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Where I live, my story seems original. In a small town there seems to be many people who have never done anything much with their lives .... there are very few who demonstrate their joy and appreciation of life.
I prefer to speak to people and find out something about them and draw them out while I listen. Interaction provides me with energy. I know there are achetypes and that as one becomes wiser, one is able to predict behaviours - but I simply want to remain open-minded and keep learning.

Brigitte S.
Brigitte S.4 years ago

true, great and comforting article, thanks Deepak!!!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Rin S.
Rin S.4 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

Cheryl I.
Past Member 4 years ago

Lovely thanks.

Sheleen Addison
Sheleen Addison4 years ago

I loved this, thank you

Gaby D.
Gaby D.4 years ago

Goodday Deepak...thank you for a wonderful article..once again! Wasn't it Shakespeare who said: We are all but actors on a stage! Our souls seem to be separate 'being's - but actually we are all 'separate human beans' so that the one Soul - (if you will) may experience ALL that can possibly experienced. It is our ego's that get caught up in the 'drama' of life, as we identify with it....and trust me.....I do it alllll the time!! Until I get back to ...an aha moment....catch myself...and chuckle ..."Yup, there you go again girl.....identifying with the actor on the stage:-) rather than just enjoying the play/movie!! that you happen to be 'in'!. It is when we manage to detach from our 'ego' that our 'soul' can enjoy the play for what it is!! Namaste!

Miranda Parkinson

Very compelling!