Can an invisible wisp of spirit be as real as our physical bodies? Things arenít real because you can see and touch them. That is an illusion of the senses.
A granite cliff is real because invisible forces hold together invisible packets of energy. No one has ever seen gravity or the curvature of space, yet their existence is far more secure than granite, which will dissolve and cease to exist in billions of years before gravity does.
All the most real things, in fact, are invisible. No one has ever touched time. Truth leaves no fingerprints. Love escapes the five senses.
Recovering the soul, then, isnít a matter of trying to believe in some invisible ghost for the first time. Can we then trust in the invisible existence of the soul even though it cannot prevent the onset of pain, violence, and suffering?
The soul is best understood not as a wispy ghost but as your true self, present in you at this moment. You donít see it, although when you feel the impulse of love, you have contacted it. There can be no doubt that you have a self, therefore to step onto a new level, that of your true self, is not actually so formidable a task.
Your true self is already fulfilled, therefore when you merge with your true self, you will be able to feel completely wanted, safe, worthy, and loved. Expressing yourself will come naturally and freely. You will matter more than you ever imagined.
The ego sees the same needs and feels the same desire, but it reaches outside for fulfillment. The strategy of reaching outward is the only one the ego knows. The true self knows only the strategy of going inward.
The true self is of immediate value because it can fulfill needs that the ego cannot.
Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).