In India it has been taught for centuries that the soul has two faces. One face is turned toward God and knows itself as being made of the same holy essence. The other face is turned toward creation, and although it knows itself as divine, it can experience birth and death. Although both are aspects of your soul, without one you would never have left God and eternity to enter your body. Without the other you would never know that something sacred lies behind the mask of the material world.
I often marvel at the ingenuity of grace, which contains infinity in the finite, bliss inside pain, clarity despite the fog, love despite conflict. This is Godís magic act, to make us so that we will be both born and undying.
Adapted from The Deeper Wound, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).