Releasing the Reins

Releasing the Reins

People wax mystical about the human soul and spirit—so much so that many see the soul continuing on for eternity after we die, without a physical embodiment. We do this, because the soul contains so much wisdom. We don’t know why we get hungry at a specific time, one day, but find that we are not hungry at that time the next. We can’t explain why romance is there for two or three months, and then it’s gone—much less fathom our romantic attachment to any specific individual. We do not know why we experience anger, joy, or grief, or why one man will lay down his life for another. To the rational mind, the soul is an incomprehensible mystery, which, I suppose, is why so many judge it to be supernatural. But, to the process of life, there is no mystery. Only by honoring soul-felt needs, without question, can we know the happiness of interdependent relationships, and simultaneously contribute to our species’ success.

I figure that if we are ever again to know spiritual freedom, we must look at the soul from virtually the opposite perspective from which we have traditionally seen it. We must understand that it is real, not supernatural. Only then will we understand that the reason it is so wise is that its wisdom has been accumulating throughout evolutionary time. It’s because of that massive accumulation of awareness that the spirit is able to inspire behaviors that seems magical to the rational mind.

If the soul knows so much that the activities it inspires seem like magic to us, then, despite the difficulties arrayed against it, regaining our spiritual freedom might simply be a matter of letting the spirit be—as my father did by releasing the reins when lost on horseback, in the middle of a blinding western-Kansas blizzard, years ago. If we have the courage to release the reins in our own lives, we can do so by focusing on our feelings of the moment, as we relate with the people around us, rather than focusing on the future we fear. If we can do that, maybe we we’ll discover that the human spirit knows what my dad’s horse knew—how to work the magic of taking us back home. And, if intimacy, happiness, and the elimination of anxiety indeed result from placing our trust in the free human spirit, it could result in a far more widespread transformation of the human way of life than we can presently imagine—a movement back to the natural homes in which all human spirits once thrived. As for the specific events that lead to the formation of a spiritual home, in no two instances will they be the same. As for the families, themselves, each will be unique in countless ways, though there will be characteristics common to them all.

But, what about the future? Will regaining our spiritual freedom mean there will no longer be refrigerators, skyscrapers, modern medicine, television, smart phones, etc.? In a modern society, whose hallmark is our present state of spiritual estrangement, success is largely a measure of longevity and the number of conveniences acquired. To us, a better future would require even more conveniences and longer lives. But, if I understand the laws of Nature, as they apply to the existence of any social species, the best possible future we can have—whatever it entails—can be realized only by attending to one another’s needs, through interdependent relationships, now!

Life’s only real measure of success is the happiness and contentment we find in our relationships. To live in a state of intimacy is to be immersed in the love one experiences when our survival depends on the people and habitat around us. That’s when we know that life is working. That’s when we stand with Jesus, not those who wanted him crucified. That’s when we comprehend what Jesus understood—that only our souls know the way. That’s when life is organized so that our souls can have their way, empowering us to serve the needs of the people who surround us and the land that sustains us all. And, just as importantly, that’s when we serve the needs of the uncountable generations yet to come.

I believe we have suffered a psychic dislocation of ourselves in time and space. Do we know anymore where we are in relation to the stars, moon, and the solstices? Like the wilderness itself, our sphere of instinct has diminished.

—N. Scott Momaday

 

Excerpt from: Take Us Home, Girls!

Free download of Take Us Home, Girls! available at Spiritual Freedom Press

Feel free to share with your friends...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Releasing the Reins

  1. JulioZMasudi says:

    This can be a topic that is near to my heart…
    Thank you! Just where are the contact info though?

  2. BeataSMataka says:

    Generally I don’t read article on blogs, but I would like to say
    that this write-up very forced me to consider and do it!

    Your writing taste has become surprised me.

    Thanks, quite nice post.

  3. LonTObenauer says:

    It’s great that you are getting comments from writing dialogue that clearly deserves them.

  4. YokoVSandigo says:

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail about the head. The issue is an element that insufficient folks are speaking intelligently about.

    I am delighted that we found this during my seek out something in regards to this.

  5. ReneOSlatten says:

    Quality articles or reviews is definitely the crucial to be a focus for
    the viewers to pay a fast visit the website, that’s what this internet site is providing.

  6. BritniNVogts says:

    Wow, fantastic weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for?
    you make running a blog glance easy. The total glance of
    your web site is excellent, let alone the content material!

  7. HoseaJHone says:

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you really understand what
    you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my site =).

    We can have a link change arrangement among us

  8. ThiCPresnell says:

    Hello there, just became aware about your site
    through Google, and discovered that it’s really informative.
    I am gonna be cautious about brussels. I am going to appreciate should you
    continue this later on. Lots of individuals will be took advantage of your writing.
    Cheers!

  9. CucTGitzlaff says:

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you might be just too wonderful.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what
    you might be saying and how in which you say it. You will be making it enjoyable and also you still
    look after to maintain it smart. I simply cannot wait to learn far more
    of your stuff. This really is actually a great website.

  10. VikkiVAzahar says:

    I similar to the helpful info you provide for your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and test again here regularly. I
    am fairly sure I will learn many new stuff proper here!
    Better of luck for the next!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*