You are not your body, or your mind, or your soul
You are not your body. Your body is something you have.
You are not your mind. Your mind is something you have.
You are not your soul. Your soul is something you have.
Who, then, are you?
You are the sum total of all of these things—a loving, caring, sensitive, compassionate sentient being that has these things—and each of these things has a purpose and a function that serves the agenda of all three.
This Body/Mind/Soul trio will be referred to in this self-exploration as The Totality of You.
The function of the Mind is to guarantee the survival of the current physicalization of The Totality of You for as long as it takes to fulfill the Soul’s Agenda.
The function of the Body is to gather data from the physical environment to assist the Mind in guaranteeing your survival, and to place within that environment, in physical form, the non-physical ideas, concepts, and decisions of the Mind.
The function of the Soul is to experience as many aspects as possible of Who and What It Really Is, using the Body, the Mind, and the physical environment in which It has placed Itself, as tools with which to accomplish this.
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Because your Mind has been given little—or worse yet, totally inaccurate—information about the Soul’s Agenda (which is Life’s agenda), neither your Mind nor your Body can very often serve that agenda well—unless it is working in conjunction with the Soul.
Right now, if your Mind does not know what the Soul knows, your life could feel as if it’s being pulled in different directions. Indeed, your very purpose for being on Earth could wind up being compromised—if not completely ignored.
This is, in fact, the circumstance in which most of humanity finds itself today.
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What must happen if you wish to live a life that serves its actual purpose is that your Mind must bring into its database that of which the Soul is already aware, so that you can produce the experience of it. The Soul holds Knowledge, while the Mind creates the Experience, of what you call Reality.
This is the very reason that The Totality of You came into the physical realm: to Experience that of which It has full Knowledge. Yet if the Mind’s data does not include the Soul’s Awareness, the continuing experiences the Mind creates will not be expressions of what the Soul knows—and that will not serve The Totality of You.
It is very important to understand that the “database” from which you may construct any present reality (i.e., the information that is stored within you), exists in two different places and is accessed in two different ways.
The challenge in human life is that most people do not know this—or do know it, but have not yet learned how to shift their point of focus from one well of information to the other at will…much less bring the two together.
What is being said here is that data about Life is held in “memory” within the Totality of You—and that one kind of memory is Physical, while the other is Metaphysical. The first kind of memory we have called Experience and the second, Knowledge. The first type of memory produces Desire (a yearning for more experience), the second reveals Intention (a yearning for a particular kind of experience—based on Knowledge, not prior Experience).
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As you may have guessed, the first kind of “memory” is held in the Mind, the second in the Soul. The Mind captures, categorizes, files, and brings forward memories of every experience your Body and Mind have ever had. The Soul is the repository of all Knowledge about Who You Are, Where You Are, Why You Are Where You Are, and all other aspects of Everlasting Life. This Knowledge is what has also been called here your Awareness. The terms are used synonymously.
As explained earlier, the sum of these two “data banks” is what humans call Consciousness. You no doubt have often heard the term “consciousness raising.” This refers to the increase or expansion of the Mind’s database—its limited storehouse of Experience–to include more of the Soul’s unlimited Knowledge or Awareness of Life.
The level of your Consciousness depends upon how much Experience you have had not only of your physical life, but also of your metaphysical life, the knowledge of which exists in your Soul’s Awareness.
When, in any particular moment, your Present Experience (that is, the experience you are now having, rather than your memories of previous experience) and your Present Awareness (that is, the awareness to which you now have given yourself access) are joined together, the Mind’s Desire and the Soul’s Intention become One.
This is, truly, a marriage made in heaven: the merging of the Mind and the Soul. And what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
The above excerpt is from The Only Thing That Matters, which the author, Neale Donald Walsch, has described as the most important writing he has been inspired to produce since Conversations with God-Book One