I'm going to start off this post by admitting that I really love the reverend at my church. Reverend Kent is like everyone's favorite grandfather, he is affable, personable and just genuinely cares about his congregation. He is the one that laughed at my worry about my son spitting up all over him during his baptism. "He's a baby", he said. "I don't care if you come covered in yogurt and neither does God. Its about family and faith. Stop worrying." I admit, I may have paraphrased that a little but that is what my mom brain heard and I felt relief. I always enjoy his sermons, as he tells stories and ties in the message of the bible with everyday life. Every Sunday I feel that I leave with a new piece of knowledge and a different step on my spiritual journey, but yesterday, I felt like a thunderclap and "aha" moment during his sermon. It was one of those moments that has since permanently altered the way that I look and interact with the world.
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He then discussed and had us watch a video on how a crystal ball is drawn, because how would one actually draw something that is clear? Well, you change your perspective from the crystal ball to the lights and shadows on the ball and draw those, instead. Then, as he was finishing up the sermon he challenged us to try and change our perspective and look at things differently - maybe we would see lights and shadows instead of just a clear ball.
On my way home from church and all through the day, this thought of changing perspective ear wormed its way into my brain. Suddenly, I realized that something that I have taken to be a metaphor was actually the truth, if looked at in a new perspective. This phrase, something that I've heard almost everyone say, when people are mean, vengeful, angry or a host of other negative actions is "they are small". Now, when I was younger and being bullied, this phrase confused me, as the person bullying me was significantly larger. As I grew up, I took it to mean "small minded" but what if, seriously, they were literally small...in soul?
Being a Chemistry Teacher, I immediately saw a correlation when I changed my perspective and realized that this could be true. People who do good things "feel lighter" and negative actions "weight heavily". What if these lighter and negative actions are actually changing the composition and density of the soul?
Take a leap with me for a moment and assume that everyone is born with a soul free of any influences, good or bad. This will be the "base soul". Therefore, this will be the basic density of the soul. Now, based on descriptions of the soul or human spirit I've heard, I'm going to assume that the soul is some form of metal. This is due to the fact that metal is ductile, malleable and can be mixed with other metals and substances to create new and unique metal alloys, with new densities and properties and the words malleable, changeable and ductile have been used to describe the soul. Now, lets assume that every action, interaction and influence mixes into the soul, changing the density. Now, assuming that the volume of a soul will not change, as it needs to fit into a specific space, the more anger or negative matter that is mixed into a soul, would make it more dense. On that same note, the more joy, love and positive matter that is mixed into a soul, it will make it less dense. Therefore, the more dense soul will be smaller than the less dense soul.
To sum up, so far, a person's life experiences and then choices, directly affect the soul, either making it more or less dense. Think for example, given 1 pound of feathers and bricks, which would take up less space? The bricks, as they are more dense, therefore, they would be smaller, physically. The same tenant would be true for souls, the more dense they are, the smaller they would be. Therefore, when someone tells you "someone is small" when they take a negative action, they are being very serious about the size of the soul they are describing.
During this whole thought-process yesterday, a meme my husband had shown me popped into my head. It stated that as there was a highway to hell but only a stairway to heaven, said something about the expected traffic. I would argue, based on my new proposal on the density of souls, that it says more about the type of traffic. The less dense souls are more likely to be able to rise quickly, and therefore, the stairway would be quickly and easily climbed. On the other hand, the more-dense souls would require help moving to their intended location, needing a highway for the proper moving equipment. OK, maybe this last part may have taken it a little far, but that is how I ended up really connecting everything for myself.
For those of you who may not have seen a density gradient before, here is an example:
So, based on my new perspective, I believe that people are on a gradient of soul density and that one can change the density of a soul based on how they interact with the world. I will also apply this in my daily life, as although, I always understood that you could change your outlook, perspective and how you interact with the world and always, on some level, knew that it would affect your soul, this moment clarified just how much all these interactions have on a person. Therefore, I will also try and help my son achieve an outlook on life that helps him to feel lighter through outlook and positive action.
Thank you Reverend Kent, for helping me gain this new perspective.