I’ve noticed that my article information sources tend to come in waves. Right now the incoming tide seems to be flowing from Alberto V. This partial quote was from his January 18th book-hawking email.
Again, I’m not pushing his books, it’s just that he briefly mentions a subject that I’ve often tried to explain—the invisible matrix of the Universe as a living, intelligent field of energy—or what indigenous people commonly refer to as “Spirit.”
“…I learned that there are two magical ingredients to health. The first can only be found in the invisible matrix of the universe─what I call Oneness. The second is the plants that promote health, but do not treat specific disease.
The ancients knew all about the invisible world. In the Hindu Vedas it’s referred to as akasha, or the vastness of space─the field of wisdom that forms the foundation of the cosmos. While Western science holds that the cosmos is made up of dead energy and matter, indigenous peoples consider the cosmos a living, intelligent field they know as Spirit. … “ – Alberto Villoldo, PhD
Hence we are indirectly referring to the Indigenous ‘animism’ reference in the religion chart from September 21st where the belief is that Spirit—the intelligent, animating force of the universe exists in all things; animals of course, but even in the earth, the air, fire, and the waters of our planet. All molecules of matter and all affecting forces have Spirit within them, and Spirit expresses Itself through them.
So considering this subject matter as more than esoteric lingo, then what is the difference between Spirit and Soul? When you talk about someone’s Soul or the Soul of a place, what is that referring to?
I’ve had this discussion previously with friends and depending on whom it is that you are discussing these subjects, the interpretations are variable. But to me, who is trying to explain this as best that I can, I say the Spirit reference in general pertains to the overall energy matrix from which we emerged and to which we will eventually return.
Spirit is often thought of like the Tao is described—the invisible, intelligent force animating matter, non-matter, and consciousness itself.
But the Soul is the individual energy package that encases ‘the Self’—both lower self (this incarnation) and Higher Self (ALL incarnations), as separate from the immensity of the Oneness. It represents the individual droplet of water in that vast ocean composed of an infinite quantity of other similar droplets.
The Soul uses Spirit to exist in whatever form it chooses, material or non. And Spirit uses the individual Souls to experience greater and more diverse aspects of awareness/consciousness that add to its perpetually expanding database of ALL experience, both imaginable and non.
Can the words be used interchangeably at times?
Perhaps by some folks, but to me they shouldn’t be.
The Soul of a place can represent the larger, enclosed, energy cocoon of that location within the greater matrix of the earth’s energy field. Some places hold a more positive energy—a higher-frequency vibration—where it feels good and happy to be there, and other places hold a more lower-frequency vibration—one of spookiness, uneasiness, creepiness, or negativity (Some say it feels like evilness).
And just as some individuals can tend to hold their own frequencies either high or low, so can the overall energy of a location hold a certain frequency that makes it feel very good or very bad. I would refer to that feeling as the Soul of a place—it means the energy frequency that the place holds.
As you might imagine, battlefields are not high-frequency locations—lots of fear, hate, pain and raging emotions were expressed over that ground and the earth’s energy field can absorb those energy vibrations into its own energy-matrix cocoon; and unless those energies are cleared and released from that location, those energies can still be felt by visiting people who are more sensitive to energy disturbances.
I think we’ve all been in places that have made us feel amazing and like we are flying high; and likewise we’ve been to places that we couldn’t stand to be in for more than a few seconds before we’re bolting for the door. I know that I have been.
So I would say that the Soul of a place is the energy cocoon of that location—the frequency it holds within it. Meaning that the frequency of the vibrating energy held by that location’s matrix-cocoon is whether or not the soul of it feels desirable to us or not.
To me, I think of the Soul as more of an energy package, whereas Spirit is not only the universal field in which the package exists, but also composes the creative molecules that creates the energetic web defining the package itself.
Go back to my post on November 27th on leaf perimeters to better visualize this energy package surrounding us. I went on ad nauseum in that about the energy capillary system in the leaf, but the tree defined the leaf’s perimeter that determined the limits of the water dispersion system within that leaf.
Your Soul defines the energy-cocoon surrounding you, but Spirit is both the environment in which your Soul flourishes AND the composition of the energy strands themselves that nourish your existence in the physical world and beyond.
The invisible matrix of the universe is simply what we call SPIRIT.