|03-13-2007, 09:52 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Gainford, England
The Devil's Offer
If the devil was to pop out of nowhere, in all his fiery glory, and offer to buy your soul off of you – what would be his offer?
How much do you value your soul? Of course, the soul means different things to different people. Just take a second and pull up a mental idea of what your soul means to you. What values, attributes and characteristics do you have attached to this mental image?
When I think of my soul I think of long-term values and characteristics that I would like to apply to myself my whole life. I think of courage. I think of honesty. I think of control. I think of integrity. I think of humility. You probably have a different idea of what your soul means to you. Just keep your personal interpretation in your mind for now.
How much are you honouring your soul? By this I mean how much are you becoming a part of what your innermost values are? Are you expressing these values publicly? Privately? At all?
If you have a strong soul, it’s going to show to others. You’ll be brimming with vitality and energy. You won’t be afraid to be yourself. You’ll push yourself to express your values and share them with others. Life will take on a whole new meaning to you. You won’t need alcohol, sugar, fat or kind words to put a smile on your face. You’ll be so internally strong you could motivate yourself into happiness simply at the thought of expressing your innermost self.
If the Devil were to pop up through the ground he wouldn’t be interested in your credentials. He wouldn’t be bothered about you’re expensive car or the house you bought the other year. He wouldn’t be interested in whether or not you’re ‘cool’, ‘fashionable’, ‘likeable’ or ‘normal’. He wouldn’t see the label on your top or recognize the fact that you’re sporting the latest haircut. The Devil wouldn’t be bothered about such worthless presentations of wealth. He’d look inside you and if he didn’t like what he saw he’d offer you a tenner and leave it at that. You’d probably accept his offer anyway; what use is a soul to a fashion-obsessed social android?
You are far more then your physical body. You have an entire psyche to take care of as well. You might even have a spirit locked within you. You might not believe in your soul. You might think such a belief is simply religious superstition. And you might be right. I’m an Atheist and I still believe in the soul. I can’t define it but I intuitively recognise it.
So you don’t think people have a soul? That’s perfectly fine. But you can probably recognise that there is something that transcends the physical body. Something that goes beyond flesh and blood. You might see it as your emotional intelligence. That’s perfectly fine. So, what do you emotionally crave?
Do you crave alcohol emotionally? No, that’s a chemical addiction. Do you crave the latest fashions emotionally? No, that’s simply addiction to social recognition. Do you crave sugar and fat emotionally? No, that’s just addiction to food. Do you crave money emotionally? No, that’s just addiction to materialism.
What do you crave emotionally? As long as you simply continue to satisfy physical desires you’ll only be half a human. You might even delude yourself into believing that you are as happy as you can be.
You are far more then you think you are. And you have far more potential locked inside you then you could ever fully realise. But if you continue to satisfy physical desires without ever concentrating on your other areas of concern; you’ll experience a very poor life. You’ll stagnate emotionally. You’ll have no soul. You’ll be half of what you could ever possibly be.
If the Devil were to pop out of nowhere and hand over an offer for your soul, what would be written on his check? Are you a multi-millionaire in terms of your soul? Or are you making ends meet as a paper boy?
Think of the Devil’s offer and think of your own life. How much do you value your own soul? What importance do you place on the expression of your internal values, of your innermost thoughts?
Are you an integrated human being or just another android? Are you internally priceless or internally bankrupt?
Wealth isn’t just about material possessions. It’s also about what is inside you. You can’t be completely happy until you satisfy what you internally want for yourself. You can have the flash car, the fashionable clothes, the large house and all the material possessions you could ever want for yourself.
But the Devil will still only hand over a tenner, if you’ve neglected to develop that which is within you.
Early preview of March 14th post - because I love you all
|03-15-2007, 12:11 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
How to become a millionair...
Please. I don't believe in the Devil so there won't be any promotional material coming my way to SIGN UP for the HOW TO BECOME A MILLIONAIR by selling my soul. What a notion. I'm priceless of course, I deem myself to be incredible valuable, because I believe I am and I know I am.
Anyway, regardless of your lecture, I do believe I have a soul that exists within my body but can travel out of it. I don't believe anyone or anything can change that or kill it, let alone put an ATM in to let it spit out it's essence for profit or whatever.
Last edited by bellbird; 03-15-2007 at 12:14 AM.
|03-20-2007, 08:03 AM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: new south wales Australia
|05-28-2007, 12:41 AM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2007
Dancing with the devil
I wasn't religeous as such but I spent a whole lifetime worrying about pleasing god and avoiding the devil. I worked very hard to be good and to raise my children in a 'proper' manner. Then when it came my turn to have a life, I had a breakdown and attempted suicide. Twice.
Following the two failures I had nowhere else to go but within. I had to discover what the hell was wrong with me. I was indeed in hell. I was looking for god to save me but he didn't. I was years swirling in sadness, sorrow, despair, anguish, fear, dread, terror, the whole gammut of the shittiest feelings imaginable. Wishing I was dead to wishing I had never been born.
I challenged myself like I have never challenged before.
I danced the dance of my life. My partner was the devil. I looked him straight in the eye and I could see the truth. I faced each and every thing the devil threw at me. He was mighty strong to break through my illusions. He showed me being 'good' wasn't all it was cracked up to be. He showed me hypocracy, apathy, selfishness, propaganda, disloyalty, lies, deceit and many more all gathered under the banner of evil.
A whole new side of life opened up to me. The dark side of life. The whole truth of life as we live it. As we danced, each step took me to a new level of understanding. I came to know that to ignore evil, avoid it or deny it gives it more power.
As the dance is nearly over, I know the devil was not responsible at all. I realize that it was all me. It was all within my consciousness and subconsciousness creating my life through my perceptions. Who I thought I was, was a construct of my mind. The devil showed me this but then again, isn't he a construct of my mind too?
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