Soul to soul dating
What I have learned from Mussar is that each of us comes into life with a curriculum.
We are free to ignore or even deny that curriculum, as the prophet Jonah tried to do, but we are wiser to embrace it, because it describes the path of growth our soul is meant to follow.
I hadn't been nearly as honest as I should have been or as I saw myself to be.
I thought I was being practical and pragmatic, even effective.
But that way of putting it implies that the soul is somehow a possession or appendage of the "I." Mussar sees it differently.
Identity is not the main feature of our inner being, despite the ego's insistent and noisy protests to the contrary.
Rabbi Elya Lopian, a contemporary master, defines Mussar as "Making the heart feel what the intellect understands." Mussar's teachings and practices help us work a radical inner transformation by showing us how to close the gap between the high ideals we hold in mind and the living truth of how we act in life. I discovered Mussar at a time when I badly needed its guidance. My studies took me to India where I lived for three years, learning two Indian languages and studying with a yoga master and meditating in the Himalayas.These interior dimensions of the soul live within us at depths that are not accessible to the rational mind.The Mussar teachers speak of different aspects of soul but they insist that in reality, the soul is an undivided whole.We're not so familiar with the soul today, but Mussar teaches that in our essential nature, each of us is a soul.
If we do talk about soul at all, we are more likely to say we "have" a soul.But not all facets of the soul are accessible to conscious thought.