The soul is the weariest part of the body. ~Paul Bowles
The soul may be the weariest part of the body because we don’t exercise it the way we do our physical bodies, even less than our intellectual muscles. Or because we distort it to conform to another’s view. Why the neglect?
Society focuses on the superficial, physical appearance, thinness, narrow definitions of beauty focusing on hair texture and skin color. The concept of cosmetic surgery, a growing ritual to remove perceived physical imperfections, can not modify the soul AND that is anathema to the beauty industries “make a person feel inferior” mantra designed to extort money by exploiting insecurities they perpetuate.
The soul is also neglected thanks to religious forces defining the ‘correct’ path and ‘approved’ final destination by force-fitting soul growth through rigid doctrines, dated dogmas, and narrow channels of belief, or by claiming the knowledge it only available to ‘the chosen’ few. Our intellects inherently see the folly in mandated conformity and rightly reject their perverse books and deviant practices, favoring instead the appreciation for each individual’s unique giftedness.
The religions methods isolate more people than they claim to save through recital of their magic incantations. The proliferation of self-help gurus out to make a buck swamp the few originals desiring to selflessly guide seekers. The charlatans are more interested in lining their silk robes with gold fleeced from the suffering fools the exploit.
I am not saying the path to God must necessarily sidestep the traditional deities just that the process can’t be canned and mass-marketed and still fill everyone’s cup. It is far better to follow your deity while not being hoodwinked into believing theirs is the only proper way to exercise the soul. Following them may cause you to stumble, maybe fall into soul death.
I have my own way of exercising my soul, one that adapts to my individuality. I could share it with you but won’t because it works with my gifts and needs. You may mistakenly interpret my way as the only way. And that would be a grave disservice to your soul, potentially contributing to its death.