A Soul’s Whisper is a beautifully composed book that provides you the opportunity to experience personal transformation and growth by connecting with your Higher Self.
Journey with the author as he guides you along a path of self-realization that shows you how to establish a foundation that will help you to relate with the world in a more peaceful and loving way. The information shared within this book will increase your self-awareness to the point that you will see yourself in a new light and become greater aware of who and what you are at your core. As you gain a better understanding of the nature of your mind, you will then be able to embrace the authentic power within you to create new experiences. The interdependency of life will allow these new experiences to take shape and create a lasting impression upon not only your life, but also the life of those around you.
So go ahead and give the universe the gifts that your soul wants to give. Awaken who you are, connect with your Higher Self, and embrace the love that is A Soul’s Whisper.
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It Was All a Dream
Imagine a world where everything is as beautiful as you could possibly dream it to be. This is a world where, when you look up to the stars at night, you sense in your depths that there is so much more to life than the minute disturbances we encounter. It is the sudden realization of this that brings about such a peace within you. You are overtaken by it and come to experience something that the only proper name you could give it would be Divine. Suddenly, something within you clicks, and you come to recognize yourself for who you truly are. Your heart begins to fill with warmth as you become more and more aware of those universal symbols that bless the sky with their luminous glow just as one soars across the darkness, and you instantly understand exactly what it is that life has been speaking to you. You can't help but take a deep breath as you go within yourself and realize that the same luminous glow you see radiated in the night sky is also inside of you.
Captivated by the sheer beauty of what you have just experienced, you choose to embrace it deeper and expand your mind to where you begin to profoundly ponder the connections between yourself and the universe. Once again, you look up to the stars and realize that they are not the ones that are creating light; instead, light is what's creating the stars. They are filled with so much life! In that specific moment, you come to comprehend the exact magnitude of what you have discovered. If light created the stars, and you (like the stars) are also created of light, then everything else must also be light. Therefore the space that is found between all the different expressions of light we see and at one point understood to be empty is actually far from that. In that empty space is more than we humans can possibly fathom.
Suddenly you obtain the clarity that everything that exists is actually connected. You come to understand that without life, you and everything else could not exist, because life is the essence of the Creator who creates all things. Everything that exists is a manifestation of the same infinite potential, the same source of life that is also within you. In truly comprehending the depth of that statement, you can't help but notice the truth of it because there is not anything in our universe that is not a reflection of the Creator. All matter is a representation of the essence of God. But how is it that we awaken others to this reality?
The only proper answer would be enlightening them on your discovery and speaking to them the truth that you have just found. But the problem is that the more you attempt to wake up others from their dream, the more those individuals judge you according their own perceptions and beliefs. It is at this moment that you once again come to another realization. It is at this moment that you also come to realize many individuals are living without any awareness — in other words, without truly knowing who or what they really are. The lenses of their minds are clouded by this sort of fog, and it is this fog that determines their interpretations of life.
This clouding of the mind happens because humans dream all the time. Dreaming is the main function of the mind, so much so that the mind dreams nonstop. It does not matter if we are awake or are asleep; the mind is dreaming. The only difference between the two states is that when we are asleep, we perceive things according to a certain mindset that allows us to "understand" life according to a frame of reference that is derived from a lower aspect of ourselves. (Hint: your frame of reference is based off of your level of consciousness, and that is something we will go more into detail in the next several chapters.) However, when we are awake, we have the opportunity to no longer permit this lower aspect of ourselves to serve as our primary frame of reference, and the experience of life that we encounter is one that we are able to maintain power over and constantly exert our ability to alter it. Understanding the mind and what it is responsible for allows us to comprehend the true nature of reality, and therefore we have the ability to create the reality that is best suited for our evolution and the expansion of our consciousness. It is by way of this evolution and expansion of consciousness that we are able to make alterations and can become greater than what we presently are.
This is key, because before you and I were even born, the humans who lived before us established a dream that ventured well beyond themselves. Society is but the collective dream of billions upon billions of smaller and more personal dreams. These dreams come together to form the created dream of a family, community, city, country, and ultimately humanity. These dreams are different parts of reality that intermingle with one another but exist at the same time at their own level. Within these dreams lie everyone's values, perceptions, and beliefs, their guidelines for living, so to say. Within these dreams are the foundations for society's rules, laws, cultures, ways of being, and what constitutes the many governments and religions of the world. Considering that we are all born with the capability to learn, the humans who lived before us teach us to dream the same way that they do. This collective dream has within it so many rules that, unbeknownst to a newborn, instilled into his or her mind are the guidelines for living of someone else.
These guidelines for living are what gave way to the need of finding a method to have them spread out to others. Language was the way that this was accomplished. It is language that shapes what we "see." Its creation is one that dates back many centuries. In his fascinating book Sapiens, historian Yuval Noah Harari speaks about the importance of language in what he calls the cognitive revolution. It is he who puts forward the idea that our ancestors first used language to let one another know about certain opportunities. It was this intercommunication between individuals that provided them with the knowledge of not going to a certain area because there was a predator there. It was also this intercommunication that provided individuals with the knowledge that it was now safe to go to a certain area, because the predator was gone.
Together, we became more aware. This awareness allowed us the ability to plan better and prevail over challenges. Ultimately, it was better planning on our behalf that permitted us to come up with solutions to problems and then teach those solutions to others. It is through these aspects that language made its way to being one of the main building blocks of small societies and of humanity. Our ability to communicate complex information that is important to our survival allowed us to organize in groups and share with one another news of opportunities. This ability continued to progress, and it is language that presented our species with a way of preserving knowledge by passing it from person to person and generation to generation.
Eventually the knowledge we accumulated through past experiences led to the creation of guidelines for living, which we continue to pass on. These guidelines for living started being held in a much higher degree than before, and they turned into what many individuals began defining themselves by and still do to this day in age. It is because of these guidelines for living that religions and cultures were created. The language developed within them gave rise to the various methods used around the world today to domesticate our children so that they become more likely to thrive. At the same time, these methods further opened up our mental and physical capabilities to do more than just survive.
But the language and guidelines that define cultures can cost lives as much as they actually do to cultivate them. All of these ways of functioning in the world become embedded in us through the expressed personal interpretations of those individuals who existed before us. Many of these values, perceptions, and beliefs, these forms of language, are past their expiration date. They meant well when it was their time, but now they have become dysfunctional and are keeping us locked into lives far more limiting than what we are truly capable of.
From birth, we are influenced to a large degree by our environment, and the greatest of influencers is those closest to us, our parents. As infants, our parents play a crucial role in our development. We rely on them for our care, and as we grow older, it is they and the rest of our immediate family who teach us the ways of living. Much of that goes on to shape our personality, and they are the initial guides for how we relate to everything around us.
For instance, as an infant you cry when you desire to be fed. Parents go ahead and, wanting to stop this form of suffering for you, feed you. This is perfectly fine because you don't know any better. Now, I'm sure you can relate with what I'm going to say next. This behavior of crying out for something gets reinforced with time and is a go-to for young children. You might recall of your younger days or witnessed it through another child. When kids grow a little older, they continue to exhibit this behavior as a way of obtaining something. A behavior that was once used as a method to communicate the need to be fed now turns into a reinforced behavior and has become learned as the way to get something else — for example, a toy.
This is most likely when you first experience being disciplined. As a way of showing that rules exist within this life, you begin to be denied certain requests. In some cases, a child may cry out much louder at this point. A conscious adult can look upon this and know that this reaction is an expression of a developing ego. With proper awareness a parent can navigate this experience in a way that they establish a proper foundation for the future of that child. In other words, the teaching applied at this point, and the way it is applied, plays a crucial part in the future development of the child. It has been proven that what we come to embrace and learn in our younger years is what we carry on with us throughout our lives.
Although this serves a good purpose, there does come a time where some of those things that we have come to embrace and learn during our youth actually hinder our further evolution. Recognizing what is no longer good for you grants you the opportunity to rise above previous influences and become greater than who you presently are. This ability to rise above previous influences and become greater than who you presently are is made possible by connecting with the infinite potential within you.
But how is it that any of these influences, these expressed personal interpretations of life or so-called guidelines of living are instilled in us in the first place? The answer to that question is our attention. The opportunity to achieve the collective goal of getting a child to grow up in the same manner that society would like is only accomplished by capturing that child's attention. Our attention allows us to select which one of the numerous aspects of information existing simultaneously we would like to hold in the foreground of our mind. Attention is that ability we humans possess to focus on, to be aware of, what it is that we want to observe or learn. It is through this capturing of our attention that we are taught a reality that has been present prior to the day we took our first breaths. Having already undergone this process, adults comprehend how to capture the attention of a child and continue to place information into their minds through repetition. It is by way of these repetitions that we come to learn things and behave the way that we do.
Through this learned reality, specific values, perceptions, and beliefs are established. The continual expression of values, perceptions, and beliefs eventually become habitual and define how it is that we act and determines what is that we accept. A combination of these progresses into what it is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad, what is beautiful and what is ugly. All this is but a reality composed of dualities that further alienates us from the unity that we deeply cherish. But this unity is masked by all that knowledge, all those concepts about what is reality and what it is that we are to believe. Our parents are simply the beginning of having that knowledge taught to us, because throughout society there are various other influencers that expand on the teachings of our parents and further dilutes us from remaining pure by teaching us a variety of other illusions.
When we attend school, we place our attention upon our teachers and what they teach us. Not forgetting that we also place our attention upon other children. Around the time children start going to school, they begin to interact with other children. This communication with new personalities they did not know before causes them to adopt new traits from others. If you are a parent, I'm sure you can recall at one point your child mimicking the actions of what he or she saw. They might have even demonstrated changes in behavior whose consequences were something that he or she may not have been completely conscious of yet. And this is something that progresses into the teenage years, where children start to piece together everything that they have learned as a way of further establishing an identity to portray externally as their way of relating with the world, which they come to view as their own.
By the time high school comes around, this individual has created a persona, and it has been reinforced over and over by friends and family. This is about the period in time that a majority of young adults display certain aspects of rebellion toward their parents. At its core, that rebellion is not the complete disregard for what teens are being told, but merely their way of trying to make sense of who they are. Their ways of dressing change, and they begin to desire more control over their lives. They might even express a desire to spend less time with their parents — actions that can be seen in the later teen years. This is because the world that they view as their own begins takes on a different meaning.
The time does arrive when our ego begins to experience levels of discomfort through a variety of ways. Further influences come by way of media, where certain things are depicted as better than others. Ownership of specific brands becomes an expression of wealth, and ways of dressing revealing status. If we don't have this item, or are not a part of that group, or are able to go to certain places, we might not be considered cool. These experiences of discomfort are the cause of why we act in anger. We act this way because we are attempting to manipulate things in order to get our way.
But with age also comes a sense of control over our actions. We begin to accept and outwardly demonstrate less of our anger. To a degree, we become more evolved forms of our previous selves. In the world, you can't keep living the same way you did when you were a young child, or even a teenager. The ways and methods of how we relate with our surroundings change. We begin to adopt a new personality, more refined one, so to say. Someone who was once quite outspoken about everything learns to become a little more reserved and aware of his words. The individual who valued everything that others thought about her might now not feel so driven by it anymore.
Yet none of these alterations would be possible if it wasn't for our attention and its translation through language. Every guideline learned, and every pattern created from a combination of experiences, is an established agreement with ourselves and the world, in order to better understand each other. It is through language that we learned how to speak, and it is through spoken words that we are able to express to others who we are. This is one of the methods that we employ to transfer energy between one another.
However, the thing with languages is that if we make attempts to communicate experiences with them, then more times than not, we fail to do the experience justice. This is because language can only talk about an experience, and when it does, it becomes a description of the experience and not the experience itself.
This does not mean that you shall not have the experience of the content embodied within what you observe or learn. What it signifies is that the experience is something that comes directly from within you. This is why individuals vary in their interpretations of the same thing. Each person has his or her own language that he or she understands and attempts to share with others. There are groups who superficially share a common language, such as English or Spanish, but we all have within us a language that is universally spoken and whose essence is so profound that we may fail to truly understand it at times. Although we might fail to express its content in a justly manner, we sense deep within us that what we experience is just as real as anything else anyone could ever experience.
Excerpted from "A Soul's Whisper"
Copyright © 2017 Joseph E. Cano.
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Table of Contents
Part I Establishing a New Foundation,
Chapter 1 It Was All a Dream, 1,
Chapter 2 Awaken Who You Are, 15,
Chapter 3 Embrace Your Authenticity, 30,
Part II The Interdependency of Life,
Chapter 4 Make That Conscious Choice, 51,
Chapter 5 What Goes Around Comes Around, 72,
Part III Experiencing Transformation and Growth,
Chapter 6 Be Mindful and Know Freedom, 86,
Chapter 7 Let's Relate, 104,
Chapter 8 Feel the Experience, 125,
Chapter 9 You Have the Ability to Respond, 144,
Part IV Understanding A Soul's Whisper,
Chapter 10 It's All about Love and Knowledge of Self, 166,
About the Author, 189,