Observing The Soul: 6 Cries For Recognition

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observingSunday – a new week has begun. So caught up with observing the ‘unfoldings’ that writing a post did not feel like the thing to do.

“Observance of the soul can be deceptively simple. You take back what has been disowned. You work with what is, rather than with what you wish were there.”  Thomas Moore

The book is Care Of The Soul and as shared the week before last, it is the one in my handbag.  Did you buy a copy? If not, get one through my Amazon link and read along with me.

Observing With Love

Riding the train to the downtown core of Edmonton this week, my reading covered seven chapters. Why so slow you might ask? Well, this is not my first or even second (or third read) of Care Of The Soul. Each time that I return to this book, there is a shift or about to be one in my life. The first read was the most monumental I might say, as then observing the workings of my soul was not something I even knew was possible much less necessary. Also, the book is broken into four sections with relatively short chapters.

While my memory is really good, it is not that good to recall what exactly led me to the book on the other readings. This time, however, observance is what has brought me to Care of The Soul. Not of something necessarily disowned as I knew it is there. It has always been there. Disowned during my early years but it came forcefully out front about a decade ago. Depression.

Many people will not admit having feelings of or even being depressed. I was among them but have not been since thrown into clinical depression after a major upheaval in life. One year on anti-depressants was all that I was willing to do, along with therapy – psychological but more spiritual. One thing that has been clear to me is that you are never completely healed of depressive thoughts and feelings. What I have learned, however, is to reach out for help whether that is through prayer and meditation alone or to my spiritual mentors.

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Honouring Symptoms As A Voice Of The Soul

observingThat is the title of Chapter One, Section One of the book. In the Introduction, Moore listed some of the complaints therapists today hear sessions with clients. Not in therapy or truly a complaint but over the past few weeks, one of the listed symptoms was echoing in my soul – vague depression.

Some weeks ago, a persistent physical pain became unbearable enough for me to go see a medical doctor. After tests, she told me that there is a cyst in my left breast. This story was shared in a couple earlier posts. The doctor told me that as far as she and the laboratory could tell “it was nothing to worry about.” I was not but as the pain returns, her lighthearted diagnosis is doubtful. Yet, I am yet to go for a second opinion as those most close to me have insisted is necessary.

Reading this past week with that lingering in the back of my mind, other issues came to join it. Combined, these created a rising sense of depression. Observing them, I asked myself “Are you accepting what is or merely pretending?”

Being honest with myself is the most important thing for me. “Accepted whatever the physical manifestations whatever they are,” I answered. “Now I must honour my soul and what it needs, so please show me how.”

Love Is The Answer

Please, do not dismiss that.

I well know how over-used this phrase can be. “Love is the answer.” 

Just as you might have been tempted to do, I have in the past. Dismissed it as one of those things people say. Frankly, that is the problem. We say it but we do not LIVE it. That is the key. Being Love – in tune and align with it in all of our interactions and actions. More so, being in love with ourselves first so that we may be Love in the world.

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observingNo surprise then that as I asked to be shown how to honour the vague depression that was standing at my doorstep, the next many chapters of the book discussed love. Section Two is actually titled “Care of the Soul in Everyday Life,” and two of the eight chapters spoke directly to love – self-love and how love initiates us. I do urge you to get a copy of this book if you appreciate an understanding of life through the lens of psychology blended with spirituality and mythology.

There were more than this but here are six symptoms of the soul that form the voice of the soul calling out to you in everyday life:

  1. Narcissim
  2. Failure, Loss & Separation
  3. Jealousy
  4. Envy
  5. Violence
  6. Depression

What does observing the soul and love have to do with any of these symptoms? Quoting Moore,

It may be useful to consider love less as an aspect of relationship and more as an event of the soul. 

In other words, what appears to be a fully earthly relationship between …individuals is at the same time a path toward far deeper experiences of the soul.

A Variety Of Colours

observing“The soul presents itself in a variety of colors, including all the shades of gray, blue and black. To care for the soul, we must observe the full range of its colorings and resist the temptation to approve only of white, red and orange – the brillant colors.” Thomas Moore

Moving forward into a new week, my eyes and heart are observing and appreciating the 1,000,000 million shades of my soul.

Again, do not assume that you know these symptoms or even exactly what they mean.  Get your copy of the book and check out them s and how they appear might be appearing in your life or that of your friends and family!


Claudette P. Esterine



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22 thoughts on “Observing The Soul: 6 Cries For Recognition

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks Michael! Nice to see you here! 🙂

  1. I know its important to release any energy that could drain my ease into dis-ease, yet I as the mom usually play macho almost, and string until its too much then explode kinda…! also struggled with envy. an emotion I wold have sworn I didnt have till I came to UK and endd up ina c ompletely unplanned career way away from what I had strived to become in College. So I kind of feel this post on Cries of recognition. I should check out the book. 🙂 Thanks for the recommend Claudette!

  2. It looks like my life could seriously use some inspiration from a book like this. Living alone, its incredibly easy to fall prey to depression and anxiety and could always use some more help with living as mindfully as possible. Get that second opinion!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I too live alone Emily and I know what you mean. However, I enjoy my own company and the more I consider having someone in my space or being in someone else’s space, I can’t see it. Hermit I am. 🙂

  3. I try to hide if I ever have a problem because it’s a pride thing. I want people to think I am a strong woman, which for the most part, I am… But we all have minor setbacks, myself included, and I am just now learning how to voice said setbacks when they’re brewing in my mind.

  4. eazynazy

    I found this very interesting i guess i need to check out that book

    1. Ms Claudette

      Let me know if you do. 🙂

  5. I can relate with the depression. I’ve been dealing with it for years, but it has resurfaced since I had my baby girl. I have amazing support around me that I am always able to reach out to and it makes a world of differences. Great post 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s the key, knowing the signs and reaching for the help that will stem the slide. Thanks for sharing Alicia! 🙂

  6. Reading these types of books are always good for the spirit. Your review is very extensive. Thank you for the information!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you for visiting! 🙂

  7. Leigh Anne Borders

    This sounds like an interesting book. I also seem to suffer setbacks esp when I seem to be moving forward. Wishing you all the best in your journey and please do get a second opinion.

    1. Ms Claudette

      As the saying goes – what step forward two step backwards. I really hope that is not the case for you Leigh. Namaste. 🙂

  8. You’ve definitely gotten me curious about this book, after having read your previous mentions of it.

    But please, Claudette – go get that second opinion.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I do hope that you follow your curiosity and check out the book! Thank for the kind thoughts. 🙂

  9. Your article is such an amazing read! I will need to check out that book. It sounds like something I need to have my hands on right now. Care of the Soul in Everyday Life is so important to us all to do! Thank you for this article!


    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much Molly for reading and your comments. I do hope that you get the book. Namaste. 🙂

  10. amanda

    Love your “Love is the answer” message. I will have to check out the book you talk about in this article! Always love good food for thought!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Great Amanda! I look forward to your own thoughts on the message! Namaste. 🙂

  11. robin Rue

    Care of the Soul sounds like a great read. It looks like you took a lot away from the book yourself.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I did and continue to do so Robin. It is an awesome book. 🙂

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