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Allow the soul to grow

Posted November 11, 2006

Q. What is the deep spiritual purpose of a relationship? -- M.D.G, Boca Raton

A. Relationships are the perfect environment for soul growth. They are the best and toughest paths to self-realization. They mirror who we are and what we need to learn.

Brian Weiss says, "It is through relationships that we learn to express and receive love, to forgive, to help, and to serve."

Yogis who fast, take vows of poverty, practice celibacy and live in caves have chosen a difficult course. But that's nothing compared to being a "house holder," a term used in India for one who pursues the spiritual path while having a job, raising a family, maintaining a home and all the related responsibilities.

Serious spiritual seekers make relationships a priority because relationships provide a lifelong workshop for giving and receiving love.

The issue of relationships becomes very interesting when we remember that we are eternal souls. We are a combination of the magnificent soul and spirit that God originally created us to be, along with our human experiences that have left an imprint of thoughts, feelings and physical experiences.

According to Marilyn C. Barrick, "In each love relationship, we seek to recapture the mystical experience of our soul's original love union with God and the divine romance we once knew in the heaven world."

Relationships are a perfect opportunity for seeing the divine. Make a habit of looking deeply, even if only for a moment, into the eyes of those you encounter. You'll be surprised to find your beloved is present in everyone you meet.

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