The Over-Soul by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Over-Soul

We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meanwhile, inside man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which each part and particle are equitably related; the Eternal.

This deep power in which we exist and whose bliss is fully accessible to us, It is not only self-sufficient and perfect in each hour, but the mere act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, like the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the Whole, of which these are the salient parts, is the soul.

We are wiser than we think. If we do not obstruct our ideas, but act completely on them, or see how God is in everything, we will know the special thing, and each thing, and each man. Because the Maker of all things and all people are behind of us and tarnish his omniscience with fear of things through us.

There is a difference between one hour of life and another in its authority and its subsequent effect. Our faith comes at times; our vices are common. There is still a depth to those brief moments that restricts us from ascribing more reality to them than all of our other experiences.

Much of the world’s wisdom is not wisdom, and the most intellectual class of men is undoubtedly superior to literary fame, and they are not writers.

Among the multitude of scholars and writers, we felt no presence of holiness; we are

aware of gift and skill rather than inspiration; they have a light that they don’t know where it comes from and they call it themselves; his talent is some exaggerated faculty, a member

abandoned, so his strength is a disease. In these examples, the intellectual gifts do not give the impression of virtue, but almost of a vice; and we feel that a man’s talents are in the path of his progress toward the truth.

The union of Man and God in every act of the soul is ineffable. The simplest person, who in his

integrity reveres God, becomes God, It makes no difference if the calling is for many or for one. The faith that rests on authority is not faith. Reliance on authority measures the decline of religion, the withdrawal of the soul.

Contemplate me, I tell them, I was born in a great way, in the universal mind. I, the imperfect, adore my own perfection. I am somehow open to the great soul, and thus I look down on the sun and the stars and feel that they are the just accidents and the effects that change and pass. More and more the waves of eternal nature enter me, and I become public and human in my greetings and actions. So I come to live in ideas and act with energies, which are immortal.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference between life and

Death, between being alive on this earth and being dead, is that being alive and right here you have God (Holy Spirit) close and you have body and soul right here, you decide – you will decide right here to continue to tend close to God or no, in the future when You and I no longer alive,

The Soul never dies but depending on how you behave or the things you decide right here, you will then decide whether or not to continue close to God in the future when it is no longer alive, and God gives you the freedom to choose your own. way, but God gives you the necessary tools and for Love to always try to keep you close to Him here and in the future, when you and I are not here.

We will be judged in the final judgment not for our honors, for our recognitions, for everything we study and what we graduate, or for all our assets and money, we will be judged by the Love that we gave or not here on this earth, we will be judged for the Love that we gave or not in Life, in this life and in life itself.

Marcel Arellano’s own reflections

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