From time to time I will create my own term for something when I don’t know of one in existence-
A “Soulspression” occurs when the vibrancy of a person’s soul greets the physical world, this loving visual can be recognized on someone's face and can leave a lasting impression in the memory of the person who views it.
A soulspression is one of the most amazing gifts I’ve ever received. On rare occasions, I’ve even been fortunate to get one from a complete stranger. It’s hard to explain how incredible this feeling is but when you do something to elicit such a powerful reaction you are immediately filled with so much loving energy that you too will find your soul beaming through your face. These are some of my favorite moments shared between people and ones that I love to co-create.
Our gifts can be large or small but when we lovingly do something or give to someone because we feel a tugging at our heart and not to gain anything in return, a miracle occurs. All acts of love are miracles according to the book "A Course in Miracles" and I happen to agree. The person receiving a miraculous gift may not consider themselves to be particularly spiritual but they are often able to feel the nonphysical realm that is full of love. When we receive these kinds of gifts we may not be able to find the words to fully express our gratitude because the actions are motivated from outside the physical realm, thus leaving us speechless. Just writing and thinking about these experiences fills me with so many beautiful emotions.
When I think of the moments where I have had a soulspresssion experience it brings me back to those faces and those places where I was a part of a miracle, used by the creator to co-create a moment that touched someone. These moments made an imprint in my heart and I seek them more and more in this life. If you can't remember ever experiencing this feeling, you might be reading this thinking, "What is this guy talking about?" Until you experience it first-hand it may seem strange but I promise if you start listening to those inner tuggings at your heart you will experience a soulspression. The calling often comes as a subtle little whisper inside your heart. Have a conversation with him... See if she needs help carrying that bag... Call that friend up and offer to listen... If you listen to your inner guidance and do these kinds of things, you will experience the profound and life-changing moments that will touch your heart deeply. Just allow yourself to be of service to the greater power. You can call that power whatever you choose, the name doesn't change the Power.
Can you think of some soulspression moments from your life?
I have been on both sides of miracles A.K.A. acts of love. In the past, I enjoyed being the vessel that offered these blessings but wasn't as joyful in receiving them. The truth is we all need miracles to happen for us and for others to experience the miracle that is giving someone has to be receiving of the gifts. Don't harden or close yourself off to these blessings because of pride.
Miracles come directly from the divine and if you deny these gifts then you allow your prayers to go unanswered.
I love this short story, "The Drowning Man"-
A fellow was on his rooftop stranded in a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon a man
in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you."
The stranded fellow shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me."
So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. "The fellow in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you."
To this the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted, "Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety."
To this the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven and he finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in you but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!"
To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
This story is so great at showing how we often block the miracles we are sent.
I have felt completely alone before, fortunately, that was many years ago when people I loved and trusted turned their backs on me because they found out I was gay. I lost a lot of family, my church, and many of friends but as many people turned away from me, leaving me very, very lonely; In time, new people came into my life and many miracles came my way. These beautiful people, provided me with shelter, food, and were there to listen and offer advice when I was literally homeless and to this day none have them have ever asked for anything in return, these were miracle workers. At my most vulnerable time, they showed me compassion and kindness. These acts of love were sparked from the realm of the divine. Some have tried to call it “nice people being nice”, but this kind of “nice” would not exist without people listening to the callings and inklings within their souls. Years later, several of the people who left my life during that painful time have grown, apologized, and some are here with me now. It's a testament of the power of love.
While writing this blog (RIGHT NOW) another miracle happened! I had written to author Becky Albertalli, I felt a tug inside me after reading all about the book "Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda" which became the hit film "Love Simon". The film hadn't released at the time but I sent her a letter to appreciate her work and listen to that little tugging inside my heart. I knew that this story was going to be instrumental in changing minds and helping LGBTQ people all around the world and I wanted to thank her for that. It's been a while since I wrote that letter and I have seen "Love Simon" several times in the theater to show my support and as I'm writing this blog, mentioning the story about people turning away from me and loving people opening their arms to me; I received an Email alert on my phone that the author Becky Albertalli had written to me. I read her words of encouragement for my writing and appreciation for my letter. It made me smile to know my letter had touched her and now she was touching me- soulspression.
What a beautiful miracle this was, to be writing about soulspressions, about my childhood and opening up about that and then to receive that alert, right in that moment while I was writing it. It was a beautiful miracle and a confirmation that we should listen to that inner calling. Do those kind things, say those loving words because you never know who they may touch.
May you receive and co-create many, many miracles!