Where has all the soul talk gone?
Joy Nugent, the author of “As Good As Goodbyes Get – a window into death and dying” and a palliative care nurse for almost 3 decades, says: “There was a time when souls were referred to as ‘a good soul’, ‘an adventurous soul’ and ‘an old soul’. Having a soul was taken for granted.”
‘In spite of a more holistic approach to death and dying with the advent of palliative care joining main stream health care, the notion of a person being a soul, and life being a soul journey, seems to take second place to pain and symptom management.’
‘That journey begins at birth and continues until the death of the physical body. Spiritual traditions, from ancient to modern, view the purpose of the soul’s journey in life to progress, or purify, the soul in some way. This requires an element of self-awareness and striving to find meaning. For those who believe in reincarnation, as Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing did, it takes many lifetimes to perfect the soul.
Other options to a belief in a body-less state are beliefs in a heaven or hell or in having no soul that outlasts the body. Perhaps this unknown is why so many people are fearful of dying and experience a prolonged dying and limbo phase, as seen in too many elderly, rather than a happy and hopeful living phase.’ This is not a reflection on nursing home care but perhaps a result of neglecting the soul.
Joy Nugent is promoting regular and centrally located ‘Soul Talk’ seminars and says that there are many small groups of people doing excellent personal growth and energy work. She feels there are benefits to be gained by giving people more choices and that many complementary therapies can assist allopathic, or traditional, medicine by encouraging people to be more self-reliant and self-responsible.
Soul ‘wounds’ frequently become first apparent in the physical body. The physical symptoms in grief are well documented and include loss of appetite, insomnia, headaches and anxiety, to mention a few. Grief is a process and it can be buried in the unconscious and reduce quality of life for years. It is Joy’s experience that by using techniques such as Life Alignment and Art Therapy, (alongside the work of the GP), the human capacity to improve the soul’s destiny is strengthened.
A book I am reading at present is by Michael Newton, PhD and titled Destiny of Souls. It is a record of case studies of life between lives.