While it is easy to recognize the symptoms of a physically starving person, the atrophy, fatigue, apathy, and weakness of one who has not had food or has been unable to eat or digest what food they did have for weeks or months, it may be considerably more difficult to recognize or acknowledge a starving soul. There are many among us here, now, incarnated in form who are wasting away spiritually and are in need of guidance, understanding, and most of all…food, in a spiritual sense.
Some Souls may be so disconnected from their own being that they do not know who they are or what they want out of life. They wander from relationship to relationship, job to job, place to place, spiritual camp to spiritual camp, searching…always searching for that one thing that continually escapes them, a sense of their own Self and their place in the world. As the search continues, these Souls may turn to mind-numbing experiences in order not to feel the pain…others become depressed or ill. They may enter counseling or see a doctor, seek out an astrologer or metaphysician, try a variety of healing exercises, get more exercise, practice yoga, go on a pilgrimage…do anything, anything, to ease the pain! While they can obtain some relief for a while, if they haven’t discovered the true source of their problem, the symptoms will gradually return.
The symptoms below will help you to recognize the Starving Soul of yourself or another:
Never-ending search for your Self
Ongoing feelings of discontent or worthlessness
Constant and significant escapism in all of it’s forms. Each Soul will chose a different form of escapism. Drugs, alcohol, sex addiction, food addiction, competitive sports (pushing the body until it becomes a mindless experience), etc
Trusting the ‘word’ of another, especially a so-called authority figure, over your own knowing and intuition
Looking for a savior to save you from yourself
Allowing abuse in your relationships
A dreaded fear of being alone
Mindlessly following a set of religious or spiritual beliefs but lack a sense of connection to those beliefs
Going along with the crowd, sometimes at the expense of your own being
Jumping from one religion or set of spiritual beliefs to another more than two times in your life
Extended episodes of depression, lasting more than a year (it is not uncommon or undesirable for us to experience depressive episodes. Melancholy itself can be a symptom of deeper Soul healing taking place).
Extreme co-dependence in relationships, with lovers, family, and friends
Lengthy episodes of floating anxiety (no known or obvious source)
Inability to give or receive sincere compliments or value the source of the compliments given
Lying, to the Self, to others - about the Self, about others
If one has two or more of the above symptoms, it is likely they are suffering from Soul starvation. The more symptoms, the deeper the gravity of their condition. These Souls are cut off from the bounty of the Universe - the Soul food of Spiritual connectedness - and while this may seem simplistic, the underlying culprit of this starvation is the inability to love. Without love we wither and waste away on a Soul level. When we are starving, we stop evolving, stop manifesting, and have little to share with the world. We are too weak to carry ourselves, let alone others. We have nothing to give.
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