At the centre of our being there exists the energy of our soul that is forever wanting and needing to be expressed through us.
An inner knowing that we’re here for a reason and we’re meant to live in alignment with this deeper truth.
An impulse to become more authentic in how we live our lives.
When we ignore this impulse it often feels like a gap between who we are, how we’re living our lives and who we’re meant to become.
I’ve heard it described as a feeling of being “two-faced”. Meaning, who we are on the inside, does not match how we live on the outside.
Over time we begin to feel like something inside of us is starving, not in the physical sense, but in a spiritual sense.
This sense that something may be missing in the midst of an abundant life may subside for short periods of time when we’ve distracted ourselves with something exciting.
At some point, however, we begin to realize that no amount of distraction is going to alleviate the inner longings.
Our soul is hungry, but not for more things or distractions; it’s craving a new way of being.
The summons to become more
Our souls are summoning us to become more and not to have or do more. I explore this further in the post, The Call of Your Soul: 10 Signs Your Soul is Speaking to You.
This becoming more isn’t the same as what our small self or ego might have us think; which is you’re never good enough. You need to become more famous, rich, educated, deserving, respected, beautiful or just plain “more.”
The type of becoming that the soul is inviting us to evolve into is about becoming more of our authentic self and who we are at the core of our being.
The soul wake-up call is summoning us to become more grounded in our own essence as a spiritual being having a human experience. And with that awareness, we move forward making decisions that are in alignment with our deepest truths.
Sounds simple enough, but the truth is it’s not simple. It’s not simple or easy because to honor our soul we often need to go against the grain.
The two forces within each of us
We all have a force within us that is powered by societal and familial conditioning.
This creates a powerful energetic pull in us to “fit in” and not rock the boat.
But, there is an even more powerful force that rebels until we pay close attention and begin to listen.
This opposing powerful force is the energy created by the energy of the soul.
One of the key needs of the soul is to be known and acknowledged. The soul asks one thing of us: To be aware of and make decisions that are in alignment with our own unique blueprint.
The challenge for many of us is that we often define ourselves by things external to us. We live our lives based on other people’s values, needs and expectations rather than the needs of our own souls.
People often tell me that they have no idea who they are anymore. Many of us have been defined by our roles as parents, spouses, partners, children, employees etc.
The problem is that when our roles change, which they always will, we have no idea who we are. As long as we define ourselves by someone or something external to us, we will experience some degree of soul hunger.
You see what happens for all of us is that we are pulled between our souls and our subconscious beliefs that arise from our conditioning, our culture and society in general.
Triggers that cause the symptoms of “soul hunger”
If your soul tells you that it needs to be creative and free in order to thrive, even if that means you won’t make a lot of money, and you have a subconscious belief that you’ll never be happy unless you have a certain type of job or make a certain amount of money—your soul will rebel.
If your soul needs you to be in a relationship with someone who is growing, evolving and stepping more fully into who they’re meant to become, and your subconscious beliefs lead you to be in a relationship for security and comfort—your soul will rebel.
If your soul needs you to embrace and honor all your feelings, and your subconscious belief gives you the message that you’re just meant to be happy and positive all the time—your soul will rebel.
If your soul needs you to accept life as it is, and society or conditioning has you believing that you need to be in control of everything and how life turns out—your soul will rebel.
When the soul rebels, it’s a wake-up call to create space in our lives in order to look within and listen to the deeper truths of our souls.
The “wake-up” call in our outer lives shows up as health issues, relationship struggles and jobs that feel like they’re draining our life force energy.
The soul thrives on three things; feeling completely alive, feeling deeply connected in our relationships and living a life that feels meaningful and purposeful.
In order to do this, the soul needs for us to live our lives from the inside out, not the outside in.
When we honor this, we begin to thrive!
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