Saturday, June 29, 2013

Half Moons and Twin Souls

     I was doing a bunch of errands this afternoon and noticed that it was a half moon, visible in the blue sky of daytime.  You don't see a moon like that everyday, and I paused a moment to marvel at it.

     It also got me to pondering.  The moon is always a sphere, although it may appear as only half when the sun doesn't shine on its other half.  That other half is visible somewhere, right?  In my romantic way of thinking, it's like Twin Souls.  My soul is made of this human unit currently writing in my blog and living a relatively happy life while the other half of my soul, my Twin, is currently doing whatever my Twin is doing and hopefully leading a relatively happy life as well.  Together, we are like the sphere of the moon, but my half is visible here and my Twin's half is visible somewhere else.  What will eventually unite us?  The sun of enlightenment, I suppose.  I still have so far to go . . .

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Kahlil Gibran and Twin Souls

     As I've noted in previous posts, some of the writings by Kahlil Gibran seem to show a belief in something like Twin Souls.  Consider this quote from a story about a woman who has married a wealthy man whom she does not love (a frequent theme in some of his stories), but loves another, materially poor man:
    "Please, my dear, do not contrive to console me, for the calamity through which I have realized the power of my love is my great consoler.  Now I am looking forward from behind my tears and awaiting the coming of Death to lead me to where I will meet the companion of my soul and embrace him as I did before we entered this strange world."

     Gibran never married and had a series of friendships and romantic relationships with various women over his lifetime.  However, there was one woman who played a great role in his life.  When he was 21, he met Mary Haskell, a woman who became probably his closest friend as well as his supporter, financially, emotionally, and professionally, as his editor, critic, and biographer.  Apparently, they discussed marriage at a certain point, but for some reason they never agreed to do so.  Most biographers believe that their relationship was never sexual.  Still, it is interesting to note that later in life, Mary married a much older, wealthy man who did not approve of Gibran.  Is this the soul separation and unhappy marriage that Gibran writes about in several of his stories?  Was Haskell his Twin Soul?  Also, since Gibran was raised as a Maronite Christian, how did he develop these ideas of reincarnation and Twin Souls?  Sadly, Gibran often embellished his background and the truth of his influences may never be known. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Beautiful Twin Soul Quote

     I'm still knee-deep in my Kahlil Gibran collection, and I came across another beautiful description of Twin Souls.  Here it is:

     Earthly bodies must often separate for earthly purpose,
     And must live apart impelled by worldly intent.

     But, the spirit remains joined safely in the hands of Love,
     Until death arrives and takes joined souls to God.

I really must find out how Gibran came to this concept of joined souls, what we now call Twin Souls.  I'll dig around and see what I find, then let you know.  I'll keep you posted!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Another Sweet Twin Soul Story

     As I continued reading my collection of stories and poems by Kahlil Gibran, I read the story entitled "Madame Rose Hanie," which recounts the tale of a woman who left her materially wealthy husband for a poor man.  The whole town believed her to be a low life for having done so, but she explains to a stranger that although she had been wealthy in possessions, she was starving for love in the rich man's house.  When she listened to the call of her heart and left him to live with a impoverished man in his little hovel, she found the true wealth of love.  While I struggle with the idea of leaving one's mate for another (leftovers from my pious upbringing), I do understand her point of view, expressed so movingly here:
Today I am one with the man I love; he and I sprang out as one torch from the hand of God before the beginning of the world.  There is no power under the sun that can take my happiness from me, because it emanated from two embraced spirits, engulfed by understanding, radiated by Love, and protected by heaven.
Lovely, no?


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Sweet Twin Soul Story

     I was reading The Collected Works by Kahlil Gibran and came across an enchanting story entitled "Ashes of the Ages and Eternal Fire."  It tells the tale of two lovers separated by centuries and how their souls recognized each other the instant their eyes met.  Here's a delicious quote:
She raised her head and looked at him with her soul . . . the look of a human which, in mighty silence, belittles the conventional words used amongst mankind; the expression which offers myriads of thought in the unspoken language of the hearts.  She bore the look of a person who accepts Love not as a spirit in a body of words, but as a reunion occurring long after two souls were divided by earth and joined by God.
Although Gibran doesn't specifically speak of Twin Souls, the fact that he has them recognize each other on a soul level after several centuries, in my opinion, parallels the idea of a Twin Soul reunion.  It's definitely worth reading.


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