Sunday, October 17, 2004

Mars/Venus: Soul Mates

I read this somewhere, and wish I could take credit for it:

"Do you know when they say soul mates? Everybody uses it in personal ads. "Soul-mate wanted." It doesn't mean too much now. But “soul-mates” - think about it. When your soul - whatever that is anyway - something so alive when you make music or love, and so mysteriously hidden most of the rest of the time, so colorful and big but without color or shape - when your soul finds another soul it knows, even before the rest of you knows it. The rest of you just feels sweaty and jumpy at first. And your souls get married without even meaning to - even if you can't be together for some reason in life, your souls just go ahead and make the wedding plans. And after that happens you know, - that's it, this is it.

But sometimes you have to let that person go. When you're little, people, movies, and fairy tales all tell you that one day you're going to meet this person. So you keep waiting and it's a lot harder than they make it sound. Then you meet and you think, okay, now we can just get on with it. But you find out that sometimes your soul brother-partner-lover has other ideas about that. They want to go to New York and write their own songs or whatever. They feel like you don't really love them but the idea of them, the dream you've had since you were a kid about a panther boy to carry you out of the forest of your fear or an angel to make love and celestial music with in the clouds or a genie twin to sleep with you inside a lamp.

This doesn’t mean that they’re not truly the one. It just means you've got to do whatever you have to do for you alone. You've got to believe in your magic and face right up to the part of yourself that wants to keep the one you love locked up in a place in you where no one else can touch them or even see them. Just the way when somebody you love dies, you don't stop loving them but you don't lock up their souls inside you. You turn that love into something else, give it to somebody else. And sometimes in a weird way when you do that, you get closer than ever to the person your soul married."

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