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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Self Help and the Soul, Love

Updated on October 18, 2015

I just love this place where I tried to "grow up".

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Wilson Mountain, about 8,000 feet. Me I just have two feet. | Source

The energy that is us.

Let us assume that there is a soul. You can be agnostic or atheist and that is a fine way to be if you are inclined that way. You can be Christian or Buddhist or Muslim and that is just dandy like candy. You can be pink or blue and that is fine too. And of course we think that everyone should spend time studying diverse “religions” and look for fine things that they offer. So this request is more for those who believe in God than for those who do not. Please leave God alone and out of this for a few moments. I promise God will not mind a bit if you exercise your mind.

If you take enough potatoes and stick wire in them and then tie all your wires together with some razzle dazzle stuff you can make electricity from the potatoes. We all know that the sunlight can be converted into energy. Most people understand that our bodies on a sub molecular level have more space than matter. Interesting trivia that gets us thinking about our electricity. Yes our bodies have electricity in them occupying both space and tissue matter including blood. If conditions are right and your heart stops, it can be restarted with electrical current. No electricity in our body and we are dead.

Souls don't live, souls don't die?

Red Rocks soar above us mere mortals.

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A "Soul"?

So what of the soul? We did not know about this electricity in our body stuff 200 years ago and today we can measure it and control it or overload it on purpose. Think of electrolytes – you need them, think of electrocution -- weird. Today we are starting to measure electricity just outside the body emanating from our body. Fifty years ago this was impossible. Yet since the time that writing and philosophy and “religion” has existed it seems most people have recognized the soul as being. Mind, body and soul have been in our lexicon since there has been a lexicon. There appears to be studies that suggest over 90 percent of Americans believe in the soul. An interesting paper is here:

So it can be assumed that today we are writing for people who believe in a soul. Something aside from the electricity that courses through our body. Don’t you find that extremely interesting? Look at your neighbor or bus driver or local cop, they believe in a soul. There is no “source” for the soul. The soul is not contingent on the life of a host, if it is distinct. At its simplest it is not of mind or body. Now you have an eternal soul. Or perhaps a soul that can die, but then it should be measurable. We are that smart.


So why did we throw “self-help” in with the soul? Because the notion of a soul operates in us living creatures in conjunction with our mind and body. The self is all three. But normally we treat self-help as a behavior modification system. Partially it is the striving for less of something and the more of something. Less poverty, more wealth. Less alcohol, more health. Less sadness, more happiness. Emotions and things are what we want to get improvement on.

Now take this man who had depression. Notice we did not say he suffered from depression. He had all the symptoms of depression without the sadness. His inability to function in things like work and get out of bed and take care of himself was cause to “cure” the depression. So he sought out the professionals and the self-help. But he did not suffer. Then there was a man with cancer. He sought out the professionals and went for self-help. His body was ravaged by the cancer and treatment but he was not suffering and was surrounded by love and was basically happy. It seems that getting well meant fixing his body and health meant a mechanically fix to a disease. There is a real need to fix ourselves to keep living and providing for that life. It is what we can do.

And the suffering is connected to the mind body experience not the soul. Or is it that the suffering is connected to the soul and not the mind, body experience? As with self-help and medicine we can treat symptoms that seem to reside in our physical is there self-help for the soul?

We are well aware that the mind can literally separate itself from the body in the sense that it can block acknowledgement of the body. And we know that our body can have things go on in it without regard to the mind. But we know they cannot “exist” without each other. But likewise it seems that the soul can operate independently from the body and mind and we have no direct evidence that suggests the soul is dependent upon the mind or body for existence.

Interesting video, and mix of beauty and downright strange.

Which part of us is to yield to the other part of us?

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What are we looking to help?

Enough of this gobbledygook mumbo jumbo. Let us get right to the crux now. The largest self-help group by far is Alcoholics Anonymous. Less than 100 years ago this concept began. Shortly it developed twelve steps. These twelve steps, sometimes slightly modified is the key to countless other self-help groups. There is just no two ways about it, the twelve steps are a spiritual program. Yet their concept relies upon behavior modification. Sorry but to any rational human being that makes no sense. How can we take behavioral steps to spirituality?

Remember we took any notion of God out of this equation. Now let us take a straightforward concept that makes sense. We need something timeless. We need something all powerful. We need something omnipresent. And we need something beyond the control of man. We need a something whose existence has never been really questioned. We need something that is beyond the mind and body.

For me there is one thing that has all these attributes. I look no further than what a young man proclaimed thousands of years ago. “God is Love”. It just fits. This thing called love seems to transcend and bind the mind, body and soul together. While it is a part of us it is also much larger than us. It is in all of what we would call a “human” being. If there is one without it, we call that one an animal. Yet evidence would show that love even enters and resides in animals, though not all.

So it would perhaps seem to us as we ponder that loving oneself and others is the greatest self-help of all. Somehow it is the letting in and letting out of God. Now we can understand the notion of loving love. How pure a concept.

Let us end with the wonderful thought of knowing. Why do we use the concept/word two ways? We can easily understand someone saying “he knows the law”. Clearly we mean here that his brain has learned the law. And we can easily understand someone saying “he knows God”. Clearly we mean something different and possibly more than his brain has learned about God. In the second we actually are speaking of the soul.

And so on this fine Sunday I suggest to you that self-help in all its glory is a rather simple truth. The real self is mind, body and soul. Connecting the soul with love is the ultimate self help. It will bind the three parts into one and fill all three with love. So though our cancer patient may be dying he is well. Though our depressed friend is “mentally” functioning poorly he can be happy. And that alcoholic can find relief from his obsession. And my favorite is our financial self-help seeker. Most assuredly he will find satisfaction and joy in what he has and not need more stuff. Please today let this God who is love enter into your mind, body and soul and find all the help you need.

Hey Now! Can I get an Amen?


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence, thank you for reading and commenting. For some odd reason you got me thinking about nurturing. We nurture our bodies and our minds with exercise and diet and reading and such. How do we nurture our soul really?

      Wouldn't it be weird if we found out that about a third of us do not have a soul. So like somebody does not believe in a soul just doesn't have one.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      'It is well with my soul'

      Awesome words but today you hit on a truth! When we are able to say those words our world may be coming apart at the seams but we're still "Well"

      I was reading recently of some Neuroscientists who have come up with experimental data that suggests that the 'soul' is seperate to our physical brain (they stimulated parts of the brain to do move parts of the body they didn't want to move!) and that there's a part of us nothing in science can explain!

      Awesome hub


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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, I don't have much of a Christian following. Even though that is what I am. I think we should look for similarity in all good things. A verse written long ago to some struggling folks in a town now near it called Filippoi, Greece: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. You clearly practice this philosophy.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Certainly inspiring! If you can use words as you do, with sincerity, then you can make up with that sister and she should be over the moon. I'm honoured if I've spurred you to do that. You are definitely not 'an empty vessel of words'.


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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whacka Whacka Ann,

      You just said it now don't take it back -- my stuff is inspiring? OK you spur me to action. My soul needs me to "make up" with somebody, well one of my three sisters. I had better walk the walk if I am going to talk the talk of the words we love so dearly. I refuse to be an empty vessel of words.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Amen to that! The soul definitely exists; there is that 'other something' that is not physical. You have the ability to call upon a wide knowledge of facts and of life to explain to us what you are thinking and you do it so well, Eric.

      I always enjoy your sermons. They're nothing like the sermons I used to listen to when I was young. They're captivating and inspiring!


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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Honey baby,

      I am writing this email to my two adult girls right now:

      Darling give me your beau's number right now and right here. That boy needs to get some talking to.

      I love life, I will help you as I can. You are a child of the most high. Act like it and demand what I demand. Love.

      I don't do the interference stuff much but reminders for young men are essential. I will let you know how this "self Help" works.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Amen....Eric this is such an important message...

      Imagining life without having God smack dab in the middle of it would be a mournful existence.

      I am so blessed to have this connection of which you speak...and it makes every day possible despite the unplanned events that cause some unpleasantness. I know that through it all, He is there.


      Know that Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Dana, it is always a pleasure to have you visit.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      As usual, very interesting and food for thought.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank, they are made a whole lot better when good folks come by and leave a comment. I appreciate it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      Love your Sunday sermons.. interesting .. hmm very fascinating my friend :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise that whole are of letting go is fascinating and rewarding. I love it when I have the time to spend an hour or so really just sitting still and stilling those 25 stampeding horses in my head. When we empty our cup, He fills it.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Amen! I have been studying this concept lately. I am learning that when I "Be still" I find a space between my thoughts where there is an infinite connection to the love of God. When I go there, it is like opening up the blinds in a dark room. The sunshine enters in a bathes my soul with light and love. There is nothing like it! It is soul food in the purest sense! God says, "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalms 46:10). When we do, we find a direct connection where that electricity of love flows directly into our soul.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We have very charmed lifes indeed that we have the luxury to ponder, and who knows, possibly improve ours and other's lives. I need a fishing trip, where I forget the bait.

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      You are the philosopher theologian king of Hub Pages, a modern St. Augustine. I am becoming convinced there is a soul, because sometimes I do things that don't seem to come from me. As you alluded to, if not outright said, we have to harness the soul's power to truly effect change. Wonderful words of wisdom!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary, thank you for taking the time from your wonderful foliage to come by and visit. We are so blessed to have our friendships here sharing. That was a strange video but like you say, kind of cool too!

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      You never fail to inspire. I share your beliefs so my inspirations come easy, but even those who do not share your beliefs must find inspiration here, for God is love and if they believe in love, that's it!

      That video was beautiful and strange. Kind of cool too!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora, sometimes the lifting is heavy, but for me worth the effort. Especially with such wonderful comments and support as yours. This winding road of bringing the "new" and the "old" together is fascinating.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you picked up a heavy-duty topic this week. "Loving oneself and others is the greatest self-help of all." You speak to me here. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie for sharing your thoughts with us. That concept of guilt is a very interesting place to spend time in study and contemplation. I always try to remember Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Then I can approach it with a loving heart. I ponder right now if a soul can sin.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You bring up a million interesting thoughts Eric like when I do bible study; I start out on one thing and end up with half a dozen! I believe we do all have souls whether we are Christian or not or believe it or not.

      The thoughts you brought to my mind are that a man can be alcoholic and never have a drop of alcohol, we all know that but can a man be a murderer or an adulterer (and so on) without committing those crimes. Yes, in their heart they certainly can and are guilty according to our scripture therefore is our need of a savior for we none are without sin. This just takes it a step closer and that is what I got from this...which is much. Thank you.

      Also all souls will never die; no matter their destination.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, I reckon some folks just stumble upon deep revelations. I not only have to climb to the mountain top but study the whole journey long. And then wait and wait. But I must say that I enjoy the journey and the silence of listening. If I don't die trying that would mean I gave up -- maybe someday.

      Thank you for guiding me so often into the tender mercies we are blessed with.

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      3 years ago

      Great one Eric , The soul , I do believe that humanity is self centered to such a point that we just cannot see clearly within ourselves . I like to consider myself wise , or semi-wise at least , yet do even I look deeply enough within at these complicated connections ? No, I am weak , humble but weak . BUT , we try don't we my friend . And that IS the absolute best of what man can do is try. There is a saying some of us use that is deeper than any of us even know , when we say "or I will die trying " ...........Great sermon . I just love it that the one thing I can count on in Hubs besides a low score and a few cherished friends , IS Eric's Sunday sermon !

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The power of love is just incredible Bill. Awesome is over used but it fits. Each day can be changed from bad to good anytime of day by love.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John it is real fine of you to drop by for a read and comment. My favorite concept is that wonderful love we have. Thanks

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm wise enough to know, Eric, that I don't know much. Just because something can't be proven does not mean it does not my soul? I'm willing to sign on to that. What I believe in, above all else, is the power of love. It is my guiding light and the day it became that light is the day I found true happiness. You can draw your own conclusions. :) Happy Sunday my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Amen for love! Eric. A wonderful message.


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