Any science teacher can explain double rainbows. None can explain why such sights (including the way the car shape mimics the rainbows) move the soul.
Nothing is more elusive to the mind than the soul. It is a game of hide & seek. The brain analyzes. The soul dodges capture the way any ghost eludes mortal embrace.
"What is precious/ inside us does not/ care to be known by the mind/ in ways that diminish/ its presence," David Whyte writes. To describe love is tantamount to death by textbook.
The notion that our most precious gift cannot be "figured out" is a confounding reality & a gorgeous mystery. The idea that even poets cannot define it frustrates professors & scientists alike.
Minds ask, What is it? How does it work? The soul defies earthly inquiries.
What should we do? Many answer by dismissing soul & spirit as nonsense. Others seek to explain thus missing Whyte's wisdom that the soul's unfathomable truth "does not/ care to be known by the mind." Nor can it be.
Where, then, is our soul? It is nowhere & everywhere. In other words. The best way to appreciate our spirit is with humility.
Our mind's assumption that intelligent analysis will "figure out" the soul is arrogance. It is akin to alleging that our eyes should see what they cannot see.
Humility engages words like "sacred," "holy" & "mysterious." These choices hint rather than answer.
Want a glimpse of the soul at work? Watch someone who reaches beyond thinking to give caregiving so beautiful that it makes no sense.
Reverend Erie Chapman
"Double Rainbow" - Family Member Photo