The people behind this are very well intentioned. The thing just beams with love. That said, it’s still passing on a common misconception. There is nowhere specific that you are going and there is nothing you are trying to achieve. Soul’s are about Being, not progression. In a way that’s exactly what makes them souls; their ability to surrender striving in exchange for being. From there you just trust your nature and simply follow its wisdom. So while it is true that you will grow from adversity, you don’t have adversity so that you will grow. These are just states of being and you have the ability to choose the one you experience. But you’re not working toward a version where you don’t suffer. Not suffering is an ego’s goal, not a soul’s. Soul’s understand that it is the contrast provided by suffering that allows us to find joy.
Note: Everyone who posts or shares a quote does so with the very best of intentions. That said, I have created the series of Other Perspectives blog posts in an effort to prevent some of these ideas from entering into people’s consciousness unchallenged. These quotes range from silly to dangerous and—while I intend no offense to their creators—I do use these rebuttals to help define and delineate the larger message I’m attempting to convey in my own work. I do hope you find them helpful in your pursuit of both psychological and spiritual health.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own over-thinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.