“Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.”
-- Dean Koontz
Reason holds many answers but not all the questions. The intelligence of mind allows us to achieve success in this life. It elevates us in our capabilities and expands possibilities in our lives if we exercise it. However, intelligence cannot be the final authority in all the ways we live because we also have emotions that must be dealt with, parts of our psyche that are hidden from awareness, and internal promptings from what I call soul. Our spirit has innate qualities that include wisdom, intuition, morality, and consciousness itself that exist in a realm far beyond logic, qualities that we must pay attention to so that we may become wholly human.
The soul brings forth many traits that reason or emotion alone cannot. We are complex beings, encompassing humanness and spirituality. When we expand our awareness, we find a greater depth than we had imagined in a sense of connectedness with others, awe, courage, warmth of friendship, self-esteem, self-expression, creativity, compassion, and unconditional love. We discover a sense of the greatness of the universe, a shining soul within us, and a greater power upon which we can rely. These have their genesis in the soul as the reflection of God.
It is not enough to simply reason your way through life, for then life would be barren. We would miss the sparks of serendipity, inspiration, and creation. The soul creates your meaning. When you become aware of it and pay attention to its stirrings, your life becomes rich and fulfilling. A sense of purpose emanates from within you. The universe whispers its grand mysteries, and your soul listens in anticipation and excitement, seeking to grow and expand.
Reason is the way you make sense of these voices and place order into your world. It allows you to manifest all that you are and all you want to be in the choices you make, the thoughts you think, and the life you create. Reason is the conduit of your effect on others and your legacy. It brings action that ripples outward to the earth and to the universe through you.
Use your reason as the way to make good choices and have good effect, but play it first against your inner self. Ask the deeper questions and listen to your guides and your soul for direction. Contemplate the mysteries first, seeking revelation and enlightenment, and then let your reason conduct you on your journey.