There’s a story of an explorer who traveled madly from one edge of South America to the other, getting up before dawn every day and pushing his crew until after sundown. One morning, as he was getting ready for yet another day of busy exploration, his native porters failed to appear. The explorer found them all seated under a tree, not doing anything in particular, but looking as if they were settled in for the better part of the day. He approached them impatiently and demanded an explanation. One of the porters then matter-of-factly replied, “We have traveled far and we have traveled fast. Now we must allow time for our souls to catch up with our bodies.”
I think most people are two within: the one is the 'Inner Self,' connected with All out there and the other, the one born in this life with this body and name. The latter is very occupied with getting to 'places' - loves to label everything and everyone and clings to the familiar. Absolutely fears the 'Inner Self' and any form of 'connectedness' - because that means the death of the so-called ego.
It is possible that most of us suffer from this terrible affliction - our bodies running away from the soul, mostly because we are very confused. We are not sure which one is which - 'who' is running the show at this very moment - therefore the 'split soul.' Only when we connect with our 'Inner Self' and therefore to Nature - we can recognize 'the other' for what it really is.
My stepfather was a good example of the 'split soul theory.' In the house, amongst 'civilization' he basically never spoke to me - no communication or sharing at all, except when I did something wrong of course. In nature, he was a different person - a completely different person. Although his 'teaching' methods were a bit 'unconventional' - he taught me a lot and I had no choice, but to learn hard and fast. This was always the way in Africa - no time to fool around. I think in Nature - his soul had time to catch up with his body.
Another good example, is the 'walkabout' situation of the Australian Aboriginal - a new word for me, but a very familiar situation. On the 'stations' it is well known for Aboriginals 'to go walkabout' - this might be for a week or a couple of years. No one knows except for the person undertaking the journey. I'm well known for going 'walkabout' every now and then - in body, mind and soul.
A few definitions:
Walkabout: An expression from the Aboriginal culture - when Aboriginal Australians 'go on walkabout', they undertake a spiritual journey to renew their relationship with their Dreaming and the Landscape. The land is their life, their mother, their way, nourishment and their spiritual connectedness.
When an individual goes on a Walkabout, it is different for different people. It can be a walk to where they originated or a walk to where they are part of the land (and the land part of them) - a place of 'Sacred Belongingness.'
Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months. In this practice they would trace the paths, or "songlines", that their people's ceremonials ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.
Walkabout: A temporary return to traditional Aboriginal life, taken especially
between periods of work or residence in modern society and usually
involving a period of travel through the bush.
There is a reason why we 'take holidays' and 'visit' so called Third World countries, National Parks, the sea, river systems and remote areas. These are all places where our 'souls' can catch up with our bodies - we have to do this, because we have separated ourselves - not only from our 'Inner Self,' but also from Nature. We are stuck in places with an abundance of mental and urban noise - 'stillness' and 'connectedness' is something the majority of people don't understand anymore.
Only in Stillness, connected to Nature, can we Connect with our Souls and 'Remember' again - this is the Path of the Ancient Way.