Is Beauty a "What" or a "Who"?
What is a beautiful soul? In process theology, the soul is not a static, isolated, enclosed part of our being. Rather the soul is a river of experiences, saturated with Divinity and reflecting all creation. A beautiful soul is adaptable, renewing, changing, and flowing toward a wider sea of enriching fullness....Rilke put it another way: “I live my life in widening circles/that reach out across the world.” This reminds me of walking a labyrinth and discovering that, if we are centered in God’s creative-responsive love, we can confidently move out into ever-widening circles with a soul overflowing with the yearning to “love many things.” Thus, a beautiful soul loves many things. The wide and welcoming soul is never static, but flowing as a river of experiences—refreshingly alive to the infinite web of relationships that ground it in the world. Such attention to fattening our souls for the sake of love may be exactly what we need in times of tragedy and uncertainty—times just like these.
Farmer, Patricia Adams. Beauty and Process Theology (Topical Line Drives) (p. 19). Energion Publications. Kindle Edition.