Why care about Soul’s realm?

 

Soul’s realm is found by listening, seeing, and knowing differently

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What is Soul’s realm? How to find it? Why do we care?What is it?

What is it?
Soul’s realm is hard to talk about.
It is invisible, mysterious, and often dismissed as unreal.
It is outside the limitations of time and space.
It is invisible, precious, and sometimes terrifying because it is unknown.
It is not measurable, or scientifically definable

Learning soul’s language invites an adventure,
a journey led by inspiration, dreams, and synchronicities.
Connection with it guides us to unimagined possibilities

Soul’s realm awaits everyone.
Experiencing it ignites a longing for more.

How do we find it?
Following whispers from soul’s realm soften either/or certainty, offering new points of view.
Paying attention to synchronicities discloses important clues about who we are.
Paying attention to symptoms reveals what has been too painful to remember
but too important to forget.
Listening to Oracles invites reflection and flashes of  insight.

This mysterious, invisible realm urges us to slow down,
experience Eros and Wisdom.
Soul’s realm offers a different sensibility, rich with feelings,
saturated with images, and poetic illusions.

Why do we care?
Connecting with Soul’s realm,
invites a different experience of life–
more complex beauty,
liberation of imagination, and embodied knowing.
We experience a more intimate awareness of nature and wildness.

Stepping into this kind of knowing,
crossing the threshold into soul’s unknown, shadowy realm,
offers us access to missing pieces.
Those discarded pieces that did not seem to fit, yet contribute to who we are.
Reclaiming these lost parts of ourselves offers new freedom.
A freedom to step out of the shadows and choose more life, and more love.

Stepping into Soul’s realm invites wonder and vibrant energy.
It encourages each of us to celebrate our unique gifts.
It invites us to take our unique place within the web of life

 

Walking the Spiral

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

I love this poem. I used it for the end of my dissertation, and for so many other times and places of return.  The idea that we will arrive where we started, and know the place for the firs time. Initially this idea was very distressing.

I used to say, “Well I guess I just have to keep doing it over till I get it right.” It was a statement about falling short. I graded it as a failure at the game of life.One day, a few months after my return to Texas, I once again found myself doing the same old thing. I was disappointed in myself. Here I was again.

Then, I felt my invisible teacher, Isaiah, smiling.What is it, I asked. “Do you not yet see,” he said, “Step back for a moment and look differently. Ask yourself, is this exactly what you have done before? Have you not yet realized that you bring all of the information, all of the experiences, and a somewhat different perspective to this now. Your journey is not an endless circle, rather, you are walking on a spiral. You continue to change and grow bit by bit, step by step, because of your willingness to look, see, and hold your Self more consciously.  Awakening may come with a blinding flash of insight, or gradually as you come to more of your self. Whichever it is you still need to continue. Taking small steps forward, listening for guidance, building bridges and weaving Wisdom into the spiral dance of life.”

With all this in mind, please read it again.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot
Four Quartets

It is pure alchemy isn’t it?  Your thoughts?

 

Here it is! Val Inman offering her insights. She is the first Voice in Voices: A new project at The Healing Alliance. What do you think?

Yikes the format got scrambled when I reblogged. It is easier to read at thehealingalliance.worpress.com

 

The Healing Alliance

What do you do
When you see a roadrunner
Walking
or 4 hawks flying?
Protecting a sacred mission

Or clouds showing
Pictures that are
Answered prayers?

Serendipitous happenings
Bring a smile to my face
As I am shown
There is always
So much more

Val Inman
July 24, 2011

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Brene Brown: Listening to Shame

I hope you will join me as we launch a conversation tentatively titled Uniquely You. I have been working with an image for the last year. It is a partially finished jigsaw puzzle. It points to the importance of stepping into our unique, but related place, rewoven into the Web of Life.

I was thinking about all of this, again, on the way to work.  Once there, I continued review some wonderful writing one of my clients sent.  At the very end of the work she sited Brene Brown’s Listening to Shame. I clicked the link, listened and thought, “Yes! This is a way to begin.” 

I hope you have time to see appreciate Brene’s courage and commitment. She, it seems to me, speaks thoughtfully with feeling as she follows her heart’s journey, stepping into a place that is uniquely hers. What I would call her soul pursuit. 

Notice she also speaks of risking failure.  An emerging theme?

I would love to hear from you.

Jo