A Time for Soulful Reflection
We don’t speak much about soul in our culture. We become more
soul-aware when we’re so overwhelmed with feeling that we’re rendered
speechless. Like those triggered while gazing at an object of great
beauty, listening to a piece of music, contemplating a natural wonder,
or watching something wonderful happen to someone we love deeply.
Our hearts swell with this tremendous feeling of expansive and
unconditional love. We feel gloriously alive in the present moment. We
may awaken from a dream knowing we have been touched by a sacred
influence and be inspired by an inexplicable urge to make a change.
Words like yearn, inspire, and sacred resonate with this feeling. The
feeling isn’t always gentle or comforting! It can erupt like a volcano
in our psyche; abrupt, alarming and devastating because we know we’ll
never be the same afterwards.
Is soul then a part of nature? Or does it come from some other source? What is its purpose?
Once we have acknowledged there is a part of us which is profoundly and
mysteriously compelling, more so than any other aspect of ourselves, we
are confronted with a myriad of inexplicable dilemmas. What is our true
self? Because for certain this aspect of ourselves that we call soul can
be (and often is!) at odds with our conscious and indeed seemingly
logical life choices. It may demand that we make changes in our lives
that are just plain silly in their frightening lack of logical
explanation. They might not even be nice, considerate or kind. For
sure not logical, linear or perhaps even explicable.
We learn too often the hard way, the devastating consequences of
ignoring or even worse, minimizing the import of these tough soul
demands! We suffer soul sickness and descend into the netherworlds of
boredom, burn out, and mediocrity so accurately depicted in the
painting, The Scream
by Edvard Munch.
Our lives feel flat, stark and purposeless.
We eventually want to scream at its merciless and sterile
predictability. We might desperately grasp at quick fixes like
shopping, gossiping, or substances that numb the suffering such as wine
or drugs. Inevitably we will be compelled to listen carefully to our
soul’s guidance. It is vaster, wiser, and more loving than any other
part of you. Trust the wisdom of your soul and if you cannot bring
yourself to take its advice explicitly then at least give it the time
and attention it deserves. Whether you realize it or not, your soul is
why you are here.
Paint, sculpt, write, and meditate - whatever it takes to honour those
profound and sacred messages. As your soul communicates its guidance
and you acknowledge its wisdom your experience of life will deepen.
Laughter will come more easily, living for today will be the norm and
your relationships will be more authentic.
be alert instantly to that in your life which is soul defying and make
the changes necessary to live a life you were so anxious to get here and
I am so honoured to do work that is the fulfillment of my soul’s
intention. I listen not only to my own soul song but to that of others
who come to me for help in turning up its volume. My connections with
others are never mundane or dictated by conformity or obligation. I
value all the soulful interactions I have every day and wish you the
- you are a gift! What has it been - 15+ years? You taught me tarot as a
tool to guide me on my own journey (and a few close family and friends)
and have ALWAYS been there for me...to help me appreciate the good
times and navigate those pesky rough patches with your wisdom, patience
and deep and honest insight. I am grateful! "