Welcoming and learning from your soul parts
You’ve experienced a big healing, in the form of the return of vital parts of your essence that had left because of difficult experiences in your life.
Hopefully you’ve done, or will soon do, the rituals that they asked you to do to welcome them back. Now, let’s dialogue with them, and learn from the wisdom they can offer you.
Exercise a) Dialoguing with your returned soul parts
Take your time for this exercise. Have a notebook and pen close by. Get grounded and peaceful – perhaps by meditating. Make your environment gentle and nurturing – flowers, light a candle, have a cup of tea in a beautiful cup – whatever works for you. You’re about to enter into a beautiful conversation with a newly returned part (or parts) of yourself.
The aim of this exercise is to help you find meaning in your life story, and to give you encouragement and support for the present and future. It will also help your returned soul parts to integrate, you are allowing them to feel heard.
‘Choose’ one of your returned soul parts to work with (or rather, allow one to come forward). Do this by asking your body to let you know which part wants to be worked with at this time. Don’t question it with your mind, once you have the answer.
Now, journal in your notebook, asking your soul part questions, and writing whatever comes, without judging or editing. Be completely open-minded, and allow anything to come or happen. Allow at least 10 minutes for each question.
Here are some suggested questions, but of course, you can add your own.
- What do you want to tell me about my life?
- What can you tell me about my past?
- What do you want me to know about my purpose?
- Is there anything else you want to tell me?
When you are done, thank your soul part, and take a few moments to rest.
Read what you wrote, and take a note of any resistance or blocks you have regarding anything your soul part said. Also, give yourself time to absorb the wisdom and guidance you have received. If you sense there is more to explore with one of the questions, go back to writing.
Do this with as many soul parts as feels right. Notice if you have particular resistance to working with one or more of them. If so, make sure you work with those ones!
Exercise b) Extend your time out in nature
Pick a place in nature (where you feel safe) and spend a couple of hours there, with no distractions (phone etc.) Take a notebook, though, if you want to.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung said that: ‘The soul is for the most part outside the body.’ And psychologist Thomas Moore has said: ‘Soul, the mystery we glimpse when we look deeply into ourselves, is a part of a larger soul, the soul of the world.’ This practice enables you to become more you as you relate to more of the world.
To intensify your intimacy with nature, sit or walk in wild places with the intention of communing. With this intention, you can engage in nature-intimacy practices.
1. Get close: smell, touch, taste, lie down, roll in nature. Savour the experience fully with all your senses, and take your time with it.
2. Be affectionate: speak out loud to the plants, trees, forest or centipede. First, offer the gift of your full presence; second, acknowledge what you see for its beauty, its existence. Notice how its life feels to you. Pray for a purpose-driven life. Remember, there is no defined border between your Soul and the Soul of the world. Bringing your prayers for a purpose-driven life to wild nature magnifies both the power of the prayer and your ability to receive the responses to your prayers.
Exercise c) Reading (optional)
If you want to read a ‘soulful’ book, here are two good suggestions:
- Soulcraft, by Bill Plotkin – about the nature-based approach to living soulfully and authentically.
- Care of the soul, by Thomas Moore – as a psychotherapist, he talks about ‘problems’ people have brought to his therapy practice, and gives a soulful take on them.
Both are great. See which one draws you!
Write at least a paragraph about your experience of doing each of these exercises – was it comfortable or not, anything you learned – and send it to me.