This is Soul Caller World: A kind of elevator speech
Last night, two of my sisters-in-law asked me, what do you do anyway? Do you make any money doing it? Where do you do it?
I described my work and how it works (I gather groups together) and where I work it (FB groups, live retreats) and what we do there (close our eyes, imagine ourselves moving through space and time, listening to the voice of wisdom inside of ourselves) and my sister in law said, “Oh, so it’s a kind of mind yoga?”
“Ah, yes,” I said. “That’s close enough.”
This morning, now that I am thinking about this again, ‘mind yoga’ is not quite … all of it. There is an aspect of ‘mind yoga’ – or what I think my sister in law meant by that, in what we do around the Soul Caller campfire.
We settle the body. We breathe rhythmically. We move from the busyness of day-to-day life into the spacious silence of the other life we are living, the one that we find waiting when we close our eyes.
In my work there elements of guided imagery and shamanic journeying. There are physiological elements (that breathing and settling) and psycho-spiritual elements (the ability to move through inner space) and elements of shamanism (dreaming while awake, conversing with nature spirits, ancestors and angels)
Guided by my voice, we move through inner space, across imaginal boundaries, through swampland and fields, into caves and coves.
It’s a bit like poetry – trees become symbols (or guides that whisper wisdom), bridges become invitations to cross over.
As I am guiding my students, I am being guided myself. I am seeing the landscapes, feeling the densities of mist and stone walls – speaking from what I see and what I sense is needed.
Last month in ONECircle, our journeying found us standing on the deck of a house that we knew by heart and looking out across a lake. We had not visited in a while and, as I guided the group there, I saw a familiar figure standing on the other side of the water, a woman, dressed in a royal blue cloak. When I first encountered her, while teaching LAB a few years ago, I called her the Lady Across the Lake. It seems that this is still her name. Though now that I have journeyed with her (and to her) in waking life, she has another name (several names): Mary, Goddess, Sophia.
The Lady across the Lake is the one who calls us inward by drawing us outward. She calls us to do this work. Once inside, as we are doing it, she calls us across the borders that limit our expansion, our willingness, our presence.
When we are inside, she calls us to journey toward her so that later, when we open our eyes, and move back into waking life, we will more easily cross the borders and boundaries that limit it moving in the ‘real’ world. The physical embodied world.
In this way, what I do with my clients is also a kind of soul landscaping, an inner architecture. Pushing through too-small rooms, opening doors that were never locked but seemed to be.
We stand before those forbidden paths and locked doors, and, holding the hand of a trusted friend, we pull them open. We do this in safe, slow, progressive steps. We take as long as is needed. During times like this, we listen carefully for the guides – ancestors, animals and angels – who support this work. Who walk with us.
Together, we face what was hidden from us (by younger versions of us who were not skilled enough, tall enough, strong enough to deal with it. Younger versions of us who are still crouched in those hallways of our own hearts, waiting for us to return and help them, now that we are taller and more experienced.)
Yes, we do that, too. We do it together. In circle and also, in one-on-one sessions.
There is more thing we do. And I use the word ‘we” deliberately.
Because there is one more thing that I do – and I can’t do it without my client: I help people emerge as leaders themselves.
I help people, mostly women, come to truth – the clear and shining center of themselves – and experience how it feels to be that, to let the clarity of that light vibrate through their bones and out through their fingers and toes. Once you have felt this, you know it. Once it has moved through you, it knows you. You and that light will work together for the rest of your life.
So, to my sisters in law, I would say, Yes, I do a kind of mind yoga, and a kind of journeying, and a kind of subtle and profoundly powerful healing work.
And also, I help people emerge in the truth of who they really are. I do this by seeing them as already healed. Already whole. In fact, it’s the first thing I notice about people, that light. I don’t know why or how this happens to be what I do – I know only that it is what I am, when I access my own core of light. My own truth.
This is what I do.
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