Hearing the language of the soul can sometimes feel this way. The soul speaks to us in metaphor, symbols, feelings and synchronicities. Of course when something either speaks to our soul, or comes from our soul, it is imbued with tremendous feeling and its expression somehow impacts us, and those around us with distinct profundity. It is as if a pebble were dropped into the pool of our own being, sending ripples of recognition, remembrance and knowing.
Cultivating your soul requires that you learn to hear and understand the language of your soul. There are many ways to achieve this and each person will have his or her own particular style. It is good to have many different channels if you will, to perceive the soul with. Here are some suggestions.
1. Listen. Turn your focus inward and just listen. Find the best way for you to turn your mind down very low, and then pay attention to what arises without expecting that anything ever will. This is the basic method and paradox to listening to your soul. Some use meditation, contemplative prayer, or movement. The aim is to turn down or off the minds chatter.
2. Pause. If your life is always overbooked, for whatever reason, find time within your day to take pauses, to breathe and listen to what is going on for you internally. What are you feeling? What are you noticing in your body when you have this feeling? Five minutes is perhaps all you need for a “soul-snack”.
3. Honor night dreams. Take time in the morning, perhaps even before you open your eyes, to check in and see if you had any dreams. Reflect on the feelings, sensations, visions and sounds that impacted you. Leave a pad of paper at your bedside to take some notes. The more you write the better; however, sometimes a simple sentence is all that is needed to retrieve the whole dream.
4. Learn the language of metaphor. I don’t normally recommend “dream books”, as they can be too rigid in their rules of interpretation. However, if you don’t take them as “truth” they can help you learn to play with metaphor. Books that explore the metaphoric meaning of symbols can be more helpful. Bear in mind that what you are exploring is the archetypal level of meaning – that is a collective experience of the symbol. You will have your own personal experience around this symbol.
5. Notice your daydreams. Though daydreams may be seen as distraction, they are an important indicator of what type of release or experience you are seeking, perhaps in the service of feeling more empowered or free. They may indicate metaphorically, what you need to move towards, or what you need to change.
6. Notice meaningful coincidences. Use all of your senses to pay attention to when the outer world produces ripples of resonance within you. What is the feeling that arises? Is there a sense of certainty, a confirmation of something you have been feeling, thinking or experiencing? When you learn to maintain a dual focus on the inner and outer experience, more coincidences may come your way.
Learn to love your soul. It holds your divine spark and light that is your true nature.
Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski