There are certain points in your life when your soul begins to make itself known to you. It’s quite possible to ignore your soul through the first 30 or 40 years of your life, however for many people there comes a time when you discover that your lifestyle or life choices are out of alignment with your soul.
Often this kind of soul awakening comes when you’re at a crossroads in your life. Perhaps for the first time the logical decision doesn’t feel right because your heart isn’t in it. Or it comes via a crisis that turned your life upside down, changing your reality for good. Sometimes your soul speaks through an underlying sense of disillusionment with life. For many of us, particularly women, it’s the realisation that you don’t know who you are, beneath your smile. You’ve been so caught up looking after everybody else that somewhere along the way you lost sight of yourself.
Soul hints and signs come through in subtle ways not typically understood in our culture. That’s the confusing part for many of us. In a culture that values rational intelligence over heart wisdom, it’s no wonder that most of us are (symbolically) cut off at our heads. The good news is you can learn how to tune into your soul. You just have to start paying attention in a completely different way to what you expect. It starts with bringing your awareness out of your head and into your body, and suspending all judgment during the process.
At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want (Lao Tzu)
Metaphorically, the body is the lighthouse for the soul. The body constantly gives you subtle hints and tips; it’s their subtle nature that makes them so easy to overlook. Here are some ways the soul speaks to you:
Through your heart and your emotions: Your emotions are a strong guide of whether you’re aligned with your soul or working against it. For example, when it comes to decision-making, check how you feel about the choice: If you feel open, excited and expansive, then you’re in alignment. If you feel closed, anxious, contracted or flat, then you’re off track.
In your body’s overall “sense” of things, eg having a sense of discomfort or uneasiness when you are in a particular situation or with someone. Listen to that sense – it’s giving you information.
Via your intuition: whether it be an inner prompting, gut feel or flash of insight – all of these provide information on your situation. Acting on your intuitive hits develops and strengthens the intuitive capacity within you.
Through your dreams: It’s long been understood that dreams hold the messages of the soul. Over time, the practice of writing down your dreams will expose the patterns and subtle messages held within them.
Through physical symptoms and illness: Here, the body is practically shouting: “Pay Attention!” The messages don’t get much louder than this.
The best way to hear any of these signs is when you’re silent and away from distractions. But it can also come through in the shower, or whilst exercising or cooking the dinner. Ultimately, once you start paying attention to your inner senses via the body, you’ll see that you are being drawn out of situations that are no longer serving you and pulled towards situations that will serve who you are now becoming. And that is the magic of the soul.
How does your soul speak to you?
I’d love to hear from you.