The journey to your soul can feel like a treasure hunt. Yet the treasure is not a shiny bauble at the end of a long trek, it is peace in your soul throughout this journey of life.
How can we even describe what is happening here? These are thoughts and ideas bigger and yet more intimate than words can do justice. And yet, I shall try.
I’ll take my clumsy and mostly-formed thoughts to try to describe this feeling I have been cultivating. I beg you to look past the awkward bits and try to feel it along with me.
It might be described like this:
To reach the wisdom of your soul is not so much a discovery, as an unfurling.
Your soul is unfurling throughout this life, possibly quietly, maybe riotously, definitely constantly.
While the path may not always be peaceful, your heart can be. Indeed I believe the goal of your soul is peace in your heart.
This is a journey that does not have a start and a finish and a set number of stops along the way.
This journey – this living peace – is everything we are here for.
But how do you grow peace in your heart?
There are many ways, indeed. Check into any spiritual practice and you’ll find a lot of rituals, a lot of ideas, to help get your soul to where it needs to be.
Many even agree that the place it needs to be is in peace.
There are lots of ways, yes, and my way is all about one thing:
You know I believe they are a bright and playful spiritual practice.
Here’s how it works.
Imagine a butterfly has just arrived. Picture it float in over your left shoulder. Notice it as it hangs in the air before you.
Do you see the dappled blue of its broad wings?
Do you notice how it floats gently down to your screen with the slightest twitch of its outstretched wings?
Do you see it watching you, waiting for you to stop all that you are doing so you can really see it?
Think about the butterfly for a moment.
If you were able to see the butterfly I’m going to guess something.
Come on, you can admit it. The muscles in your face relaxed into a joyful, peaceful smile. You sunk into that feeling of wonder, that experience of beauty, and you smiled.
And if you stayed with this image a little longer, you probably felt your heart release a little. Like someone opened the lid and let the light shine forth. Like the door opened and in rushed peace and confidence and trust. All the things you needed right now.
This is how it feels to receive butterflies.
This is how it is to have peace in your heart.
Don’t worry that it may not last.
The only time your heart knows is now. Even one moment of peace is still peace in your heart.
You can have these butterflies – this peace – in your heart whenever you want.
Call upon them on your own. Join my Butterfly Rabble group to share the butterfly love. Or get 23 Whispers to receive the butterflies that came to me as I fell into the beauty of the 23 cards of the Gratitude Tarot’s major arcana.
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below. Did you see and feel the butterfly? Did you smile? Do you agree that this really is a spiritual practice?