Your soul is not only your true nature, it is your true place in nature. Your soul is IN and OF the world, like a ripple in a river, a wave in the ocean, or a flaming twig in a fire. It is both, the ripple and the river, at the same time.
The universe cannot be completely itself until you become completely yourself. But this can be tricky as we belong not only to a spiritual realm, but a physical realm, and our soul is the only thing that connects them both.
These days we live our lives in corporation driven societies, it’s really easy to lose ourselves in the physical ‘labyrinth’ and forget about our true home and deeper nature.
But there are special spots out there called Soul Places where we experience unique feelings of belonging, empowerment and energetic rejuvenation.
These power places bring us back to our soul and true place in nature because the veil between the physical and the spirit realm is really thin in such spots.
Did you know that we all have at least one soul place in the physical world?
Indigenous cultures and shamans have known for thousands of years that there are special places in nature that have a sacred personal connection to us.
Unlike our modern disconnected cultures, their awareness of the Spirit realm allowed them to create ceremonies that were specifically aimed at initiating them into spiritual maturity through nature-based practices.
The Australian aborigines, for instance, believe that each person has one place in the natural world where they most belong; a place that is as much part of him as he is part of it. In finding that place, we also find our true selves.
Most shamans have special places in nature that hold personal significance to them. These places might be locations where they enter the Spirit realm, or places where they first experienced their callings or spirit guides.
A power, or soul place can be anywhere: it doesn’t have to be in a far away exotic land. To understand it simply, a Soul Place reminds your psyche of your center, the place inside you where pure love comes through.
Your place of power is more than a sanctuary. It is a place (or places) in the universe where you feel at home, where you feel that forces, beyond your control and that which you do not fully understand, support you in your quest toward self-fulfillment.
The world’s greatest flames all found their sacred places: Moses on Mount Sinai, Jesus in the desert, Muhammad in a cave outside Mecca, Buddha under the bodhi tree.
How to know if you’ve found your Soul Place?
According to Buddhist texts, Gautama Buddha was walking when he sensed a powerful calling from a particular spot, a tree. He sat there and meditated without moving for 7 days under this tree. After the meditation he actually attained the enlightenment.
So how do you know if you’ve found your Soul Place?
The most important thing to look out for is a place that allows you to experience deep emotions. Pay attention to any place that feels intimate to you, a place that allows you to experience timeless moments of Presence.
If you experience any of these 10 signs, you might just have found your Soul Place:
– If it’s a new place, you’ll feel a sense of familiarity.
– Colors may look brighter, almost like a surrealist painting (this happened to me in my first encounter with my soul place).
– You’ll feel a greater sense of harmony and ease.
– You might intuitively sense that “you’re finally home and can rest now.”
– The outer terrain synchronizes with your interior landscape – it’s almost as though they’ve been waiting for each other.
– Even if there’s external chaos in this place, you’ll still feel internally peaceful.
– You’ll feel inspired and have bursts of creative thought.
– You’ll feel a new sense of freedom and joy.
– You’ll feel introspective and will get to know yourself in deeper ways.
– You’ll feel recharged and energized.
Sometimes our power places can also be imagined places within our minds. If you’ve ever entered altered states of consciousness and pierced the veil of reality, you’ll realize that there’s no distinction between each of the different layers of reality. In other words, the places within our minds exists in the world just as much as the places within the world exist within our minds.