Are you a
Modern spirituality places great emphasis on the transcendent - on
But unfortunately, this
obsession with the ethereal comes at a detriment to the Soul.
The Soul is Spirit
The Soul is mystery,
enchantment, and poetry incarnate - it is earthy, sensual,
ecstatic, and rooted in the here-and-now.
The Soul is primarily
yin (feminine), while Spirit is primarily yang (masculine).
In a world currently
dominated by an imbalance of yang,
We need yin again.
We desperately need
to reconnect with the Soul.
We need to walk the path of the Mystic who is innately and
irresistibly drawn to the flame of the Soul - one's Inner Light.
The way to do this is
What is the Soul?
We all possess a Soul.
On a fundamental level,
Soul is our animating essence - it derives from the Old English word
sāwol which means "spiritual and emotional part of a person,
Through the ages, thanks
to both religious and wider spiritual influence alike,
the Soul has been understood as the
indwelling spark of Divinity we all carry.
In a nutshell,
Soul is your True
It's your innermost
essence or Spirit embodied in earthly form...
To use a simple analogy,
Spirit is like pure
light, whereas Soul is the kaleidoscopic multi-colored lens
through which Spirit shines.
the process and
journey of embodying your True Nature (your Soul)...
It's your ability to
embrace, live, and experience your most authentic Self.
Ensoulment is a core
part of the spiritual awakening journey and it is the central
path of the Mystic.
Another synonym for
Ensoulment is Soul retrieval - however, Ensoulment is a
philosophy and ongoing lived experience whereas Soul retrieval
tends to be a one-off practice.
Ensoulment is a term with religious connotations, referring to the
moment in which a fetus gains a Soul. But that's not what
we're talking about in this article.
Instead, we have
intentionally re-defined and re-imagined Ensoulment to mean 'the
ongoing experience of Soul Initiation'...
Pandemic of all Time - Soul Loss
malady of the twentieth century,
all our troubles
and affecting us
individually and socially,
is "loss of
When the soul is
it doesn't just
and loss of
What is at the
root of all our suffering?
This is a question that has haunted the minds of humanity since
the dawn of time.
What we've learned from religion and spiritual traditions alike
is that the core of our torment is rooted deep within human
It is a canker of
of the psyche.
A disturbance of
A severance from
A desecration of
the very world around us.
All of this pain
is rooted within loss of Soul
When we are cut off from the Soul, we are cut off from each
other and the world.
It is then that we
collapse into a state of fundamentalism, cold rationalism,
mechanistic reductionism that sees the world/others as an object
to be used and discarded.
When we are severed from the Soul, the human being becomes
Illnesses of every
kind begin to emerge, starting within the body as chronic
illnesses and eating disorders, ending with,
existential crises, paranoia, hatred, suicide, murder, and
the psychotic abuse of our most innocent members of society.
For humanity to heal,
we must reconnect with the Soul. We must become Ensouled...
For us to reverse, in
whatever way possible, the direct path of self-destruction we're
forging right now, we must be initiated into the spiritual path.
We must walk the path
of the embodied Mystic or the Bodhisattva.
Ensoulment is the answer to the most severe pandemic of all
time, afflicting all people of all races and countries:
Let this be
Let this be
written in stone.
Let this be
screamed from the rooftops.
Humanity has lost its
Soul, and without a move toward Ensoulment,
what hope is
there for our children's children to survive in a world that
is being laid to waste as we speak?
You're a Modern Mystic
Ensoulment begins with the prefix en - Latin for "in."
So Ensoulment quite
being in the
Soul or embodying the Divine essence within you...
A modern Mystic is a
person who is called to live, express, and fulfill the destiny of
If you're a modern Mystic, you'll:
Sense that you
have a specific meaningful role to play on this planet
(perhaps since an early age)
Intensely crave a
when you don't know or can't ‘figure out' your destiny
Be drawn toward
the spiritual or metaphysical realm
Have undergone a
Spiritual Awakening, Kundalini Awakening, and/or
Dark Night of the Soul
Find it hard to
fit in or belong in this world
intensely (as a highly sensitive person and/or empath)
and enjoy introspection
with crises of some sort (such as the quarter life crisis,
existential crisis, etc.)
Struggle to find
your Soul tribe (likely due to the aforementioned Soul Loss
epidemic!) and therefore struggle with feelings of
loneliness and isolation
Long to unite
with the Divine, God/dess, Life, the Beloved
Our world desperately
needs modern Mystics who rediscover, reclaim, live,
breathe and share their Soul's purpose...
When We Become Ensouled?
It's not hard to imagine what Soul Loss looks like - just observe
the world around you.
addictions, narcissism, violence, and abuse of all kinds defines
what a soulless society looks like.
An Ensouled human, on the
other hand, is a rarity.
Who is there in this
modern day and age, to initiate us into the mysteries and depths of
The answer is that
those who are willing and capable are few and far between.
We live in a cultural
and societal spiritual desert after all.
To do Soul Work
and to come to a place where one can guide other Souls is a strange
It's not something I ever
imagined for myself. I am the daughter of a christian preacher, but
I never imagined myself to become a priestess of the Soul:
a psychopomp guiding
the ego to the inner world...
Perhaps my own experience
of extreme inner desolation, Dark Night despair, and
Soul-longing growing up forged my sensitivity to this global
crisis that is largely ignored - and in many cases not even seen.
Ensoulment, while hard to find, can be sensed in those who
live purpose-driven lives that center not just around
their needs, but the needs of the collective.
To summarize, here's what
I've observed in Ensouled humans:
humility, and openness
(awe, reference, wonder, enchantment, devotion, compassion)
Having a strong
sense of meaning and purpose
honing one's unique spiritual gifts
Intimacy with the
to let go and surrender to a Higher Power
with other people, the world, and Life itself
power of imagination, symbolism, and creativity
Orienting to the
mysterious, the numinous, and the magic within/without us
Divine as both a transcendent and immanent force
internal integration and balance (Wholeness)
and embodying the Soul
To crystallize what I've
live with a great sense of meaning and purpose, are connected to
their hearts, and feel a strong connection with the Divine.
something we "achieve" or "tick off our to-do list" in the logical
It's a slow and
ambling journey that ebbs and flows.
It's a movement
of nature: organic but powerful.
And there is no
one single "finish line" either because Ensoulment is an
It could be said that
Ensoulment is like a thousand-petaled lotus that is both
being and becoming, always.
How do we become more Ensouled?
That's the next
The answer is that there are many paths, all with their unique gifts
and capacities. I've spent over a decade exploring paths of
Ensoulment or Soul Communication, and it's no easy feat
to include them all in one essay.
However, I'll include
those that come immediately to mind:
The soul is
placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be
polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
Love is the
nature of the soul.
Music and art
and poetry attune the soul to God.
There is no
coming to consciousness without pain... People will do
anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing
their own soul.
Of course, not all of
these paths lead exclusively to Ensoulment.
instance, can easily become a mindless chore if it isn't infused
with a sense of symbolic meaning or contemplative mindfulness.
Another example from
the above list is chanting, which can become a dead droning of
empty words if it isn't first imbued with heart-centered feeling
anything we do in life can be a path of Ensoulment - it's
all about your heart's inner attitude and the approach or meaning
you infuse into what you do.
However, there does seem
to be some specific paths that are more well-suited to intentionally
inner archaeology - it helps us to go back to the root
of our being...
Choose what resonates
with you and leave the rest.
Ensoulment is something that is so close to my heart that the
whole direction of this website is headed toward helping you to
embody your Soul (see our
But why is Ensoulment so painfully vital?
The reason why Ensoulment is so essential is that the world
crucially and desperately needs it! We're suffering from
pandemic-proportions of Soul Loss that's only getting worse, putting
us on the fast track to the sixth mass extinction.
We're not only
destroying Mother Nature and the ecosystem, but we're
also experiencing large-scale cultural collapse that is undermining
the fabric of our civilization.
We need to think
bigger as a race.
Whatever we do can't
merely be for the individual - we don't have that luxury.
Our efforts must be
directed toward the Whole...
Being true to
who we are
our spirit like a candle
in the center of
If we are to
live without silencing
essential parts of who we are,
a vow must be
I hope what I've written here has sparked within you the desire to
commit to rediscovering and reconnecting
with your Soul.
This is the path of
the Mystic, the path of the Bodhisattva.
The path that can
redeem humanity of its heartbreaking Soul Loss...