‘How do the geese know when to fly to the sun?
Who tells them the seasons?
How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on?
As with the migrant birds, so surely with us,
there is a voice within,
if only we would listen to it,
that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.’
The thing I love about this quote is the reminder that in our world, all sentient beings know the way. They know when it is time to move onwards, time to rest, time to flower, or time to shed our leaves...
Knowing from a place beyond the mind
By knowing, I am talking about something beyond the intellect of course. It’s not like a flower sits there and reasons it all out ahead of time about what he is going to do or say...
“Ooh oh oh.... quick - the sun’s shining! Time to throw out my petals”.
There is just a flow. Some call it instinct, some call it nature. I am sure there are lots of different things to call it. To me, it’s all the same flowing force of the universe guiding us back to the source. It’s that same guiding force that ensures we are in exactly the right place at the right time. It’s the same energy that shows us the mirror right at the most ‘inconvenient’ moment, so that we have the opportunity to address the darkest aspects of ourselves. It's this guiding energy that ensures we keep shedding our layers, evolving, remembering who we are, touching ever deeper layers of beingness.
What the animals can teach us
One of our guests on the latest ‘Walking the Path’ course had a rather profound robin experience. Landing right before her, the sweetest little robin red-breast sang and chatted. She got the message she was looking for... she said from that moment onwards, whenever in doubt, she’ll ask herself ‘what would robin do right now?' What a priceless gift. For Sarah, the bird was singing with all its heart. Sarah has an amazing voice and sings too. She noticed that the robin wasn’t ‘thinking about what anyone else thought’ or ‘contemplating at his schedule’. He sang just for the love of it. Her sharing moved me so deeply.
The robin knows. The robin just flows and Sarah felt it. That is exactly the way it works.
Whilst it may be reflected in the outer world, the guiding energy of the soul comes from within. It is at the heart of us all, without exception. Sarah heard the message that the robin brought her because in that moment she'd found stillness within and listened to her soul. The guidance spoke through something she could relate to in the natural world.
It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that. When we truly feel it, it’s incredible. Nature offers us so many great metaphors when contemplating what it really means to walk the path of the soul.
'Walking the path of the soul'
- Walking the Path to me means transcending the busyness of mental and emotional chatter enough to find that place of inner stillness where we can hear the soul speak.
Walking the Path is the shift from mind led living to soul led living.
Walking the Path is about realigning with the flow of higher consciousness, until every moment is a conscious soul-led choice.
Walking the Path is not about always getting it right. We realise that there is no right and wrong - but instead experiences that can take us deeper and deeper into authentic beingness.
Walking the Path only really begins once we’ve stepped out of our comfort zone.
You don't need to know where you are going. In fact, it's usually better to surrender any preconceived ideas altogether if you can. Just take the next step. And then the next one. Without even realising you'll soon find that you are on your way, because each step of the journey soon adds up.
Soul to Soul