“A Blessing for a Wild Soul”
~ As you depart the old life that has grown too small, heed your curious, beguiling allurements. (Take your passport, wallet, and dreams, leave the rest.)
~ May you loosen the shackles of shame and be willing to walk naked to the gods.
~ Understand that the derision, mockery and scorn of those who do not understand what you seek—or feel—masks their own fear.
~ May you shed the expectations of others in favor of your own emergent truth.
~ Maps are useful but learn to follow the compass of your soul.
~ May you have the strength to be alone—and value your own company—until you discover your true soul tribe.
~ When you enter the forest at the point where it is darkest for you and descend into your Underworld journey, may you return with the Grail of the soul.
~ May you engage the world in a less linear, more intuitive way, recovering a sense of breath and authentic movement.
~ Understand that the body is unlimited, untapped potential energy held in kinetic form.
~ Realize that your entire being shifts—even your health—when you navigate with a coherent heart.
~ May you recognize the underlying importance of claiming our value as conscious souls and that which we are bringing forth.
~ Remember to continually give yourself away in generosity, knowing that our actions define us in the world.
~ Trust that you are never separate from the Mystery, and that grace unfolds in the most unexpected ways in unlooked-for moments.
~ May you reawaken to the sacred and make room for it in your life.
~ From your heart, bring something precious, vital, and hitherto unseen to the Great Work at hand.
~ May you find the place in the world and community where you truly belong as an authentic soul.
~ With your heart and senses open wide, in quiet moments listen for the timeless Song of the World. Be unafraid to sing in response.
(This post contains an excerpt from The Bones and Breath: A Man’s Guide to Eros, The Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul, White Cloud Press, 2014. Used with permission; all rights reserved.)