Reading Reviews: The Soul


In this section, I review the books I have read which relate the Soul as part of the Identity Matrix. These expand on the main list of books I have reviewed in the Reading Room.

In the Identity Matrix. reviews, I share reading material specifically related to body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit.


The Soul of Rumi

By Coleman Barks

I have recorded a collection of these poems in the attached blog post.

I am endlessly and almost wordlessly inspired by Coleman Barks’s exquisite renderings of the thirteenth-century Persian mystic.

Barks’s translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterizes Rumi’s poetry. He brings a contemporary and unique voice to mysticism and desire while remaining true to the original poems. In this volume readers will encounter the essence of Sufism’s insights into the experience of divine love, wisdom, and the nature of both humanity and God.

It is Rumi’s voice that leaps off these pages with a rapturous power that leaves me breathless. I do shiver when there is transpersonal value in what I intuit or sense and that happens with these poems. They express my deepest yearning for the transcendent connection with the source of the divine.

There are passionate outbursts about the torment of longing for the beloved and the sweet delight that comes from union that I feel, viscerally, as though I am there. They are stories of sexual adventures and of loss, of love and fury, sadness and joy. It is the transition space that is edgy yet beautiful.

Rumi expresses the quiet truths about the beauty and variety of human emotion.

For Rumi, soul and body and emotion are not separate but are rather part of the great mystery of mortal life. It is like a riddle whose solution is love. Above all else, Rumi’s poetry exposes us to the delight that comes from being fully alive, urging us always to put aside our fears and take the risk of discovering our core self:

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.

These fresh, original translations magnificently convey Rumi’s insights into the human heart and its longings with his signature passion and daring, focusing on the ecstatic experience of the inseparability of human and divine love.

The match between Rumi’s sublime poetry and Coleman Barks’s poetic art are unequaled, and here this artistic union is raised to new heights.

~ LS


The Seat of the Soul

The Seat of the Soul fundamentally changed the way I view everything. I first read it in 1998 when I was nineteen and it ignited something inside me that was so profound… it is difficult to articulate. The lessons I found among its pages inspired me to embark on a personal journey to become the best version of myself by living a more fulfilled conscious life full of intention. It sparked my thirst for more knowledge.

The book is broken into the following chapters: Evolution, Karma, Reverence, Heart, Intuition, Light, Intention, Choice, Addiction, Relationships, Souls, Psychology, Illusion, Power and Trust.

The most enduring lesson I received from this book is that my intention creates my reality and that I can manifest anything in my life through conscious intention. I always knew that my thoughts were powerful, but everything seemed to click inside me when I read Gary Zukav’s explanation on how intention creates karmic energy that ultimately comes back.

“Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect. In the most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention.”

I related to the concept that every energy I release ultimately comes back to me and have witnessed this play out hundreds of times in my life. Sometimes I have found myself not wanting to accept the fact that I have indeed created a particular outcome but when I examined my motives and my intentions I always found my part and thus the truth of a particular situation.

After reading this book, I questioned my motivation and intention of everything I did and looked at my behavior in a new way. I tried to minimize complaining and started asking myself inquisitive questions such as: What is my intention with sharing this? Am I looking for a particular response? What do I hope to get out of this?

After reading the book, I tried to make more responsible choices and take into account the consequences of my choices by asking: do I really want what this choice will produce? Am I ready to accept all of the consequences of this choice?

Here’s a few of my favorite lessons from the book:

“Forgiveness means that you do not hold others responsible for your experiences.”

“An intention is not only a desire. It is the use of your will.”

“Only by feeling compassion for yourself can you feel compassion for others.”

“The Universe backs the part of you that is of clearest intention.”

“Temptation is a dress rehearsal for a karmic experience of negativity.”

I wasn’t able to relate to everything Gary Zukav talks about in this book. The concept that my soul is part of a huge mother ship was a bit too much for me to grasp or understand, so the parts I didn’t like I ignored. Instead, I chose to focus on the lessons that spoke to me and I dismissed the rest which is my philosophy for any non-fiction book. There are so many amazing concepts I would highly recommend reading this book.

My advice would be to read it with an open mind, take what you want and leave the rest.

~LJ


A Woman’s Worth

by Marianne Williamson

the eternal feminine draws us upward

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From a personal and female perspective, establishing a sense of a woman’s worth seems to be a good place to start.


Red Hot and Holy 

and

Redvelations

My review on the books by Sera Beak is here.


Women Who Run With the Wolves

My review on this book by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph. D. will be posted shortly.


Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity

My review on this book by Marion Woodman will be posted shortly.


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

My review on this book by Peter Levine, Ph.D. will be posted shortly.


Soulcraft 

My review on this book by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D. will be posted shortly.


Care of the Soul 

by Thomas Moore

With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.

In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life—everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities—and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things.

Basing his writing on the ancient model of “care of the soul”—which provided a religious context for viewing the everyday events of life—Moore brings “care of the soul” into the 21st century. Promising to deepen and broaden the reader’s perspective on his or her own life experiences, Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practicing “care of the soul,” as well as his studies of the world’s religions and his work in music and art, to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.


Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self 

and 

Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home 

Both of these books extended my reading and learning interests.

Healing through soul retrieval, ‘journeying’ and shamanism was definitely out-of-the-box thinking for me. Yet, it is also a path to healing the inner-child, that lay wounded and needing of recovery.

It is a process that emphasizes the healing more than the trauma. That works for me. It fits an evolution of consciousness that is of prime importance to me.

My education is in the fields of psychology and teaching. Yet, there was so much missing from my understanding of my own soul. I did not know that spirits usually communicate through metaphors.

We do not hear the messages when we listen only through our rational minds.

Our modern psychological methods do more with behaviourism. I needed more work to free my intuitive, empathic side — in other words, my soul needed to freed.

Ingerman wrote Welcome Home in conjunction with soul retrievals.

This takes us back to our true essence. The human condition shadows this and leaves us with a superficial existence.

This is a path of living a life in harmony. I choose that path and share my thoughts for others who seek a healing path of discovery.

~ LJ


Namaste, LeahJ

~ sharing the A.R.T. of the healing journey in the matrix of bodymindheartsoul and spirit

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