The Courage to be Authentic

This writing by Jennifer Welwood resonated with me :-

The Journey Of the Soul

My soul said to me, there is suffering,
and she led me into the dark lands,
deep into the darkness without a light;
She trained me in all the ardors
of opening to the darkness,
and of waiting, without hope, in the darkest night.

My soul said to me, there is suffering,
and stripped away my robe of glory;
She stripped away my very flesh, and then my bones.
She said, feel deeply now into the emptiness,
Learn all it has to teach you,
but first abandon any dream of going home.

My soul said to me, you are opened now –
I have made your heart transparent;
She descended then, like a queen who claims her throne;
and she blazed forth with a radiance
that illumined all the darkness,
and I knew myself at last, and all was home.

My soul said to me, I am the light
that brings an end to suffering;
I am the mystic star that portends the mystic birth.
I enter matter to redeem her,
falling down into the darkness;
now I awaken in your heart and walk the earth.

My soul said to me, will you serve now?
I would make of you a vessel;
There is suffering, so many beings lost and alone.
In tears I answered, how can you ask me this,
as though I could refuse you,
as though my every cell were not your own.

My soul said to me, I will carry you,
for your journey is far from over,
but from here your every step belongs to me;
I will guide you and sustain you,
transform you and act through you,
and not cease until every being is free.

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