Journey of the Soul
This series of cards are some of the pieces featured in the book, Journey of the Soul.
They are 5"x7" notecards that are blank inside with an excerpt from the book on the back of the card.
All cards are $1.50 each or 8 for $8.00
(Assortments can include cards from other series)
We are each given the gift of our journey. Some days we walk with delight and a lightness that is filled with clarity and focus, confidently proceeding with the knowledge that we are companioned and supported as our life unfolds. Walking with a sense of purpose, we embrace the challenges that lure us ahead. We enjoy the company of those who walk beside us and are encouraged by their support. Our awareness of the Divine Presence is amazingly vivid. The map seems clear, the obstacles seem manageable, and our provisions, substantial. We walk with the assurance of knowing that there is nothing that can keep us from Love!
Then gradually, or sometimes suddenly, the terrain changes. The light dims and the clarity fades. The path appears muddy, and the options seem to be multiple and confusing. Our confidence wanes as we wonder if we have enough to sustain us. We notice our companions around us seem to have disappeared, and we feel incredibly alone. While our energies and desires drain, the obstacles that confront us grow to appear insurmountable and we wonder where God is -- the one we w ere so sure walked with us. Seemingly alone, often exhausted, we wonder why we have been led into this wilderness and if we will ever emerge from it. We begin to question if this journey really is gift.
Yet somehow we are led by Grace to breathe, to trust, to move into a deeper knowing. Layer by layer our illusions fall aside as we come to know more clearly that we have been and always are loved. Once more, what we have learned in the light is carried with us into the dark and, little by little, the geography feels less confusing as we journey closer home to our truth. This soul -journey is the process of spiraling into the Heart of the Holy where, in reality, we always are. We simply learn to see more clearly. (Taken from JOURNREY of the SOUL by Doris Klein, CSA)
We are each called to a place of flying freely in the truth, grace and poise of who we are. Often, layers of illusions, false hopes and learned fears hinder that freedom of flight and blind us to the truth.
In this image, the brilliant and iridescent colors of the dragonfly are mirrored in the obsidian waters of soul space into which we must dive if we are to know that freedom. In these deep places we come face to face with the truth of who we are and what we know. As the illusions fall away, we experience the paradox of dying and rising, and as we let go, we hear the invitation to enjoy the freedom of living in our truth with grace and poise. (Taken from JOURNREY of the SOUL by Doris Klein, CSA)
We often resist using the word surrender because we associate it with the shame and fear of “giving up,” “quitting,” “failing,” and “being defeated.” Unfortunately, these negative nuances often distort the richer significance of letting go into love. Surrender actually carries a much richer reality; as we let go, we move into a fullness much greater than we can imagine, a fullness where we receive exactly what we need.
The Grace of surrender invites us to relax into the Mystery, to acknowledge that we cannot walk alone in this place. Rather than assuming a stance of defeat, we ask to be embraced by a Love that is much greater than the confusion, pain or frustration we are experiencing. We ask for a profound gift when, in the midst of paradox and pain, we pray to stand in surrender.
Rather than submissive defeat, the paradox of letting go into love frees us to walk with renewed life. With our arms raised in naked surrender, we are given an energy that exceeds our greatest hopes and a freedom to walk in joy. (Taken from JOURNREY of the SOUL by Doris Klein, CSA)
Invariably along our soul-journey we will struggle to know a sense of integrity, longing to be faithful to our deepest self. During these times we seek the voice of our spirit that speaks with inner authority.
True integrity grows from an awareness that we can stand in the honest light of God’s unconditional love and be seen in our truth. Knowing that, dare we be honest with ourselves and release the lies that inhabit our heart? Integrity, like a muscle, needs to be worked and stretched. Daily we must practice truth-telling in the sacred spaces of our heart as we name without judgment what we see and feel and know. It is a discipline of faithfulness that calls us to come home to our authentic self.
AS we sit in this center of integrity, our heart and God’s heart beat as one. The transparent light of truth filters through, embracing every cell of our being, and we are able to see and speak more clearly. Then, little by little, as the layers of lies and pretending are stripped aside, a genuine simplicity remains. Freed of grandiosity and illusion we stand radiant and unencumbered in truth as we claim our own voice with which we dare to speak and live with integrity. (Taken from JOURNREY of the SOUL by Doris Klein, CSA)