There’s a series of common phrases in Pagan Circles – I’m trying to discover my path. I’ve fallen off my path. What is my Soul Path?
All leading to one simple statement – Who am I supposed to be and what am I supposed to be doing with my life? People spend hours of their time and way too much money in trying to figure out the answer.
After too many years of my own seeking, I’ve finally figured it out. With a little help from my unseen helpers. I don’t need to seek the path I am supposed to be on because I am always on it.
Where I run into trouble, and I suspect this happens with other people as well, is when I get into a way of thinking that says my life path and purpose should travel in a straight line. Life isn’t like that. There are meanders, and curves, and tangents, and detours, and even the occasional round of backtracking. But always, always we are on the path we are supposed to be following.
I run into problems not when I fall off my soul path, but when I start trying to dictate where it is supposed to run. I’m like any other person, I want the way to be easy and straightforward. It is only in hindsight though that we can understand each twist and turn along the way gave us the tools and experiences we needed to get to where we are standing now.
Here’s the paradox, even when you are off your Soul Path, you are still following it. Each detour brings experiences and knowledge needed in order to more fully become who you are. It is generally only when we look back on our lives that we can see how those side treks helped us over time.
You’re always on your path!
I can see this in my studies to become a Soul Midwife. I am able to pull upon a vast reservoir of experiences from my work as a nurse, from my work as an energy healer, and even from my practices as a Pagan and witch. It’s a daunting task trying to figure out who I am as I hit the half century mark in life. But, in looking back I can see that the times when I struggled were the times that I tried to force my life path to go in a straight line.
This definitely isn’t an excuse to do nothing. “Oh I don’t have to worry about that because Nan says I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing regardless.” Set your goals, find your mountains to climb (real or metaphorical), and know that right here, right now, at this present time you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
Being on your Soul Path means being present and accepting of where you are in the present. This is what people are talking about when they speak of being mindful. Being fully present in the Now, and not fretting over the past or worrying about the future.
My unseen helpers have been pretty vocal about this whole subject, and I am slowly figuring out what they meant when they started telling me 2 years ago – don’t do, just be. Be fully present in your body. Practice being present.
This wasn’t just an instruction to stop disassociating and spend time in my own skin. Though that too needed to be worked on. It was an instruction to learn to be more accepting and loving towards myself as I am at this moment. Through learning to be more present inside my own skin I am beginning to learn how to be more present inside my own life.
And that’s where your Path really lies.
Your Soul Path isn’t on a trail leading into your future, It is the singular point of Now upon which you stand.
Written for The Pagan Experience, March week 4 – Through the Alphabet, E/F