Your Soul Story – The Journey Begins

by Carol Hess on April 13, 2012

Last week, I talked about your one and only story, your Soul Story.  I said we all shared the same Soul Story.  I also said it was the answer to – well – everything.

Abundance, freedom, purpose, love, courage, joy, power, bliss, meaning, serenity, significance – they’re all available to you.  All you have to do is remember your Soul Story – the who and what you really are.

I say remember because you used to know your Soul Story.  In fact, you were born knowing it.  You knew exactly who and what you were and where you came from.  It was a no-brainer, even for the you that was a teeny, tiny, helpless little baby.  In fact, you were filled to the brim with your Soul Story.  That’s what made everyone fall in love with you.

And then human life on planet Earth began.  And you forgot your Soul Story.

But no worries.  I know your Soul Story.  And I’ll tell it to you because that’s my job.  It’s what I do.

Unfortunately, though, remembering your Soul Story isn’t enough.  You’ve got to accept it, believe it, feel it, live it.  And that’s just a tad tricky.  Here’s why.

When you forgot your Soul Story, it created a kind of vacuum or magnet that attracted all sorts of other stories to you.

“You were an accident.  We didn’t want kids.”

“You were always shy.  You hid behind my skirts.”

“Yep, you were always one who really liked her food.  Why I remember one time . . . . .”

And when Mom or Dad or someone else wasn’t telling you stories, you told them to yourself.

“It’s my fault my parents got divorced.”

“I will never be as smart as my sister.”

“I’m fat and unattractive.”

It doesn’t matter where the stories came from.  In fact, it doesn’t even really matter what the stories are – at least not right now.  What does matter is that they aren’t true.  Even the “good” stories pale in comparison to the divine magnificence of your Soul Story.

The worst thing about your stories isn’t that they are lies (and they are).  The worst thing about your story-lies is they keep you separate from the truth of who and what you really are.

You can’t see or feel or hear or taste or smell or touch the real you, because you’re too busy telling story-lies about yourself.  It’s like you’re wearing layers and layers of story-lies that are covering up and hiding who you really are.  For those of us with a weight problem, this sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

So there you are, running around, wearing all these layers of story-lies.  And you’ve heard them and told them so many times that you believe them.

“I’m nobody special.”

“I have no talents or gifts.”

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’m not lovable.”

Then someone like me comes along and yells, “Liar!  Liar!  Pants on fire!”

And you get defensive, because you have taken ownership of these story-lies hook, line, and sinker.  They’re safe, familiar, comfortable.  (Actually, they aren’t, but that’s a subject for another post.)  So you say and do whatever it takes to prove they’re true.

“See?  I told you I was no damned good at relationships.”

“See?  I told you I would screw up that job.”

“See?  I told you the world is against me.”

“See?  I told you I’m not good enough.”

With every story-lie told, your Soul Story gets buried deeper and deeper.  Instead of allowing yourself to be who you really are, you default to a less authentic you.

Instead of fulfilling the purpose for which you and only you were put on the planet, you settle for something less joyful and less meaningful that feels like work.

Instead of living a genuine life aligned with the values and the truth of you, you live a life you believe doesn’t matter, and you end up believing you don’t matter.

It’s a confusing, boring, overwhelming, painful, exhausting place to be.  I know.  I’ve been there many times.  So has just about everybody on the planet.  But I know something else.

I know there is a path out of that place.

It isn’t a path for the lazy or faint of heart.  Sometimes learning to embrace your Soul Story and see your own magnificence is downright scary.  Peeling away the story-lies that no longer serve you is painstaking work that requires patience, persistence, and lots and lots of self-love.  As for living your Soul Story, it is nothing but one giant, ongoing lesson in dropping the reins of control and surrendering.

Choosing the path of the spiritual warrior – because that’s really what I’m talking about here – is anything but easy.  But guess what?  It’s what you came here to do.  You want to know your purpose?  That’s it.  To become a spiritual warrior and learn the truth of who and what you are.

And lest you are about to run for the hills, never to be seen or heard from again, let’s remember the rewards of the spiritual warrior’s journey.  Abundance, freedom, purpose, love, courage, joy, power, bliss, meaning, serenity, significance.

I almost forgot the biggest reward of them all – connection with the Divine.  No more separation from Spirit.  Just connection.

I want you to think about that for a minute.  Close your eyes.  Take a deep breath.  Imagine living a life grounded in and connected to the Divine.

No, I can’t imagine it either. But I’ve met people who live that way. People who believe and live their Soul Story.

I want what they have. I want you to have what they have.  And we can have it.  I know we can.

(I hope you’ll join me on this journey to discover and live our Soul Story.  The journey begins on Wednesday, April 25th at 8 pm ET with a free teleclass.  Sign up for my mailing list — up there at the top of the right sidebar — to receive details.)