Soulshaping presents a new and distinctly human paradigm for expanding our consciousness: Ascending with both feet on the ground. This paradigm is rooted in the reality of our daily lives, and makes no distinction between our spiritual quest and our emotional life. Our feelings, our unresolved issues and life experiences, are the grist for the soul mill that takes us higher. Rather than looking for the answers outside of ourselves, we choose to look inside, in our often ignored bodies of wisdom.
In its essence, Soulshaping is an immersion model. It is about jumping into life, immersing ourselves in our feelings and experiences in an effort to learn what we need to expand our soul's consciousness. It is about the inextricable relationship between the opening of the heart and the expansion of the soul. It is about 'feeling' God, not 'thinking' God. It is about healthy, selective attachment. Soulshapers have a profound faith in the human experience, in the karmic significance of our personal identities. Although we embrace the value of detachment practices as essential to the journey- to cope with great suffering, to move us beyond our stuck places and linear identifications into a vaster lens- we recognize that to live in perpetual detachment is to miss the moment altogether. It is to trip out of the body that carries the karmic seeds for our transformation. It is to leave earth before our time. At some point, we need to come back down into our bodies and our personal identifications and work with what lives inside of us.
At the heart of the Soulshaping philosophy is the belief that every individual comes into this life with divine purpose, however humble it may outwardly appear. We are not random concentrations of stardust, nor are we accidental tourists. We are divinely intended, purposeful and essential to this dance of sacred imagination. Satisfying our purpose is dependent on our ability to recognize and honor our soul-scriptures for this lifetime. Our soul-scriptures are the unique combination of experiences, callings and archetypal pathways that source our transformation. They are the lessons we came here to learn, the “true-path” we are here to walk, the soulshape we are here to grow into. To the extent that we excavate and honor our scriptures, we expand our soul one step closer to wholeness. To the degree that we misidentify, we come back with the same lessons waiting in the wings. Soulshaping strikes a sacred balance between our experience of unity consciousness and our connection to true-path, that place where we can feel both connected to the “Oneness”, and still deeply connected to our divine purpose in the heart of it. Every soul has a vital role to play.
Many of the lessons that are intrinsic to our expansion come through the emotional body- the karmic field where the soul’s lessons are harvested. The Soulshaper surrenders to his emotional processes, ever aware that repressed emotions are unactualized spiritual lessons. In order to expand his soulshape, he has to call himself on his detachment from his shadow and work his way through his unresolved memories and emotions. Not identifying himself as his stuff, but identifying his stuff as essential to his transformation. Although lessons can be pleasurable, they are often painful at this stage of our collective transformation- the ladder to heaven is made from broken rungs. Our ascension depends on our capacity to 'cell our soul,’ to bring our suffering through our bodies until our spiritual lessons are birthed. Fully actualized, these lessons are the grist that grows the soul, karmic fodder for the mill of heartfelt expansion. The School of Heart Knocks…
The Soulshaper honors her physical body in all its magnificence. It is no accident that we are here in physical form- God is IN the people. Far more than just a vessel for the soul, the body is the embodiment of the soul – the soul's garden of truth, the breeding ground for the soul’s emergence. She tills the soul-soil with purifying practices- enlivening exercises, armor busters, heart-openers- in an effort to create space inside for true-path to emerge. A built-in authenticity-mometer, her body dulls when she is living falsely, and glows when she is true to path.
Grounding the Soulshaper is the concept of Enrealment, the idea that a more "heightened" consciousness is not all about the light (as enlightenment implies) but is about becoming more real, more genuinely here in all respects. Enrealment is an inclusive consciousness that incorporates all realms of awareness simultaneously- shadow and light, earth and sky, subtle and gross, grocery list and unity consciousness- rather than only those realms that feel the most comfortable. At its’ heart is a vision of a human being that ‘Ascends with both feet on the ground.’ It is not enough for our feet to merely skim the ground. The mythic life begins with our feet planted on Mother Earth. We begin with the root chakra- the quest for Om begins at home- and we work our way up from there. With our soles firmly planted, our Soul has a leg to stand on in its efforts to go higher. As we develop a healthy egoic foundation and work through our chakras, we become organically present in our bodies and in the moment. From this stable foundation emerges a natural and sustainable movement upward, toward God. Instead of settling for the occasional peak experience, we are now capable of sustaining a more heightened way of being. This philosophy bridges the honoring of the Soul’s journey fundamental to many eastern traditions with the Western emphasis on emotional and psychological health-Alexander Lowen meets Neem Karoli Baba, Localized lens meets Archetypal Wave, Unity Consciousness meets Healthy Self-concept on a bridge across forever.