In today’s times of crises, the “enchanting veils of illusion” to which he refers are being forcefully removed from our lives, leaving us to grapple with the question of what is left – what is important for us to take into our lives going forward.  There is a simplicity in this that is magical.  It’s the reason that spiritual ascetics such as monks and nuns retreat into ashrams and convents so that they can come more closely into contact with that essence of spirituality.  

The Moon is nearing its fullness in Aquarius, the sign of dramatic change and a radical departure from that which is already known.  Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, challenges the Full Moon in a square aspect which demands that we release the past to the caverns of time and live authentically in the Now. Once more the late John O’Donohue speaks to the heart of the matter. 

The Voice of Your Own Soul

When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin to hear this gentle voice at the heart of your life. It is deeper and surer than all the other voices of disappointment, unease, self-criticism and bleakness. All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul. It is always there and the more deeply you learn to listen, the greater surprises and discoveries that will unfold.

To enter into the gentleness of your own soul changes the tone and quality of your life. Your life is no longer consumed by hunger for the next event, experience or achievement. You learn to come down from the treadmill and walk on the earth. You gain a new respect for yourself and others and you learn to see how wonderfully precious this one life is. You begin to see through the enchanting veils of illusion that you had taken for reality. You no longer squander yourself on things and situations that deplete your essence. You know now that your true source is not outside you. Your soul is your true source and a new energy and passion awakens in you.


Excerpt from his books, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (US) / Divine Beauty (Europe)
This post was taken from the John O’Donohue Facebook page

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