Intentional Insights

Soul Tending Missive

Go Gently.

The stress of learning cosmology, personal place on the path, and the tools to be successful on it–all at once–is real.

Something I tell students and Initiates in my soul tending training is that the stress of learning cosmology, personal place on the path, and the tools to be successful on it–all at once–is real.

 

For folks born into an animistic culture, their synapses are situated into a cosmology that supports who they are, their animistic experience, and their calling. Even though not everyone in their community is called to be a mystic, their community is born into an understanding of what the calling to mystic means.

Most folks on a path of modern shamanism or soul tending do not have or recognize a cosmology. They are running from a cosmology that confined them. They aren’t born into supportive community around that path. They’re often managing the grief of being dismissed by community. They’re not born into an animistic worldview. They’re forced to situate themselves into a duality that doesn’t fit.

What this means is we are simultaneously learning each of these things ALL AT ONCE, while healing the wounds the lack of them caused. Coming to understand and hold one’s cosmology is a rite of passage on its own, with all the perils, trial, and empowerment of any hero’s journey. Finding community that can support that journey, through all its awkward, ugly, and miraculous twists is nothing less than daunting. To find that kind of community is to risk vulnerability and trust. It is to realize trustworthiness in self. To gain the tools of a well mystic is to commit to the work across the board, for life, in all the manifestations that works takes.

Folks on a modern path are doing each of these things at once. It wasn’t meant to be that way, which is why this education, itself, is political activism. It is ancestral healing. It is sacred activism. When you commit to the work of soul tending, you reclaim your heritage, your path, your community, and your calling.

Don’t underestimate the distress this overlap can create.

Don’t underestimate the importance of why All Things needs you to do it, anyway.

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We don't heal

In isolation, but in community