“Within every [Person], there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing.” Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ –Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Last week, I spent a few days in Moab, Utah, with my parents. I was born in Utah and lived there for the first 12 years of my life. Annually, I visit my parents, brother, and many relatives in the Park City and Salt Lake City area, but it’s been years and years since I’ve spent time in the desert lands of Southern Utah.
Even though I’m very content in Maine, where I’ve lived for the past 24 years, there will always be a part that yearns for the expansive skies, drier climate, and dramatic mountains of the West.
While in Moab, we visited Arches National Park. Something about the massive rock formations in the desert brings out my sacred wildness. That wildness wants to be a part of the warm rock I lie on as I stare at the immense blue sky, allowing the wind to blow fine sand around me in a ritual cleansing.
We are born with an inner, sacred wildness that is our soul-print. Within this soul-print lies our innate gifts. Throughout life, parents, teachers, friends, employers, and others help define who we are by giving advice that reflects their reality. As well-intentioned as they may be, many of them don’t know their wild soul, let alone another’s. As a result, starting from a very young age, we are led to walk a path other than our souls.
Just as Arches National Park was formed over millions of years, I am aware of having been formed as a soul over many years in this lifetime, and likely several lifetimes. Sometimes the sediment of others’ expectations weighs heavily on me. I unknowingly allow others’ realities to settle into my thoughts and feelings until I lose my way…yet again.
I recall many times when I felt eroded by the winds of confusion, doubt, loss, obstacles, and challenges. The sands shifted out from under my feet until I no longer knew where to step next. There were moments I felt utterly lost in the desert. But often, I have to get lost before I finally listen to the wisdom of the Desert Spirits and re-member my sacred wildness. The Desert Spirits help me shift into intuition and rely on my natural instincts.
Last week, as I lay quietly on the sacred sandstone, I allowed the desert winds to carve through my sediment. I was then able to glimpse the true beauty within. The spaces carved into the sediment have become the windows into my soul. Through them, I clearly see the inner wisdom and awareness I’ve gained through my experiences. I breathe in the Desert Spirits through those open windows and reacquaint myself with my Sacred Wild Soul.
For those who feel called to the sacred wildness of the desert, here’s a link to a PDF of Bone Woman’s guided journey. She is a Desert Spirit who will lead you into the desert and back out again. You might try recording yourself on your electronic device and listen to the guided journey in your voice as a way of integrating Bone Woman into your Sacred Wild Soul.
Many blessings on your sacred journey.
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