March 23

FAITH MONTH: DAY 23: “Oh, what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too.” ― Aberjhani

I know this is kind of romantic, airy-fairy stuff; but I love this quote. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to believe? I want to believe it. It lifted me up quite a bit when I read it, every time I have read it.

In fact, I waited to write about it, because I wanted to write about some of the deeper and heavier aspects of faith. Today, I feel lighter and more airy-fairy…it is a Spring thing for me.

One of my favorite things to do when working in treatment is to do the intakes with the new clients. Especially the first day they get there. The toughest and baddest of them look like deer, staring into the headlights of the oncoming car.

I love to give them a hug if they are okay with that and let them know that they have just done all the work necessary to be past the scary part. They don’t believe me, but I can feel their bodies drop down into a more comfortable and relaxed space. It is wonderful! And I tell them that, no matter what their minds tell them, they are on the sunny side of the street now.

Their faces always tell me that they would like to believe me. And then I promise them I am telling the truth, even if they don’t believe me for a very long time.

Our souls get so battered in addiction. That is the fine work of the Screaming Purple Monkeys (SPM)…they are dedicated to smashing our lives into tiny bits of brokenness so small that there is no putting them together again.

But, we are strong, resilient, dedicated to going on. It is the nature of the heart beating in our chest to keep going, to survive at all possible costs. And we do. Then we get to this amazing place, and you can watch the shiny souls beginning to come alive again. I love the shiny souls!

The more work we do here, the more we do to smash the SPM, the shinier we get. We glow from the inside, because that is where the recovery happens. It isn’t in a new hairdo or a new outfit or a new car, it is in the shininess of our souls. That, I believe, is the reason I love this quote.

When my husband was dying, his soul became so shiny, I told him that every day. The closer he got to his dying time, the shinier he became. I honestly watched it and saw it during that experience. I had not read this quote before. Perhaps that was its attractiveness for me last month when I found it. I have seen that shininess and know it when I am with it. It resonates and makes my soul happy too.

Remember your soul, how bright it can shine; and go out and do some more shiny stuff!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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