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  • nancy willbern

Updated: Jun 27, 2020


(This post was originally published on January 21, 2018)


I have recently begun to appreciate the difference between spirit and soul in relation to ego. As I am understanding it when we begin to identify with spirit, we are brought up and out. The goal is to transcend our identification with ego - a separate sense of self that wants desperately to be in charge - and join the One, the All. We get a felt-sense of this when doing classical meditation or centering prayer. Before we sit and close our eyes, we choose a mantra as a focus of our attention. When our mind wanders, we return to that focus. The practice is one of going off into thoughts of the private mind and then gently returning back to the focus. We go off and then return, over and over again. This ancient process trains the mind to return to a sacred space that is collectively shared, rather than that habitually preferred individual space that is self absorbed and self directed. The goal of spiritual practice is to help us transcend the separate self. It is the road to inner peace. We get there through mind training. This is a masculine process.

Getting in touch with the soul also takes us out of identification with the ego, but it takes us down and in. It takes us past the ego to the immanent self within -- the one we were born to be. This aspect of the self is a unique expression of the Divine that is waiting to be discovered. It is connected to one’s life purpose. I like to think of it as each person’s unique set of notes to be played as a part of the harmony of the whole. Each of us is the only one who can play our set of notes. No one can take them from us, but if we don’t play them, the harmony will be missing our vital part. The discovery of the soul’s mission comes through experience and by paying close attention. It is not a function of the mind but of the heart and intuition. It’s like a treasure hunt. Our job is to follow the clues seen and heard in nature or serendipity or intuitive hunches, dreams or guided imagery. We know we are in tune with the soul when we feel a deep sense of satisfaction -- that place where giving and receiving become the same thing or when we feel that A-Ha experience, when something just rings true. We know it, not think it -- but know it from something deep inside, a place of recognition. And here’s the added bonus: Living out our gifts is the greatest gift we can give to the whole. Moving into the Divine through felt-experience is a feminine process.

When we participate in both mind-training and experiential knowing, we are our most loving, balanced, authentic self -- the self the Creative Force breathed into existence. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to have come here and have missed it. xoxo


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  • nancy willbern

Updated: Jun 27, 2020


(This post was originally posted on July 22, 2017)


I have lived through some turbulent times since my birth in the 50‘s -- the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war with Russia, Viet Nam, Watergate and more recently 9/11, wars in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, but I do not remember anytime that I felt more uncertain. Everyday we are bombarded with more unsettling news, sifting sands, a house of cards ready to topple at any moment. We are living in very turbulent times, with little to hold onto that leaves us with a sense of assurance, a clear direction. Our “united we stand” as a nation has become obscured in the face of divisiveness, lack of clarity and a respect for our fellow man. I don’t know about you, but these chaotic times we are living in have become my greatest teacher. They are forcing me to do my daily practice, to return to Center, to trust in that place where we are all connected that runs underneath the rumbling white water on the surface.

I recently ran across a story Jung liked to tell. It spoke to me and reminded me of what is true. It goes like this:


There was a great drought where the missionary Richard Wilhelm lived in China. There had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers, and the Chinese burned joss sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of the drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said: We will fetch the rain maker. And from another province, a dried up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day clouds gathered and there was a great snowstorm at the time of the year when no snow was expected, an unusual amount, and the town was so full of rumors about the wonderful rain maker that Wilhelm went to ask the man how he did it.

In true European fashion he said: "They call you the rain maker, will you tell me how you made the snow?" And the little Chinaman said: "I did not make the snow, I am not responsible." "But what have you done these three days?" "Oh, I can explain that. I come from another country where things are in order. Here they are out of order, they are not as they should be by the ordinance of heaven. Therefore the whole country is not in Tao, and I am also not in the natural order of things because I am in a disordered country. So I had to wait three days until I was back in Tao, and then naturally the rain came."

--- From The Nature Writings of C. G. Jung

©2002, North Atlantic Books

The story reminds me that our safety and our peace are not sourced by current politics or the state of the union. Problems are corrected at the level of the problem, not the level of the symptom. Things are made right with the world through our personal alignment with Wholeness, Itself. And thank God, we carry It around with us, our own little quiet huts. All we have to do is to go in, leave the chaos for a while and re-connect with the larger Order. Then we can trust needed rains will come, the snow will fall and make it all clean again. We just have to be careful not to predict what the rains and the snow will look like.


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  • nancy willbern

Updated: Jun 27, 2020


(This post was originally published on March 16, 2017)


I’m going to tell you a well-kept secret. We do not come onto the planet earth empty handed. We come with two essential traveling accessories. They’re sort of like little hidden treasures that show up whenever all else fails. The first one is a candle that sits on the inner alter in the heart, our very own spark of life, our inner North Star. Its job is to help us live our truth and to guide the way when we get lost. It inherently knows how to make all course corrections.

The second is a set of alarm bells. The bells ring whenever we leave our inner alter, when we lose touch with our guiding light. These two traveling companions always work together.

It’s a simple, elegant system. Whenever we leave the alter, the bells start to ring. We know the bells are ringing whenever we don’t feel good inside, when we feel anxious or guilty, ashamed, irritated or rageful, whenever we feel unloveable or not enough or too much. From the other direction, the alarm bells are silent when we experience inner peace. From our usual default position, we assume we are feeling bad inside because whatever our inner critic is telling us about ourselves must be true - we really should feel guilty or ashamed or unloveable. We assume the alarm bells are sounding off for us to wake up and shape up. More often than not, this leads to a lot of trying harder which rarely works, which of course makes the alarm bells ring even louder, which leads to our trying even harder, which leads to our feeling even worse and the bells get louder and on and on it goes into a never ending, self-defeating feedback loop.

The only way to bring this to a stop is to remember the bells never ring because we are not enough or need to try harder to prove our worth. They ring to simply remind us to return our gaze to our inner North Star. It always knows the way. And that is all we ever need to know. Traveling Mercies...


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