More about the Library of the Soul from Theresa C. Dintino
For me, this place or space I call The Library of the Soul feels like a pocket of thick and fecund darkness, a presence of depth and potency within. I have my own ways of finding it and feeding it: long, silent walks, writing and reading, pondering and questioning—ruminating. There is information there, which is another reason why I call it a library, information akin to what we call “intuition,” knowing. It is our personal database. This is the place from which arises what are often called “other ways of knowing.”
Dreams live here. We have our own symbols in this place that have special meaning to us and help us make meaning of our lives and experiences. Through our experiences, impressions, memories we create what could be called our own vocabulary of symbols and words, associations. Only we can follow the trails of these breadcrumbs to the nuggets of information that are trying to be revealed to us through all we have stored and accumulated in our library. Some symbols have profound meaning to us that would mean nothing to another. It is important for us to understand our own vocabulary.
Exploring The Library of the Soul often and being in intimate relationship with it can help us understand the meaning we make of things based on our past experiences, intuitions and relationships with all the dimensional realms. We can access memories and dreams from this place to better understand information trying to come through to us. But it is also a place of quiet retreat and reflection for us to go to when we feel depleted and exhausted, weary or worried.
As we continue to go there, it becomes a portal to other times and places and we may experience deep insight. It is a place where we can make connections between seemingly random occurrences; it is a place of deeper understanding. In this space or library, we are no longer separate. In this space uniquely ours, we experience the connectedness of all.
If this spark within us is not appreciated, explored and nurtured, we may experience what is often referred to as “losing ourselves.” We may not have a strong “sense of self” and so look to others to provide that for us. We may look to jobs to do that for us, seek external approval. We may attempt to build ourselves up from the outside in which, in the end, is ineffective because it leaves a hollow core. Everyone has the library of the soul. It is only a matter of acknowledging it, visiting it, experiencing it, and becoming intimate with it. It is important to form a deep relationship with it.
©Theresa C. Dintino 2020
Theresa C. Dintino is an ancestral Strega (Italian wise woman), Earth worker, and initiated diviner in the West African Dagara tradition. For more than 20 years Theresa has studied and practiced an Earth-based spirituality. She currently helps others reclaim their personal lineages through her divination work. Theresa is the author of seven books which include her Tree Medicine Trilogy. Learn more about her books here. Theresa and her sister, Maria are also the creators of Nasty Women Writers, a website celebrating and giving voice to powerful women of all times and places.