A Soul Within Your Soul
Years ago, I heard someone describe a friend who thought deeply about things, sometimes to the point of distraction.
As they were speaking about their friend, they said something beautiful.
"Her inner landscape really must be vast."
I remember feeling a kind of electricity run through me when I heard that sentence. It resonated with me in a way that I didn't expect. And, of course, it got me thinking about why it charged me so much.
I thought afterward how much I wished someone would use that sentence to describe me. I longed for it. In my heart, I had this feeling that it was one of the truest things I had ever heard about myself, even though it was being said to describe another.
Over the years, I've heard that phrase (or at least something like it) only a few times. And every time I heard it, I had that same feeling of an electric current flowing through me, followed by a deep, deep longing.
And then, one day, not that long ago, I had an epiphany as I was reading and journaling about the journey to inner peace and purpose that so few of us choose to take.
I suddenly knew that phrase felt so electric to me because it was the spoken revelation of a universal truth. In other words, every single one of us has a vast inner landscape. Every single one of us has a universe within our soul.
And this universe within is both known and unknown to us. It is the space where all the terrible and wonderful things we've experienced in life go to dwell, awaiting some resolution, great kismet, or reckoning.
The other day, I read a wonderful poem by the 13th-century poet Rumi that spoke directly to the very epiphany I experienced.
there is a soul
within your soul
there is a treasure
in your mountain
seek it out
a mystic in motion
if that's what you are
don't seek out there
seek insideseek it out