I had no idea in 2005 that a course I signed up for called “From Intuition to Mysticism” would transform my life. Not only did I shift entirely in who I was and how I encountered the world, but the course itself changed direction. There would be three weekend classes, and during that first one in March, our teacher Caroline Myss would undergo a total reordering of what she would teach us. St. Teresa of Avila came to be by her side and served as the guide for the remaining course. Rather than teach us about a variety of mystics in history, we instead began to move through the castle of our souls based on Teresa’s book ‘The Interior Castle.’ What resulted from that class is Caroline’s book ‘Entering the Castle.’ I haven’t read it for quite some time, but picking it up this evening, there is so much that calls to me. Although I’ve not been working directly the introspection contained within, I find that all I’ve encountered over the last seven years mirrors much of what speaks to my soul from within each chapter and page.
We can all pray. We can all move into the space of our interior self, and even more deeply into the castle of our own soul. From within that place, we carry an energy of humility, openness and clarity if we choose to allow its penetration. What called me back into the pages of Entering the Castle is the Entry Prayer that follows–a prayer Caroline shares for us to come to a place of stillness and begin to ‘cross the bridge’ to the castle of our souls. It speaks to me deeply, and I believe there are many of you who will feel its mystical power too.
‘I cross the bridge into the silent bliss of my Castle. I close the drawbridge and forbid all outside influences from entry into this holy place that is my soul. Here in my Castle, I am alone with God. Under God’s light and companionship I discover the depth and beauty of my soul. I embrace the power of prayer. I open myself to divine guidance. I surrender myself to become a channel of grace, healing, and service as God directs my life.’
This is my prayer. Much love. xo
Oprah began the public dialogue around this question several years ago on her program, challenging us to look within, using clear vision to understand what we know for sure in our being. A similar thought is often posed by Caroline Myss in her teaching as she states: “and here’s what’s true” and completes the sentence. In either case, what is being asked of you in engaging this inquiry is to go deeper within and connect to the purest “stuff” of your interior life.
When you ask yourself “what do I know for sure?” you must take pause. The levity of the question demands you enter the space of your soul’s sanctuary and remain there until you return with some piece of your truth. In her work with Mysticism, Caroline focused an entire book on this practice–Entering the Castle, based on the work of St. Teresa of Avila. Our soul is the castle, the inner space and we must enter into that place with a spirit of reverence, honesty, pure intent. When we engage the Divine in the rooms of our castle, we begin to ask the questions that frame our very connection both to Spirit and to who we are.
It seems like an easy question to answer at first, doesn’t it? But in the light of retrieving the response from the vantage point of your soul, there is so much more here. As you begin to contemplate your life, your beliefs, your god–you call on your soul to answer. A union is created between you and what is indeed “true” for you. What you find there may surprise you. What you find there will enlighten you, strengthen your ability to see yourself, to be confident in who you are.
“Here’s what’s true” my friends: when you put yourself in the space to really enter your soul castle and seek your own answers, you are in effect calling on Spirit and the power of grace to channel through you and empower the column of light between you and the highest form of Being. You are entering a very sacred space. Approach it as such.
This is a magnificently powerful question, with an abundance of spiritual electricity attached. As you begin to contemplate its place within your own self, you must first enter the space of your heart…..listen….and follow the guidance of the whispers you find there……