We're pleased to share an excerpt from a poignant letter we received recently from Rosanna Kirwan, a reader of When the Soul Awakens from Ireland who has become a friend.
January 17, 2014
On Tuesday last my friend and I went up to the mountains. The mountain we walked up has an old stone house at the top. It’s called The Hellfire Club and there is a lot of folklore about this building, mainly negative. However I consider the mountain as a Holy place. I actually felt the presence of St. Francis of Assisi there a few years ago.
We used the ascent for sharing and the descent for silence.
I brought When the Soul Awakens to read from a chapter and for reflection.
The day was bitterly cold and we couldn't sit down anywhere because the earth was very damp. We decided to stand at the gable wall of this old building and I randomly chose a chapter, which turned out to be "Soul Awareness". So picture the scene—there were forests to the right, in front, and to the back of us, and to the left we could see for miles, right out to the coastline. I felt so blessed and realised this chapter was so right in this setting: "The soul, perceiving through a higher sense, looks inward to the world of spiritual reality and recognizes that its essential being, along with the inner being of all forms, is inseparable from the seamless web of life in our universe."
We walked down in silent meditation and when we got home we did some exercises on chakra balancing.
Last night I went to see the film 12 Years a Slave and while part of me wonders why I would want to pay money to see a stark portrayal of "Man's Inhumanity to Man," and thus leaving myself with a troubled mind, I was very inspired by the inner light and faith of the character "Solomon," very like Viktor Frankl in Man's Search for Meaning. In my opinion both of these people were blessed with "Soul Awareness."
[The images above are of the Hellfire Club, Dublin, Ireland.]