Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go… ~ John O’Donohue

For those of us who grew up believing that our soul belongs to God (or is given to God), this quote feels somewhat if not completely counter-intuitive. We don’t see our soul as our own. It has been bequeathed, entrusted, and willingly placed in Another’s safe-keeping and care. Our trust then, is in God – not in ourselves, our deep knowing, or our own soul.

In fact, we’ve been taught to not trust ourselves, our knowing, or even our heart. No wonder we are confused, adrift, and lost.


When we abscond from our own knowing, from our soul’s intrinsic, inherent direction, we experience God as capricious puppeteer: we question every circumstance, doubt every mystery, and belie even the smallest of miracles. This, as compared to the awareness, acceptance, and advocacy of self trust; the reality that having such does not remove God from the equation; rather, gives God exponential and expansive freedom to act!

When we trust ourselves, our knowing, our very soul, our experience of God completely changes. And when that changes, we change. Grace dances. Light gleams. And life offers meaning beyond compare.