The Map of the Soul teaches you how to discover your higher soul’s purpose and the meaning of your life. The book is designed and set up as a step by step 12 week guide that encourages the reader to record their insights, gather vital clues that ultimately reveal the bigger picture of who you are and what is possible in this life.
As an intuitive counselor, my capacity to ‘read’ people is based on my clairaudient, clairsentient and clairvoyant abilities. My perceptive nature allows me to go beyond the identity of an individual and uncover their deepest fears, aspirations and fundamental beliefs. Working with people in this way has helped me realize that no matter who we are, where we live, or what we do; we all seek a deeper experience of love and greater freedom.
Over the course of 20 years I have spent a lot of my time helping many wealthy, powerful and attractive people unravel the mystery of why, despite their vast achievements, they are still not completely happy. I have counseled corporate executives, housewives, Hollywood celebrities, professors, doctors, therapists and even renowned spiritual teachers. No matter what their identity, they all asked similar questions:
- Does our life have a higher purpose or is it merely a series of random events?
- Do unseen forces influence the course of our fate?
- Can we trust our intuition?
- Do we each have a Soul mate?
- What is my Soul’s Purpose?
These are some of the questions I address in this book, based on almost half a decade of gathering wisdom. My search for truth has taken me from my childhood home in Sydney to temples in India and on to the New Mexico desert. That quest has brought me face-to-face with both enlightened beings and charlatans – each presenting a valuable lesson on unity and oneness and the importance of following our intuition. Eventually that philosophy became my personal truth as my external search came to an end and I realized the validity of my Soul.
This realization is, for each of us, the most important journey we can ever make – discovering the phenomenal gifts that rest at the heart of our essence. Therefore, rather than present you with all of the answers, I will guide you through the process to glean those insights for yourself. By teaching you how to create a deeper relationship with your inner-self, I trust you will eventually be led by your Soul’s whispers in the same way I was.
‘When we enter the physical world we develop amnesia, losing sight of our true origin and the greater parts of ourselves. Life’s little mysteries are only revealed if we are willing to lift the veil of forgetfulness.’
Scanning the covers of the glossy magazines that rest on our newsstands, it is easy to see that we live in a world where ‘performance and appearance’ are celebrated more often than a person’s essence and the quality of their heart. Sadly, the labels we attach to ourselves have come to warrant what we expect from life and often establish our sense of worth. Whether we are a student, a mother or the CEO of a large company, we start the day with a long ‘to do list’, becoming a slave to time.
Keeping up with the demands and the pace of the modern world, we can easily fall prey to the silent chant, ‘keep up or get left behind’. But how often do we stop in our tracks and ask ourselves where we are ultimately heading, or even pause to consider the purpose of our life? We fall asleep under the ego’s spell and become far too attached to our identity – believing that it alone will get us what we want. Yet we are challenged when it comes to connecting with our Soul, or our deeper essence – which is where the source of true happiness lies.
Unfortunately it often takes a crisis to interrupt the habitual flow of our lives and force us to do a little ‘Soul searching’ and look more closely at the framework of our lives. For me that awakening came very early in life during a near death experience.
When I was four years old I drowned and was drawn upward, towards a shimmering light. I heard a whirring sound and my inner senses came to life. My awareness became sharp and clear as I detached from the boundaries of my physical body.
My Spirit soared and all of a sudden I had a bird’s eye view of an undulating ocean dappled with dancing lights. The lenses I normally saw life through had altered to give me a greater perspective. I hovered above the beach and saw my mother talking to her friend, oblivious to my predicament. As I focused on certain people on the beach, I could hear their thoughts and somehow knew what they were feeling. My hearing was acute, yet I knew I was listening through my inner ears. It was like being an observer in a dream, except the colors seemed more vivid.
I was reluctant to leave this blissful state in which I felt so light and free. Then I heard a soft voice whisper, ‘Go back, dear one, it’s not your time.’ The words echoed in my mind, coaxing me back into my body, until the whispers faded and my brother rescued me.
Based on human logic I should have been dead. On that miraculous day, time had stood still just long enough to open a window into a whole new dimension I had seen firsthand that there was so much more to life than 4 The Map of the Soul what we see with our physical eyes and I was not going to forget it. When I returned to my body I left a portal open to an incredible realm, which I have spent much of my lifetime investigating.
In following that quest, I eventually realized that when we first enter the physical world we develop amnesia, losing sight of our true origin and the greater parts of ourselves.
My next awakening came one Sunday afternoon at the age of eleven when I was overwhelmed with a desire to write. Within 10 minutes I wrote a page of information that offered my sister wise counsel on how to alter the course of her life. The information sent shivers through her body and she was overwhelmed with emotion. Not clear where the message had come from, my investigation revealed a quiet voice that emerged from deep beneath my logical thoughts – ultimately known as my Soul’s whispers. From that day on, the messages I received were always comforting, encouraging and wise; and eventually became the basis of my work as a spiritual teacher.
Each and every one of us has the potential to become enlightened by embracing our own Soul’s whispers and discovering our true potential. The first step is ‘being still’ and listening to our intuition.
When people first meet me in a session, they are surprised I know so much about them. Yet it is not that surprising, I simply listen for sounds, see images and register feelings that normally go unnoticed. Although everyone has the latent capacity to do this, I have honed the skill over the course of my life until it has become second nature. The answer as to how I obtain the information is simple.
On a Soul level, we are intrinsically connected by an invisible thread: we are all one. By entering the heart of stillness, I learnt to hear the ‘unspoken word’ communicated beneath our rambling thoughts. It is within that sacred silence that we commune with our Soul and connect with the essence of life itself.
Although I have been meditating since I was a child, my intuitive senses didn’t develop overnight. Like all of us, I was born with a spark of promise; but I nourished it with my desire to know more about our human potential. Rather than solely look for answers in the outside world, eventually I turned my focus within to create a deeper, more rewarding connection with my Soul.
For each of us, that is ultimately the most rewarding path we can ever follow – a personal quest that leads to love, joy, individuality and freedom. There is nothing missing within any of us: we are all whole and complete. That is why I have chosen to guide you toward deepening the relationship you have with your Authentic Self.
You are so much more than your body, your mind, or even your Spirit; you are an integral part of All That Is. All you need to do to claim this greatest truth is to adjust the lenses you see life through until you finally see ‘the bigger picture’.
If you would like to meet Tricia, she will be a presenter at “The New You: Soul, Body & Spirit Workshops” in Sydney and Melbourne during February 2012.
“The Map of the Soul – Discovering Your True Purpose” By Tricia Brennan is published by Rockpool Publishing. You can purchase this book online at the publisher’s website www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au, and at all good books stores around Australia.
TITLE: The Map of the Soul – Discovery Your True Purpose
AUTHOR: Tricia Brenna
PUBLISHER: Rockpool Publishing
CATEGORY: Mind Body Spirit
FORMAT: 320pp Paperback
BINDING: Perfect Bound
PUBLICATION DATE: March 2011
This book extract used with the permission of the publisher, Rockpool Publishing