Soul Source
Summer Newsletter
June 2016

Summer Solstice 
"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born."

At this Summer Solstice, the time of greatest Light, we turn our attention to pondering the experience of BREAKTHROUGH, that instant when consciousness or inner Light expands and opens us to new vistas. Under natural conditions, everything evolves and grows, moving from one stage of development to another. No one has to force a newborn to become a toddler, or a sapling to become a tree. Given the right conditions these developments occur naturally. They are innate to the structure of Life itself. Life is preprogrammed to progress, to grow and to evolve. Something new is always gestating within us. Even when things seem relatively calm and quiet, the next breakthrough is always imminent, a seed within us ready to burst forth with new Life.

Breakthroughs vary greatly in form and magnitude from simple synchronistic moments that brighten our day, to an 'aha' moment where something drops into place or comes to light. Still other breakthroughs are of greater power and magnitude, causing a complete transformation of our lives and who we are.   

All breakthroughs share a common element, increased Light!

The 22nd Rune, Dagaz was considered the Rune of Breathrough by the ancient Norse people. It depicts the first rays of the sun rising over the horizon associated with the new day dawning, awakenings and enlightenment. We have all experienced moments where things have 'dawned' on us, where something hidden has come to light or something new has been revealed.

According to author and spiritual teacher, Richard Rudd, "In the original I Ching, the masters of old used the 64  hexagrams to track and harmonize with the forces of nature. In the cosmic drama the 43rd hexagram was named Breakthrough, because it represented a repeating phenomenon of life. Life frequently and sporadically achieves breakthrough. So many genetic breakthroughs had to occur for us to be here and the mystery of our being here seems so random it sometimes overwhelms us."  

In astrology, Uranus is the planet most associated with breakthroughs. Mythologically Uranus is the thunderbolt God who provides those 'bolts out of the blue' that wake us up and often in some very sharp and radical ways that alter our course or destroy everything we thought we knew. Sometimes these moments totally shift who we think we are and dissolve our identifications in radical ways.

Breakthroughs can run the gamut from a 'bright idea', to a quantum leap, to a devastating and painful life-changing event. In either case, something sudden, important or dramatic happens, there is a new revelation or development. Sometimes breakthroughs follow breakdowns that involve a disintegration or dismantling process. Consider when things fall apart or life appears to be crumbling around us, that the opportunity for a breakthrough is held within that painful experience. Death, divorce, the dreaded diagnosis, the loss of job or home are always the seeds of new Life emerging. Sometimes not, but almost always, breakthroughs carry an element of surprise and can be first met with resistance until we open to what is breaking through.

We cannot escape breakthroughs, nor can we force a breakthrough, but there are certain conditions that are ripe for breakthroughs. Breakthroughs require uncertainty and humility. Breakthroughs demand an environment of open-heartedness, mystery and not knowing, and by knowing nothing we can rest in everything.   

We can use the energy of breakthrough to break internal blocks, illusions, boxes, judgments or rigid thinking. When we breakthrough our inner resistances, we expand into greater awareness, and we open to brand new possibilities that may never have occurred to us because we could not yet see, feel, experience, imagine or envision what could yet be.

We dedicate this newsletter to this innate capacity for breakthrough with us and within Humanity. Breakthroughs are inevitable and happen naturally. We must open to these hallowed moments; we must open to the inevitable and let Life have its natural unfolding through us.  A new dawn is beckoning within us always.  Even in the darkest hour and the most intense of times, a breakthrough is always imminent.  An expansion of Light, a burst forward is to be expected.

Summer Solstice Blessings,

The exact time of Summer Solstice is Monday,
June 20 at 6:34 pm EDT.

The Second Full Moon of Gemini is Monday morning
June 20 at 7:02 am EDT.

Join us for Soul Source's guided Gemini Full Moon Meditation anytime during the five-day full moon observance beginning Saturday morning, June 18 through Wednesday, June 22 by following this link. 



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by Tosha Silver 

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By Dr. Judith Rich, published in The Huffington Post

"They say that breaking up is hard to do" - Neil Sedaka

If, as Neil Sedaka sings in his 1980s hit, "Breaking up is hard to do," many would argue that waking up is even harder. It is pretty much a lifetime endeavor.

When we come into physical form, we inhabit a body, and we grow a life in some form or fashion. We come in with a certain genetic configuration, are further shaped by our environment and our lives unfold as we take on the trappings of our humanness.

Consider that when a newborn baby arrives on this planet, it spends the first several months of its life literally asleep. Gradually, it begins to spend more time in a waking state, acclimating to this strange place in which it inhabits. And by the end of its first year of life, the baby, now a toddler, begins to move about and explore the world. A young child is extremely vigilant, attentive to sights and sounds, all of which are totally new, until the environment becomes familiar.

Then that which once was a mystery slowly becomes the mundane, and over time, as more and more of life gets relegated to the mundane and we incorporate its familiarity, we gradually withdraw our attention and fall back asleep to what is right before us. And so it goes throughout a person's lifetime. We come in asleep, we wake up, and we fall back asleep.

Our task then, as humans, is to re-awaken our selves, and to do it consciously, so that we have access to the resources both within and without to support us in the journey to remain awake. For left to our own devices, human beings tend to take the easy way out.

We are "thrown" in the direction of seeking comfort and safety and unless something comes along to interrupt those patterns, we will find ourselves falling back asleep, and pretty quickly. Comfort and safety are just so seductive it's hard to remain vigilant enough to keep from becoming attached. We want life to occur in a particular way. We want what we want in the dose and form and with the timing that we want it.
And so, in this human story we're all unfolding, sooner or later, we'll find ourselves confronted with a "rude awakening." Something happens, seemingly from out of "left field." Life occurs. It might feel like the bottom dropped out, the rug got pulled, the green lights all turned red, the cosmic two-by-four just came and whapped you upside the head and sat you down by the side of the road, calling for a "time out."

These cosmic "time outs" can take many forms, but they're all designed to stop us in our tracks and get our attention. It's the soul's wake up call. Losing a job or a loved one, an unwanted pregnancy, family quarrels, substance and other forms of abuse, a terminal illness, a close brush with death are just a few of the kinds of events that can serve to bring us to our knees.

Just when you thought your life was going along fine - BAM! Life comes along and says, "Not so fast, my pretty! Listen up! You have some homework to do." You're in a breakdown.

Is it the end of the world? Not really, but it might feel like it is. Even when accepting 100 percent responsibility for creating your life, when a breakdown occurs there usually is an emotional impact that cannot be ignored. When you're thrown topsy-turvy and haven't yet found your sea legs, life can feel mighty scary and fear can get the best of you. In the moment, it can be very challenging and seem downright impossible to get your bearings and put your hands back on the wheel.

What to do?

Eight tips for dealing with breakdown:

1) Declare a breakdown - Simply say, "I'm in a breakdown." Naming it thus gives the mind something to rally around besides upset and chaos. It's like coming to a stop sign and putting on the brakes.

2) Acknowledge and feel the emotional impact - Breakdown is life's way of letting you know you've gotten off track. This can come as a shock to the system and the first response is usually some form of emotional upset. Feel it. Express it. But don't stop there. Ask yourself...

3) What core values have I betrayed, abandoned or forgotten? - In the bigger scheme of things, breakdowns occur when we stray from being true to our core values in some essential way. You have fallen asleep, and breakdown is life's way of waking you up to that fact.

4) Assume 100 percent responsibility for your results - Don't waste your time being right or blaming others. Ultimately, what's happened is your result, based on the choices you've made and the actions you've taken. Even if you think you had only the best intentions, based on results, something more or different was needed than what you brought to the situation. Acknowledge this, but don't stop there.

5) Do a "clean up" - Clean up with yourself and anyone else involved. Be willing to apologize and ask for forgiveness for the unintended impact you had on someone else, if that's the case. Forgive yourself for getting off track. Part of being human is dealing with our imperfections. It happens to everyone. It doesn't mean you're a "bad" person. It just means you're human. But don't stop there.

6) Redeclare your commitment - What really matters? Go back to the core values you betrayed and re-affirm your commitment to them or redesign them if necessary.

7) Begin again - Breaking down is the precursor to breaking through. In the wake of an upset, there is the opportunity to regroup, press the reset button, and start anew, only from a newly awakened perspective. This usually leads to a whole new way of being and doing in the world, including in your important relationships.

8) Celebrate your breakthrough - Acknowledge yourself for the courage and willingness to face the breakdown and moving through it. This isn't about stroking your ego. This is about having done some hard homework and bringing back wisdom from the experience.

The next time a breakdown occurs, remember it is your soul's wake up call. Being in resistance to what is, only prolongs the suffering. You don't need to spend months or years getting back on track. Consider that this too, is part of your soul's curriculum, or as Ram Das said, "It's all grist for the mill." Everything life offers can be used to serve if you're a willing student.


"I used to have a sign pinned up on my wall that read: Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to
annihilation can that which is indestructible
be found in us...."
~ Pema Chödrön



Your heart is broken. You no longer feel at home. The world as you know it is crumbling. You feel you have lost something very precious to you. Life doesn't seem fair, kind, or right. You long to escape. To rewind to the way things were or to fast-forward to how things could be. You feel disconnected, lonely and lost, even beyond help. 



Perhaps this is exactly how things are supposed to be right now. Perhaps this is life, not a violation of life. Perhaps a Universe cannot go 'wrong'. Perhaps life only goes 'wrong' in our thinking. 

Come out of the movie of past and future, time and space, and turn to meet a sacred moment, this moment, the only moment there is. Remember your presence, here and now. Feel the body pulsating. Feel the heart pounding, the chest expanding and contracting. Feel the raw life that is here, enveloping you, filling you, animating you, being you. Feel your feet on the ground. 

Know that the next step can only be taken from here, where you are, the true ground. 

Relax into never knowing what the next step will be before it is actually taken. 

Trust that you cannot trust right now. 

Be here. Yes, be here.

Your heart may be broken, friend, your dreams may be crumbling
to dust, but you're always in the right place for life.

- Jeff Foster


Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.

 -- Rumi



by Suchitra Davenport
When we are adrift between two worlds,
what awaits on the far shore, yet unseen, unknown horizon
is, even now, moving toward us
as we move toward it.
Magnets pulling each other,
a mysterious, sacred part of us
has cast itself forward and knows the way.
It pulls us toward the new vista, the next horizon,
like the moon pulls the tides.
We learn to resist not, to lean into that pull, that built in calling,
the trust of ages...
And when we arrive at last to that far shore, no matter how many far shores we come upon in our journey,
it is always
a homecoming,
a remembrance, a recognition...
even though our foothold may yet be trembling in the
unease of the new, and what is emerging feels tender, as a tiny
seedling must feel when it has yet to find the crack of light or
grow its roots deep.
This seed of new has always been within us,
As the oak is within the acorn.
We are seeds of the future.
We are always coming home.
Solstice Blessings Everyone!

Robin's Egg image by Rebecca Petty
Emerging Face image, photo of work by sculptor, Maria-Luise Bodirsky