July 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

“Composing a soulful life requires an appreciation of story – of plot, character, symbol, relationship, conversation and meaning.  Our destiny, after all, is a story to be lived into the world..” – Bill Plotkin

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Crown Point NM


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“A person’s soul story braids together many diverse elements of life, but not just any elements. The threads of a soul story are, as a rule, numinous – supernatural, mysterious, filled with the presence of the holy or sacred. Numinous experiences……evoke the deepest emotional responses as though a window has opened to the otherworld, a veil lifted.  They are often marked by synchronicities, encounters that reveal or confirm a resonance between symbol, myth, dream or vision, on the one hand, and our embodied life or destiny, on the other, between current experience and that of long ago or not-yet-lived.” – Bill Plotkin

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49 acres NW of Quemado NM



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A soul story gathers numina and synchronicities from both waking and sleeping, from ordinary ego states and the most altered, from recent days and earliest childhood, and weaves them into luminous fabric.

Ultimately, a soul story connects the fabric of one’s own life with the greater tapestry of the world or universe.” – Bill Plotkin


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Cave near Silver City


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“Perhaps the most important aspect of a soul story is that it attests to the fact that we are characters in a great unfolding.  The most significant events of our lives form a pattern, reveal essential themes and carry a meaning.” – Bill Plotkin

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Dowa Yallane Zuni Pueblo NM


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“No experience has been too unimportant, and the smallest event unfolds like a fate, and fate itself is like a wonderful, wide fabric in which every thread is guided by an infinitely tender hand and laid alongside another thread and is held and supported by a hundred others”  -Rainer Maria Rilke

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Horses Crown Point NM


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“…a novel is like embroidering a tapestry and you do not know the design. You work from the other side and you put threads and colors together, and then one day you turn it over and you see that there is a design and there is something there that you didn’t know was there.”  – Isabel Allende

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