Grace dances. Light gleams. And life offers meaning beyond compare.

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
(via friend and gorgeous-heart, Lianne Raymond)

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.


Want more? There’s a story that speaks of this in rich and gorgeous ways. It’s Eve’s.

Inspired by Eve is a workbook I’ve created to invite self-trust, deep knowing, and a delicious life of desire. I’d love for you to have it. Yes, the workbook, of course; but more, the self-trust; the experience of your soul as trust-worthy. Go ahead. Reach for the apple. Click here.

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    Teresa June 11, 2012 at


    This post really moved me today. Made me stop, think, be aware and let go of the daily BS and to just “be” for even just a few minutes of my day. To realize that there IS a plan and my deepest soul knows and directs and if I would just stop and actually LISTEN for a few minutes I may then find direction again.

    Thank you… very much.


    Ronna Detrick June 11, 2012 at

    I’m so glad for this, Teresa…and as always, for your kind and generous and encouraging words. Thank YOU. xoxo


    Julie Daley June 15, 2012 at

    Ronna, this is wise and straight to the point. There are so many ways we’ve been conditioned to not trust the very essence of our being…so much of the journey is to return to the innocence that knows what is in the heart is real.
    love, julie
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    Ronna Detrick June 17, 2012 at

    …return to innocence. ‘Love this, Julie – and you. Thanks.


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