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Creating A Soul Pod

Your Path to Resilience, Connection & Personal Empowerment in the Age of Surprise

by Deirdre Hade

Surprise is an experience (fun and sometimes not so fun) that can boost self-discovery, but can also bring anxiety and stress. Living in the present Age of Surprise—searching for meaning and connection in an unbalanced world with its onslaught of rapid-change technology, climate upheavals and personal disillusionment— we need divine resilience now more than ever. To invite divine resilience, we need to truly connect with our soul, that deep consciousness within us that brings healing, purpose and resilience to our lives.

To that end, I have created a series of “Tools to Thrive in The Age of Surprise,” the first of which I have outlined here: Create a Soul Pod.

A Soul Pod is designed to create intimacy and connection for your Soul to experience its greatest desire—to be in a group with other souls who are fully present. By creating a Soul Pod, you automatically build an Energetic Resilience Tribe for all members, including yourself. This occurs because your Souls are made of spiritual light (the life force energy) that is the source of all-powerful resilience. Coming together, your Soul's true super power is activated, bringing you peace, harmony and joy, answers to problems, and wisdom for life.

The 1st step: Create a Soul Pod: Bring together three to six friends and/or family members with the purpose of giving each person's soul a safe harbor to share feelings and concerns. Give your Soul Pod a name. For example, my Soul Pod is called The Crystal Dolphins. Set a time to meet, in person, every week for a commitment of six weeks. If the people you want in your Soul Pod do not live near you, use technology to meet. But, as much as possible, meet physically in one space because of the energetic field created by coming together. You can create more than one Soul Pod.

The 2nd step: Your Soul Pod gathering: I recommend your gatherings last 60 to90 minutes. Remember, this is not a social event. It is a highly purposeful, intention-filled gathering. Have all members sit in a circle. Place a white candle in the center of your circle. Each person should bring a crystal to place in front of them, close to the white candle.

The 3rd step: Set your Intention: To begin your Soul Pod gathering, recite together: This Soul Pod is a sacred space for listening deeply and letting our Souls express themselves. Our Soul Pod's intention is to create healing, wisdom, connection and powerful resilience by supporting each other through change.

The 4th step: Share your feelings: Go around the circle, giving each person 5-10 minutes to share the issues they’re grappling with right now. Talk about your anxiety, your stress, your fears, your hopes. Be very real. The other people in the group should listen and not try to fix or give advice. You’re simply the Souls that are listening, each of you a witness to the human experience.

The 5th step: Empower Your Soul's Strength: After each Soul Pod member shares, the rest of the Soul Pod members state the following to the person who has just shared:Beloved Soul, you are not alone in this. I hear your anxiety. I hear your fear. I hear your suffering. I hear your struggles. I hear your heart. I give you my light. I fill you with my love and support. I send you the care of an All Loving and Healing Presence. I hold you in the light of Powerful Resilience. You are safe. The light of your being is eternal. I hold you in the reality of this eternal light that your Soul's purpose is manifested through joy and healing. We are with you.

6th step: Appreciation: Wrap Up and Appreciation Exercise: Go around the circle and have each member state what they appreciate about the gathering, the other members, the experience they received. Finish with the group acknowledging and appreciating a Higher Power's presence. Hugs are always a great way to finish!

Soul Pod By-laws:

1. Everything shared in the Soul Pod is private and is not to be shared outside the group or posted on any social media.

2. This is a judgment-free environment.

3. No giving of advice or trying to fix anyone's problems.

4. Enter the Pod with kindness and compassion. Harnessing divine resilience by finding deep connection with your Soul through your Soul Pod forms the foundation for building a meaningfully happy and joyous life. Resilience with conscious connection to the Soul and all life becomes Powerful Resilience. Powerful Resilience cures anxiety and stress.Powerful Resilience is what is needed to create miracles.

We are in the Age of Surprise. I can't paint the future as a bed of roses, but I can paint a future life-scape where roses from the garden of your soul will spring up despite any surprises the future may hold, if you plant the seeds now. Create your Soul Pod. You will be amazed by the transformation and your life will be full of wonderful surprises. You will be well on your way to becoming a Master of Resilience.

Mystical visionary Deirdre Hade is the founder of The Radiance Journey and the co-author of The (not so) Little Book of Surprises. She and her husband, William Arntz, the creator of the film “What the BLEEP do We Know!?,” will be leading a retreat on Thriving in the Age of Surprise at Kripalu Sept 21-23. Her website is www.DeirdreHade.com

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