Soul DNA

What is your Soul DNA?

Like your body’s DNA, your Soul DNA contains strands of information that become you—and only you.

On your Soul DNA are strands of:

  • your soul’s sacred longing
  • your soul’s divine purpose
  • all your gifts and talents
  • sacred purpose of your shadows
  • your ancestry in, and beyond, history
  • your invisible divine teacher
  • memory of who you really are
  • memory of consciously choosing life
  • deepest memory of being pure light
  • ability to see as the divine sees
  • memory of being one with The One

Just like human DNA, your Soul DNA is a thing of complex beauty and grace. And, just like human DNA, it unfolds in a spiral.

Ah! The Spiral!

I explored this sacred geometric form in depth for Find Your Soul’s Purpose. It is the mystical form that generates all life forms on earth. Francene Hart, the great artist of Sacred Geometry, describes the spiral as the “accelerator of consciousness.”

So what happens when you walk that accelerator back in time to birth and beyond to remember your essence, your core, your foundation–your Soul’s DNA?

You’ll find out for yourself as you walk the sacred spiral, but here are a few things you can look forward to:

  • feel more awake, alert, alive
  • heightened awareness that everything is alive, conscious, and sacred
  • heightened ability to focus on what is yours to do and relinquish the rest
  • constantly see connections, everything fits
  • synchronicities abound
  • intimate relationship with the Mystery
  • subtle changes as life opens spaces for your soul’s full expression
  • long forgotten talents and gifts come to life
  • shadows morph from problems to invitations
  • see our wounded world through eyes of love
  • life overflows with meaning, purpose, joy
  • your heart overflows with love

In the end, all those delicious strands weave together into one braid, and it’s name is LOVE.

That‘s who you are.
That‘s what you’re here to remember.
That‘s your soul’s essential DNA.


Janet Conner is a writer, speaker, teacher, retreat guide, and radio show host of The Soul-Directed Life radio show for Unity Online Radio. Each year she teaches five global telecourses in her trademark series Your Soul Wants Five Things, which offers spiritual tools and practices that help people meet their soul’s primary needs. She lives and writes in Ozona, Florida. Visit her online at www.janetconner.com.

The Waiting Game

By Debra Landwehr Engle

Recently, I’ve been mentoring a woman who is writing a book about healing from a traumatic injury. Over the past few months, we’ve been focused on writing techniques, and she’s made steady progress.

Then she sent me two chapters she’d written recently, and they blew everything else she’d written out of the park. Why?

Because they were inspired writing.

She had opened up to her guidance and written with the voice of Spirit, and it came out seamlessly. Intimate, powerful, compelling. This writing soared.

All because she got out of the way.

We talked about why this happened now rather than three months ago. And I told her that, with writing, just like so many things in life, we practice to get better. We need to get to a place of readiness, and that’s what she’d been doing.

Once she had the storytelling skills, Spirit could speak through her and trust that she would tell her story with depth and heart. And that’s exactly what she did. She had to do the work and then get out of the way. She had to wait for it.

Waiting.

This kind of waiting is not sitting and doing nothing. It’s using your time creatively, with intention, to get to know your guides and yourself.

For instance, after my book The Only Little Prayer You Need was published, I felt like I was supposed to be doing things. Setting up workshops, sending emails, doing, doing, doing.

But when I talked with my guides one day about my impatience, they showed me an image of a rabbit digging up seeds in a garden.

“This is you,” they said. “You’re the rabbit. If you keep going into the garden and digging up what you’ve planted, it can’t grow. This is a time for waiting. Let those seeds take root, and we’ll let you know when it’s time for action.”

A few weeks later, they did. But in the meantime, I had opportunities to trust, to ask for what I wanted and then detach with love, and to listen to my guides more closely.

Waiting seems hard because it’s not how our ego minds are wired. They’re like the rabbit, constantly taking action, digging, planning, fixing, controlling. And waiting, by definition, is none of those things.

So how do you make better use of your waiting time?

Think of something you’re waiting for—something significant, like having the right buyer make an offer on your house or getting the job you’ve dreamed of.

Now start a journal and call it While I Wait. Every day, sit down and talk to your guides about where you are, and let them guide you through the process. Ask them questions like these:

  • How can I grow during this time of waiting?
  • What can I focus on today?
  • What is getting stronger in me?
  • What do I need to practice?
  • How is everything contributing to my good?

Write about these questions daily. Spend at least 10 minutes so you can truly enter into a conversation and give it your full attention. Remember, this is transformation in action, so it deserves some time and focus.

Do this for a week and see what you learn. Then do it for another week, and then another. Gradually, you’ll see that what seems like waiting is actually active growth happening under the surface, the place where real change starts.

In time, you will be ready to receive exactly what you’re waiting for. And with the help of your guides, it will arrive at exactly the right time.

Debra Engle is the author of the award-winning Let You Spirit Guides Speak and The Only Little Prayer You Need.

Getting Creative with Your Spirit Guides

by Debra Landwehr Engle

Have you ever wondered what creativity truly is?

What if we defined it as the art of living rather than the art of painting a portrait or writing a novel?

What if creativity isn’t an attribute that only certain people have, but a birthright of being human?

What if creativity isn’t something you do, but it’s who you are?

And what if your spirit guides are your creative partners every moment of your life?

When I was writing Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, my writing guide told me this:

“Creativity is not just a talent some people have. It is the intentional partnership between our world and yours, brought into human form by your willingness to listen.”

In other words, the more you listen, and the more you focus on spiritual guidance and act on it, the more you’ll be able to express your creativity in everything you do.

So when are you creative?

  • Any time there’s a problem and you manifest a solution, you’re creative.
  • Any time you help a friend see things a different way, you’re creative.
  • Every time you turn one thing into something else, you’re creative. (Case in point: transforming eggs, flour and sugar into a cake. It’s the alchemy of creation.)

Essentially, every time you breathe, you’re creative, since creativity is part of your DNA. So the question isn’t, “Am I creative?” Instead it’s, “How can I build an intentional partnership with my guides?”

There are endless ways to do that, but here’s one simple one to supersize your communication with your guides:

Do a vision board with your guides’ help. You may have created a vision board before, but it’s a more powerful exercise when you do it intentionally with your guides.

Get out a large piece of paper, several magazines, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Now ask your guides what they’d suggest as a focus for your vision board.

Typically, a vision board is a way of visualizing what you’d like to manifest. But it could also be used to answer a question, help resolve an issue or point you in a clear direction.

So close your eyes, sit quietly for a few moments, take in three deep breaths, and ask your guides: “What is the focus of this vision board?” Pay attention to any sensations, images, words or feelings you receive, and trust their guidance for you.

Once you’re clear about the purpose of the vision board, set all expectations aside and ask your guides to lead you to the pictures and words you need most right now. Then simply start flipping through magazines.

Every time you see an image or a word that speaks to you, cut it out and set it aside. Do this for a set period of time—for instance, 10 minutes. Then spend another 10 minutes gluing the pieces at random to your sheet of paper.

Now it’s time to interpret your vision board. Ask your guides for help with this step, too, so you can understand the deeper meaning of the words and images you chose. It’s important not to judge or dismiss anything you put on your vision board. Instead, listen for the meaning.

For instance, if you’re married and you put a picture of a bride on your vision board, ask why. Maybe you’re going to feel newly married again. Maybe someone in your life is getting married and you don’t know it yet.

Ask other questions, too. For instance…

  • “Why did this particular image speak so strongly to me?”
  • “I have lots of white space on my vision board. What does that mean?” Or, in contrast, “My vision board is packed full. What does that mean?”
  • “What’s the connecting thread of the words and images?”
  • “What’s the one thing you want me to know right now?”

This is the beauty of the intentional partnership with your guides. It will reveal to you information and perspectives that you could not have thought of on your own.

So the next time you question your whether you’re a creative being, remember that partnership. Then let your creativity, and your spirit guides, speak.


Debra Engle is the author of the award-winning Let You Spirit Guides Speak and The Only Little Prayer You Need.

Spiritual Bandwidth

by Janet Conner

Have you noticed that the next big idea that sends your life into a whole new orbit always drops out of nowhere? You’re not looking for it, not asking for it, not expecting anything, when suddenly, wham, it lands in your heart. And the top of your head pops off like a champagne cork.

I had one of those moments recently.

I had just finished a delightful conversation with Kathleen Deignan on The Soul-Directed Life talking about Thomas Merton, prayer, and finding the natural rhythm of your life. We even sang to one another.

As we were saying goodbye, Kathleen blurte17d, “You are an ecstatic!”

This got my attention because it was the second time ecstasy came calling. The first time, a friend in book group interrupted me as I was describing the intense experience of writing Find Your Soul’s Purpose. She said, “You need more balance in your life.” Without thinking, I blurted, “I don’t want balance. I want ecstasy.”

Hmm. Ecstasy. Blurted. Twice. Time to investigate.

First stop. The dictionary:

  • rapturous delight
  • overpowering emotion or exaltation
  • state of sudden intense feeling
  • frenzy of poetic inspiration
  • mental transport of rapture from the contemplation of divine things

Well, now. These are what I like, what I want, what excites me.

But what is an ecstatic? 

I wrote to Kathleen. You might want to read her answer slowly:

“By ecstatic I mean vibrating at a very high and insightful frequency as a way of being in this world. Most of us do not use hardly ANY of the spiritual band-width we have as gift, never really let ourselves move into these more spacious, expansive realms.

You feel like a woman who lives in the power-state of joy and surprise and wonder and gratitude—all of that.

That is what I meant when I said you are an ecstatic being.”

I was tickled by how she described me, but it was Spiritual Band-width that sent my champagne cork flying.

In all my interspiritual reading (over 100 books a year), I’ve never seen anyone use that term.

So what is this?
In a word: Transparent.
Spiritual band-width is the measure of your transparency to the Transcendent.

Every tradition points to becoming so transparent that you merge into the divine in sacred union.

  • Jesus is transparent when he says, “The Father and I are One.”
  • The ultimate Vedic truth is, “You are That.”
  • Li Po in 8th century China wrote, “We sit together the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.”

The spiritual band-width of these souls is so vast it encompasses the width and depth of the cosmos.

Which is great for them, but what about you and me?
We’re not there yet.

But, as we explore the fields of the soul, embodying the living presence of the Divine in our mystical prayer practices, we become a wee bit more transparent.

Bit by bit, prayer by prayer, silence by silence, our spiritual band-width expands and expands and expands.

Thanks to Kathleen Deignan, I see that I have been slowly expanding my spiritual band-width for years. And everything I write and every course I lead helps you expand your band-width, too.

I’m in awe. I’m in wonder. I’m in love.

And it’s only taken me 10 years, 7 books, 220 radio shows, countless hours of deep soul writing, deep soul reading, and deep soul mystical prayer practice to see what is happening when we explore the fields of the soul: we are expanding our spiritual band-width!

So the question that’s probably bubbling up right now is “How do I expand my spiritual band-width?

I took this inquiry into soul writing. This surfaced:

  • Sacred Desire
    Acknowledge and express your sacred desire to become more transparent to the Transcendent
  • Big Questions
    Ask big questions, quest-inducing questions, and follow where they lead
  • Mystical Prayer
    Develop mystical prayers that you love with your whole being
  • Show Up
    Live your prayer practices and your prayer practices will transform your life
  • White Space
    Give yourself silence and emptiness in which to hear the voice of the Transcendent
  • Big Ideas
    Spend time with the mystics; chew over ideas that astonish you
  • Soul Community
    Explore the fields of the soul in community. Spend time with real soul friends
  • Serve the Divine
    Be the presence of the divine in and through and as you–this is the essence of transparency
  • Unknowing
    Open to what you don’t know, don’t understand, can’t figure out
  • Trust
    Release the need for safety. Pursue love. In perfect paradox, you’ll find true safety

Looking at my list, I realized we do all that and more in my deep soul exploration books and courses. And the result, as Kathleen recognized, is gratitude, wonder, and joy–even ecstasy!


Janet Conner is a writer, speaker, teacher, retreat guide, and radio show host of The Soul-Directed Life radio show for Unity Online Radio. Each year she teaches five global telecourses in her trademark series Your Soul Wants Five Things, which offers spiritual tools and practices that help people meet their soul’s primary needs. She lives and writes in Ozona, Florida. Visit her online at www.janetconner.com.

Celebrate the Women in Your Life

Mother’s Day is on Sunday and we’ve put together a list of essential titles for the important women in your life. Enjoy!


The Woman’s Book of Joy

Women have a great many challenges to deal with in their lives. Among the most ubiquitous of those challenges is self-care. Too often they are focused on caring for others and not themselves.  This is a book that encourages and inspires women to care more deeply for themselves and to face life’s challenges with courage and joy. It is a practical resource for accessing inner wisdom, enhancing self-esteem, overcoming sorrow, and deepening relationships. This daily companion is a kind of spa for the soul. Here is a resource that will enable women to experience a little bit of daily serenity and embrace a life of lightness and hope.


Rewrite Your Life

According to common wisdom, we all have a book inside of us. Every author calls on, crystallizes and shades their life experiences to craft fiction. The most conflict-ridden moments of our lives – the tragedies, humiliations, and terrors – shape the best stories. But how do we select and then write our most significant story? Creative writing professor, sociologist, and popular fiction author Jessica Lourey guides us through the redemptive process of writing a healing novel which recycles and transforms our most precious resource—our own emotions and experiences.


The Soul Discovery Coloring Book

As a follow-up to Writing Down Your Soul, here is a companion coloring book that offers a powerful catalyst for accessing the knowledge already deep within you. Adult coloring books are all the rage and The Soul Discovery Coloring Book comes with the added benefit of helping readers to reach deep within themselves to connect with the divine. The result? The reader not only colors a beautiful picture, but also creates a beautiful life


Lean Forward Into Your Life

Lean Forward into Your Life is an invitation, a reflection, and a set of prompts to help you remember the questions you want to ask yourself. In the words of artist and author Mary Ann Radmacher, Lean Forward into Your Life is a “commonplace book for leading an uncommon life. An uncommon life need not include fame and fortune. An uncommon life means living with intention, paying attention, celebrating, taking care of yourself, risking love. To live an uncommon life means to live large from the heart.”


The Courage to Be Yourself

Geared to women who too often find themselves meeting the wants of others at the expense of their own needs, The Courage to Be Yourself provides necessary tools to help readers transform their fears into the courage to express their own authentic selves. By sharing her own journey and the journey of other women, Sue Patton Thoele helps readers learn to set boundaries, change self-defeating behavior patterns, communicate effectively, and, most importantly, become a loving and tolerant friend to themselves.


Gentle Energy Touch

Imagine being able to utilize the power of your mind for the purpose of healing with Universal Energy—just by asking. Gentle Energy Touch, a form of energy medicine pioneered by Barbara Savin, does just that by using intention to begin the healing process of an individual. In this book, readers will learn some of Savin’s basic, handson techniques for assisting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The beauty of the Gentle Energy Touch approach is that while it can produce results on its own, it also complements all medical treatments and modalities, often shortening treatment and speeding healing.


Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom

A pope of the people, Pope Francis’ teachings have been praised and shared by the faithful and nonreligious alike. Exploring themes such as faith and prayer, love and family, peace and poverty, this collection is accessible to all who admire the man and are inspired by his wisdom. Included in this gift-format edition are fifteen chapters on wide-ranging topics including: family, the law of love, the nature of God, and more.


The Only Little Prayer You Need

These six words—please heal my fear-based thoughts—change lives. In this brief and inspiring book, based on Engle’s study of A Course in Miracles, she explains how to use the prayer and experience immediate benefits:being less irritable, more patient, laughing more, feeling like you have more time, more energy, worrying less, making decisions more easily and saying no without guilt. One Facebook fan told Engle, “The most blessed aspect of this prayer is all the open space it creates for peace—I never knew how many fear-based thoughts were clogging up in me until this prayer.”


Living Long, Living Passionately

Replete with personal stories and quotes and imbued with Casey’s own understanding of peaceful living as guided by her 12-step practice, A Course in Miracles, and a daily practice of meditation and prayer, these 75 essays help us make room for everything in our peaceful, vibrant, well-lived life. Each brief nugget invites contemplation and action as she helps us explore fear and love, resistance and acceptance, willpower and discernment. Savor each of the essays and practices and choose the ones that speak to you.


Wild Words from Wild Women

A ribald collection of bon mots on everything from bras to babies, shopping to sex, menopause to men, and politics to parties. These wild words—from strippers, CEOs, poets, senators, and every kind of woman in between—make delectable reading for sassy, untamable, and fabulous women everywhere.


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I See Peace.

by Karen Casey

One of the glories of making a commitment to the practice of peaceful behavior is that it feels good. It feels honorable, respectful and kind. And I’m convinced it adds benefit to the universe we share with 7 billion other souls. I’ve heard this phenomenon explained as the “Butterfly Effect.” The idea that we add positive or negative ions to the atmosphere each time we make a gesture to a person, react to a situation or even simply think an unkind or harmful thought is a mighty idea. Making the commitment to be a purveyor of peaceful ripples is a worthy “assignment,” indeed.

Over the last few years I have made more than a concerted effort to impart “tools” for peaceful living through the books I have written and the workshops I have facilitated. And even though I share these ideas joyfully and sincerely, my own ego fails to adhere to that which “I preach” far too often. Embarrassingly often, in fact. Woe is me.

And yet, I know, each day offers me another collection of moments in which to practice what I know to be true. I’d like to include a handful of these “tools” here for your consideration. I know they will effectively change people and relationships. I also know that nothing changes if nothing changes.

I See Peace

Embrace powerlessness.

Practice the thought, “I can choose peace instead of this.”

Choose carefully between the two voices in your mind. One is wrong.

Every person we encounter is “a messenger.” Honor him and the message.

Our “learning partners” are intentional, not accidental.

Sidestep chaos.

Sidestep angry people. They are simply afraid. Love them.

Choose love, regardless.

Seek reasons to be grateful.

Ask: what can I bring to my relationships today?

Forgiveness is our primary lesson.

The Holy Spirit is a “gift” from God. Rely on him.

Change happens when it is time for us to grow, to move forward.

Nothing happens by accident.

Surrender does not mean defeat. It means love.

I am here only to be truly helpful. . .

This list of tools have completely changed my life, for the better. I know, from deep within me, that if I can manage to practice these tools on a pretty consistent basis, you can too. No one of us can do something that no one else can. What’s possible for me is absolutely possible for you.

The planet needs us to step up to the challenge to make this a better world for all 7 billion of us. i am excited about being part of this challenge. I hope you are too. There is no time like today for picking up the challenge and moving forward.

And I thank you for all 7 billion of us.


Karen Casey is a writer and workshop facilitator for 12-step recovery. Her first book, Each Day a New Beginning, has sold more than 3 million copies. She has published 28 books since then including Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow, which was a finalist for the MS Society Books for a Better Life Awards. She has traveled throughout North America and Europe carrying her message of hope for others on the road to recovery.

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Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

by Debra Landwehr Engle

We often turn to spiritual guidance when we’re in crisis. A loved one is ill, we’re worried about money, or a string of life challenges leaves us stressed about the future. When we’re desperate enough, we ask for help.

But what if you asked every day? What if, in fact, you conversed with your spirit guides, building a relationship just as you would with an important person in your life? What would you learn? What kind of assistance would they give you then?

The fact is, the more you develop an ongoing relationship with your spirit guides, the more you’ll receive clear and customized guidance with everyday situations, making your life easier and more joyful.

Three Reasons to Talk to Your Spirit Guides Daily

Here are three ways your spirit guides can help you.

They’ll advise you on decisions big and small.

Sometimes we judge our problems to be insignificant and unworthy of our guides’ attention. Do they really care what you fix for dinner or which movie you watch this weekend? Yes, they do. To your guides, nothing is irrelevant, because every decision impacts your life experience in some way or another. Make a habit of asking. You’ll be surprised at the input you receive. And best of all, your guides always have your best interest in mind, so they’ll never steer you wrong.

They’re a great creative resource.

My husband Bob is a contractor and the most down-to-earth guy in the world. He often turns to his guides for advice on practical solutions. For instance, when he was renovating an enormous old barn, he needed a way to jack up one side of the structure without destroying the hayloft above. He asked his guides for ideas before he went to sleep one night and, when he woke up in the morning, the answer was there in his mind, waiting.

They’ll remind you that you’re never alone.

In a world where loneliness can be epidemic, your guides are a constant and reassuring presence—again, not just on your worst days, but every moment of every Talk to them while you’re making breakfast, commuting to work, waiting in the grocery store line and brushing your teeth. Whenever I sit down to talk to my guides, they tell me, “We are here with you always.” That’s true for you, too, and it’s one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever receive.


Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at debraengle.com and at her Patheos.com blog “Everyday Miracles.”

Deb Engle's Books

The Only Little Prayer You Need | Let Your Spirit Guides Speak