A Castle by the Sea

How would you like to have a castle by the sea—a mystical, beautiful, enchanted place, sitting up on the side of a cliff where you could see for miles and have a sense of perspective that you were safe, you could see what was coming, and you were master of all that you beheld? This special place would be like your gyroscope, a guiding instrument, a place where you could go to find answers, be filled with purpose, and rest back into a sense of knowing that all was well. It would be a place by the sea where you could just breathe, let go and Be.

It sounds too good to be true—something only found in fairytales or only accessible to the very wealthy. But the reality is that we all have a castle by the sea. It is our soul—our essence—the meeting place of Spirit, and the dwelling where we can go to find meaning and direction in our life.

The problem for many, however, is that they have no idea where to find their soul, how to hear it’s lovely voice, or how to enter into the quiescent land of their castle by the sea. Without the guidance of our soul, we are wanderers, seeking to find direction and pulled in many ways by many voices. Sometimes—no, oftentimes led by the voices of others rather than the voice of our own soul.

The voice of the soul remains quiet until called upon. The ego is the vehicle we have always used to live in the world and it is usually the director of our lives. Until we call upon the guidance of our soul and diligently seek to find our castle by the sea, we will be led by the needs of the ego.

It is the soul that links to Spirit. It is here that the voice of God speaks to us. To learn to hear this voice we have to actively invite and seek the guidance of our soul and ask to hear the lovely whispers of Spirit’s voice.

The good news is that there is a tried and true way, a well-trod path that shows us how to find our castle by the sea. The scriptures tell us that if we ask, we will receive; if we seek, we will find; if we knock, the door will be opened to us. Many seekers have found this to be true through spiritual practice—the daily activity of making time for hearing the voice of Spirit in your life.

Through meditation and prayer and the contemplation of sacred texts we start to build a bridge from our soul to our mind. This doesn’t happen overnight or over the course of a few days. If we put in a little time here and there, the building is slow. If we commit to the path, the link is created sooner.

Once a link is established with our soul, it becomes the master of our life instead of our ego. We respond to the promptings of Spirit instead of the needs of our lower self. The guidance from our soul and Spirit assist us in fulfilling our place in the world.

From our castle by the sea we have a perspective and guidance that we can never have living in the valley. From here we have a view of the abundance that God has in mind for us. The vastness of creation opens up before us and we realize that we are truly sons and daughters of God.