“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, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” -John O’Donohue
I met Laurel under a cherry blossom tree at the Omega Institute a few years ago. She was so positive and filled with light. That chance meeting made a deep impact on me. Laurel’s glimpse is pretty amazing. I wish to thank her for sharing her light and her life so generously with us.
What is the essence of your glimpse Laurel?
I believe each of us is being called into more. So many people are on a quest for spiritual enlightenment and self-realization. We have a deep desire to give back. In order to become everything we are capable of becoming, living a soul-guided life is key. I want to share my story of how I received these teachings and where it all began for me.
That is beautiful. Can you take us back to the beginning of your story?
“I was sitting in meditation one evening after work back in 2000. That was my regular routine. This particular evening was different however. All of the sudden, I was transported to another place. I was standing in the desert and could feel the cold air on my face. I saw a mountain rising up in front of me with rays of early morning sunlight coming up from behind it. I had a knowing that I was in Qumran in Israel 2000 years ago.
I also seemed to know that I was an Essene and I was preparing for my morning prayers. There was a ritual bathing pool directly in front of me and it was filled with such clear water, I could see the mountain reflected in it. As I began to step into that pool, the vision ended as quickly as it had begun. I was back in the chair in my living room.
Were mystical experiences in your meditation practice “normal” for you?
Not at all! It was beautiful but I really did not know what to do with it. I was a business executive at a Fortune 500 company and this was definitely not water cooler conversation! I did feel that it was a mystical experience. I wrote it down in great detail and never forgot that glimpse. I believe it was a past life memory, an experience of the eternity of the soul. In that moment, I felt like I was glimpsing my soul.
What happened next?
Not much for a long time. Fast forward to 2008. I was on the trip of a lifetime in Israel with some friends. We had taken in many of the sites and on this morning, we were heading out early, before dawn to go to Qumran (where the dead sea scrolls had been found) to tour the archeological ruins. It was quite early and still pretty dark. In my roaming, I got separated from the group. I turned a corner and suddenly in the distance saw the mountain from my meditation 8 years before! I looked down and at my feet was the same ritual bathing pool. There was no water in it now of course but there was a plaque nearby that called it by the same name.
In the midst of this deep recognition, all of the sudden I was knocked to the ground and onto my knees as I felt this huge energy move thru me. I received this information and had a deep knowing that it was truth. I had been an Essene, a friend of Jesus. I then heard the phrase, “the Jesus Seeds” repeating over and over and I understood that in the future I was to write a book and deliver a message. At that moment, I had no idea what that book would be. More than a glimpse, this felt like an immersion into spirit.
So did you rush off and tell your friends and the world?
Absolutely not! I was still a business executive. Fear about how to move forward with any of this gripped me. I knew that if I took this step, my life would radically change. After all, I was an MBA working my way up the corporate ladder in an international corporation. I thought I was doing it right. How would I be perceived if I shared what had happened to me? Even amidst the fear however, deep down I knew it would come to pass and so I simply waited, quietly.
How long did you have to wait?
A long time! 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011- nothing happened. I began to wonder if I was part of a huge cosmic joke. I was told I would write this book and I still had no idea what that would look like.
Things finally shifted on Jan. 2, 2012. As I sat down to meditate that day, in the silence I began to hear “The Jesus Seeds” repeating over and over. From that day on, I began to write every Sunday by sitting in stillness, listening with what I call my divine ears and writing all that I heard. This continued each Sunday from January until April eighth, which was Easter Sunday that year. “The Jesus Seeds” was then complete.
Was is smooth sailing after the book was done?
Certainly not at first! After the book was completed, I entered what I now lovingly refer to as my “Year of fear”. In order to get this book into the world, my life needed to shift in big and radical ways. I wrestled with fear of losing my career and how I would support myself. I battled with the fear that my family and friends would think I had lost my mind. Emotions surfaced and after a whole year of uncertainty, I finally felt ready to step up and into being a teacher, speaker and inspirational author. I found my soul purpose and it is to ignite as many soul guided lights as I can during my lifetime. I was ready to share “the Jesus Seeds” with souls all over the world.
What basic lessons did you learn from writing this book?
I am a soul. You are a soul. We are an energetic impulse from the God source moving into more than we are today. This loving energy seeks to move us and grow us, helps us to explore and feel both awe and wonder.
Our soul is divinely architected to help us live a soul-guided life. It is your soul’s responsibility to guide you to higher and higher states of consciousness and to reveal your purpose. It is your responsibility as a human being to consciously connect, listen and align with your soul’s guidance and act on it.
That certainly resonates, but how to we get there exactly?