Soul reading is a particular kind of reading in which, through the literal level, one tries to hear, or to live in the listening question: “What is being said to the soul in this speaking?”
Soul reading is getting into the in-between, feeling the region in the text that is holy and that is at the same time completely human. The main work of soul reading is to refrain from three specific human tendencies that interfere with this deep way of reading:
Don’t restrict your reading to:
1) “This is what I got out of the reading,” or
2) “This is what the author means,” or
3) “Let’s discuss the reading together.”
Try instead to re-say what the reading says, speaking now from the viewpoint of the soul. Take the text as a mystery – as something to enter into more and more deeply, not as something to master and take the living blood out of so that you can take the informational knowledge and pack it away somewhere.
In order to read this way, it is necessary to pause a lot in your reading. In the pauses, let what you just read sink down from the region of the head into the region of the heart. Then, listen within and try to be aware of the response you are hearing from within the region of the heart.
Try to hear, in an inner way, the soul’s repeating of what was read, of what was understood mentally when you read the text.
Adapted from Facing The World with Soul, by Robert Sardello (Lindsifarne Books 2004). Copyright (c) 2004, by Robert Sardello. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from Facing The World with Soul, by Robert Sardello (Lindsifarne Books 2004).