Honoring Gaia

     Tomorrow, April 22, the world observes and celebrates Earth Day in honor of our Mother Gaia. Although this is a wonderful yearly tribute, I cannot help but believe that every day must be Earth Day. After all, as cohabitants on Earth, we are accountable to Gaia and charged with the responsibility of caring for […]

Be the Change

            Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  It’s a quote you see and hear often, but how many times do we actually act on this idea?             I’d like to think for a little while about what that would look like.  What if, instead of trying to change other […]

The Soul’s Agenda

 The other week I was listening to a telecast interview with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God books.  The telecast was called “Living from Your Soul,” and he gave three steps for doing this: 1) Become aware of who you are – your authentic self, your soul self. 2) Find out why […]

In Praise of Frustration

This past week has been, shall we say, challenging. Euphemisms aside, the past several days of my life have been aggravating, frustrating, and exhausting, for a variety of reasons. The specifics are unimportant; what really matters is the way in which these inevitable curve balls are perceived and managed. As a spiritual individual, I realize […]

Embracing Surrender

     As I prepared to write this, I once again read Jessica’s powerful article about letting go. I was struck by its relevance to what has been going on in my life lately; namely, stressing about the holidays, family obligations, housework, cooking, and most recently, writing this post “on time.” When we started Soul Journeys, […]

The Art of Letting Go

I’m looking out my window at the snow falling outside (it’s been coming down all day) and thinking about the concept of Letting Go.  It’s something I’ve been learning to do for the last several years of my life, but never more than recently.        What is it, exactly, this letting go?  At first it […]

The Reiki Path – Initiation

Yesterday – Saturday, November 9th – marked the end of my 21-day “initiation” period after my Reiki One attunement.  It has been an incredible experience that only continues. I really didn’t know exactly what to expect with receiving Reiki, but the beautiful thing I’ve learned about it is that you don’t need expectations.  It’s not […]

Welcome To Soul Journeys!

Welcome to Soul Journeys, our new blog home at UniverSoul Heart!  I am so pleased to be able to meet you here and share our journeys together, and for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am Jessica Eve deCastro, and I’m co-writing the blog with Kathleen Johnson, a wonderful woman, friend, mentor, and spiritual teacher.  […]

Attitude of Gratitude

After months of planning and hard work, I finally have the opportunity and privilege to share this endeavor with all who may be interested. As I write this, I feel a deep humility along with a profound sense of gratitude, which is ever-present in my daily life.  Gratitude – it is a simple word with […]