by Hillary Rain

Soul mirror—a creative prompt for shadow work

To honor my passion for deep shadow-work and what I do as a soul-doula and Wild Mystic, I am launching a series for what I call soul mirrors ... thoughtful quotes and questions designed to be felt, experienced, or expressed through writing, photography, altars, movement, poetry, and more. They might be simple or elaborate. If you choose to follow along, feel free to adapt according to your own soulful needs and/or share using the hashtag #soulmirror.

Soul Mirror

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”— Stephen King

Soulful journaling prompt: What does freedom mean to you? How have you gifted it to yourself? In what ways do you still hold back?

Tell me your sweet and wild song, show me your feathers too-bright, let me see you arc across the sky, free and whole and new.

And that empty space, your old cage still warm to touch, molded to the shape of what was, now hollowed and hungry, what of it? Can you plant seeds there? Can you make it a womb? Can it become a garden for all things new? Can you curl up inside it? Is it protective or ominous? What does that space teach you?

Hillary Rain writes about sensuality, spirituality, and the shadowed nuances of her creative life at