The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
— Rumi
Scars via The Bohemian Collective

Soul Mirror: A Creative Prompt for Shadow-work

Every scar has a story, a soul, and a song of its own. The song you hear today might be different than the song from yesterday or the song tomorrow. Just like life, scars have a way of shape-shifting and transforming.

Think about the scars you have, both seen and unseen. Run your fingers over them, literally or metaphorically, and listen to the stories they share. Rumi says, The wound is the place where the light enters you. How does this resonate with you? A wound can be painful, unbearable, and sometimes mortal. What do you need in order to make your scars become bearers of light? Do you think that's possible? Create a narrative for yourself, however vast or unlikely or fantastical it might seem, and sculpt a world where your scars become your richest treasure. Make it a love story and let your scars be one of the elements which make you beautiful and desired. In this otherworldly tale, how does it feel to be an observer to something so tender? How does love transform something so painful? What does redemption look like?

Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.
— China MiĆ©ville, The Scar

To honor my passion for deep shadow-work and what I do as a soul-doulathis is part of a series of 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. Please note: I am not a licensed professional counselor. Please see a mental health professional before engaging in shadow-work.

Hillary Rain writes about sensuality, spirituality, and shadows at She's also written a handy guide on how to start a blog. Check it out!