Is my soul asleep?
Have those beehives that labor
at night stopped? And the water-
wheel of thought,
is it dry, the cups empty,
wheeling, carrying only shadows?
No, my soul is not asleep,
It is awake, wide awake.
It neither sleeps nor dreams, but watches,
its clear eyes open,
far-off things, and listens
at the shores of the great silence.
Soul and Sanity ~ One on One sessions
Hello. I offer one~on~one soulful mentoring and grief composting counselling sessions in the SOULand Way
The SOULand Way means that the primary relationships are with our living world. My work will care for the repairing of your relationships with Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World. I will invite you to enter and weave conversations with Grief, Love, Death and Rebirthing as the backbone of being in this precious Life.
I also hold a Person Centered Counselling diploma.
"This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attentiveness”
- Mary Oliver -
'Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches, and yet a little way beyond the outwork of our divining, perhaps we would endure our sadnesses with greater confidence than our joys.
For they are the moments when something new has entered into us, something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy perplexity, everything in us withdraws, a stillness comes, and the new, which no one knows, stands in the midst of it and is silent.'
Rainer Maria Rilke, August 1904 ~ Letters to a Young Poet
I would like to thank you Azul for accepting me under your wings and to respond and work with my soul’s call.
Dearest Azul, You have reawakened my deepest longings of my soul. The spark of wisdom and
teachings in your words and in your tone of expression, your singing and being inspired me, guided
me and gave me just the right push to start walking my journey with trust and believing. It made me
remember the force within me. The little flame that I couldn’t even see suddenly light up the fire of
inner knowing and remembering of who I really am and who I want to be.
It has been such a deepening and transformative journey with you, a one on one soul gathering and
training of connecting, embracing, welcoming and waving of love and gratitude, of honoring all of
those who had come before and all that is now. The merging of the seen and unseen worlds,
grounding me to land, trees, animals, plants, waters and at the same time building this pillar of light
between father sky and mother earth that I feel inside.
River Soca, the past, present and future in a single drop of water. Through the touch of the fingertips
of reconnecting and introducing myself to her, she welcomed me as my body merged with the
waters embrace. The love making of purity and innocence, she welcomed me and invited me in. The
sensual awakening of the bodily senses. The cold warm sensation of soul art in motion.
As the lips aroused to the sensuality of feminine energy and power, twisting and turning in the
explosive ways of the soul, the river called out for the future alliance and calmed down everything
inside her. The fluids connecting and expanding my awareness as the dark shadows and the golden
light danced in to the night. As the river settled down, the moon sang my home coming. I am safe in
the compost of life and gratitude, of sorrow and joy. I am carried by the land and healed.
Thank you Azul for your gentle assistance in preparing my holy ground, the sacred place of ritual, the
Divinity of the ancient work and wisdom. The energy of the green and sacred world all together
supporting the call to be awake, to be held and to belong. Azul you have been the bridge between
the three worlds. You are my mentor, my guide and now a true tribe friend. From my soul to yours,
may your journey be strong and long and may you have many blessings on the path of Souland.
Hugs and peace
Azul Valerie Thome possesses an extraordinary ability to give voice to those pieces of soul that have been marginalized in our modern frenzied culture. Her counsel is a form of re-membering where we recall what we instinctively know, but have forgotten. She helps reknit our lives back into the ongoing conversation with the green world, with air and water, light and color.
Insightful, intuitive and deeply sensitive to the connective tissue that binds soul and world, Azul’s One2One offerings invite us back into an intimacy with the surrounding and enveloping earth. Listen and find yourself entering a larger, more animate world.
"I had the privilege to experience a weekend with Azul on a One2One basis. It went deeper than pure creation - it became a ceremony of welcoming back the artist in me, who I left behind too long ago.
Azul held me in this profound process with sensitivity, compassion, gentleness & integrity.' N.B.
Working with Azul has been an incredible and magical experience. At the beginning I had no idea that it was going to be such a powerful collaborative experience. The process of choosing three power animals which had significance and meaning in my life was just the start.
Azul gave me time and space to really feel into the animals that were appearing for me. Azul has a rich depth of knowledge about animals and their power, and it was a complete pleasure to experience the birth of the White Hart, the Otter and The Raven with her. I was involved as little or as much as I wanted in the actual composition and colours of the piece, and I feel that we came to a really beautiful balance between my vision and her artistic expertise.
The finished piece is absolutely stunning and very precious to me. I have used it in ceremony, for my personal development and even taken it to psychotherapy sessions in order to work with the animals and connect deeper to their meanings and magic. Thank you Azul for the process as well as the breathtaking artwork. Rachel M.