Saturday, October 21st 2017

Welcome to the Soul’s Code family


Welcome to the Soul’s Code family of writers, columnists and practitioners.

Soul’s Code is a community site but unlike, say, Wikipedia or PBS we do not ask you to open your wallet. Instead, we are asking you to open your mind, and your heart, to share your experiences and expertise.

We invite you to share self-help stories and first-person narratives in the broad category of psychology, alternative medicine and mind-body techniques.

While Soul’s Code staff write guides like the slideshows in the site’s right-hand column, the site’s main column offers a mix of content by both professional therapists and practitioners, alongside accounts by lay people whose interest in self-exploration has been provoked by life-highs and lows — from peak experiences to loss, addiction and stress.

Whether you have a prescription to a problem, or an aspirational story, there are 100 ways to express yourself on Soul’s Code:

Soul’s Code has dozens of categories like: Peak Experiences, Prescriptions to Problems and Mind-Body Toolkit.

For a full list, roll your cursor over the Navigation Tab at the top of our banner called, Departments — or scroll down the right column of the Soul’s Code home page to read the menu in a panel called DEPARTMENTS.

This is a grass-roots online property: we do not promote any particular personality, like Oprah’s site; and we are not a marketing vehicle set up to promote a single product or practice.

Soul’s Code is a platform which we created for professional practitioners and people on a spiritual path to share alike. Our only creed: Everyone’s a guru

When you ask yourself, “How can my personal or professional experience translate into a tactile way to advance others with their inner evolution?”, the key is to avoid writing in the third-person, generalities and in a preachy tone from a 30,000-foot view.

Address the reader as “you,” and illustrate your suggestions with real-life cases or anecdotes drawn from your own life or practice.

In our series, Forgiving the Unforgivable, Tom Hudgens traveled to death row of a Texas super-max prison to forgive a man who raped and murdered his sister. Tom didn’t simply give readers top-line advice like, “Forgive those who have wronged you. I did, and it set me free.”

Instead, Tom amplified and detailed that simple principle by drilling down into this riveting scene:

I asked about opportunities he’s had to help people. He struggled to answer this; the struggle, I believe, was to answer without pride. He then told me about an inmate who had killed many people and was being taunted by another inmate. The first inmate showed John Black a ‘shank’ that he intended to use to kill the guy taunting him. John Black talked him out of it, and got him to hand in the knife.

Finally, I took John Black’s hands in mine. ‘John,’ I said. ‘I forgive you for your crimes of raping and killing my sister. From what I can see today, you are a good, honest, intelligent, thoughtful man.’

‘To me,’ I went on, ”forgiveness’ means I can accept what happened, that you did what you did, and that today, in this moment, I can wish you well, that I feel compassion towards you. And I hope that you can someday forgive yourself.’

That gem offers readers a “take-away,” a Buddhist approach of compassion that Tom used as a bridge to his former worst enemy.

Every journey deserves a journal: