Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. The most soulful connection I ever felt was the birth of my first son. I literally felt my heart expand physically and spiritually and overflow. I had no way to know at the time what all of that would mean other than what any normal mother feels as love for a normal child. I knew he was special, I knew he was fragile even before he was “here,” but I had no idea how extensive that was until I literally held him.

Describe one of the most soul-opening moments of your life. Well I want to think of soul opening in terms of loving and expansive feelings but the truth of it is that we seem to begin opening our soul with pain rather than comfort. We stay in a comfort zone naturally and to step out of that and “open” oneself can be very painful in the beginning. For that reason I have to own that the most soul-opening experience I have allowed for was exiting my marriage with my sons’ Dad. It was my second marriage and I could easily place blame or try to explain things away but the truth of it is that I recognized how ill fitted I was to be where I was and who I was attempting to be by staying in the marriage and playing that role.

When do you feel your most soulful? There are so many things that I thoroughly enjoy doing. Probably the deepest and most in touch is conversing with like-minded people about the nature of spiritual transition, where things are headed… and in pursuit of those ideas and knowledge… and in my garden elbow deep in dirt and plants… and caring for and simply participating with my boys, not watching them or taking care of them but really participating with them.

Where have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? There are many places in the world I’ve felt completely at ease and in touch. I have to say that in touch was not always very comfortable for me, so some of these places I avoided at different times for a myriad of reasons specific to my growth at those times… The ocean is one. The forest, the mountains, snow, creeks… nature seems to be my favorite place.

Who is one of the most soulful people you’ve ever known? I am fortunate to know an older woman who joyously shares her life’s journey with others. She says I am a waymaker but to hear her stories she certainly blazed a trail of miracles for those of us who would come after. Nina has defeated cancer, been confirmed by dolphins, driven through the end of a rainbow, walked with angels. A truly amazing soul I am inexplicably glad to know.

What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? A soulful relationship is one of absolute authenticity. No forced feelings by one’s self or partner. A willingness to grow and experiment together. I think most of us hope for this to be a “for a lifetime” commitment of souls. An acceptance of each other’s foibles, not to eradicate them but hopefully to learn from them and help each other grow from having them. For me that has to include depth and passion. I’ve been told by several intuitives that I’m literally almost at the moment of meeting my best match. It certainly feels amazingly true. One told me that the last time our souls were to meet fate dealt an awful blow (*brought her to tears to have to feel it to tell me, though I had suspected based on my current life of “settling for less”) and we were cast back into eternity. This time apparently there’s nothing I can do or that can be done to keep it from happening. It is simply meant to be. And that’s how I feel to the core of my being.

What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? My purpose seems to be multifaceted. I am a way-maker. I am a leader. I am a warrior Mom to two amazing children that are an evolution not a disability. I am a healer and a helper. I am someone that people listen to sometimes for the oddest reasons. I am a voice for those that cannot talk at times, I am an ear for those who cannot be heard at times. I am developing my gifts to hopefully be even more capable to help and serve those who need my assistance.

I’d like to add what “The Soulmate Experience” has meant to all of these things. All of this information is a place that I have arrived at after years of self-evaluation and breakthrough after breakthrough. I have utilized many modalities, one of which I’ve chosen as my profession. The Soulmate Experience page offered me hope when I had lost it. Encouragement when I felt discouraged. A different view when I’d lost my own vision. A group of people who wanted to learn differently than they had already experienced and grow into what they could be not remain “normal”. Friends I never would have connected with otherwise. A feeling of connectedness and community that I’d never experienced and am currently building in my day-to-day life as well as participating in online. The book itself offered me steps to take to grow. It confirmed that steps I had taken were valid and I got to delve into others stories of how they had moved along through some of the same places. I am grateful to all of you for being here. For finding the courage to keep showing up. For wanting to add more love to the wonderful world that we live in and for recognizing the love that has always existed and we were connected to even when we wouldn’t allow ourselves to feel it.

We love you Beth! ♥ If you haven’t yet joined The Soulmate Experience Facebook community, where we met Beth and so many other inspirational souls, please stop by. ~Mali & Joe, authors of The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships