This book is especially dear to my heart – it’s the book I was reading when my Darling Steve found me.
Steve had friended me several months before on Facebook. We had quite a few mutual friends thanks to having once lived in the same town, so he frequently saw my posts and comments and finally took action. Funny how the Divine works sometimes! A pleasant, though sporadic, Facebook conversation ensued.
That was an intense time in my life. I was literally living out of a suitcase in my old bedroom in my parent’s home after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That is not a task for the faint of heart. Thankfully, my brother and sister were very supportive. After several months, we had finally gotten both my parents on a better routine and had begun exploring assisted living as it was also clear that, in their case, this was not a job for civilians.
As the New Year birthed, I felt powerfully and inexplicably drawn to Katherine Woodward Thomas’ book. Finding a beloved was WAY down the list at that moment. Still, I followed the call and began reading the book.
About halfway through, she tells a story about setting her intention to find her beloved. She called her friend Naomi in December to tell her that she (Katherine) would be engaged by her birthday in August. Hmmmmm....I thought. It’s January so why don’t I set my own intention to be engaged by my birthday in November.
It wasn’t long after that that Darling Steve asked me on our first date by proposing on Facebook! He posted it as a comment on a photo of me not realizing anyone could see it! It’s one of my most cherished memories.
The day I met him in the restaurant will always be crystal clear in my mind. I walked in, he stood up and my soul said “Ah, it’s you.” We were engaged three weeks later and married in October, celebrating my November birthday as part of our honeymoon.
I can’t promise the same thing will happen for you, but I do think this should be required reading for anyone seeking a soul-based relationship of any kind - a lover, friends, or better relationships in general. Some of its best nuggets of wisdom include:
1. The One you desire may not look like anyone else you’ve ever dated. That should be good news for those of you who feel you’ve created the same relationships over and over. She’ll help you learn how to be more open to recognize and receive this “different” one.
2. The book focuses on your own spiritual growth and healing. The very simple truth is that we don’t find a soulmate, we become one, and through that becoming, we draw The One to us.
3. She teaches us how to forgive, starting with ourselves. She teaches us how to release the past, our old habits and patterns. She teaches us how to crawl out from under the darkness of whatever has been holding us hostage and embrace what we truly desire.
4. The advice and teaching is practical, down-to-earth, easy to implement, and spot on.
The subtitle is 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. I’ll be willing to bet that if you soulfully follow the advice and practices, you will find love.
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Anne Wade is the founder and publisher of The Soulmate Dance. She is a writer, educator, life coach, and lifelong student of soulmate relationships, devoted to expanding our understanding of all types of soulmate relationships and experiences.