The Journey of the Soul is not about looking pretty….

The most adventurous journey to embark on; is the journey to yourself,
the most exciting thing to discover; is who you really are,
the most treasured pieces that you can find; are all the pieces of you,
the most special portrait you can recognize; is the portrait of your soul.
– Unknown

If we only think of ourselves and each other in terms of our dense, physical human bodies, life can be incredibly limiting.

By this, I do not mean the over-used New Age cliché – “We are already love and light” – therefore we do not have to look within and work with our own shit (shadow)! 🙂

What I mean is, mainstream society forces us to be overly focused on external appearances – looking pretty, material wealth, achieving results… all of which mean absolutely nothing to the soul.

Get to know the soul being you are…the wise, ancient being inside of you, which is eternal, compassionate, honest and true.

Soul work will always challenge us to go deeper – to remove our false masks, limiting beliefs and above all, be honest and true to ourselves and others.

We cannot get to know our soul unless we are prepared to crack open our protective shell and allow the light of truth to illuminate our shadow (our wounds).

The journey of the soul is having the courage to face our wounds, heal and embrace the depth of our being – every moment… so that we may continue to grow towards self-awareness, authenticity, compassion and soul wisdom.

The featured image for this post is a photograph I took of an ancient Holm Oak Tree in the Madonie National Park, Sicily. Every time I am in this Park, I connect with a different tree. Many of the Holm Oaks are between 500 to 800 years old. This tree with its huge crack in the centre of the trunk was obviously struck by lightning – perhaps hundreds of years ago?


What struck me 🙂 was that although the inner trunk was blackened by the fire and completely hollow,… the tree was still incredibly strong, healthy, huge, majestic and wise.


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For me, this majestic being is a celebration and reflection of the Journey of the Soul.

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All photographs and text Copyright © Jaymie Elder 2017

A message for the Soul, at the oldest tree in Europe.




“Castagno dei Cento Cavalli” – Jean-Pierre Houël (1776-1779)

Known as the 100 Horse Chestnut Tree, (“Castagne de Cento Cavalli”), the ancient tree is considered to be between 2000 and 4000 years old. It is the oldest tree in Europe and the oldest Chestnut Tree in the world. The Tree lives on Mount Etna in Sicily, which is the most active volcano in Europe. The Tree has survived several earthquakes, (which have devastated cities along the east coast of the Island), volcanic eruptions, as well as seen the rise and fall of numerous ancient cultures, over thousands of years.

The name “Castagno de cento Cavalli” (Chestnut Tree of 100 horses) derives from a traditional story in which a queen of Aragon and her company of one hundred knights, during a trip to Mount Etna, were caught in a severe thunderstorm. The Queen and her horsemen all took shelter under the tree.

We visited the tree in winter, just as spring is about to arrive here in Sicily. The advantage of this, was to see the structure of the ancient trunk and the beauty of the trees form because there was no foliage.


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A Message for the Soul

My message and personal story is intended to inspire us to see, feel and think beyond our physical human form to the soul being we are. What does our soul long for? How can we take advantage of this transformational time on the earth, and embrace on our Souls Journey? Can we begin to align ourselves with our soul purpose? Are we honouring our unique talents and gifts we were born to share?

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“When I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature.
I wonder what delight nature must feel, when we open our hearts
and express our god given talents….

the sound of approval arose across the universe
and the whole world abounds in magic, wonder fills our hearts
for what we have glimpsed for an instant,
the playfulness of life…”

Michael Jackson

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There is a harmony, a rhythm in all of creation which we are a part of. It is through acknowledging, feeling our soul being and the soul in all of nature, that we come back into our heart centre. As we honour our truth and progress on this Soul Journey, our energy and time is focused less on short term, superficial or materialistic desires and ambitions. We are more open to feel and see the magic and wonder, which surrounds us. We are more present to each moment and conscious of how we can be of service to humanity, all of life and Mother Earth.


“Cento Cavalli” A new born, abandoned puppy I found under the 100 Horse Chestnut Tree.
Juerg and I are taking care of Cento Cavalli and after 10 days, he is doing very well.

Video: Message for the Soul, at the Oldest Tree in Europe (6mins)

My work is about supporting others through personal sessions to heal and grow towards their authentic self – and a life in harmony with their heart and soul being. I also love to support people to connect with the magic and beauty of nature, through my paintings and photographs.


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Copyright © Jaymie Elder 2017