Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy

Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy

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by Panache Desai
     
 

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An invitation to change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance, and, in the process, discover your life’s purpose and the boundless possibilities that await you.
 
Your soul signature is your spiritual DNA—it is who you are at your core, the most authentic part of you, your singular contribution

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An invitation to change the energy that surrounds you, find the harmony that comes with self-acceptance, and, in the process, discover your life’s purpose and the boundless possibilities that await you.
 
Your soul signature is your spiritual DNA—it is who you are at your core, the most authentic part of you, your singular contribution to this world. And yet we reject our authentic selves. We allow our soul signature to become blocked by any number of emotional obstacles that life throws in our path: anger, fear, guilt, shame, sadness, despair. Any or all of these feelings overtake us and create a density, a heaviness that doesn’t permit us to embrace who we truly are, deep inside. We are energetic beings, Panache Desai reminds us, and emotions are energy in motion. When we are blocked we feel unworthy, less than, unloved, incomplete.
 
In Discovering Your Soul Signature, Panache invites us on a 33-day path of meditations—short passages to be read at morning, noon, and night that are designed to dismantle the emotional burden that holds us back and open us up to changing our lives. Through this distilled, poetic, practical, and inspiring course, he invites us to live a life of authenticity, to rediscover purpose and passion, and to believe from our soul in the possibility of all things.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812995589
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
92,310
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Day 1 Fear

Morning

There is a reason why we begin with fear. So often we allow fear to run our lives. Think about it. Nothing—­absolutely nothing—­is wrong, but something sets you off, and you start being fearful of something that hasn’t happened and likely won’t. Seemingly out of the clear blue sky, you start worrying about the bills. You start obsessing about your job. Maybe your boss doesn’t really like you. Or maybe your coworker is sabotaging you. Your mind runs with this for a while. Possibly your fear takes the form of worry about your children. Johnny’s B minus on a math test might be setting him up for a life of underachievement. Sophie’s been dealing with some middle school girl problems, and you worry that her self-­esteem will be permanently damaged. Then, of course, there’s always your health. You wake up in the morning with a headache, are sure it’s a tumor. Before you know it, you’ve become a sick, unemployed, poor parent, all in your mind. Whatever your particular fears are, they serve to constrict you and make your whole field of energy narrow.

Fear begets fear. Call to mind the image of a garden. What happens if we don’t weed a garden? If we don’t tend to it, our entire garden—­all of those carefully cultivated rosebushes and peonies and daylilies—­becomes overgrown. Roots become strangled, cut off from the source. Before you know it, all that beauty vanishes. Fear is an energy. It is an experience. But holding on to fear is unique to our human nature. Consider this: Every living being feels its fear and shakes it off. Cows, deer, fox, even bears—­they all feel fear and move on. But we human beings don’t. We accumulate fear. We hoard and store it in our bodies. We go out of our way to prove to ourselves that the world is not a safe place. Of course, there is an evolutionary place for fear—­after all, it allows us to survive—­but we let it run amok. And then it keeps us locked into place. Perhaps we stay in unsatisfying jobs or in bad relationships out of fear that something greater is not on its way. All the time we’re doing that, we’re invalidating the universal principle of more. The grass continues to grow. Rivers continue to flow into the sea. Galaxies are born. Life seemingly has a way of continuing to evolve into more. Everything in nature validates this principle.

We need to find our courage, which, of course, is not the absence of fear but rather the willingness to feel the fear and move forward anyway. Fear isn’t going to kill us. It’s an energy that we can allow to move through us.

Tend to the garden of your unconscious mind. Imagine yourself in a house surrounded by an absolutely beautiful garden. The only problem is that the garden has been overtaken by fear. Fear—­of financial loss, of being alone, of illness, you name it—­has taken the form of weeds. Go out of the house and tend to that garden. Visualize yourself on your knees, putting on your gardening gloves, pulling out your fear by its roots. What do we have here? Abandonment? Betrayal? Rejection? Death? It’s all about the energy. This is a radical idea, I know—but your fears cannot hurt you. Pull out your first weed. The weeds are your vibrational density. Think of them as a mass of tangles. Dirty, all knotted up. What happens next? Here, your story doesn’t matter. The specifics of who, what, where, when, and why are beside the point. You’re pulling out the energy of fear. Just the energy—that’s all. When that mass of tangles is uprooted, suddenly there’s space. It won’t necessarily feel comfortable. But stop for a minute. What does it feel like? Maybe there’s a little more room now. Perhaps there’s the beginning of new opportunity. In time, we will know. In giving fear our attention, it loses its power over us. The weeds aren’t wrong or bad. They’re just taking up space.

Noon

Perhaps you read the “Morning” passage while sitting at your kitchen table, grabbing a quick breakfast, a cup of coffee. Or maybe you were already on the train. Or in your car, driving to work as you listened to these words on an audiobook. Wherever you found yourself, I now want you to train your heart and mind—your awareness—on the energy of fear as it appears throughout your day. Each time today that fear arises within you—and make no mistake, it will arise—make note of it. Fear is your ground zero.

Typically, we manage our daily fears in one of three ways:

We run.

We stand our ground and fight.

Or we freeze.

You might be anticipating the homework assignment that requires you to read two hundred pages by tomorrow. Or the results of a pathology report. Or the business project that requires you to leave your wife and babies and travel halfway around the world to secure a contract. The first day of a new job. A first date. Opening a bill, terrified that you don’t have the money to cover it. Life and life situations will call us out on our fear, every single time. And when this happens, the most primitive part of the brain takes over. The part of us that fights, flees, or freezes comes from our base animalistic response to the energy of fear. Everything in the natural world does this in the presence of fear. (Unless of course you’re a possum, in which case you play dead.) This happens whether or not there is a legitimate threat. Our muscles contract. Our breathing becomes shallow. Our palms dampen. Our pupils enlarge. Our blood leaves our extremities and pools in the center.

So what do you do? You learn to allow. You have a familiar place you retreat to as a result of your fear. Get to know the place. Perhaps it’s a set behavior, a pattern that you use to compensate for the presence of this uncomfortable energy. Maybe for you it’s denial. Or egoic ­compensation. Arrogance. Distraction. Withdrawal. Introversion. The fridge. The bar.

We all have our survival mechanisms. For me, I go to that puffed-­up place: You’re not going to mess with me. I once again become that kid in London who had to develop bravado in order to survive. I can be in a business meeting, surrounded by people who know a lot more than I do about the subject at hand, but if I don’t like the way things are going, I tend to fall back on false strength. I feel as if I need to be larger than life. This is an old way of adapting, of trying to survive. I have to learn, again and again, to catch myself in that behavior and stop. Trust. Notice. And allow the fear to run through me like a river out to sea.

So just for today, notice the special place you go when you start to experience fear. Does your ego begin to assert itself? Or do you want to hide? Do you reach for something to distract you? Do you become oblivious and shut down? Or do you try to numb it out? Do you reach for a cigarette, or your phone, or check your email for the five hundredth time? Or perhaps you’ll choose not to engage. You’ll pull the rug over your head and hope the moment passes.

Notice. Keep an eye out. It may happen only once today or a hundred times. It doesn’t matter. There is immense power in the ability to catch yourself, to observe your own instinctive responses and behavior. And when you do notice, meet yourself with absolute love. The awareness signals the end of the fight. Not to say that your reptilian brain won’t snake its way in a new direction. After all, that’s what snakes do. But once you train your mind to notice what it’s doing, fear will lose its stranglehold.

Night

Until now, the invisible force of fear has been your constant companion. It has informed every decision and directed every choice. It is the knot in your heart that keeps you from fully loving. It has appeared at pivotal moments to steer you away from who you know you really are. It is the voice in your head telling you no. It is the very sound of defeat. It steals your birthright from you. It robs you of life itself.

Fear has served you well.

It has been your good old friend.

Until this very moment.

It’s time.

As with a friend with whom you must part ways, it’s time to say thank you. It’s time to move on into a greater relationship, a greater receptivity, a greater expression. A greater truth. It’s time to embrace the fear—old friend—and say goodbye. To say, You have been with me for a long time. You have been the voice in my mind, to the point where I know no other. You have protected me and kept me safe. But you have served your purpose, and I must go. I choose to venture beyond your jurisdiction. I have the courage to walk into the unknown.

Meet the Author

Panache Desai is a contemporary thought leader whose message of love and self-acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. He is on the faculty of the Omega Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. This is his first book.

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Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lifetime of transformation in 33 days! Amazing! I was skeptical at first to take on fear, sadness, and anger in one day at a time but now that I am half way through the book I can see the wonderful gentle progression moving through my deepest resistance into all of my strength, courage and serenity. My life has blossomed in more harmony, grace and magnificence that I could have fully imagined. I don’t know what is yet to unfold but I am looking forward with excitement to finish the rest of the book and get to the final chapter, LOVE. The readings are short, simple and practical but be for warned “Discovering Your Soul Signature” is more than a book, it is a condensed life journey and if you take the simple steps put forward each day, your life will never be the same again. It was difficult at times for me to face my fear and sadness but it has been totally worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, while the words of this book are touching and endearing and enlightening and far reaching....ARE YOU READY? There is a ONE-TWO punch thing going on. You are releasing sadness and anger and fear all the while the energy contained in this book is working on you at a much higher level than you or I are aware of. When you receive this book, take it physically and place it on our heart and leave it there for a while while it works it's magic on you. If you can feel energy work, you will become aware almost immediately of the effects it has on your body. If you are unfamiliar with feeling energy then you will realize the effects shorty thereafter. I think that is one reason Panache Desai created the free online support of the 33DayPath to assist you with moving the things that come up while reading and working this program. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is seeking to turn their life around, or if you are in therapy or have been in the past, or if you have some personal issue that just keeps coming up over and over in your life and you can't figure out what is up with that...the message and guidance contained in this book will definitely shine some light on the issue. I am working on this book along with the website and I am half way through and long held emotions are bubbling up almost every single day to be released. It is an awesome and powerful process, one that I have been waiting for my entire life! So I say again, ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
johanna0 More than 1 year ago
This book is powerful! It has changed my life .... this is not hype, this is just the truth! Panache's words help to release emotions in a way that is absolutely "unlike" any self-help book. You begin, over time, to feel better about yourself as it helps create a more authentic you. It's a bit difficult to put it into words ... the book itself is truly "an experience" as opposed to a book. The lay-out of the book is excellent and easy to understand. Though the book is set-up in a way that requires 3 readings, thrice daily, it does not take much time at all. Approximately, 3 minutes to read each passage. Personally, I am not on time for the morn and noon readings, and therefore I read them together sometimes. I really look forward to reading the night-time passages. I think they help me to distress before bed. It's indescribable how much I love this book and Panache. He is a gift to this world!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The brief readings for morning, noon and night help you release all the stuff you've been holding onto for a lifetime. There is a clear message that you are not broken that is simply beautiful. If you are looking for purpose, passion and joy, start here for 33 days.
TwoMetreMan More than 1 year ago
My partner and I are on our fifth reading of this book together.  Each voyage through its pages have revealed ever more emotional baggage (emotional density) for each of us to have exposed, accept, love and release.  It has been a true Voyage Of Inner Discovery and we are now embarking on the next "round trip"!  If you want to move powerfully and honestly ahead in your whole life, inner and thus outer, I have found no finer book nor any better guide.  Panache is, without doubt, the "real deal."  Heartily and highly recommended for those ready to step into integrity and love, of self and thus of the One.
ShiraHunt More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I am a frequency therapist and the energy in this book alone is powerful. If you work the process you will have changes and you will become a part of a soul family that is changing the world.
CiscoAlba More than 1 year ago
Love and Acceptance! A good friend shared her love of Panache Desai, and gave me his book as a source of light and inspiration. Until then, I was not familiar with Panache and presumed that he was just another self-help guru. However, after reading his book, I discovered that my presumption was wrong because he goes beyond the self-help realm. His soul signature takes you in a heartfelt embrace, as a beloved friend, through a 33-day journey of spiritual awakening and love! Panache, I look forward to seeing you again at Omega.
CosmicSunshine More than 1 year ago
I have not read it all yet, since I am on the journey with Panache day by day, which is the way he created it to be read and used. For me, it would have been less helpful to just zip through it all, because taking it one day at a time means being able to deal with each topic before rushing on to the next one. This is not your ordinary self-help book. It is deeply exploring every emotional aspect, providing a way to guide ourselves to our own changes. Panache does not want followers (except on Twitter!) but rather wants us to see that we are our own spiritual advisers. He is an amazing catalyst. I highly recommend this book and all things Panache related! UPDATE 1: Now at Day 10 as Panache leads us all through each day, supporting and encouraging us, to guide us to Discover our own Soul Signature. This is like no other book! Panache really gets the cobwebs out from all the dark crevices and leads us by the hand into the light! UPDATE 2: Now the 33 Day Path has been completed for the first time. Panache provided us a website where each day we were able to interact with others. The outcome for me (and for many) has been a transformation in how we see and experience our lives. It is clear now that we are good enough, we are worthy, we are loveable. We know that life is a roller-coaster ride and have learned to put our hands in the air and just go with it, feeling it all. Being in the flow of life means facing every moment with peace inside, even whilst the outside may be swirling eddies of confusion, emotions, ups and downs. The greatest gift we have is being able to experience all that life offers - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and learning to breathe through each moment and feel each emotion without suppressing or repressing our lives. What a marvelous book from an amazing person. Definitely not your usual 'self-help' book. It offers a true catalyst to navigating all of life's bumps and living a life filled with purpose, passion and joy! If you want to become whole and complete, experience this book and discover your own Soul Signature!!
TomHappy More than 1 year ago
Hi , for 30 years I have been trying to be the miracle I am, and ended up as an Alcoholic. Started with Panache full on , 6 months ago. No change until 12 days ago. Have not had a drink , don't even think about it. And also peaceful , calm , being the serenity I am. I know it's early days , but the energies of guilt , shame , self loathing, self sabotage are hugely reduced. PS. The BOOK is Total Truth. BUY THE BOOK. And Do IT. Tom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is special. It can be a real game changer.  I read the book as suggested (3 short sections a day for 33 days), and experienced over the days: The world appearing in a golden glow for the day; a feeling of expansiveness and being in the world; at another time a sense of sadness; and anger; and awareness of others playing out their purpose.  The end result? The process continues.  I do have a sense of being in the world, a purposefulness. Life flows. Get the book.  Give the book. And prepare for a wild, wicked, and sublime ride when you read it. 
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This book is fantastic! A step by step process that helps you to simply accept and love everything about yourself - which is so freeing!!! Thank you, Panache!
Lazan2014 More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this book is a major game changer! It really opens your eyes about what life is really about. It's written in such a way that it places gentle bombs in your mind that go off throughout the day, working its alchemy! The passages are written in sections titled Morning, Noon and Night, so it's constantly at work on you. You really don't stand a chance! I suggest that you read it from beginning to end first and then go back and revisit whatever sections you felt had the most resistance. I know I've changed from a personal lacking self confidence over to someone with enormous self-confidence. I now have courage to take the world by storm, and I've actually seen changes happening in my life since I become open to this concept and way of looking at life! Within the 33 days that I've read this book I've gone from naysayer to believer! You really MUST have this as part of your library. I believe it's the last book I will own, there's nothing else like it out there. Nothing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains deeply profound wisdom, delivered with simplicity. For those of you who tend to gulp down your books, a word of advice, "Don't." Read it a day at a time and let the words and teachings resonate. Thank you, Panache, for packing so much into a compact space.
revangelica More than 1 year ago
I am 18 days into Panache Desai's 33 day program and I highly recommend this book to all Desai's compassion for humanity shines through as he lovingly guides the readers into getting in touch with their feelings and moving into a place of being present in their lives. I know I will be doing this program again!
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