There is a sacred place that resides inside you. It is called your interior castle, the one place that you can draw up the draw bridge and find everything, every wish, every answer.
This magnificent refuge is inside you. Enter. Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway. Step around the poisonous vipers that slither at your feet, attempting to throw you off your course.
Put away the incense and forget the incantations they taught you. Ask no permission from the authorities. You are King of YOUR Castle.
Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home.
Be brave and walk through the country of your own wild heart. Be gentle and know that you know nothing. Be mindful and remember that every moment can be a prayer. Balancing ecstasy with clear thinking, self-control with self-abandon.
“No one else controls access to this perfect place. Give yourself your own unconditional permission to go there. Absolve yourself of missing the mark again and again. Believe the incredible truth that the Beloved has chosen for his dwelling place the core of your own being because that is the single most beautiful place in all of creation. Waste no time. Enter the center of your soul.”
—St Theresa of Avila, translated by Mirabai Starr