Connecting with your soul's home

A cream square with pink and green flowers in the top right and bottom left corners and the logo and web address for In the centre is the text: "Your soul's homes are the places that leave a particularly strong mark on you; the ones that call to you from lifetimes past and seem to shout at you to visit them. And when you do? Well then it's like a great big exhalation - a feeling of 'yes, this is my place'", and the title "Connecting with your Soul's home."

If you know about the more soul-led side of the work that I do, you’ll know that learning into the previous incarnations of our soul is a big part of that.

I’ve been fascinated by past lives and the work to gain a deeper understand of those for as long as I can remember. That’s partly because I’m a geek, who finds those realisations and remembrances people get back to so incredibly interesting.

But more than that, I’ve also seen time and time again how diving into lifetimes outside of the here and now can help us to find a greater understanding of ourselves, and to work through the things that previously might have seen impossible for us to heal or change.

What’s more, the information we find there can really help to a light on some of the seemingly odd pulls and interests that make themselves known to us in the here and now…

Things like my soul-deep pull to the North East part of the USA.

As you might’ve seen on social media, I recently took a trip to Boston – somewhere that really does feel like a home to my soul.

I wanted to share a little about those feelings here; about where they come from, what the trip brought me and the ways I hope those things can help you too.

The pull of New England

A photograph of Autumnal trees on the edge of Boston Common.

I live in a little town in the North East of England, over 3,000 miles and a great big ocean away from Massachusetts… yet that part of the world has always called to me.

For the longest time I would read anything I could about that part of the world, probably knew more about its history than I do about the wider history of my own country, and never felt more comfortable in my surroundings than when I stepped off a plane on the East Coast.

I travelled to Boston for the first time when I was 25 and, despite being completely broke when I got there and staying in the scariest hostel known to man, remember feeling so incredibly at home the second I arrived.

From the day I left I dreamed about going back – maybe even about one day living there – and over the course of the next ten years planned two more trips there.

But one fell down at the final hurdle when I had a huge car accident a month or so before, and the other never really got off the ground since financially I just wasn’t in the place to cross the Atlantic.

This year though, I decided I’d waited long enough. And that even if I had to put the trip on a credit card (spoiler: that’s exactly what I did) I needed to head to that part of the world right now, find out what the pull is and see what that means for me now and in future.

Where this comes from

Two figures (Ceryn Rowntree and her mum!) walk on a path through Harvard Yard as the sun streams through.

Of course, in the ten plus years between my trips, I’d done a bit of digging away from Boston. And as I’d delved deeper and deeper into the journey of my Soul I’d started not only to understand why that part of the world felt so important to me, but also to remember that this wasn’t the only part of the world that matters to my Soul.

You see, through my journeys into my soul’s past so far I’ve found five lifetimes that took place in that part of the world; almost all around the early times of the USA as we know it now (something that’s definitely bringing up its own issues and challenges to be worked through); lifetimes that mean I set foot on that piece of land and breathe a sigh of relief that “aah, I’m home.”

That’s not to say that part of the world is the only place I feel like that in; another is here in the North East of England – the place I’ve called home so far in this life, and a third is in the area around the South West of this country/ South of Wales – somewhere I have vivid recollections of having not only lived but chosen to reincarnate to immediately as I left another lifetime because I knew I needed to physically be there.

Of course I’ve also seen plenty of lifetimes in other parts of the world; many that I’ve returned to time and time again and some that I undoubtedly have similarly deep soul ties to. Maybe some of those ties will make themselves known to me in this lifetime or maybe they won’t, but I know those soul homes that call to me in the here and now are the ones I need to deal with first.

The places your soul calls home

The Massachusetts State House lit up at night.

As you read this you’re likely thinking “Ceryn, who cares about you… I want to find that type of resonance somewhere. Where is my Soul’s home?!”

In short, this post isn’t going to tell you that… But I hope it can help to point you in the right direction of finding out.

It’s my belief that our souls live many lifetimes, and that each of those leaves its own memories, echoes, sometimes even scars. So undoubtedly there will be places around the world that hold a resonance for you – some good and some bad, some that you feel a need to go and experience again and others that you prefer to recognise from afar.

Your soul’s homes though? Those are the places that call to you. The ones that seem to shout at you to visit them like an itch that needs to be scratched and the ones that – when you do arrive there – bring with them a feeling of absolute “yes, this is my place”, despite there being very little logical reason for that to be the case.

One of my favourite books on past life work – Past Lives, Present Miracles by Denise Linn – invites us to think about the places that we’re drawn to. And if not the specific places then at least the climates, the regions, the landscapes.

A red bricked house with a black door and autumnal flowers and pumpkins on the step.

What would yours be? Are you someone whose always always dreamed of going to a certain place? Who knows categorically that they’d be more at home in the mountains or close to a desert? Or who knows all there is to know about the history of a particular country because they’re so utterly fascinated by that part of the world?

Then lean into that. Meditate, journal, simply see what comes to mind for you when you think of yourself in that place.

Those simple actions might not give you all of the deep insights you’re looking for, but I can tell you now that they’re a damned good start.

Then where you’re drawn, dive deeper… look at photos to see what resonates, talk to locals to understand how that places is now, and if and when you can maybe even pay it a visit.

My recent trips

The places that I mentioned as having screamed to me as homes of my soul over the past few years are all places I’d visited previously. I took my first trip to South Wales as a teenager and visited Massachusetts for the first time in 2008.

The Old State House, Boston.

Both trips were interesting. Both places felt familiar to me and the visits to them seemed to tickle something inside me that needed to be worked with…

But even after more regular trips to Somerset and the South of Wales, it took a long time before I visited either place with the conscious aim of connecting. Those conscious connections have all come in the past two years; first with a trip to Glastonbury, Somerset early last year, and then with a visit to Boston last month.

I’d be lying if I told you the trips themselves were different in some soul shaking way… After all, I vividly remember feeling something inside me twinge as I watched a full solar eclipse in Cardiff all those years ago and there was the kind of deep resonance that shook me enough to not want to venture into certain parts of Salem or Boston alone on my first trip. I guess the difference on my more recent visits was that I was conscious of it.

Take this last trip to Boston for example; I was conscious that the physical feelings I felt weren’t some sort of weird temporary illness but were pointers towards memories of mine, so was able to tune into those I memories and understand them a little more.

When I randomly started crying in the middle of a particular path I was able to stop and ask myself who and what those tears for for… Then allow myself to feel those feelings rather than shake my head and try to get on with my holiday.

That consciousness stirred up a lot, but it also gave me the opportunity to tune in and focus on what I needed to know, remember what I needed to remember, and take the actions I needed to take to move myself forwards (like the circle I cast on the Salem waterfront for a mini letting go ritual… unexpected and definitely a story for another time, but so powerful).

The big changes really happened though after I came home – after I’d grieved the fact that I was now an ocean away from that place a part of me called home then was able to sit quietly and process.

To go into all the things that came up and all the internal changes that have happened as a result would take me a book chapter, never mind a blog post. But let me tell you we are talking about some serious cleansing and some major progress towards things that I’ve been chipping away at for a long time. Like my soul needed to be in that place in order to truly move forwards.

Remembering it’s not your land

A landscape of fields with trees in the foreground and pale skies behind.

There’s an important point to add here of course about embracing connections to a land that isn’t physically your own in this life. And it’s exactly that – that for all the soul resonance and belonging you might feel in such a place, it’s important to remember these places don’t belong to us now.

From a very modern perspective that means, of course, that you can’t just waltz into a building that belongs to someone else or that is off limits to the public because you have lifetimes old memories there. Our soul recognitions do not, unfortunately, trump trespass laws!

On a much deeper and more serious note though, it’s important to respect and honour those living souls who personally or ancestrally hold deep connections to those lands in the here and now.

Because yes, maybe you were a part of that culture or that lineage in some lifetime past, and maybe you are drawn to learn more about the land itself and the practices that take place there in order to honour that feeling of home within you. But no matter what our resonances and remembrances, we must always be nothing but respectful to the people who hold that land sacred today, and to their reverence and connection in honouring those places.

What to do if you can’t get there

A figure sits cross legged on the sand, their back silhouetted against the setting sun.

But of course I get that we can’t all hop on a plane to every place that calls to us – life gets in the way, air fares are expensive and, let’s be honest, currently too damaging to this beautiful planet that all of our souls call home to be done all the time.

So how can you do this healing, nourishing and cleansing work of connecting your soul to its own homes without taking those trips?

Quite simply, by taking them in another form. By coming into connection with those parts of you that have existed before and then journeying more deeply into those other existences to understand what they want to share with you today.

Of course you can seek out support with that wherever you need to (my Soul Journey Insight Packs, for example, are a great way to tap into the places and experiences your journey wants to share with you and encourage you to dive more deeply into… just saying!).

But honestly, as someone who has loves few things more than working with her past lives, I’m a firm believer that one of the best ways to dive into our past incarnations is to grab a journal and a pen and ask our souls what they want us to know…

Seriously, give it a go. You never know what will come up.

And of course, if you’re looking for some support in doing that – or in working through whatever you find there – you can always get in touch.

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