Listening to the Wild Animal of the Soul
I agree that often to relate to the soul - and to track it, coax it out, read signs, catch glimpses, build trust, invite intimacy & relationship, is just like relating to a wild animal - one that likes what it likes; moonlight, tempting offerings, ecological rhythm, bare honesty, loyal listening, patience, persistence, love...
"The soul is like a wild animal — tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek."
- Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak