Toasters, ovens, dishwashers, even kids’ toys come with instruction manuals, manuals that tell you how they work and how to fix them when they get stuck or stop working. Wouldn’t it be nice if we came with instruction manuals? What if there were ways to figure out how we are supposed to work, and what to do to get us unstuck?


These are questions that every human being asks at some point in their lives. It’s easy to believe that our creator just dropped us into this incarnation to figure it all out without any innate help or guidance. The thing is that just didn’t happen. Believe it or not, we did come with our own personal instructional manuals, but we have to know where to look for them… in the mirror.


You see the one thing we have access to every day, all the time and the one thing we show to the world every day, all the time, our face, is our own personal instruction manual. Our faces tell the story of our unique habits and behaviours. Our faces tell us about the filters through which we see and experience the world and the reactions and responses we will habitually choose to circumstances in our lives. There is nothing on our face that is without meaning and there is nothing on our face that does not contribute in some small or big way to the story of who we are and who we came to be.


When we are lost or stuck, a glance in the mirror can provide the clue to the next best step. For example, something as simple as the shadowing under your has more meaning than you know. Most of the time when we look in the mirror and see pronounced dark shadowing under our eyes, we think we need more sleep. Yet, the instructional meaning of this is that we are holding on to deep emotions, usually painful ones. They need to come to the surface so we can move forward (and perhaps then get more sleep). There is a habit of not dealing with pain in a timely enough fashion. There is a block to our ability to or our willingness to allow the pain to be felt in the now and dissipated. Knowing this small fact about your own face, can begin a profound shift in your thinking and in the way you deal with difficult emotions if you want to do something differently, if you want to get unstuck.


We are beautiful, complex, unique beings with more tools than we know to help us navigate to our best lives. Imagine what there is to explore in  the story of your face.

Michelle Butt is the Director of Connection for the SolePath Institute and the creator of the SoleFaces Body of Work. Michelle is also a contributor to the book, Ready, Aim, Captivate, with Deepak Chopra. 


She is a Spiritual Warrior whose mission it is to connect others to a deeper understanding of who they are and how they are navigating their lives to purpose through the SoleFaces body of work and the SolePath Institute. For more information on SoleFaces and SolePath, visit or email Michelle at: 

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