Winter Solstice the Darkest Hour Before the Light
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breating but to face the breath from ist restlesss tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
The last day of Autumn
The darkest day of the year, the first day of Winter.
The return of the Light.
What does this mean to me? Throughout this last 24 hour period I have went through a huge array of feelings. It has been a trying period, and this last day was a reflection of this last year. My heart has been expanding so much through my practices of meditaiton and yoga. I recently whipped through the entire novel the Tenth Door, and had such transformations throughout that I blogged about it. I wrote the author and she had invited me to India. I have yet to decide when.
This last day I have strange feelings come up as we are sitting near the darkest hour, I know that the feelings are of the loss of my parents, the loss of ‘stuff’ through the fire, the abundance and infinite blessings that keep manifesting overwhelm me. The goodness that has prevailed has trumped any devistation that could ever happen on this planet. I am so secure in my Spiritual seat, as that is all that is Real. The I AM is all that is true. All my ancestors are crossed over, all my Gurus are crossed over, I depend hugely on my Angels and Archangels minute by minute, some days more thatn others I am aware of this connection. This is one of those days.
I am ready to prepare a eremony to lay my Uncle’s ashes under all of our trees on the property, he passed on Winter Solstice 2013, two years ago. He was said to be one of the last Druids and taought me how to commune with the trees. I received his ashes in the mail from my Aunt and when I did the box had strange Arabic writing on all 4 sides of it, yet the package was unopened. Someone who is from Syria said it is a blesing of peace of those who cross over. Neither my Aunt nor I have had this mystery ever explained.
Today I held a wonderful Reiki session with a young pre teen and the theme was forgiveness. I believe that we all shall look inward toward our shadow self and allow this darkness to be a place to learn from, not run from. We all have places within that make feelings come up that may be difficult to deal with. We also each have the opportunity to utilize these feelings and information from our emotions to allow ourselves to move toward the light. Without darkness there would not be light. We live in a dual reality, everything in this realm has a point of balance.
Tonight after teaching an intentional Solstice Hot Yoga practice some of my students were invited to stay after and participate in a Winter Solstice Ceremony. In honor of the hardwood trees on our property, we have 22 (plus over 20 cedars) I took my uncle Jerry’s ashes and put them into a jug of leftover ceremonial tea that was saved from a circle held last spring, added some red wine for tradition, to bless the fruit trees and we poured some on the root flare of each tree. It was lovely, very casual and fun. Plus the night was beautiful, so clear and unseasonably warm, as today we hit a high of over 70 degrees here in Texas!
Winter Solstice Celebrates the imminent return of light; the point where the sun starts to grow in strength. The turn from darkness to light was a matter for rejoicing and the victory of light over darkness gave the assurance that Spring, warmth and growth would come again. The Winter Solstice was the time of year when the Queen of Heaven, the Great Mother, gave birth to the Son of Light. Another occasion for lighting fires, to encourage the power of the sun and to mark the triumph of summer over winter and light over darkness.
Choose what brings you JOY. Choose to start with our THOUGHTS.
“Thoughts become things.” is a favorite quote from The Secret, the movie. I look forward to bringing this season to a close. BRING ON THE RETURN OF THE LIGHT! 2016 is OUR YEAR!