We have just marked the winter solstice and have celebrated the sun moving slowly but steadily back towards its pinnacle of strength. We measure this inching in minutes today, but long ago our ancestors measured it by stars and stones, in the winds and sprouts. Even though the sun is returning, it is also the time when winter deepens.
The nights are still long and it can seem that the darkness falls heavy on us with its relentlessness. It is no wonder that this is the time of year we surround ourselves with bright twinkle lights on houses and trees. The human handicap of duality has created the association of light and dark with good and evil. The darkness has become something to vanquish.
But the darkness is a gift. It is the Divine potential of Creation. If we can see it as such and step into it, powerful magic awaits within its realms. The invitation is there in the sudden early twilight.
We find a soft space, burrow into it, turn out the lights.
Instead of a drumbeat or music, we choose silence.
Our breathing and our heartbeat might draw our focus at first, leading us deeper, relaxed yet aware of all of our senses. We are aware of the stillness.
We invite the darkness to penetrate our entire being. We lose the boundary of our skin, our mental constructs.
We might register it as a feeling of absolute nothing at first. Uncomfortable as our atoms and consciousness become unbound.
As we surrender to the dissolving of self, we expand to become everything.
We realize the darkness is the potential of all possibilities. It is the moment of Divine inspiration before the multidimensional tapestry of the cosmos is woven into form.
And we too are the weavers.
A thread comes to us indistinguishable in the inky void, but we have the knowing it is there, and we can bring it back with us.
There might be a feeling of our essence being drawn together, a wooshing of the time-space continuum coming together in the space of our cells.
A flicker of light in the distance draws us forward. Growing brighter, we are birthed anew into the light.
The thread still in our hand, we are poised at the moment of our own creation.
Our tapestry awaits.
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -