We recently moved through the winter solstice, the time when the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds are faintest, when we enter the longest night. It coincided with the new moon, which gives us monthy invitations to contemplate the sacred darkness as we move toward increasing light. The natural cycle of darkness and light parallels our inner cycles and beckons us to periodically align with the Universal florces that promote our growth. My wise therapist once said we never stop confronting the highs and lows of life, but as we become self aware, the depths become less treacherous and the climbs less intimidating so gradually we feel more stable, more confident, more capable of navigating those depressions and more deserving of the heights.
Attached to those depths are our fears, self-doubts, even something as mistakenly innocuous as stagnation, which can becomes an obstacle to foward movement. As we reflect on where we may have tripped and where we need to reach, we can accelerate our growth by releasing outmoded relationships that no longer serve our highest good. Is it selfish? No. Is it painful? Sometimes. But , holding on for the sake of longevity and loyalty at the expense of your inner peace halts your progress. If you you feel a constant gnawing that something in your relationships is amiss, or you leavefrom every encounter feeling somehow disrespected or unappreciated, then what better time than now toadjust your steps and lovingly let go? It could be marriage, work, friendships, location.....anything or anyone that promotes disharmony deserves an honest re-evaluation.
Here's a meditation to help you see through the darkness and usher in light.
Breathe in...slowly through your noise. Feel the air circulate in your body. Hold it. Release slowly.
Again, breathe deeply...hold it....feel it reach every cell in your body....then release.
Now breathe with the intention of clearing your animal with the breath. Breathe in.....imagine the breathe circulating in your animal's body, clearing out debris...release and visualize all negative energy and ailment leaving.
In each of us there is darkness...what do you need to look at, to confront, to release? Use the energy of the Universe circle to examine this....sometimes it means discarding old habits, old energy, even people who no longer contribute to your highest good and growth. Allow the images, faces, ideas to surface. Don't suppress, and don't fear. You are inviting healing into your life.
With all endings come new beginnings......look deep within as the Reiki penetrates and identify what you want to end so you can embrace new beginnings. Feel yourself empty. See a vessel collect the debris in your energy field. Return it to the Universe for transmutation. Offer gratitude.
Give voice to your intention. Empower the clearing by announcing what you wish for yourself and for your loved ones, your animals.
You may want to write down your intentions for the endings and beginning we are entering. Perhaps light a candle as a symbol of light to give it life.
Not all endings are sad... and if they are, trust that it is momentary. Spirit holds greater promise for you. Clearing out means making room for new blessings. It is an invitation for the Universe to replenish your life with goodness and Light. Wish no harm to anyone and only Light will come to you.
The winter solstice traditions coincide with many Light traditions: the yule log, Hanukka menorah and lights of miracles, the Star of Bethlehem lighting the world. No darkness is permanent. The universal light alignment will mirror your internal growth Peace and happy new year.
Lisa Shaw is a Reiki Master, animal communication specialist, spiritual counselor, writer, and professor living in South Florida with her four animals. Her web stie is www.reikidogs.com and her e-book Illumination: LIfe Lessons from our Animal Companions, is availabe on Amazon/Kindle.