As buffalo herd together in a blizzard to survive through group warmth, so do people throughout the northern hemisphere gather together in the darkness of winter when the days are short and the light is dim or hidden behind clouds or weather in order to rekindle hope and support for the return of warmth, light and new life through sharing with others in ceremony, ritual and celebration.
In addition to the seasonal darkness, there is much darkness in the world with troubled, challenging times for people, animals, plants and the Earth support system herself. Its easy to get discouraged into despair and depression. I gain hope to keep paddling forward with positive energy from the wisdom of the seasons and how since time immemorial, fall (death of the old) gives way to winter (seemingly inert and dormant time when the Earth “sleeps within herself), winter to spring (the rebirth of new life) followed by summer with its fruition and blossoming of life’s fullest potentials. As it is for the “outer seasons”, so too for the inner seasons of our lives.
All seasons and the beauty of nature itself, the beauty of physical creation, comes from and is maintained by an invisible presence – the creative mystery power of the universe which holds both light and dark. Scientists tell us that mysterious dark matter and dark energy comprise the majority of the universe and while we do not yet know what this is, it is a fertile darkness from which creation births forth. We also know that light has the power to cut through and illuminate darkness. Witness one candle in a dark room, or better yet, one candle that lights another candle that lights another candle and on and on until the room is filled with light. We can even close our eyes and see light behind our eyelids. We can measure light within us, fire from the Sun, as we measure our normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees. We are on fire within with light from the Stars!
In support of that light during this holy time of darkness may we remember that “When the going gets tough, We get what we practice”. If you do not have a practice that connects you with a light that sustains you through hard times, this winter is an excellent time to travel within to reflect on what qualities of Being you want to grow in your life, your sense of mission and purpose, why you are here, what gifts you bring to share with others that in so doing will bring you a sense of meaning and fulfillment – light through darkness.
In awareness of this when confronting challenge you can now ask yourself – “How can I respond to this situation in a way that moves me in the direction I want to grow/go/glow?” Because you have taken the time to discern the direction you do want to grow in, you are empowered out of victim reactivity into creative spiritual warriorhood consciously choosing to use your life-force energy in a skillful manner for positive manifestation – honoring the light within and being a channel for that light in the world.
MAY WE ALL REMEMBER, HONOR & CELEBRATE THE FERTILE TIMES OF DARKNESS
MAY WE USE IT TO CONNECT WITH THE LIGHT THAT LIVES IN OUR HEARTS AND SOULS, SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN REMEMBERING, and ….
CROSS INTO AND THROUGH THE WINTER DOORWAY WITH CONSCIOUS ATTENTION TO SKILLFUL INTENTION FOR THE HEALING OF THE SACRED HOOP OF LIFE WE ARE GIFTED TO BE IN CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH FOR THE GREATEST GOOD OF ALL BEINGS.
You are a Sacred, Worthy, Luminous Being. You Are Love and Your Love is For Giving.
BLESSINGS OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE, the HOLIDAY SEASON, and A SAFE, HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS FULFILLING NEW YEAR TO YOU & ALL YOU HOLD DEAR.
W/ LOVE & GRATITUDE – tomás/ tom pinkson