Healing … Renewal … Growth … Honor … Compassion. All are present in celebration of the Summer Solstice.
This powerful, natural center point – when Brother Sun has climbed to the zenith of his yearly journey, and the darkness of night is at its shortest point, has drawn attention and awe, throughout time.
In the strong light of the summer sun, shadows are small; there is little room to hide that which is left over … that which no longer serves its best purpose.
It is a time and a place to cast away old trappings and burdens … to let go, to spring with joy into the sunlight!
Connecting Heaven and Earth
Indigenous peoples across the world celebrate the Solstice in many ways, honoring many traditions.
This great feat connects the heavens with Mamakii, our Earth Mother, as no other event. Every part of the natural world depends upon the light and warmth of the Sun for its very existence. Since the beginning of time, the Sun has upheld his promise to arise each morning, warming all things so they may grow.
The Solstice marks the beginning of the Season of Growth and Expansion on Turtle Island and throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Now, in moving on from the tentative beginnings of the Springtime, all the rooted nations begin to confidently extend their branches, their leaves, their blossoms to the sky.
Bright sunflowers follow the path of the Sun, reveling in its warmth, light and energy.
Called by the Sun
Wildlife have birthed or hatched, and young ones now venture out from nest and thicket to explore … to test newfound strength and celebrate curiosity.
So, too, the Two-Leggeds, we humans, are called by the Sun as we step beyond our tentative ventures of the spring, to reach outward and upward in the warmth of summer.
Like the sap of the great trees of the Rooted Nation, our energy rises in response to the strengthening of the sun, to the lengthening of days. As we transition from fragility to strength, we grow … we expand.
Now is the time to step beyond your work of the spirit … to connect the life of your thoughts and your emotions with the actions of your body.
Your Permission to Revel
Relax! You have time … give yourself the opportunity and the permission to revel in the time given to you this season!
What projects have been calling to your heart … to the skill and strength of your hands to be nurtured or grown or shaped?
Celebrate your own expansion with your connection to All That Is. Awaken your Self to the natural world in the gentle invitation of this season.
When you experience your growth and expansion as part of the physical world – tangibly -your energy connects with the divine powerhouse symbolized by the sun.
Do you feel inspired to change your personal environment … to clean or declutter, to sort or rearrange? Those feelings are gifts urged upon you by the Creator, to aid in developing your mental clarity.
Receive them … with joy!
Approach those tasks you’ve been putting aside with energy and confidence. Now is your time to take positive action, to bring resolution and order to your surroundings.
Loosen Your Grasp
Let go of the things which are no longer beneficial to you or to humanity. Loosen your grasp on old thoughts and ideas as you would discard worn-out clothing.
Matter does not cease to exist, it is transformed.
You are a beautiful part of creation … now is your time for transformation!
Invest your time and actions in meaningful ways. Nurture relationships that bring you joy and connection.
Empower yourself by moving beyond the clutter of your mind in researching or comparing … now is the time to make the decisions you’ve been wondering about.
Release internal burdens as if you were cleaning and sorting your closet.
Let the strength of the Sun’s energy be your inspiration to strip away the layers, the bunched garments of your thoughts and emotions … as old bark falls away to allow the expansion of strong branches.
Cleanse your mind and heart as though you were lovingly polishing beautiful flooring … sweeping cobwebs from the corners of your dwelling to bring in light and laughter and love.
Take action! Feel the expansion of your energy as you complete each task.
Achieve the results in real time which you have pictured in your mind. Simply … take action.
You can accomplish great things!
Create more space … invite in more light … expand your heart’ generosity and awareness.
All these things are part of your purposeful living. They feed your alignment with your True Purpose.
Finding Your Balance
One of the great teachings of this beautiful season is the importance of balance between the actions of your spiritual life and your physical life. You are earthly (terrestrial) and you are heavenly (celestial) … of the Earth and the Stars.
When you achieve physical results, your body and mind respond … feeling satisfaction, contentment and empowerment. You feel clear, empowered, ALIVE!
Where you have been in hesitation over some action or decision … listen carefully. The Universe provides nudges … now, in this powerful time of the Sun’s energy, most especially. Divine guidance surrounds you, simply awaiting your acknowledgment and your asking.
Release any negative energy created from frustration, from feelings of lack or incompleteness.
Acknowledge the change that surrounds you … that is a part of you. YOU are a beautiful creation! Connect in the sacred union between who you are in your physical form … and who you continue to become in your spiritual form.
Yours For the Asking
Everything you require is yours for the asking … guidance is all around you, as near as your breath or your heartbeat.
Take time to appreciate … what is, and to honor what has been. Anticipate with joy what will become.
Celebrate the profound impact of seeking your expanded Self … of discovering the blessing of the unexpected.
Life is simple … life is good. Be a part of the feast … Ashange!
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