I was away for a couple of days this week. I went bush. Everywhere I looked there were signs of nature’s shedding.. …Seedpods from acacia trees, gum nuts from the eucalyptus and delicate cicada cases perching on grass fronds.The warm glow of the afternoon sun on the small maple tree and the slowing pace of the natural world encouraged me to reflect on where I found myself at this point in my life.
What had come to fruit and been harvested now the busyness and activity of summer had waned? What did I need to release or shed in order to be living the vision I had for my life? No quick and easy answers.
These are things I will contemplate as we move deeper into the colder months. I will turn inward and begin to write, draw, make more in order to receive the messages I need to hear. Then I will slow-cook and nourish them over winter ready for the next cycle of growth in spring.
So here I offer you an affirmation for this time of transformation and release.
Please feel free to print it out and place it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of what is important in this season of life.
“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
The Global Solstice Healing Day was a great success, with many different faiths and groups represented. The theme was “Healing the Family” which was a timely reflection coming so shortly after the Lindt Cafe tragedy. What struck me most as we sat on this warm Summer afternoon, was hearing directly from the speakers how each spiritual faith holds dear the values of love and compassion for all of the human family, even those who have strayed far from the path of what it means to be a decent and good human being.It was a very healing moment in what had been a harrowing week. The language, the rituals , the cultural accouterments may differ but the heart essence remains the same
Channel 7 news were there and interviewed some of the speakers and recorded footage of the release of the doves as a symbol of universal peace.
See the link below.
Read all about our celebration of the Summer Solstice here in Melbourne: