On the Path of Silence
We all have the capacity to quiet the mind, enter into silence, and know our way. The gift that the month of January brings, is that of female receptive energy and prophecy. It is a time to recenter and renew. What are you calling into your life in 2017? There is a path that is uniquely yours so listen carefully to the silent promptings of your soul.
January can be challenging. Things aren't moving with the fast pace of the Holiday season. Our homes are quiet after having been occupied by family and friends. There is no sense of direction just yet. It's easy to go into fear and doubt about the future. What we often fail to see is that this time-out is a gift from the Universe. We can not carry our dreams and visions out into the world without first mastering the art of introspection.
It took me a while to understand and receive the strength and power of Bear medicine. Bears hibernate to digest the year's experience and we are wise to follow their example. Bear medicine lies in the West of the great medicine wheel of life. The West is the place of emotional healing, death, release, intuition, and dreaming. It is said that our seed dreams reside in the West.
Bear energy represents the female receptive energy that shamans and mystics access to divine information. We must become like bear and enter the womb cave, attune ourselves with Mother Earth's cycles and rhythms, and receive the nourishment we sorely need after last year's trials and growth.
Allow the seeds of new life to germinate in the dark and quiet of your inner being before releasing your action. Learn to navigate with your intuition and know your true power.
Listening for Guidance
In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.
- David Whyte, "What to Remember When waking"
It matters how you start your day. The window to your soul will close unless you make an effort to remain open. A walk in nature will help you stay connected, as will meditation and prayer.
Resist the urge to immediately get out of bed and begin a mindless routine. Reflect and ask your guides and angels to help you find the perfect balance between activity and rest. How can you nourish your body and your soul while heeding the demands on your time?
Working With an Altar
I have worked with an altar the past fifteen years of my life. At first, it was just a few random beautiful objects that I happened to like. Now, each item has specific meaning and I use my altar for healing and divination.
My shamanic teacher used to say that the altar is a canvas of the soul, a miniature version of what we hope to be and experience. It reflects our hopes and dreams.
An altar can be a powerful ally on the spiritual path and I often recommend clients to install one for support and guidance.
Now is a good time to create an altar that reflects what you are calling into your life this year. Gather the symbols that most represent what you are longing to experience next. Work with color themes and gems. White represents new beginnings and rebirth. Quartz crystal strengthens and energizes.
Earth Renewal Moon
The Earth Renewal Full Moon on January 12 teaches us not to take on more responsibilities than we can handle. Keep an open heart and be compassionate towards others and everything else will unfold in a positive light.
Hike to a special place in nature. Leave an offering for Mother Earth, light some incense and meditate on your heart's desires for this year. Listen and receive the guidance that your ancestors are trying to pass on to you at this auspicious time.
You are still hibernating, warming the seeds of new life, and gathering the strength you need to follow through on your dreams and goals.
You are healing and rebirthing. Rest and cleanse. Eat well, get plenty of sleep and fresh air. Take long baths. Care for your heart, journal and digest all that has been. Find a good book or read some poetry for inspiration and renewal.
Soon you will feel a quickening. The spirit of the new journey will make itself known. For now, all you have to do is ready yourself with quality self-care.