Sacred Pause at Midwinter

Dec 19, 11:21 AM

On the Wheel of the Year we now leap into our faith and hope. Although we are entering three hard months of cold and darkness, the sun is reborn on the Solstice. Day by day she emerges through the dark veils of winter, and after the Spring Equinox the sun retakes centre stage for her grand performance. Yule reminds us of this cycle; we fill our homes with evergreens and candles to celebrate the returning of the light.

The Winter Solstice affords us a chance at rebirth, leaving the previous year behind to create a new one from our dreams and desires. This in between time holds much magic, if we allow ourselves to be in tune with the earth and our place in it. Sit with what is, listen to the earth, and carve out a bit of soft slow time.

Allowing. Forgiving. Letting go. 

And calling on our own expression of spirit to flow through.

 Your expression maybe art, playing with your children, singing, or caring for your home. Maybe it’s writing letters for environmental and social justice, or hugging your favourite trees. Perhaps you light candles and pray for peace. You might be tired and want to rest. On the Solstice you will be joining hundreds, thousands, or even millions of others all over the planet in this ritual of remembering.

Yule is my time of art making, divination, altar creation, walks on the earth, and candlelight meditation. As I sip evergreen tea I feel the closeness of the winter spirits, and the ancestors of Yule.

To accompany your midwinter ritual, I offer you this prayer: may it feel fully embodied, timeless, sacred. May you have your breath, and your body, and be inspired to tend to what is most holy in your life.

Solstice Blessings

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Mars Retrograde -Forgiving the Past

Sep 28, 08:48 AM

I am sitting in my studio this morning writing the 3rd draft of my blog, not happy with the other two I’d wrote in previous weeks. They were fine, but not quite what I wanted to say.

What am I doing this fall? Deep work. So many things are pressing my buttons I feel like an elevator. Mars retrogrades aren’t good for Aires, we like to be on top and ahead of things. Delays, crossroads, indirect routes can make us crazy. Patience, acceptance, gratitude, and surrender, are a daily routine to keep my fire smooth and light. The other fine practice I have added to my daily repertoire is forgiveness.

FORGIVENESS.

Don’t we love to be forgiven? What a feeling that is, when you make a boo boo and the other lets it go. Wow, so much stress instantly evaporates. I realized in this self reflective atmosphere that I need to forgive more, and more. Not just daily but for things that happened years ago, when I hadn’t accumulated the wisdom I have now. A lot of it is self forgiveness, but there are others to forgive too. Consciousness is a path that is earned through hard work and going against the status quo, which means there is probably a lot in all our pasts that need to be forgiven. I can already feel a knot in my stomach loosening, from less than a week of daily forgivenesses. Just to remind of the obvious, forgiveness never means that harm done is OK, it means that we are letting the energy attachment go. We are releasing the karmic bond of hurt. The action can still be wrong, but we are no longer in bondage with it. THAT is freedom.

How I am forgiving? There are many excellent letting go practices and I’ve tried a lot of them over the years. My least favourite is the modern version of Ho’oponopono, although I’ve gone through a more traditional ceremony and that is very effective. What I find works the best is a mix of intention, visualization, emotion, movement, voice, breath, and Spirit. Reenacting the experience and feeling all the terrible feelings in a sacred circle of loving ancestors and offering up the betrayal as a gift to the collective is an act of love. When we let the energy go, we are giving the energy back into the universe, so it is a gift to everyone living. I like to use gestures, dance, mudras, EFT, QiGong, mantras as part of the ritual. Lots of feeling, action, and sound. I also incorporate flower essences. I have created a strong mix of willow, sage, and Mariposa lily for general forgiving, and depending on where the the specific betrayal resides in my body I may add other flowers.

Sometimes a forgiveness practice will indicate that a confrontation with the other person is needed. I still recommend doing the private work first to release as much emotional charge as you can. But when it comes down to it, so much of this work is about forgiving ourselves.

Many Blessings
Beth

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Awakening

Jun 10, 10:20 AM

We are in a cycle of 3 eclipses right now. One happened Friday, the next will be June 20th and the next July 5th. These are chaotic mutable times. Good necessary change is happening although it might look and feel horrible. A light is finally being shone on White Supremacy, finally. I have been in discussions all week with my online business community and we are experiencing messy, uncomfortable awakening. Those who think things should stay as they are, or that everyone should just get along and move on, will be left out. As I said in a post last week, “THIS is what Awakening looks like”. It’s not all Love and Light, and it’s not pretty.

If you don’t know what to do right now, just listen. Read books, go on websites, explore what is being asked of you by the Black community. Silence is truly no longer an option, but you need to know the facts.

I am reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and a fellow business classmate and I both noticed how it is like a portal for white people to finally enter into. Robin is a fabulous writer and she just says it in a way that lands. Next on my list is Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. These are the books that the Black people in my community want me to read. I am ashamed to not have even heard of them before a few weeks ago. And that’s what is called White privilege!

But also with all these eclipses and planets in retrograde, I must remind you to take care of yourselves. Get lots of rest, don’t try to push yourself into the world, because the world might not be ready yet. Surrender to the backwards current, not politically but energetically! Let yourself flow with the waves of feeling, lie on summer grass, float in cold water, breathe the cleanest air you’ve breathed in decades and pray. Pray for a world with clean air and water for all, for a world that no longer recognizes White as Standard, for a world that upholds dignity, respect, and sovereignty above regulations and conformity. A world where all people have access, not just those who bought their way to entitlement. Did you know that 90% of Nova Scotia coastline now is privately owned? Now this summer, after people have suffered in their homes for months, where are they going to go to get relief? People just think, oh it’s the way it is. But it’s not. Accessing the ocean needs to be there for all. This is called honoring the needs of all people. And animals! This is just one example, but we let things slip by us here, and we can’t keep doing that. There is so much work to do to set things right.

But please remember to Read, listen, educate. And get more rest than you are used to. Self care is essential in times like these. If you are looking for some spiritual/energetic self care tips please come to my Divine Flow class on Zoom this Saturday. We will be doing breathing practices, guided journeys, and lots of herbal and witchy tips to keep your body/mind/spirit running smoothly.

Blessed Be
Beth

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Welcome Spring

Mar 20, 12:35 PM

Robins,
sunlight,
fresh breezes,
rain.

Maybe it’s world news, maybe it’s because I’m turning 50, but have I ever felt more gratitude for Spring than this year?

I don’t want this post to be about the virus or the stock market, but I will say this: I have noticed a dramatic increase of energy in the earth’s etheric field these past few weeks. With everyone slowing down and stopping the madness for a bit, the earth energies have had time to expand and grow stronger.

I feel surges of light energy shooting up from the deep earth like geysers; I have not felt this before. My bones tell me this is the way it should be, and that it is just the beginning.

Go out every day onto the earth to sit and breathe. Feel this miraculous phenomenon of earth spirit healing energy. I always promote living a slow life, I think a slow life is a sane life. When clients feel off centre and frantic, my first suggestion is to slow down as it usually means they are moving faster than the pace of nature.

Nature is slow, purposeful, and erotic.

Doesn’t that sound like the way to be?

And the secret that I have learned from this, is that the slower I go, the more I get done. It’s true. Slow doesn’t mean doing nothing, but it does mean living at the pace of breath and presence.

Right now, in this window of grace, a lot of us have that very chance to slow down to the pace of breath and presence. Don’t miss this, stay with it.
And have a very merry, healthy, creative, and passionate Spring.
Love
Beth

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What the Dandelion Says

Feb 18, 01:07 PM

I am here to awaken the Spirit.

Remind you of the simplicity of life.
The joy to be found in the simple earthly pleasures.

Sun.

Green grass

simple food.

To release the worry and bitterness of the past. To cleanse the irritation and regret.

To again pause, breathe, and connect to the wonder and mystery of the present. What simple joy you will find here.

Do what feeds this light my child. You are here but once. Make the most of it -and not by trying to best everyone around you with material gains, but to live your truth and your deep dreams.

Awaken them. Let them out. The key to your happiness and your survival lives in your dreams. Your animal dreams, flower dreams, sunlit water dreams, moonbeam and rainbow dreams. The sweetness of these dreams you must feel more and more.

I can help you with this.

These impressions, these fleeting energy lines that you see at the corners of your perceptions…these are the lights showing the way.

If you follow them, they will get stronger and lead you home.
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