The air is changing. Although the hottest days of summer are here, sometime in late July the smell of the air begins to shift. There are whispers of Autumn in the predawn hours. The scent is the promise of the harvest. It is the reminder that even in the midst of all this abundant growth, a dying off is about to begin. All we have intended to this point is coming into being. We are about to reap what we have sown, celebrate this growth and begin our preparations for the fruition of this growth to carry us through the winter.
Lammas is the first harvest festival (and means specifically “loaf mass”) and one of the 4 Fire Festivals that make up the wheel of the year. This festival falls between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox. It is also referred to as Lughnasadh, named after the god, Lugh. (This means Lugh’s assembly). There are several stories that explain Lugh’s correlation to this holy day. Lugh is a Sun god and it has been said he originated this celebration. I have read accounts of Lughnasadh being the funeral feast Lugh held for his foster mother, Tailtiu who died from exhaustion after clearing a forest to create farmland in Ireland, thus tying Lugh to the harvest through the work of his mother and the honoring of what she made possible. There are also stories that suggest that on her deathbed, Lugh’s foster mother requested that competitive games be held each year at this time to ensure an abundant harvest.
This is also a time for gathering, coming together and deepening community. What better way to build connection than through feasting and outdoor games? Many fairs are still held during this time of year and we often find contests for produce, preserves, livestock and handicrafts at these.
This is a celebration of gratitude for the crops and the fertile abundant earth. It is a time for us to pause to examine what we have planted (both physically and through the use of our intentions) and begin to harvest that which has grown.
So how will you celebrate Lammas?
Perhaps you have a tradition already?
Here are some ideas for you! (and remember intention makes the mundane magical!)
If possible get at least some of your ingredients from a local source. Most of us are not growing wheat in our gardens, but we may have access to other grains grown locally, or honey. Or perhaps you make herb bread using herbs you have grown. Celebrate this first Harvest by baking up a fresh loaf or 2.
Make Corn Dollies
I have read that traditionally these dolls were created by using the last husks of the harvest, yet this tradition is also tied to Lammas, the first harvest. The idea is to take dried husks and form them into the doll shaped forms. You can decorate these with cloth, or herbs or beads, or whatever else calls to you. These dolls are used as protection in your home for the coming calendar year and should be kept or hung somewhere safe. When a year has passed burn the doll in the Lammas fire of the following year.
I do not grow corn, but I do grow a lot of herbs, so my “corn dolly” each year is made from the herbs in my garden, dried and shaped into the semblance of a doll.
This is a fun activity to do with friends and have everyone bring elements from their own yards and gardens then share these with each other to create dolls imbued with the energy of those you love.
Host a potluck outdoors
Late Summer is always full of the scent of BBQ. People are often coming together to feast and have fun. Why not host a gathering and ask people to bring a dish to share. Incorporate outdoor games that everyone can participate in. This harkens back to those gatherings of times of old and also facilitates a sense of community and connection.
Share your Harvest
Talk to your neighbors and friends. Find out who is growing what and who has an overabundance and host a produce sharing event. (we have neighbors always have an abundance of lemons earlier in the year and gravenstein apples and plums now, while we have an overabundance of zucchini and often tomatoes). Share your abundance!
Harvest berries and make jam or preserves. These are sweet treats that can be accessed throughout the fall and winter months and will bring a breath of summer into your home at that time.
Make a gratitude list
The harvest is something to be grateful for. Yet there are many things to be grateful for. Fire up this energy by bringing these things into awareness. Share as you feel comfortable to inspire others to practice gratitude as well.
Happy and Blessed Lughnasad Wise Women!
My Grandma and I flying a kite on her 94th birthday.
We round out our brief exploration of the triple Goddess with the Crone.
I have a special place in my heart for the Crone. My grandmother was very dear to me and was not only my grandma but a close friend. She was very matter of fact, always said things as she saw them (especially in later years and sometimes in a way that might be considered “rude”.)Yet she also always believed that learning was something that kept going for the entirety of ones life and that there were endless things to be curious about and wonder and awe were around many a bend in the road. She also never feared aging. She was not one to dye her hair (although she always got it “set”) and she took pride in her appearance. But she wasn’t worried about getting wrinkles or grays. She just felt frustrated by the limits her body gave her later in life (my grandmother lived to be 95).
I have also been blessed to have many amazing women in their Crone years in my life and have gotten to learn from (And continue to learn from) them.
The Crone years of our lives are those that begin during peri-menopause and menopause. These are our later years and correlate with the waning and dark moon, late fall and winter, dusk and night. She is the invitation to turn our attentions inward that come with all of these cycles. When I think of the Crone, I think of a woman who is not afraid of the darkness.
The Crone holds deep wisdom. Sometimes she is illustrated as an elder woman living in solitude, as the Medicine or Wise Woman, or the Midwife. She is the person we turn to in search of healing, and in search of answers. She is the storyteller and the story keeper. Someone must hold the stories of all that has come before and pass this down, so that the wisdom is not lost.
When cast in shadow she is seen as “the hag”, sometimes frightening, sometimes weak. Our elders are often set aside, due to our own ego fear of aging, yet they hold the most wisdom of any of the life stages. When we embrace the aging process as growth we are more able to access the medicine that resides in the aspect of the Crone.
When I think of the Crone in balance, I think of an energy that is nurturing, yet not enabling. One that can hold and support but not coddle. She is a powerful force and one to be honored and respected.
I picture a strong woman who speaks her truth and yet also knows the power and gift that silence can bring (this is often a skill learned in our Mother aspect but I believe it is more honed, in the Crone phase).
I also picture a woman who is completely embodied in herself. She has done her tasks of raising children (or birthing her career, or whatever this might have been for her), and now she is able to focus more on herself. In balance she has strong and clear boundaries and knows when her energy is best served turning inward.
As with any stage or aspect of the triple Goddess we hold the Crone energy within us regardless of our current life stage.
In what ways do you see this energy reflecting in you?
I wrote on this topic briefly before, inspired by the way being a Mother is one of the ways women connect. This role provides common ground among many women. I also touched on the idea that being a Mother does not necessarily mean mothering human, or even live beings, but can be about creation.
In this post I want to continue to theme of looking at the Mother through the lens of the triple deity, Maiden, Mother and Crone.
The Mother energy is one of nurturing, creating, growing. In balance this energy is grounded and earthy. Like roots growing into rich soil, providing nurturing to the plant or tree above. When we think of the Mother and the moon cycles, we find her correlating with the fullness of the moon and its bright glow. The Mother is connected to Summer and the ripe juicy abundance of the crops that come into being during this season.
Perhaps you are a Mother of a human child. You will know then that Motherhood asks for much giving and patience and that this job is possibly the hardest of all tasks we are asked to do on this plane. The archetypal energy of the Mother is one that can require sacrifice that at times can lead to depletion.
When we are “mothering” anything, whether it is a person, or a project, or a fur baby, or a friend we might find that we must set our own needs aside in order to tend to the needs of others. The flip side of this is that raising, creating, and birthing (beings or ideas) into being can be extremely rewarding and Heartful!
The Mother is powerful!
As such, we also expect a lot from the Mother. If you think of child, parent interactions, you may be able to call up the image of a toddler raging against a mom (maybe they didn’t get their way, or maybe they are overly tired, there are a lot of reasons why this happens.), and at the same time they are raging and pushing against the Mother they are also needing her to hold and contain. This is a demanding position and one that asks the Mother to step back enough to be able to hold boundaries and nurture simultaneously.
Our view of and our personal embodiment of the Mother are influenced by our own experiences with being “mothered”. Reflecting on your own experience of being Mothered you may find some shadow energy. Not everyone has a positive relationship with their Mother and this can lead to wounds or manifestations of Mother Shadow energy in our own psyche.
Some of the ways this shadow energy might manifest are in the form of martyrdom, over-mothering, or neglectfulness.
Regardless of whether or not you are a Mother, you carry Mother energy in your being throughout all stages of your life. How do you embody this in your life?
We often hear about the Maiden Mother Crone as the triple Goddess, or triple deity. Each of these aspects are umbrellas under which a variety of developmental stages reside. They are archetypal energies. As women we move through these stages (even when we are not mothers of actual children), and we also embody each of these energies and all they hold at any given time during our own development. I recognize that I could get very heady and analytical in the writing on this topic, but I am going to try to keep this more heart and magic focused instead of intellectual.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be writing about the Triple Goddess. Beginning today I want to focus on the Maiden and the energy this archetype holds.
The Maiden is associated with Spring time, new beginnings, hope, possibility and the first quarter moon. She is awe and wonder and naivety. Take a moment to allow your mind to wander to your own childhood and notice the words, feelings and associations you hold with this. This is all Maiden energy. Perhaps you are thinking that you do not have positive associations with your own childhood. That’s ok, whatever your experience, this too is part of that Maiden energy. There is light and shadow in every archetype, just as light and shadow thread their way through our lives.
When we lean into the light we might think about playful energy, laughter and fun! Jumping rope, climbing trees, playing with clay, coloring or hopping on a swing and pumping your legs are all excellent ways to get in touch with this part of Maiden energy. We might also allow ourselves to use our imaginations.
The Maiden Self has a vast imagination and this can be accessed at any time and for a myriad of reasons. One of the ways I use my imagination in association with magic is through visualization. Using visualization is a powerful tool in the magical realm and although we can access this throughout our lives, I believe the origins of this lie in the imaginative powers and magical thinking that we first cultivate in our Maiden phase of life.
There is a freedom and timelessness in the Maiden realm. Do you remember the way that days could stretch on and on while you played games or imagined new worlds? Can you recall that experience of wonder when you learned something or saw something new for the first time? Or the way you could take a simple object and transform yourself into a new way of being, a new character? In the work I do with children I am always brought much joy by the transformations that they create with imaginative play and just a few props. This is magic in and of itself. It is a changing of perspective and a changing of reality.
From my perspective the Maiden is not just the child Self, but also reaches into adolescence. Adolescence is when many women bleed for the first time and so, if we were to just look at the Maiden Mother and Crone as archetypes tied to our stages or reproduction one could argue that Adolescence is actually the beginning of the other phase. Developmentally though I see this as a transitional or liminal stage. No longer a child and not yet an adult, yet holding energy of both realms. Imagination is still very much at play during this time although it takes on new forms. Games of dress up become the trying on of new parts of Self and sharing these with the world. (This is another kind of magic, I refer to as Glamour magic)
We can also speak to the fact that although Maiden energy is capable of compassion and empathy, developmentally, during much of this stage of life the focus is more Self oriented. Our worlds are growing during this time, from self to family, to school, to world view, yet much of the focus remains egocentric as we move through our childhood and adolescence. In adolescence our “big picture” reasoning kicks in much stronger but it is at odds with our emotional development that keeps our focus close to home.
I also want to make space for the Shadow side of the Maiden energy. The Maiden can be seen as vulnerable, weak, unstable, overly emotional and her naive sense of wonder can be considered unintelligent or “stupid’. Oppositional, rebellious and wild are also words that come to mind in the shadow realm. The shadow is the “dark side”, the energy that is often considered “unacceptable” or “undesirable”. Yet there is wisdom in this too. By recognizing our Shadow selves we can recognize these things in others as well as discover the gifts that lie within. Vulnerability does not equal weakness and in fact being vulnerable is a beautiful and powerful energy that requires courage to share with the world. In the Maiden form less courage is needed than as an adult because often this is a way of being. Naivety and openness are much more present during this time allowing more truth to flow unguarded and uncensored. The rebel is a powerful energy, one that is often focused on finding and stating her “no” in a forceful way. She is testing boundaries in order to discover where her own lie.
As I mentioned we carry this Maiden energy in all her facets with us through every stage of life. We can call on her to help us access our wonder, our imagination, our honesty and our ability to play (among other things).
How do you embody the Maiden in your life?
Wise Women, I feel suspended.
As I write this the full moon has begun to wane and yet the sun continues to the climb toward the longest day. This time feels a bit liminal for me. And magical. And wild. The jasmine and rose are in full bloom and everywhere I go the scents of summer evoke a longing for more time out of doors, more time with hands in the dirt and naked toes on the grass and stones.
Even with the energy of the waning moon inviting a move inward, the sun’s power is inviting us to come out and PLAY! Summer Solstice/Litha, is the longest day of the year and although it is often called midsummer, it marks what the calendar calls the first day of Summer. In the San Francisco bay area the actual date is June 21st and the time of the solstice is 8:53 am.
This is the time when the earth is beginning to burst forth with her abundance. The crops planted as life began to quicken in the Spring are coming into lush being. Once upon a time, when we were more reliant on what was planted in our own crops for survival, this was a time of celebration for this growth.
Last night my women’s circle gathered at the coast for our annual walking of a labyrinth. Some years it feels festive and fun and some years our journey in and out of the patterned ground feels deeper and more inward. Last night I felt the balance of both. In sync with the polarity of a waning moon and growing sun, I felt the journey to the central altar deep in my being and yet I smiled the entire way in and out. (For those of you unfamiliar with a labyrinth, the short description is that it is a maze like pattern that has a singular path inward and outward. There are no dead ends, just a journey). This particular landscape has been decorated with offerings left along the way, so that the pathways are lined with painted stones, jewelry, pottery, coins…the list is vast. And at the center there lies an altar. 30 years of offerings piled atop each other. Many in memory of those now gone.
Although our group intention was “Opening up and Receiving the Gifts of the Sun” my own experience was that the fog filled sky, damp air and the labyrinth itself called me to a place of remembrance. I felt into the gifts that my passed loved ones have given me through love, and the lessons I received because of my relationships with them, and then began to feel into the relationships I have at present with those that are still here. I felt nourished in my journey and the smile that wouldn’t leave my face was one of joy and gratitude and love. My celebration was of a recognizing of my own integration and growth (Earth my Body) and the earth was present all along the way with her grasses and flowers and thistles and blackberry vines beneath my bare feet.
I share this with you Wise Women, because Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate abundance and growth. Yet I also want to remind you that these things can take on many different forms. You may be abundant in the love and relationships in your life. Perhaps your garden is in fact full and flourishing. Maybe your abundance comes in the form of family. Maybe it is money. Maybe…the list goes on.
Below I am offering you a few ways you might choose to celebrate the Solstice. Some ritual ideas to do with friends or in a solitary way.
But ultimately, the ritual you craft for yourself, and the elements you bring from your heart and your creativity will be the most sacred and powerful magic you can bring forth on this Summer Solstice.
Blessed Be Wise Ones!
Summer Solstice celebration ideas
Summer Solstice is about the SUN! Bring the sun into being through the use of fire. You can light a candle on your altar to represent this or have a bonfire (if it is safe to do so where you live). If you have a gas fire pit light it up and sit back.
You can use the fire for some fire divination exercises.
Soften your gaze, breathe deep and allow whatever images come during your fire gazing to make their way into your journal and then free write about these things. You may ask a question while you do this divination or just stay open to what comes.
Make a “sun wheel”. I read this somewhere (I wish I could remeber where!) and love this idea. With a group of friends or family pass around a wreath made of sticks or vines. Using cotton string, tie pieces of
paper with prayers, intentions or wishes to the wreath. When everyone feels complete., burn the wreath to allow the fire to release the energy into the ethers. If you do not have a fire at hand you can also bury the wreath and allow the earth to transform it (grow the prayers) into being. (Alternately you can make a prayer wand using a stick instead of a wreath)
Dance! Get outside and move your body under the sun (or the moon). Feel that high vibration of the sun moving through you. Remember when you were small and would spin until you fell down and then laugh ad laugh and do it again?! I am not suggesting that you fall down (I know I certainly don’t fall as well as I used to and the ground is much further away) but I am suggesting you move your body in a way that brings laughter to your lips. Feed the sun your joy!
Welcome the dawn! Say goodnight to the day! Get yourself out of bed early and watch the sunrise. Then say goodnight as you watch the sun set that night. This allows you to present for the beginning and end of this, the longest day.
Make sun tea. Do this with an intention. When I was a kid my mom would often stick some Lipton tea bags in a large jar of water and we would watch it transform throughout the day. Taking turns to “check the tea”. You can do this now! Perhaps Lipton isn’t your thing, but you can use any tea or herb blend that speaks to you. Set an intention and write it down placing it beneath the jar. As the tea brews infused by the sun (and your intention) it becomes ripe with what you are wanting to manifest. As you drink it be sure to take a pause to invite this sun infused intentional energy into your being.
Harvest! Maybe your veggies aren’t quite ready or your fruit isn’t quite ripe, but perhaps your flowers are ready for picking. Go outside and see what you can bring indoors to energize your space with the essence of the season. If all else fails pick up some flowers at the supermarket.
Enjoy the longest day Wise Women, wherever you might be in the Northern Hemisphere.
Send a thought out to the other women in this community on the Solstice. I will be sending love to all of you. Even when we practice in solitude we are not alone.
5/25/19 On the Archetype of the Mother
I have been thinking about the face of the Mother. When we look at the triple Goddess we see the Maiden, Mother and Crone representing the different phases of our lives as women. Each hold different facets of wisdom and each embody certain qualities. I have been reflecting on the aspect of Mother and the way this face of the goddess manifests when women come together.
During my trip to Salem last week, I stayed with 11 other women. Most of these people did not know each other outside of a few online interactions. Of the 12 of us participating in this witchy weekend getaway, I believe 9 of us were Moms. As I watched the interactions and energies of these women come together throughout the days, the topic of pregnancy and birth kept arising. Discussions of kids in real time also arose, but it was this space of gestation and coming into the word that seemed dominant.
I have seen this before. When women of a certain age (the “Mother” years) gather, this topic is naturally one that will arise. The process of pregnancy and giving birth can vary greatly and yet are all the same in their connection to creation of another human. The female body does this miraculous thing by holding and growing a person inside long enough for them to be brought into the world as another being on this planet with their own set of feelings and their own consciousness. This thread of birthing is an easy place to connect for Moms. I have run support groups for parents and taught workshops on a myriad of topics, I have been a part of a Women’s Circle for 15 years and I have seen this theme and the bond it creates flourish in all of these settings.
I am one of the three women who were on that trip last week who is not a Mom. I have not birthed or adopted a human in this lifetime. I can not join that conversation in a way that allows me access to connection. It took me ten years and a lot of personal work to come to peace with the fact that I am not a Mamma. And this was a choice I made. One I felt tortured about many times along the way, but one I chose. I own that. But not all women can. There are many women who cannot have babies, not by choice but because their bodies have made the decision for them. Women who have lost their babies. Women who will never experience pregnancy and birth but who have adopted babies into their worlds and hold the title of Mom just the same.
This can be a touchy subject. A painful and emotional subject for some. In my work as a psychotherapist I have been privileged and honored to bear witness to many women in their journey to discovering what it means to be a Mom or to not be as the case might be. And yet as women I believe we are all holding the Mother inside of us.
The Mother wound is a real thing for many folks. This does not have to mean that you had a crappy childhood or a bad relationship with your Mom. It’s so much more than that. The archetype of the Mother holds a Pandora’s box of meaning. Culturally (both family culture and the larger culture in which you live or were raised) as well as personally, we hold beliefs around what this role is. The Mother archetype embodies all we expect from the role of Mother. The trouble is, that when we put all of this on our own Mothers, (or ourselves), we leave out the fact that we are human too. I have met women who had amazing connections with their Mothers, who felt supported and loved, who have created internal pressure on themselves to live up to a standard they set based on this relationship or experience. I have met women who felt dropped by their own Mothers and found themselves overcompensating in their own role as Mom. There are many variations on this theme. We each hold within us an idea and expectation of what “Mother” is. And often we are going to be let down by this. By our own Mothers, by other Mothers and by ourselves.
I believe that the Mother wound can be healed within ourselves. I believe we can embody this archetype whether we have actual children or not. I am an animal mom. Granted this is not the equivalent of having human children and I won’t pretend that it is, yet I do “Mother” them. I take on the role of Mother to clients, to friends, at times to my husband too. I have “Mothered” into being numerous creative projects and my businesses. It took me a long time to be able to state aloud that I do hold the role as Mother, even though I am not a birth mom, or even a mom to human children. No one will ever call me “Mom”, yet this does not take away the gift I have been given in being able to embody elements of the archetype of Mother.
When I feel into the archetype of the Mother, I feel all her facets. Her unconditional love, her fierce protection, her solid boundaries. The Mother energy is nurturing, yet also strong. Her job is keep you alive! Sometimes this means you won’t like what she has to say to you. Sometimes you won’t like the things you have to say or do when you are embodying that role. There is a shadow side to the Mother just as there is a shadow side to all things. Being a parent is hands down the most difficult job in the world. The Mother holds a lot of responsibility and when in balance she can hold this because she also holds so much love.
How does the Mother archetype show up for you?
Beltane lies in the midway point between spring and summer on the wheel of the year. It is opposite Samhain (AKA Halloween), and is a fire festival.
In the days when more people lived in sync with the seasons and their reliance for existence was on crops they grew, this festival honored and blessed the land with fertility. In addition fires were built and livestock were driven between them. They were used to cleanse livestock of lice and such other pests that may have taken up residence.
If you follow the story of the Wheel of the Year, Beltane is the time of the divine union/consummation between the Goddess and the God. This theme is echoed in the land all around as nests are being built and hatchlings are bursting forth, babies are being birthed and the land is awakening in all of budding, blossoming glory!
As it is during Samhain, the veil between the worlds is thin. When my circle offers a community Beltane ritual, we always remind folks not to wander into the woods with the Fae folk no matter how alluring as these are the times when we can easily cross into Fairy.
At the same time the veil between all worlds is thin. I was chatting with one of my circle sisters the other day and both of us were experiencing our grief and thinking (feeling) a great deal about those we have lost, and we found ourselves pondering this time of year and these thin veils. This thinning allows for those who have passed to more easily connect with us as well as those from Fairy and the other realms. It is so easy to get caught up in the celebratory and joyous energy of spring time that when the more painful or sad feelings creep in, we find ourselves confused. (Or at least we did for a moment). It’s all energy. Let it flow!
With these thinning veils, now may be a time when you find your dreams are more vivid, your divination is increased in its accuracy, your intuition and psychic awareness are popping and messages from other realms are louder and enter your mind with more clarity. This can be overwhelming to be certain. You can help yourself manage this increase in energy by practicing grounding several times a day, exercising more (even a mellow walk can help keep the energy moving through), journal, create art and making a little extra space for quiet reflection.
Beltane is the time for may baskets, crowns of flowers and dancing the May pole, naked feet upon fertile earth and the leaping of the fire! If you do not have a community to celebrate with in this way there are some simple things you can do solo to honor this time of year.
1) Create a Beltane Altar. Bring in flowers, and eggs and symbols of the Phallus and Yoni to celebrate the sacred union. Use colors that speak to you of the fertile abundant earth and crystals that channel this energy for you.
2) Dance! Take off your shoes and dance upon the earth. Dance to your inner rhythm, the rhythm of the natural world around you, or if you prefer play or create music while you move your body.
3) Weave a spell into being. What do you want to create, grown, birth? What kinds of unions are you wanting in your own life (this can be personal, social, business, family…). Use ribbon or cloth and write down what it is you want to bring together (one on each ribbon or cloth). Braid, weave or twist these into a joining and hand them from a tree or bury them in the earth. Do what feels right to you to offer this spell to the universal energies. So Mote It Be!
4) If you haven’t begun the planting of your own garden, consider doing this as a ritual and honoring of the Earth and its fertility. Think about the wellness and health you want to call into your being and plant accordingly. Long for more beauty? Plant flowers that you find beautiful and that will evoke joy each time you see them. Want to cultivate more physical health? Plant veggies. The ones you like of course! The ones you know you will eat and enjoy. Have you been pondering more natural remedies or magical plant uses? Do a little research and plant a magical medicinal herb garden. Have you been trying to foster a connection with the moon? Plant a moon garden. Include all white and silvery plants and flowers and be sure to plant night blooming blossoms. The Sun? Bring in orange and reds and yellows! Get creative, the possibilities are endless.
5) Create a cleansing ritual. You can use the Beltane dew to wash your face, create a herbal/floral cleansing bath (no tub? Make a warm pitcher of water full of the plants you feel called to and pour this over your head envisioning yourself releasing that which is no longer serving you). Or create your own Beltane fire and write down the things you want to “cleanse” burn these pieces of paper and use the ash as compost in your garden (use plain paper and pen or pencil if using the ash in this way).
Enjoy the season Wise Women!
You don’t have magic
You are magic
Each breath you breathe is the weaving of a prayer to the air
Each time you move your body you are invoking Fire
Each time you cry or bleed you are honoring the waters
Each step you take is a blessing to the earth
You are powerful, elemental
Your very existence is a sacred spell of Being
You are the perfect alchemical mix of youness
This is your gift
And so it is
In our busy, “on the go” lives, it can be easy to ignore our intuitive feelings, or block them out altogether. There is often a belief that external pressures (ie: work, family, friends) are creating a reality for us where we “have to” do this or that. Sometimes these “have to’s” are out of alignment with our pull of what we “should be” or “could be” doing. Yet the belief we hold about these external pressures can keep us writing a story for our lives that is not actually our own but a construct created by what we believe others expect of us. Beliefs are one of the things that can block us from listening to or even truly tapping into our own inner wisdom.
Self doubt can also play a big role in allowing us to ignore or discount the wisdom we are being offered. One of the most common things I hear from people when they are getting intuitive information is “What if this is just a fantasy I am having” or “What if my imagination is just making this up?” My response? What if it is? That information is coming from somewhere and I believe that our intuition is tied closely to our creativity. I am not suggesting that you make decision based on every fantasy or strong feeling that arises, but I am suggesting that you at least give that experience a little air time. Think about it. Feel into it. Journal about it. Write from a place of “what if” as in “what if you followed the feeling you are experiencing, where would it take you”.
As mentioned before being heady or very logical, as well as being disconnected from your body sensation can also create a block or a dismissal around the information your intuition is offering you.
One of the easiest ways to shift disconnect is to begin a breathing practice. Our breath is one of the greatest tools we have and we can access it at any time anywhere. Try it now. Close your eyes and take three big deep belly breaths, making sure to exhale all the way out at the end of each breath. What do you notice? Connecting to your body is one of the most powerful things you can do to tap into your intuitive wisdom.
Each life tells a story. There are many characters and many chapters. Some stories carry elements of adventure, some are more dramatic, some are epic stories of overcoming obstacles, while some stories are less complicated and more simple in their arc. Some people believe these stories are predetermined. Some folks believe in free will. My personal view point is a mix of the two. I believe we all have many stories we could be living, based on who the cast of characters in our story are, our circumstance and our own blueprint of Self. I believe there are things we are here to learn, but I also believe that there are many ways to learn these things. Each moment is a choice. Each choice a new chapter.
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck. Stuck in our ability to make choices. Stuck in making the same choices over and over. Stuck in the patterning we bring to our relationships or stuck because we have blocks around forward movement or new choices.
I believe we all hold the wisdom we need inside of us to change, to grow and to become unstuck. And I believe your intuition is your guide for this. The trouble is, when you feel stuck, listening to your intuition becomes more challenging. Sometimes it’s hard to hear it at all, let alone understand and trust what it is telling you.
What if I told you there are tools you can use to access your intuition and begin to write a new story? Or at the very least remove the blocks to allow new choices and new chapters to emerge?
Over the next 6 weeks I will be sharing with you more about this process via Facebook, email and Facebook live interactive chats.
Then, beginning March 1st, I will be offering you five days of tools to help you tune into your intuition, dislodge your stuck spots and write the story you want to be living.
(For those of you who received the divination intro emails at Solstice, this is a deepening of that work. If you are new to the list and want to check out the free divination intro you can do so by signing up here https://mailchi.mp/b3031d7b0a70/divination)