Solstice Time

We are living in unusual times. The world is amidst transcendent change, and like a fish, we can’t yet see beyond the water we reside in because we’re still surviving the storm. Long buried roots of complacency are shaking loose. People are dying. People are surviving. Hearts are breaking open in a global movement with awakenings of massive proportions.

It’s exciting and terrifying. We feel helpless and find power in presence. We react in stunned silence and thankfully our breath continues automatically without a reminder. We were born to be part of this experience. As we burn away the long-held wounds we create more light within. We are lightworkers.

Discard the old paradigm that awakened ones have no problems, don’t feel conflict and heartache. Embrace the new paradigm that awakened ones stand in full awareness of the pain and joy around them, witness incredible wonders like a squirrel’s playful pawing of a wind chime. Awakened ones feel the raw pain of heartache, loss and suffering.

Like the ocean, we ebb and flow in both sides of life – love and fear. We hold the wisdom to stand steady and allow the flow of love and fear move through us. The winds are our breath.

We stand present in silence following our breath as it holds us steady through this storm.

“At a time when the world seems the most divided, there is a unity expanding in each heart to heal the wounds of a spiritually-disconnected society.” - Matt Kahn

“On December 21, two planets that are actually 400 million miles apart will be aligned in such a way that, to the naked eye, they should look like one exceptionally bright star. Probably. Even that is speculation because the last time they were so closely aligned was during the Middle Ages, back in 1226.” - Coggin Heeringa, Program Director/Naturalist, Crossroads at Big Creek, a member of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society of Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin.

The Astronomical Society facebook page hopes to broadcast images from the Leif Everson Observatory on YouTube Live and the Night Skies Network.

A Winter Solstice Prayer - Edward Hays from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim.

The dark shadow of space leans over us. . . . . We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, and hatred also lengthens its shadow over our small planet Earth. As our ancestors feared death and evil and all the dark powers of winter, we fear that the darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness may doom us and our planet to an eternal winter.

May we find hope in the lights we have kindled on this sacred night, hope in one another and in all who form the web-work of peace and justice that spans the world.