May we all move into this new time of quickening of our spiritual evolution with ease and grace, continuing to know and feel what is important, that we can shine the light on all that is dark. So much is coming to the surface where the light of Truth is sorely needed, and I believe this is only the beginning and we are going to see much more. The weather alone is such a metaphor for what we are facing individually and collectively.
I have never seen the elements express themselves more profoundly than now..... the winds (air & space) of change, the waters of our emotions that have been trapped inside us for so long, the fires of transformation and now the mudslides (earth & water) of what we must move through to get back to the Light of God/Goddess inside. Our bitterly cold weather here in the northeast and many parts of the country is literally driving us inside physically, while the message is to dive deeply inside mentally and emotionally using this sacred time of darkness to access that field of pure potentiality and healing.
The Lotus Flower has long been a symbol of enlightenment in Buddhist, Hindu and Egyptian traditions. The small Lotus seed is buried deeply in the mud. As it slowly makes its calm journey through the murky waters, it rises to a place of rebirth and profound beauty. That's because the journey towards enlightenment is partly about facing our own darkness and acknowledging it as an important part of our journey towards recognizing the Light that already resides within. Only when the seed completes its journey can it blossom into the next stage of life - and isn't life a series of smaller deaths and rebirths each taking us deeper into who we truly are? Each morning, the flower blooms and retreats each evening seemingly resurrecting itself each day. It also symbolizes purity seen by the contrast between the mud and the beautiful pink or white flower. Let us use this quiet time to realize the reverence for our journey, reclaim the sacredness in every moment, appreciate the love from our relationships, and seek the stillness within that is always there, patiently waiting for our humble recognition.
Please commit to doing your inner work so that 2018 may bring you peace, joy and boundless freedom to be most authentically You! I know that's what I'm doing....
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Doctor of Metaphysics & Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda, Meditation & Yoga Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and animal activist.