The Longest Night

Today, my family is celebrating the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year, and the shortest day. After today, the amount of daylight will begin to grow longer and longer once again.

Blessings of the SeasonIt never ceases to amaze me that cultures all around the world have celebrations to honor the return of the light: Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others.

There’s a primal-ness to this night. The darkness. Knowing that this is the moment of shift, and yet wondering – will it really happen? Can we survive the cold and the dark?

As the light begins to grow again, we naturally want to celebrate. To feast and give each other gifts to show how much we each mean to each other.

So I’d like to give you a gift to show you how much I appreciate you!

Each person who leaves a comment on this blog post, or shares the post on Facebook, will receive a free download of Seeds of Enlightenment Guided Meditation to help you plant the seeds for your best year yet – to manifest the desires you have.

And one lucky person, will receive the Foundation Bundle plus a guided meditation of your choice.

Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Blessed Yule. Whatever you choose to celebrate, or not, I wish you peace, love, joy and infinite abundance.



Feeling the Collective Fear and Loving Anyway

There’s a lot of anxiety in the world right now. Whether you believe that the world is going to end some time today or not, it’s not very clear what is going to happen next.

There’s all kinds of talk about a change in consciousness, or a shift in vibration, or the dawning of a new age. What does all that mean? What will it look like? Will we wake up tomorrow and suddenly be able to read each others’ minds? Or will all the wars just stop because everyone realizes (finally) that we are all connected and our differences make us stronger? Or will some people have mysteriously vanished during the night, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves?

I wish I had the answers to those questions. I could be a very rich woman! 🙂

Here there be monstersWhatever you believe, I think most people believe that today marks a change of some kind. For a lot of people, myself included at times, uncertainty = fear. There could be monsters in that great big unknown after all.

Some of us are more sensitive to the energy and emotions of the world than others. And some of us are better equipped to handle that energy than others. (I think the tragedies of last week were a reflection of our collective fear from people who were sensitive to it and couldn’t handle it.) There’s no shame in getting caught up in that whirlpool of fear – I did, too. The trick is to notice when it is happening, so it doesn’t drown you.

How do you do that? I mean, when I am in the grip of strong emotion, that’s all that exists for me.

Eventually, though, I get to a place where I can say to myself, this sucks. I don’t like feeling like this. And that’s when I can start to ask myself where it is coming from. Most of the time, those strong emotions come from perceptions and judgments I have made about the world around me and the people in it. Sometimes, though, when I ask myself that question, I realize that it’s not necessarily coming from within me. I’m picking it up from somewhere else.

Once you are aware of what is going on, and you understand where it is coming from, you can take steps to change it.

I listed a few ideas a couple of weeks ago (has this fear vibration really been going on that long?) on how to pull yourself out of hopelessness. Here are a few more easy ways to change your mood and get out of fear and into love:

  1. Smile! Your facial expressions can actually create your feelings. If you are feeling down, smiling will actually help lift you up. (It works both ways though – if you’re feeling fine, making an angry or sad face and holding it for any length of time will create those emotions physiologically in your body.)
  2. Laugh. See above.
  3. Random acts of kindness. We all love to give, and doing something nice for someone else is a definite mood booster.
  4. Remember something happy. Reliving a cherished, positive memory will recreate those same feelings in your body.
  5. Tell someone you love them. A friend of mine posted on Facebook this week that she has a new mission: each day tell a complete stranger that they are her brother/sister and that she loves them. What a fantastic way to spread the love vibration!

Martin Luther King, Jr. said it beautifully:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

It is time to light up the darkness, and conquer fear with love. That’s the vision I would like to see moving into the new age that today is supposed to bring.

What is your favorite way to shift your fear into love? Leave your comments below!



PS. Happy Yule!