Mermaid Tree

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a question of Connection July 1, 2012

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As a spiritually in touch person, for lack of a better term, I consider myself to be fairly unattached from material items. I’ve always grouped technology in with this. I’m okay being away from my computer, phone, etc. In fact I enjoy going “off the grid” and not needing to respond back to emails or texts right on time. However, I’ve realized that I’m okay without technology when it is on a voluntary basis. The storm that passed through the DC area Friday night knocked out power, cable and internet for a lot of people. Power was out at some of the water facilities for the County, so we were warned that there might be a water shortage.
On Saturday I went to the mall and it was absolutely packed – and not just as an escape from the heat. Since so many houses now use electric stoves, people couldn’t cook. The line in Panera was going through the store as people ordered huge bags of take away items. People were using the public bathrooms as shower/changing rooms. And EVERY SINGLE power outlet was found and used. iPads, cell phones, laptops – cords and wires running everywhere. Every column in the mall that had outlets in it, had a ring of people leaning against them. When those ran out, people started opening the utility outlets that are imbedded on the floor (presumably for the cleaning people to use) and were camped out in the middle of the mall floor to charge their items.
This was after a storm that lasted about 30 minutes. My mind couldn’t stop from asking the question “What if there really was a disaster? What would we do?” Even though I have power at home, my internet and cable is out and my phone reception is dodgy at best. So here I am, camped out in Noodles and Company using their free wi-fi. Without being able to reliably make a call, send an email, check Facebook, tweet, or instant stream on Netflix I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on my weekend.
And if I still encounter this feeling as a “spiritual person”, then how will the rest of humanity handle it if there is a blackout for a larger area? for a longer period of time?
Being in the year 2012 makes one slightly more anticipatory of earth changes happening. But are we really ready? Do you actually have a plan in place for when our normal forms are communication are no longer accessible. If you can’t go to the mall (or Noodles and Company) to charge your technology for…a week? Or what if the Metro shuts down? These questions have always floated in my mind in theory, but now it’s striking more closely to home after this weekend. This post isn’t to get people all panicky. It’s simply to ask the question: how connected are you? Not technology connected; but deeply intuitively connected. It’s fine to miss scrolling through your newsfeed – we do exist in the modern world after all. But if something were to happen where communication is down for a large span of time, are you in touch enough with your inner guidance system to just “know” and trust where to go and what to do in an emergency. And do you have practical plans in place? Do you have a check in system with friends or family to meet at a certain location? Do you have water, canned food and toilet paper?
We all want change to happen. The start of a new age where we exist at a “higher” stage of awareness. But sometimes we forget that in order for creation to occur, destruction needs to come first to clear the way. So this is a call for reflection about the reality of the changes that we’ll be going through. Stay strong in your inner knowing. Stay connected to Heart, Great Spirit and Mother Earth. And be practical. Make plans, but recognize that you can’t cling to those plans. Everything changes in an instant. And don’t worry. All is as it should be.

Namaste.

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A Midsummer Night’s Meditation June 20, 2012

Midsummer is upon us!  Blessed Litha and Merry Solstice to all who are celebrating!  This Summer Solstice is especially important as it is exactly six months out from the 2012 Winter Solstice.  The upcoming months will bring a lot of change for the world as well as the individual–be on the lookout and keep your connection to the Earth’s energetic grid strong as the wheel of the year turns toward the energetic shift in December.

Summer solstice celebrations date back to ancient times, where agrarian societies would gather to celebrate the coming prosperity of the harvest as well as fertility.  People would gather various herbs believed to be associated with healing, as this was considered to be an auspicious time to do so.  Among these herbs were calendula, good for soothing irritated skin, and St. John’s Wort, which has many uses but may be most popular as a holistic treatment for depression  (use carefully, as St. John’s Wort interferes with the effectiveness of birth control pills).  These celebrations usually involved a large bonfire to keep away “evil” or mischievous spirits and sometimes dragons.  Often individuals or couples would jump over a bonfire as a prosperity ritual.  It was believed that as you jumped across, your troubles “burned up” in the fire.  The day is also associated with love, as Shakespeare touched on in his work A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  There were several rituals open to young women who wished to see or dream of the man they would marry.  As Christianity was introduced to these cultures, the Midsummer traditions were kept, but the day was said to celebrate St. John the Baptist instead and was called St. John’s Eve.

In contemporary times, many cultures around the world still celebrate the summer solstice, especially in Europe.  Neo-pagans also observe this day as a holiday.  If you would like to participate in the celebration of Summer, here are a few easy ways…

  • Place a candle on the ground (preferable outside, not around anything flamable) and–carefully–take turns jumping across it.  Just BE CAREFUL for any clothing on your person or anything around the candle that may catch fire.  When doing fire rituals, always have lots of fire ready just in case.
  • Eat a meal of fresh fruits and vegetables–share with friends and family!
  • Meditate on the fact that this is the longest day of the year, and what that means in the Wheel of the Year
  • Enjoy some beautiful weather by doing an outside activity (see previous post)
  • Make herb sachets involving calendula or St. John’s Wort

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