|Here in the western hemisphere we are in the season of winter which began with the powerful energies of the solstice. Many people have difficulty with the long, dark days; difficulties manifested sometimes as depression, sun affected disorder (SAD), fatigue, and just general lethargy. In late fall I made a decision...|
Here in the western hemisphere we are in the season of winter which began with the powerful energies of the solstice. Many people have difficulty with the long, dark days; difficulties manifested sometimes as depression, sun affected disorder (SAD), fatigue, and just general lethargy. In late fall I made a decision to shift my resistance to the darkness of winter into acceptance and empowerment. My internal decision was to commit to sit daily and delve into these energies.
The spiritual power available during this season is profound. This lack of external light provides an opportunity, if we are willing, to go deeply into our own inner dark womb. There are no distractions found there, only a feeling of being held and nourished within the body of our Earth Mother.
As this practice has continued there is a growing understanding that what is really happening is true internal spiritual alchemy. The ancient alchemists were said to be able to transform a base metal like lead into gold using fire as the transformative vehicle. Perhaps this actually took place but these legends were understood to be allegorical teachings. They instruct us how to transform our lower, base human instincts into a more purified, refined self that is able to house more of our light and Spirit within. Being willing to go into our own internal darkness or lower self begins the process of changing our lead into gold. It is the process of Self-Mastery.
It is our human nature to resist going into the depths of this dark place. It can be scary and very uncomfortable to recognize the disconnect: “Who we Think we are is Not who we REALLY are ”
This awareness is the true gift of doing this practice during the depths of winter when the energy of introspection is so available to us. By coming into a more authentic understanding of who we are, there can be a softening, surrendering and opening into new ways of being that are more in alignment with our higher Self. It is a time to go beyond thought, to connect with our own inner light and Divinity. Resting in this awareness allows us to let go of old attachments, to release outmoded beliefs, identifications and conditioned responses to life. This is the process of beginning our own inner alchemy. The lack of external sunlight takes us into a place of darkness that reveals our own true nature, our Divine flame and I AM presence.
What I have noticed is there is greater internal peace and contentment present within me. There is more patience and the ability to be more present rather than angry and resentful when the days seem gray and gloomy. It is a daily reminder that if I am willing to sit and go within, I am able to find and build my own internal light. This practice builds self-discipline and creates more balance. It becomes harder to pull me off my base and get drawn into distracting dramas playing out.
This process of inner spiritual refinement continues throughout our lifetime but there is great joy of being able to hold more of your own light and being able to shine that light brightly forth into the world. All Light-Workers are being called to shine brighter than ever before. By using the gift of this season we can begin the process of our own beautiful inner self-alchemy, becoming more gold and able to be a beacon of light with each passing day. Spiritual high alchemy indeed!!!