June 21st is the Summer Solstice; the magical festival of Midsummer when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky. The lighter evenings and long days draw us out into the countryside where we can reintegrate with the healing power of nature.
Our ancestors collected plants and water on midsummer's eve, believing that on this night they contained miraculous healing properties. Young girls would wash their faces in the midsummer dew to make themselves beautiful (and skip through it naked for fertility in the coming year!). For modern day healers who might not fancy a skyclad flit through the veggie patch (nor indeed welcome the bountiful harvest!) there are still plenty of ways to harness the seasonal energies in our healing work.
At the summer solstice, the energies are aligned on earth to offer increased potential for healing and purification. At this time of year the healing power pours from the Sun and all of nature responds in lush vitality.
This is a time to relax and luxuriate in the rejuvenating energy all around us. The energies are particularly powerful for purification, protection, fertility and accomplishment.
If you use colours or crystals in your work, choose bright reds, golds and oranges. Burning frankincense or sage will both purify and energise your healing space.
There are many ways that you can use the fire, water and heart energies of the solstice to empower and enhance your treatments but don't forget that healing begins with yourself. The more you can bring your own system into ease and flow with the natural energies of the planet the higher you can raise your own vibration and potency as a healing presence on earth.
When you embark on a spiritual journey, nature somehow comes forward to meet you and dance with you along the way. The plants, trees, streams, mountains and meadows all have an offering for your healing adventure. You don't have to go far to see wild flowers, butterflies and real English hedgerows.
So, take those hayfever remedies and get out into the warm summer air to enjoy these natural healing delights. Notice how your whole being responds.
About the author:
Lynn Elizabeth Evans is a Reiki Master and spiritual teacher in Wirral, Merseyside. Lynn is the founder of the Living Reiki Centre and teaches Reiki as a system of spiritual awakening.
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