As the winter solstice approaches, we are deep in the restful, reflective winter energies that draw us down and inward, for renewal. Perhaps, like me, you are waking up and getting ready for work each day in the darkness. But at this time of year, waking in the darkness has a special significance.
At the winter solstice the sun reaches its furthest point in our sky. But here in the darkness of the shortest day, a new dawn is breaking. The cycle of the year begins anew on the journey to spring and the gradual return of sunlight.
Many cultures throughout human history, including some of the greatest religions in the world today, have celebrated the returning sun as a festival of renewal and rebirth.
Long before the arrival of Christianity in Britain, our Celtic ancestors celebrated the rebirth of the Sun King, carried through the dark autumn months across the starless sea in the womb of the universal mother, to walk again at her side until Midsummer's Day when he is sacrificed once again to the eternal cycle of death and rebirth.
Mistletoe was cut from the sacred oak trees as a symbol of life in the dark winter months and the Yule log was lit to banish the darkness and bring good luck for the coming year.
The bringing of light is a response to the needs of the human animal in the dark seasons; to illuminate the senses, invigorate the body and rekindle the spirit.
As healers, the more we can attune ourselves and our work to the natural ebb and flow of the energies of the seasons and lunar cycles, the more powerful the wind at our sails. More than this, the living meditation of tuning in to the natural environment will help to sensitise you to the natural rhythms and messages of your body which is itself the beginning, of the Great Work; your own sacred human healing journey of integration, acceptance and completeness.
About the author:Lynn Evans is a Reiki Master and Spiritual Counsellor in Merseyside
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