This is a powerful week in the cosmos! We’re within the arc of a new moon along with an annular solar eclipse (where the sun appears to create a ‘ring of fire’ around the moon). We’re also within the Chinese year of the fire rooster. Wow – that’s a lot of heat!
In this edition of Soul Notes we explore the concept, and the reality, of emergence from the dark out into the light.
Breaking through and bursting forth…
As seeds germinate in the soil, they seem to be dormant. Are they, though, truly dormant? Before sprouting, seeds are drawing nutrients from the ground, and from oxygen, and water and other natural elements. Along the way, they are also building up their strength. It takes power to sprout up through the soil. It also takes durability for a seed to break through its outer coating or “shell.” So, it’s in essence an active, deliberate process. Once that seedling’s toughness has been established, it’s ready to emerge from under the ground and out through the surface. From there, it is ready to grow into its fullest expression.
So, too, with each of us on our own spiritual journeys.
Are you ready to break out of your shell?
NO LONGER CONCEALED: In plain sight. For all to view. To see and be seen.
As nature continues to turn toward more sunlight in the Northern hemisphere, what in your life is ready to emerge into the light? Sometimes this may seem so ominous. It needn’t be. Take a deep breath, and think smaller. Smaller? Wait a minute, why smaller? I thought this spiritual stuff is all about ‘bigger is better’? Yes and no. Smaller is on the way to bigger.
It’s in the smaller increments of our spiritual growth where we can build our confidence, our strength, our resolve. It doesn’t need to be all parts of you, all at once. Take a few moments to inventory what you set out as desires for you to bring into fruition this year. Or, consider whether there are any “roll-overs” from last year that have been slowly building strength and are ready to burst forth?
Rising and shining: Emerging from the slumber
As with each daybreak, each sunrise, each of us has the opportunity to awaken from our slumber. What would you say has been slumbering for you?
For Americans, it may be the very core principles of democracy and its values as a republic that are being held up to the light, and are awakening from their slumber. (See, for example, last moon’s blog about the March Heard ‘Round the World.)
The phrase “Rise and Shine” likely originated in the bible, later to be adopted by soldiers. Some say that the “shine” part for soldiers refers to their shining their boots each morning before heading out. My personal favorite is the British’s usage of the catch phrase “wakey-wakey” as a precedent to invoking “rise and shine” each day.
There’s also the phrase “shake a leg,” and “wiggle a toe.” This brings awareness from your sleeping state into your waking state. Again, it’s incremental. It’s not all at once. Isn’t that a relief!
A yoga session often ends with savasana – a final resting pose which often results in deep meditation. In bringing you back from savasana (aka corpse pose), the instructor will ask that you begin your ‘return to the room’ by wiggling your fingers and toes. Then, you’re likely to be prompted to rub together briskly your hands and feet. This brings awareness (and warmth) back to your body. You may then be prompted to turn into the fetal position on your right side (allowing your heart to rise first and for your heart to be positioned above your other organs).
This too is done in stages. And, I love learning the reasons behind why such things are done in a particular way. As in nature, there’s a purpose to the sequence. It’s a deliberate progression.
All right then: Are you ready?
Okay, your turn:
What is emerging for you in your life? What have you been building the strength for, that is now ready to rise to the surface?
I invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!