Installment I - The Spiritual Year
As we head into the winter solstice, it is the traditional time to think about death, judgement, heaven and hell. For Christians, it is the time for cleansing (purgation) the soul in preparation for the birth of the Christ into one’s heart. It is a time of Transition. At the end of the year, traditionally those who are aware or on a spiritual path usually take extra time to look at the past year and plan the upcoming year. It is the beginning of the “Dark Night of the Soul[i]” or the mystical union with the Divine energy.
This is a natural process, very similar to the way the trees shed their leaves, During this season, we called to shed light on all the actions and behaviors, thoughts and ideas, emotions and feelings that cause spiritual blockages (demons) that are clouding our judgment, increasing anxiety or stress, or anger. Perhaps this is one of the reasons the winter holiday season is more difficult for families. Many people are so materially busy at this time of year, they don’t know that they too are shedding spiritual leaves.
Even if you don’t know or may not be aware, ancient traditions still linger in our present:
We begin to clean our homes to manifest this energy and we put up holiday lights to shed light on the product of our manifestation (and, of course, to let Santa Claus (the symbol of charity) where we are.
The first step of this journey is cleaning up our act.
Questions to ask yourself:
What do I do that makes me unhappy?
What do I think that makes me sad or crazy? Is my mind like a gerbil on a wheel?
How am I responsible for my thoughts, emotions and actions?
How have I not been responsible for my thoughts, emotions and actions?
Transition – Light and Dark
[i] St. John of the Cross