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Good tips for doing Shadow Work!
A lot of blogs and books discuss shadow work, but don’t actually tell you what it is. What a tease! It’s like telling someone about the wonders of chocolate, but not actually having any chocolate. Well that’s just dumb. So let’s talk about shadow work.
Shadow work is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the spiritual act of going inward, picking apart some of the less than pleasant aspects about your personality or your history or your views about yourself, and then putting yourself back together in a more authentic and wiser way. Sometimes this happens in the context of a ritual or a shamanic experience. Most of the time, shadow work happens quite naturally. If you are the kind of person who is inclined to look inward in any capacity, then you are already doing shadow work. The goal for shadow work is acceptance (of yourself, of…
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Beautiful! Thank you, Becca, for bringing Coleridge back into relevance for the world as we create new and preferred realities.
Another sensitive and empowering post from Dana! This one touches upon a topic close to my heart, and our group Imbolc gathering focused on healing the waters, too, including those in not-too-distant Flint, Michigan. The idea of finding a sacred spring (or well) has been knocking on my consciousness for awhile. I don’t know that we have any left in this part of Indiana; however, who knew Dana would find one in fracking Pennsylvania? May we each find the flow that connects us to healing and rejuvenation of the Land and of ourselves.
The druid tradition–along with many others–is full of stories about sacred waters. From the Chalice Well in Glastonbury to the invocation of the “Salmon who Dwells Within The Sacred Pool,” we’ve got our water going on. Imbolc (which happened earlier this week) is often a holiday associated with flows, and many of us do workings with water and healing with water in various ways. More than this though, water has a number of key places within our conceptual frameworks in the druid tradition. In the four element system so commonly used in earth-based traditions (that has been part of western thinking for a very, very long time), water represents our emotions, our intuition, and our connection to our spirituality. In the druid revival’s three element system, water is connected with Gywar, the principle of flow. It is Gywar that helps us move forward and…
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Oops! I meant to post the link earlier to Episode 106 of Druidcast, which contains a fascinating interview between Philip Carr-Gomm and A.T. Mann. I had not heard of A.T. Mann before, but this interview covers so much ground, including his book, “The Sacred Language of Trees.” I loved his discussion of the acacia tree, magical tree alphabets, and “God’s wife,” but was even more impressed with the mandala-like reach and spiraling of Mann’s research and art. Here’s someone who continues to learn and grow well beyond age 70, offering insights and synchronous twining to enchant and delight anyone feeling winter blues or too much intensity.
Also a quick reminder that the end of January fast approaches: January 2016 Specials remain available through the 31st.
Whew! Feelin’ this one, and I know many others are, too. I’m glad I took the time to watch this Pele Report, because it really puts events from mid-December through now and into mid-February 2016 into perspective.
If you feel the urge to purge, you are not alone. If you find yourself evaluating what works and what doesn’t and suddenly feel it impossible to ignore the suppressed, repressed, and unexpressed, you are definitely not alone. Shadow Time. I’ve also heard so much from friends and clients, as well as noticing big time in my own life, that if something no longer belongs in your life, it feels like a matter of life and death to move it on out.
Kaypacha jokes about how often he uses the word “intense” in the first few minutes of this video, but it’s really no joke. These are intense times. Intensely crushing or intensely liberating: it depends on how you manage the intensity and what decisions it forces you to make. Choose well, because our choices right now are actively creating the new paradigm.
As Colette notes: we’re seeing “…a revival of many traditions as people seek to understand their tribal ancestry and re-establish the threads of the tapestry to an older time.” Her post gives a nice history of Imbolc, as well as gorgeous winter photos of Bealtaine Cottage.
Here in Goshen, we feel the chill and snow, too, although we probably won’t have spring until well past Ostara. We’ve got our Wheel of the Year gathering this Saturday; however, the actual crossquarter day of Imbolc in 2016 doesn’t occur until Thursday, February 4. Crossquarter days are particularly good for tuning into the energies of Mother Earth and also for working with the faeries. Imbolc marks a time of cleansing and purification through fire and light. Brigid/Bride/Brigantia — there are so many ways to spell this beloved Goddess turned Saint’s name. In any case, she provides healing, inspiration and helps all metal workers. A guardian of sacred wells and the sacred flame, she offers special protection to mothers, children and pregnant women.
A time of new beginnings and inspiration, if Imbolc and/or Brigid draw you, you’ve still got time to plan a little ceremony for yourself!
The morning in the garden is bitterly cold.
These are the days before Imbolc.
We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc…
Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close.
As I walk around the gardens this morning, I become increasingly aware of short time left in which to prune and cut back, clear and prepare, the gardens for Spring and Summer.
Ah, Summer, just the thought of Summer on this cold, white morning of late Winter, comforts the bones.
The days of walking barefoot in the damp grass lie ahead of me.
The promise of a warm Summer makes the cold of the day recoil.
Imbolc heralds Spring here in the West of Ireland.
It is one of the four big Celtic celebrations in…
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