Heart Energy (from the February Newsletter)

The end of January/beginning of February marks the first fertility festival of the year, frequently called Imbolc, which means “milk of the lamb.” In my head, it’s when the snowdrops begin to emerge. Obviously, I didn’t grow up in Southern California, and the weather isn’t what it used to be anywhere, really, so I might have some cognitive dissonance around the holiday. No matter, it really just marks the cross quarter – the halfway mark between Solstice and Equinox. Much like its counterpart on the opposite side of the wheel, it is the festival of deity energy, in this case, feminine. To the Celts, that means Brigid, but you don’t have to be tradition specific for this, or any, astrological marker. The Feminine Divine speaks to us through the chemical reactions, and the sensations of those chemical reactions, in our bodies. She is internal, visceral, sensual. She is about being present and in your body. She asks you to be here, now, and to pay attention. Can you, first and foremost, be present for yourself? Now, can you be present for those you hold in your heart? And, finally, can you be present for your community?

On a more secular and mundane level, February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day (in case you hadn’t been to a store lately). Whether you are in partnership or not, there’s an interesting Spiritual component to this day that might appeal to you. The main symbol for the holiday is hearts (I’m sure you knew that, I don’t have many hermits on my mailing list). The heart is the switching station in the body, that which connects the physical to the spiritual selves, and it’s also operating system from which we connect to everything and everyone around us. So spend some time this month contemplating connection. You do you connect with the people around you? Where do you avoid connection, and why? How can you strengthen the connections you have and with to keep? How do you connect with yourself? Have you been listening to your own heart?

Posted in Community, Newsletter, Personal growth, Practice, Spring

The Power of Water

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the day on which Priests in the Eastern Orthodox Church bless the waters. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about Water. 

Water is an excellent conductor. Well, that’s not exactly true. Water is actually an excellent insulator. Water is, however, an excellent ionic solvent, and the dissolved ions in water conduct energy well. Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge.

Energy has a push and a pull, a positive and a negative charge, that is the motion inherent in all existence. When water crashes into things, like in a waterfall or waves, the ions release their electrical charge, which shifts the energy of a space on such a palpable level that it shifts the mood of those exposed. 

In a number of traditions, the creation myth holds that water existed before everything else. In the Abrahamic system, before the Divine One(s) decide(s) starts creation, before land and sky, it/they looked out upon the waters. Water is primordial.

Innumerable traditions around the world have a flood myth. Sometimes the same traditions that believe water predates creation. Water as a tool of cleansing, a reset button. Water, the beginning of life; water, the destroyer. The end all, be all.

In Kabbalah, water is intimately associated with the Feminine Divine, the Mother Archetype. She is the embodiment of the pull, the negative polarity. It is she who establishes and holds boundaries. Without her, there would be no form.

In the Hypostasis of the Archons, one of the tellings of the creation myth found in the Abrahamic line, the Feminine Divine is the one who breathes the spark of life into the prototype human, which makes him more than something made of clay and mud.

Humans and animals need water to survive. Even crystals need water to grow. We exist for over nine months in water in the womb. Water is Life (mni wiconi). The struggle over water began a long time ago, and it is getting louder. A critical mass of people lacking usable water has been reached, and it’s not just the poor and downtrodden. Those who think they are middle class also lack usable water, which is why they buy it, at prices higher than they pay for gasoline.

Water is everything. Without it, nothing. Water is sacred.  Blessing is a symbiotic relationship. You can see how water blesses you. How will you bless water?

Posted in Channeling, Environment, Healing, Health, Kabbalah, Musings, Mysticism, Practice, Shamanism

Grandmother Tree

Pincrest Lake

grandmother treeWhile I was in the mountains over New Year’s weekend, I had occasion to commune with a tree. To be fair, I had occasion to commune with many trees, but this one stood out. She was large, with a thick trunk, although she wasn’t a redwood. She didn’t have a visible Ent, and yet she called to me, beckoning me closer.

I put my hands on her trunk, and she drew me in. I was going through layers – first bark, then rings, all the way to her core, where I expanded in both directions – down into the earth and her vast root system, and still farther, into the core of the earth; and up into her branches, and still farther as she reached into the heavens. She was made of love. Her energy was much faster than that of most trees with which I have communed, almost as if she was a herald for the rising vibration of the planet.

I felt like we had blessed each other, and I was suddenly aware of the people I had come with, and I left her.

If you are ever out in nature, and a tree calls to you, don’t ignore it. They usually don’t call to you without reason, even though we are cousins.

Posted in Environment, Shamanism, Winter

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