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Summer Workshop - December 14, 2008
By consciously tuning into the seasons, we can connect deeply to the cycle of life, and learn to work and flow with the energies of nature. When we open ourselves to the natural order of life everything comes of itself in the appointed time with the least resistance. Each season brings with it a spiritual insight that adds news dimensions to our journey.
A collection of photos* from the summer workshop and a brief outline of the day's activities...
Left: Our altar contained a collection of items representative of summer.
The solstices are characterised by a feeling of relative stillness or pause - a contrast to the rushing changes which take place in autumn or spring, preceding them. They give us a chance to stop and take stock, to assimilate all that has been rapidly developing. The solstices are gateways of consciousness, where the simple fact of our being alive becomes worthy of celebrating. At summer solstice we celebrate our individuality and our expression, our creativity and the joy of being alive in the relieving openness of summer.
The heat grows as the summer cross-quarter approaches. Nature ripens, the young grow bigger, and each individual explores the maximum possibilities inherent in her or his reach. Green moves to gold, and summer matures.
As usual we spent some time outside to sense and experience some of the summer energies and vibrations...
Meditation 1 - "Warrior"
A warrior is someone who has taken courage to do battle with th inner enemies in order to face the truth of themselves and their world. a warrior needs to have integrity; this will include ideas such as courage, honour, loyalty etc. The way of the spiritual warrior is a path of transformation - not easy, not quick, but real. The warrior will create balance in his or her life, which means not neglecting an aspect of themselves. An unbalanced warrior is a dnager to themselves as well as their community. Make sure you have the skills (physical), understand your mind (mental) and are solid in your faith (spiritual)... because if you are not focusing on one of them, or worse ignoring it, you will not be balanced!
Meditation 2 - "Helios"
A more detailed description of the day's events is also featured in the Axis Mundi (December 2008).
Talisman - Suncatcher
Talismans generate a positive force for a specific reason, desire, or a goal. The Suncatcher that we made during the workshop is a talisman to bring those goals or desires we want for the coming year. With each crystal that we placed on the wire we focussed on our intent. Once we had completed the suncatcher we empowered it with incense of cinnamon and then sent the intent up into the universe through a manifesting chant of, "Air so healing, Fire empowering, Water connecting, Earth manifesting!"
Making the suncatchers...
Empowering the suncatchers...
* Photos above by Jenwytch
** Photos below by Rayvensclaw