Next week I will go back into the studio to record more of the meditations I’ve written over the years. As I was reviewing and selecting which ones I would share, I recognized a common theme… releasing, banishing, or letting go of what no longer serves us. If each of these meditations relates to a Celtic holy day, that means that at least eight times a year I am asking my listeners to just let it go already! Of course, if my listeners are anything like me, they may just need the reminder.
On the way to finding self-love, if one has spent a lifetime reciting a list of accusations and false claims about one’s appearance and worthiness of deserving good things, one might take a while to break such habits, especially if one is nearly a half century along in said habit. As for me, I have been vigilant about reprogramming negative self-talk, and yet every once in a while, I find myself berating my body for not being the size or shape of what American structure dictates to be acceptable. And every time I catch myself falling back into this despicable behavior… despicable because if I were ever witness to someone saying these things to someone I loved, I would stand with the power and passion of mother bear to demand they consume their own words, and dare them not to choke on them… I must go back to the beginning and do it over in a way that is loving and kind. Constant vigilance.
Though the Celtic New Year is at Samhain, which is October 31, I consider the cycle to begin at Imbolc, which is February 1. Since the Celtic culture revolved around farming communities, the symbolism is based upon our relationship with the land. Imbolc is when seeds are planted, and for me it seems like a logical place to start… first, we decide what we wish to bring to harvest in the coming year, and then we plant that intention. If we were actually to plant something in the ground, as I witnessed my friend who doesn’t have a brown thumb do for my parents this evening, we would first have to prepare the soil by removing any obstacles that may be in the way. We pull weeds and till the soil… as we must in life… remove those limiting beliefs and open our hearts to receive what can only come our way in this state. If our palms are tightly clenched, there is no way to receive the treasure being offered. Being open is key to receiving. For this reason, I find myself in a perpetual state of letting go.
With the Celtic Wheel of the Year being conveniently spaced out in eight week increments, it seems like a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to take stock. If we planted symbolic seeds to start a new career, we can reflect on our progress and decide if we’ve been procrastinating or slacking on our commitments. If our intentions were to build community or create a tribe, but we haven’t left the house since Imbolc… well, we need to make some plans and get out into the world at the Spring Equinox. The thing about planting seeds is that they need to be watered, and if weeds have begun to choke our precious sprouts, they must be liberated from such obstacles. Our minds work much the same way. How can we attain the joy and happiness we desire if we are allowing negative thoughts to own real estate in our minds? Bitterness and regret are the weeds that crowd our sacred garden, and if we allow them to flourish, our harvest will be bankrupt. Do you want to harvest sun flowers or poke weed? If you never do the work of clearing your field, you won’t have the freedom to plant your desires.
So, here we are at the Summer Solstice and in just eight weeks we will greet the first harvest, known as Lughnasadh on August 1. I think about the seeds I have planted and I wonder if I have been caring enough to ensure their safety. Have I sufficiently cleared out of my life the negative influences that would stunt their growth? As a new obstacle was discovered in my field of plenty, was I able to lift the burden from tender roots to reintroduce their sweet limbs to the radiant source of light? I hope so! And I wish the same for you, dear one.
May the glorious healing sun bring blessings of abundance into every area of your life. May any perceived limitations or obstacles be easily released and removed from your sacred field of fruition. May the coming harvest season bring all of your hopes and dreams into magnificent manifestation. Know that your presence on my journey is among my most valued and precious yield. HAPPY SOLSTICE!