I was on the beautiful Tenerife, mostly off line most times.
There had been very chaotic and controversial news about when and if and how People could fly back home. Flights cancelled, airports full, a mess. Lands were closing down, guests were confused and worried. Government had to decide what to do on the islands in the night…
Our hostel lady was preoccupied too.
I overheard some explanation in Spanish next morning about it was forbidden to go out there too now, packed my water and sandwich, and rushed out the door. It was my last day before, maybe, hopefully, flying back. What to do? Live!
My plan was to visit a Mountain I had fallen in Love with, and it had not been possible because of the Storm strong Wind blowing on the last days. Now or maybe never.
Even though police was already out checking, I managed to get away. I walked further and further away from the little city.
I spent a wonderful full day on the Mountain, and fell even more in Love with it.
Then eve came, and it got colder and Wind grew.
I walked on the Beaches as long as I could, hiding a little just in case…
Few cars around, some runners, some Dog walkers…
…approaching… the little city had fallen asleep, everything locked up.
Two supermarkets opened with lines of waiting People, and new rules…
All felt awkward, a strange movie, now it was reality. Creeps.
While waiting in line, suddenly I could hear clapping.
The clapping grew more and more.
“Yes yes, we are here, we are Living!”
“We are locked up, but together about this!”
The clapping said. What a relief!
It was profound, it was beautiful, it warmed my Heart, it made me happy.
Good Simple Medicine we can do Together in hard times! 🙂
There are million ways to do it: a basic difference is whether you belong/wish/or wanna be in a tradition or you are on your own. In most traditions, many clues are provided, the way is clear and more or less fixed.
In shamanism we work differently, or at least I do: my spirit Guides give directions and guidance, and my experience and intuition provide the “container”. In the ceremony the participants are also “taken care of”, in the way that the ceremony ‘s elements are expressed and explained before hand, in order to best support each person in their intention and with the experience they have.
Because of “things are made clear”, each one can then “let go “and trust both the “guidance”and the “process”. No more thinking necessary, let us make Magic! 🙂
I have been “criticized” (just once, but it gives me possibility to explain here!) for taking both experienced and unexperienced participants on the same ritual or ceremony. But, you see….My work and “mission” given from my Guides, is to “bring People back to themselves and to Nature” . If I can be of help on “opening” anyone to their own Power, and on “taking responsibility for how deep and serious they can do the work”, and Trust, I have done some good. Then… “experienced” and “unexperienced” (and all blah blah on “levels”) become just words. We do the Work.
The core significance of winter Solstice is common, I would dare to say in most paths: it is one of the 8 powerful Energy moments of the year, maybe the most powerful one.
In the deepest “Missing of Light”, our Trust in the Sun shall be reborn.
In the deepest of Sorrow the Seed of Hope is reborn.
In the deepest Dark, like from the Womb, we are created, and recreated.
Our Intention is clear, for a “better” Future. A rite of passage is at hand. We can choose to celebrate alone, or together with others, depending on who we are, our possibilities, and what we wish for.
Appreciations of the Gifts and Blessings we live in every day, are important. If the wish of “sharing” is present, we better connect and celebrate with like minds.
The ritual frame will be according to what you know if you are working alone. Needed object: a candle and a symbol of Life (evergreen, flower, herb). Create a special moment, reflect in the Dark first.
We may take wows, and give donations or gifts. We may end up “unfinished business”, clean up in any way we get inspired to. Celebrate!
We are Purifying ourselves by Thanking, Releasing, and Forgiving, not only for ourselves and our individual Good, but for common Good, to raise the common Consciousness, in a deeper Prayer.
We are blessing our Mother Earth and our Father Sun, wishing for global Health and Peace to manifest.