It may feel like it’s a bit early, but it is time to begin to look back on this year. Twenty seventeen is slowly drawing to a close, and the energy of hibernation, darkness, and incubation is settling in. This is the time of year when it feels as if nothing is happening. And, yet, beneath the surface, all is being renewed. We can’t see it, we don’t feel it, and we don’t have any proof of it. So, it’s so easy to think that everything has just stopped. But, this is the deep time of year. And, as a way to stay mindful of all of the unknown work that is happening within, it’s the perfect time to start to look back to what has happened this year… to the dreams we cast, the visions we had, and to turn up the soil. To mix it all up, so that the surface underneath gets refreshed + re-tilled, in preparation to release what has (or has not been) and to renew our commitment to our our spiritual evolution.
Ultimately, it’s time to begin to step into the new + let go of the old, just as every new moon reminds us.
Life is a series of births and deaths, sunrises and sunsets, new moons + full moons, autumns + springs, winters + summers. So, why not follow the cycles of life for our inner life as well? In many ways, I feel like aligning ourselves with the natural rhythms of the earth are exactly what we are missing when we feel as if life has no meaning or purpose, when we feel like we are stuck in a rut, or when we observe a world of chaos + corruption.
There’s something that Barack Obama has said quite a few times, in quoting Martin Luther King, Jr, that lines right up with my deep belief in an ever-evolving world. It is a spiritual truth, used by many, but first said by a Unitarian minister in the mid-1800s.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Theodore Parker
For me, this sums up a guiding principle of life. That, though we may not see, or understand, or believe, the spiritual energy of the universe is, in fact, constantly in motion. Moving cyclically, like a spiral, inspiring us to constant evolution as we seek to become aligned with our higher selves + co-create a more perfect, just world. It is a life-long journey for us, with many starts + stops, endings + beginnings, and deaths + rebirths.
And, so, with every new moon, we have a chance to cast off the old, release that which no longer serves us, and turn toward to new. It’s not that we must begin again over + over, in case you are confused by my way of saying things. It’s more like moving upwards or deeper, a continuous opportunity for growth.
As we begin to settle into the energy of the ending of this year, what is it that you feel that you need to release? What have you experienced these past 11 months? What do you desire for the next phase of your life? What do you need to shed or how do you wish to evolve? What can you give thanks for, set aside, and then move forward with the vision of becoming even more authentically you?
There’s no need for us to answer all of these questions now. But, on this new moon weekend, it will serve us well to being to ponder these things in our soul. To begin the process of saying goodbye to 2017 and beginning to discern the energy and vision for 2018.
We will not see what’s happening for a while. We may not understand. But, one thing I am deeply certain of is that, whether we choose to be aware of not, we are moving forward. The seasons will continue to change. Winter will be cold and dark, and spring will come again. And, yes, death will come too. But, so will life. We are simply a beautiful part of this magical, natural evolution of the spirit. Connected to each other + to the great spirit of energy and love that flows within us all.
So, why not, as we settle in under this dark new moon, which we also cannot see… why not continue to flow with the ever-changing, ever-evolving cycle of life? Why not align our inner + out lives with the natural flow of it all?
Yes, it seems as if there is no moon in the sky. But, she is there. New in all of her potential glory. Just waiting to begin her next phase, which we will begin to see ourselves in just a day or two. Let’s wait patiently in the dark with her. Knowing that we, too, are filled with our own potential glory. Ready to be reborn, to begin again, to start a new year and continue our own evolution.
But, for now, let’s just look up, breathe deep, and wait.
Evolutionary new moon blessings, wild ones. xoxo. liz.