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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

Solstice 2018: Emptying Out

Yesterday I shared my blog about Solstice inviting us to pause between the old and new. Titled “The Day the Sun Stood Still” I share it every year cuz the cause for pause is essential and ever-changing. Each year calls me in a different way.

Last year, the pause had shifted. The stillness felt active, magnetic, expansive. The “emptiness and fullness of pure potential” were seamless in their exchange and ushered action and creativity.

This year, though the fullness will arrive, it feels more important to completely empty out. So much death has come for us—loss, change, and recalibration. To truly resurrect into the New Year, we must let that death move out of us. We must remember, dismember, and reignite the embers that didn’t quite burn to ash.

So for this year’s solstice, I will be building a funeral pyre and I invite you to join me. Gather items that represent your “losses” or write them down on a piece of paper and then burn them in a ceremonial fire. These could be people, places and jobs, or they could be dreams, beliefs, emotions, or entire ways of being that you have released.

Give them up, one more time. Speak them into the fire and howl them up to the moon. Let the emotions roll through—all your Love and every color of emotion in between. Empty out so completely that you even relinquish what it means to have given them up—who you are without them and what will come in their absence. Become the absence.

Though it is from such emptiness that potential is born—a spark in the dark—and in its silence resounds an inevitable call to action, this year may be beckoning us to embrace the emptiness…

To accept the uncertainty, the unknowable and their beloved “Angel of Death”  as a constant and necessary force in our lives, an alchemizing force, a medicine.

Perhaps all this emptying out will lighten our loaded vows to the New Year with resolutions not for MORE but for less...

To make a daily practice of letting go—of forgiving, surrendering, and accepting—of relinquishing need’s discontent—of detaching from desire, investment, the promised return—of setting with the sun each day as if we may never rise again.


Emptying Out
Departure from a Dream

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