Sacred Journeys – December 2010/January 2011

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Everyday Rituals & Celebrations

As we head into the close of this year, with its accompanying darkness in the northern hemisphere, we also move toward the rebirth of light at winter solstice. Just before the days become longer, we are acutely aware of the adjustments we have to make to the darkness. For some, there is a sense that the darkness is pressing in on them, revealing some discomfort that requires their attention; others acknowledge what they might be taking for granted, like the light itself, and feel gratitude that change is a constant; for others it is a glorious time to pull in and snuggle with the womb of creation, and begin to dream the new year ahead.

Together we are facing the darkness in the world, facing our dysfunction. We are uncovering secrets, and no longer turning a blind eye or letting someone else deal with the corruption. We feel the vastness of our numbers witnessing the error of our ways, and through our witnessing, we are discovering that we are the light. Together we are committing to the truth, and to the liberating knowledge that what we think and say matters.

It certainly feels as if the whole world is about to turn a corner, and it started this summer. I know it will take some slogging to get through to the light ahead; however, I have high expectations for 2011, and based on the intense rate of change now, I think we will meet them!

At the Algonquin Tea booth at the Royal Winter Fair (RWF) in Toronto, we were encouraged every day by the enormous shift in public response. Fifteen years ago, offering a man a sample of herbal tea almost seemed an affront to their manhood. This year, 9-year-old boys were vying for position for a second helping of herbal tea samples. Some even spent their fair money, not on hot apple strudel with ice cream, but on a box of herbal tea for their own use! If boys of the next generation are good-naturedly fighting over herbal tea, it bodes well for the future of the world.

This year’s RWF coincided with a world meditation focussed on visualizing a harmonious new world. At 11:11 am and 11:11 pm for eleven consecutive days, beginning November 11, I visualized a world where separation and duality have ceased and everyone is co-operating in a world of joy and unity. It was powerful the first day: the meditation began as thousands of people at the Fair stood still around me in honour of Remembrance Day. Bagpipes were played, followed by a gorgeous silence, wherein we could sense the whole world standing still, being aware of one another, connecting heart to heart, longing for peace and an end to war. As I opened my eyes, a tear fell down my cheek, and I saw that the woman who stood nearest me was also crying. It was a very poignant and beautiful start to a world meditation/visualization.

This year, solstice is also going to be very potent. Not only is December 21st the longest night of the year, and the rebirth of the cycle of Light, it is also a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.

For those following the Mayan Calendar (, we have also just entered a fruitful period named Day Seven of the Galactic Underworld, where we are ending a 5,100 year cycle of masculine, left-brain dominance. Now we will experience harmony between men and women in every part of society, within our own relationships, and within ourselves. Barbara Hand Clow ( is envisioning an end to war this coming year, “since division of partnership is the genesis of violence.”

Many elders from around the world believe that the path was cleared for this great change at the Return of the Ancestors gathering in Santa Fe a year ago last spring ( and At that event, Spiritual Elders from around the world came together in ceremony. Here the wings of the condor and the wings of the eagles truly touched as the prophecies had promised. On the second day, they were guided to release ceremonially, along with the pain between men and women in the world. As they did so, the hills were filled with the energies of the ancestors. Those with the sight could see thousands of spirits filling the hills around the pure-hearted men and women who represented all of us in the ceremony, until the pain was released.

This coming year is said to be one of great healing, and we are encouraged to celebrate it at every opportunity. At this coming solstice we are moving within for some personal time, to prepare for a year of heart-based living in a new harmonious world that will be of our own creation.

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