Seeds of Intention…
It may be cold out there, but according to the old Celtic calendar, today is actually the beginning of Spring.
That statement is admittedly a bit of a hard sell amidst the snow and biting winds, but I think of it more in terms of a change in the seasonal tempo; a pregnant pause, when we begin to celebrate the lengthening days and life’s insatiable appetite for rebirth rather than the birth itself.
If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll know I advocate a gentle start to the year, but now is the time to begin stirring the pot and making some gentle waves… letting go of the past, clearing out the old and making space – both inner and outer – for awakening energies and new beginnings in your life.
If you’ve not yet undertaken the Feng Shui-style clutter clearing as suggested in my previous blog article, now is the perfect time! It will give you focus, clarity and a sense of space and freedom as the seasonal shift gathers momentum.
You might want to amplify the effects with a thorough spring clean. Housewives of old would attach bells to their brooms and sweep with the intention of clearing out old energy and scaring away any unhelpful spirits. A vacuum cleaner does the job every bit as well of course, but it’s worth remembering that the magic of any ritual is in the conscious intention behind it.
Afterwards, smudge with sage or other herbs. Smudging is a symbolic exercise found in Feng Shui as well as many native American traditions, involving burning selected herbs or other materials in a manner that fills the space with the fragrance of the smoke, which is thought to clear negative energy. You can buy or make your own smudge sticks, but simply burning dried bay leaves is an easy and effective DIY method.
Then, light a fire or gather together as many candles as you can lay your hands on, and sit in front of the warmth and light and contemplate your plans for the coming months. Allow your imagination to roam, and don’t be afraid to dream big.
You might want to ask yourself :
- What are my gifts, and how can I share them with the world in the most fulfilling, exciting and innovative ways?
- What would I do if success were guaranteed?
- Who would I be if I knew I could not fail?
- How good can I allow things to become?
- What do I need to know/learn/understand here?
Write down the answers, and don’t judge them. There’s an old adage that says if your dreams don’t scare you a little, then they’re not big enough! And so, trust yourself and your instincts.
If you can can dream it, you can achieve it.
Just allow some time and space for your ‘imagineerings’ to settle and possibly seed over the next few days and weeks; some will, and some won’t… but for those that do, begin to pay them more attention, and see if they start to grow…
And then… spring into action!
‘You get in life what you have the courage to ask for’
~ Oprah Winfrey