This year has brought much sorrow, release, and loss. When one enters darkness, there, too is gift. One must let go and trust that Spirit is there. In darkness one can rest setting fear aside and settle in to listen. One learns much, if one simply allows the ego to sleep. This has been my year.
As I emerge into Light, I find myself standing on what is an open field. I see crumbled at my feet that box that has surrounded me most of my life. It was a protection, a safe place, a home where I didn’t have to do anything but follow the rules. As I stand here with the clouds, ocean, plaines, forests, mountains and sky as my box, I now understand that this is our gift, everyone’s. It is not just for those who follow one path. There are so many paths here, the abundance is staggering. I stand with all seeing how much our Beloved truly loves us.
Our centerpiece this year for our meal of thankfulness is an altar of gratitude. All the elements are represented.
A candle for fire.
Seashells for water.
Feather for air.
Seven rocks in the chakra colors for pachamama – the earth – and our connection to her.
Flowers for the sweetness that bloom in the gardens we tend.
A dried leaf for death that even though our end day here will arrive, we will leave behind beauty as we lived our life to the fullest.
A sprig from olive trees in the open space brining peace to our table.
Beans in the candle holder for the abundance we are caretakers of here on earth. Hazelnuts to remind us, in the words of Julian of Norwich,
“All will be well,
and all manner of thing shall be well.”
And the communal herb bundle into which our global and universal intentions will be blown into to be burned in our fire ceremony and sent heavenward.
May you all ring in peace today. Whether you are sitting around a table or standing on a field protecting our water. I give thanks to you all, for my life is better because of your love.