Welcome Summer Solstice 2017! This morning, June 21, I join the many who celebrate the longest day of light. For me, it is a brilliant day of rejoicing and gratitude.
Journey back to ancient times, long before skyscrapers and i-phones. People gathered in appreciation to honor the sun and its life generating properties. This annual journey of the sun feels symbolic of my own journey of expansiveness and enlightenment. Read more about the ritual of the summer solstice here.
Summer Solstice 2017 in the 1 Year
From a numerology standpoint, 2+0+1+7 = 10. 1+0=1. 2017 is the year of new beginnings. In addition, June 21 is 6+2+1= 9. Nine is the number of transformation. How will you celebrate this life of yours and open to your unique “light” with all of its possibilities?
The one year has provided much opportunity to look at the world and ourselves as we never have before. Regardless of what your political beliefs are, here is an opportunity to live in your life right now. If we look at the dualism— the light and the dark, we have the opportunity to see the shadow right in front of us. Our choice is to fall in the hole of despair and anxiety or to seek the challenge of it all—to awake and be present and to celebrate our authentic selves.
You could ask: how can I see my lessons (or what might feel like a burden) in a different way? To embrace the opportunity to shift your reactions to these challenges, by moving into action, might make all the difference. Living in your truth and celebrating your unique light, not to please others, might make a big difference. Below is an example.
Italy – My Dance With Spirit and Creativity
This morning, I give some time to reflect on my present life. I had the opportunity in May to travel to Italy to dance in a workshop called the 6 Doorways to Love facilitated by Amara Pagano. Everyday we faced our belief systems about love and relationships. We learned through movement, and our own dance— not from our heads. For me, I discovered that my own negative belief system holds me back from my happiness. Cracking open my shell, I allowed myself to laugh uncontrollably, dance and play without fear of judgement.
And then the second week, I fed my creative heart. A group of great friends traveled through Italy together. We saw the beauty and awe of Damanhur in Turin and art of Florence. I was so creatively inspired. (Of course a bit jealous to live in the life of the Medici family. “Please paint my ceiling.. and take as long as you need” lol)
Celebrating Fire Rooster
How would I take my journey of rediscovery of my inspired light? I went home and began to finish my painting of the Fire Rooster which I started back in January for the 2017 Chinese New Year — the Year of the Fire Rooster. Ha, I struggled with Rooster back then. I was urked by it.. by its abrupt and unrefined mannerisms, shouting out and waking everyone up. I definitely resisted finishing that painting.
But this time, I turned up some fun music and took out my paints .. my oranges and golds.. and began to throw the paint onto canvas. You might be amused to have seen me. I danced, shouted out to no one, and pushed through my resistance (feeling stuck) and even anger at the state of being of the world. I finished the painting in a few days. A manifestation of pushing through the darkness and seeing the Summer Solstice of my soul.
Happy Summer Solstice 2017
May you see your choice of living in your own light. Feel the gratitude and energy for being alive and sharing your gifts. Today and all days, may you find one thing in your life you are grateful for.
May you find one thing about yourself that makes you happy and is a gift to others.
Namaste (I bow to the light within you.)
“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
Other topics you might find of interest.
- More about the Summer Solstice
- June the month of compassion
- June celebrities – Johnny Depp
- Relationship numerology – what if we have the same destiny?
- Inspirational paintings and prints by Greer are for sale