|Happy Autumn Equinox 2013 22 September 2013. The Earth’s tilt on its axis causes an equinox twice a year and the two hemispheres receive the sun’s rays equally now. After this point, the balance will tip the other way with later dawns and earlier sunsets The sun rises due east and sets due west on this day. The arc of the sun across the sky each day shifts slowly toward the south with birds and butterflies migrating in the same direction. Shorter days bring cooler weather. All around us, trees and plants are ending this year’s cycle of growth; responding with glorious autumn leaves – a burst of radiant colour before they fall.
Wisdom in the balance As with the Sun, our personal and spiritual ascent requires descent first. All those who long for light must firstly face their own inner darkness and overcome it. We can invest our attention to learning with a courage and willingness to be corrected by someone who knows more than us.
“Know thyself” Socrates We can be open to the possibility that others can teach us something about ourselves we may be blind to. These habits may have become so engrained; they are outside our conscious control. That is why it is so valuable to gain help and opinion from others who can see our habits more clearly; they are a mirror to show us our reflection; which can often be challenging to face. By letting go of our desire to fuel our ego, to be ‘admired’ for our skills, compete or compare, we can allow the space to learn and have faith we cannot know everything. Differentiate between truth speaking allies and others who end up projecting their own version of suffering onto us rather than offering a valuable insight. The way out of our habits is to break out of our personal comfort zone or hypnotic sleep by braving change through ‘experience’ not just learning the theory.
It often takes alot for knowledge to penetrate our thick skins. Change can be painful because pain is one of our habits. Through Patience, Persistence, Attention and Will Power, knowledge can transform into Wisdom. Mastery is hard work, alot of repetition, correcting and refining until a quality and integrity can be obtained. We make the mistake of wanting to run for light at the end of the tunnel, but the only way to better ourselves is to enjoy the journey. Averting temptation for immediate gratification is essential in developing strength of character and lasting changes. We can stay right in the present and find our true individuality and free will void of habit OR be caught in a dream for a better future. Facing obstacles that scare us will gain us respect and open us to a more efficient, lighter, renewed way. We seek distractions and external stimuli to give us the feeling of being alive. With everything in modern society being presented to us in bite sized portions, we may lose the opportunity to linger with ourselves. Our lives are becoming a series of performed reactions, yet by observing even the most challenging situations we can benefit from perceived experiences to fuel our rich existence. Yes it may take years, but feel empowered that it is our choice whether to continue to live a life of feeding our wants and desires or make a positive step to fulfil our needs and honour our true nature. Trust your Heart so Wisdom will shine through.
Harvest what we have sown In last season’s newsletter I discussed ‘taking care of our magnetic integrity, and honouring the laws of nature’. Since this vital magnetism is the energy that forms all life, we can aim to keep this energy pure so that we can form positive and beneficial connections with people through our will and mental maturity. Often is the case that we distract ourselves by hurting others rather than healing ourselves. We can use this energy for positive as well as negative means, but it is worth keeping in mind the saying:
In summary then:
Feel free to contact me for any tips or advice. Harvest the rewards of your efforts and be courageous with your will.
Warmth and Majic
|Karen Durham DS MRSS Practitioner T: 07986 088 900 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.afinebalance.co.uk|