Channeling Through Your Inner Source

Me with my dear friend Jenn, who helped teach me to channel

My experiences with channeling began with reading and studying channeled material. Then, in polarity therapy sessions, I watched channeling in action, receiving wisdom from my own non-physical guides through a talented practitioner. Now, I’ve opened up to becoming a channel myself, allowing wisdom to flow through my fingers as I type the words of the Goddess.

It might appear that becoming a channel for non-physical information is an exalted position. It may seem like it’s the rare person who can be open in this way.

I don’t think that’s true.

In our culture, we’ve pushed these types of experiences far to the fringes. Most people are very skeptical of those who claim to channel wisdom from another realm. Some of us go to the opposite extreme, putting those who channel on some kind of pedestal.

I believe that we all have the potential to channel. It only makes sense, if you consider that you are more than just your physical body. Part of you already resides in the non-physical world. Your soul is eternal, and is connected with your inner Source.

The part of you that remains conscious in the non-physical realm while you are embodied here on Earth has been called the oversoul, higher self, or Deep Self. You have access to that wise, eternal part of you. Most of us only access our higher self when we are asleep and dreaming.

That’s not the only way, however.

Channeling is simply setting aside the constant chatter of the ego, the waking mind, and allowing the higher self to speak.

Your higher self, in turn, is connected to other entities with whom you are intimately related. There are families of consciousness, who share your passions and missions. Your higher self is part of a gestalt of these entities. These groups of oversouls and guides are very interested in your experience here on planet Earth.

When my son was little, he knew about my interest in channeled material. He had his own theory about why these teachings weren’t more commonly known. One day he told me, “You do realize that Abraham and Seth and those guys are probably outlaws? The very fact that more of them haven’t come proves it. It’s probably like, ‘don’t mess with the Earth people, let them evolve by themselves!'”

While we laughed at his description, I acknowledge that there may be some truth in it.

Still, at this time of awakening, it seems that more of these rebellious guides are coming forth to help us navigate the changes. We’re also becoming more receptive to our inner guidance. For those of us who wish to live as conscious co-creators, it makes sense to allow our deepest wisdom to flow forth into our waking lives.

Channeling is a relatively simple way to access wisdom and guidance that will help you and your community.

Some people worry that allowing a non-physical entity into your energy system could be dangerous. I won’t deny that there are spirits and other non-physical thoughtforms which may not have your best interests in mind.

However, you’re not a helpless victim. There are simple actions you can take to make sure that you’re channeling a positive and well-intentioned guide.

First, use your awareness. Your intuition is your primary system for evaluating what’s going on. If something feels “off,” don’t do it.

Second, do your channeling in sacred space, whatever that means to you.

Third, set an intention for your channeling session. Dedicate your session to the highest good of all. Ask your guides or angels to protect you as you receive this deep wisdom. Just as there is no need to give your power away to another human, you need not give it away to a non-physical guide or being.

You are the one who is in charge of your experience.

It can also help to seek out the wisdom of someone who is experienced with channeling. Find a respected polarity therapist, psychic, or medium, and book a session with them. If you have a positive experience, chat with them afterwards and ask a few questions.

Ethical practitioners will be open to answering your questions and making suggestions. If what they say resonates with you, try out their techniques. Again, if the experience feels “off,” then it isn’t right for you.

Channeling need not be something to fear, or to see as a “high level” practice, beyond your ability.

Each of us has inner guides and higher selves who are there to help us. Learning to communicate effectively with them will enhance your life in many ways. Explore channeling in ways that feel safe and fun to you. Don’t take it too seriously.

The non-physical realms are steeped in love and joy. Find your connection to those vibrations, and you’ll access the wisdom that is part of your own soul.

(This post is an excerpt from my book The Heart of the Goddess: A Handbook for Living Soulfully).

Starcat’s Favorites: Staying Healthy

A lot of people I know have been down for the count this winter, with various viruses. We’ve had relatively mild weather here in Maine, yet there is a lot of sickness going around.

Personally, I’ve been blessed with good health this season.

What have I been doing to stay well? Wash my hands a lot, especially in public places. Eat healthy food. Get plenty of sleep. Minimize stress – actually, I’ve pretty much given it up at this point (meditation is key, for me). Do yoga regularly. Some years I take vitamins C and D, though I haven’t this winter. I also don’t have much occasion to hang out with little kids, so that might also help protect me from germs.

I’ve been vegetarian for more than 25 years at this point, and low dairy (though not completely vegan) more recently. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s right for my body. I try to be low sugar, too, though that’s harder. I’ve had a couple of medical tests over the past year, and have been told that both my arteries and digestive system are very healthy for my age.

I’m so thankful for my good health. Having people in my family who deal with chronic illness, and having had lots of viruses and sinus problems myself as a young person, I’m grateful that I’m hardly ever ill anymore. Even in the winter.

That said, you know I’m still counting the days until my beloved summertime…

Here are some links to keep us entertained and informed until the weather shifts.

Speaking of vegetarian yumminess, I’m loving this website called The Beet, which focuses on plant-based meals. Here’s a healthy dessert recipe from them that I really want to make. Also, here’s a great article on healthier eating that focuses more on common sense than on a particular diet.

On meeting the world with awe, like a young child: “she approaches the world with only one giant, indiscriminate expectation: delight me.” Beautiful.

Feeling worried about the state of the world? Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes says we are made for these times.

A neuroscientist on the Law of Attraction – I love the intersection of science and magick. BlackLion and I already pre-ordered her book.

Talkin’ bout my generation…  The often-forgotten Gen X. Also, how women over 50 are rockin’ it! I’m in.

My Wild Women Full Moon circle has been focusing on magickal crafts this winter. We recently made some “evil eye” protection art – here’s an article on the meanings of these charms.

Being present is more important than trying for perfection.

Enjoy, and stay healthy!

Doorways to the House of Wholeness

When I was a young child, I was wildly creative. I was also sensitive, smart, and a people-pleaser, which led me in the direction of academic achievement. Striving for straight As in school became a way of seeking approval.

Over the course of my school career, my creativity became secondary, and even atrophied. It’s hard to think for yourself when you’re trying to get all the “right” answers.

In college, I discovered spirituality, and an Earth-based path that appealed to me. Not having been raised in a religion, I had never seen the value of one. But in discovering magick, the world seemed to open up again. I dove into my studies – entirely for my own benefit, this time – with enthusiasm.

This new path led directly back to my creativity. I’d felt blocked in my writing, but I started contributing to a local Pagan newsletter, and sharing my spiritual experiences. I continued writing for them for more than a decade. I also started blogging. This eventually brought me to the publication of my first book, a collection of those essays, in my early 40s. After that, the floodgates opened up. My powers of the imagination were back, in full force.

I had discovered that creativity and spirituality are deeply entwined.

As I sat down to write this post, the image of a doorway came to me. But I couldn’t figure out whether creativity was a portal to greater spiritual connection, or if spirituality was a doorway to one’s creativity.

For me, both are true.

We are innately creative beings, like the Universe from which we emerge. Spirituality, or the acknowledgment of a power beyond your ken, and creativity, the ability to weave elements of your experience into something new, are both essential parts of being whole.

As human beings, we are drawn to this place of wholeness.

“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.” – Rumi

Your spirituality might manifest as a reverence for the cosmos and the discoveries of science, or maybe you walk a more traditional religious path. Perhaps, like me, it’s something in between, unique to you.

Your creativity may come in the form of practices that are considered artistic, or your life itself could be your art. Maybe you’re still figuring it out.

No matter your personal flavors of choice, think about how these two aspects of your life are woven together. What creations are you bringing to life? How do you honor the amazing blessings of this mysterious world you inhabit?

Trying to live without either creativity or spirituality squeezes life into a box, and all looks flat and grey. There’s no use pretending that life has no mysteries. There’s no joy there.

Wouldn’t you rather be free to walk the spacious halls of your own inner house of wholeness?

Pick a door, and enter your sanctuary, with reverence and the awe of a child.

Step Back and See the Big Picture

I was having a conversation with a friend who was expressing concern about some of the things he’d done, earlier in life. Things he regretted deeply. These actions were causing him to suffer, mentally and emotionally – in the present moment, many years later.

Another friend expressed her intense rage and sorrow about the state of our planet. While it’s not something she can control, she wonders how she can pursue her personal happiness when so many beings are starving, dying, and even burning.

This got me thinking about the journey I’ve been on, one of cultivating happiness and following my bliss. As a lifelong empath, I’m certainly aware of the suffering in the world.  How am I able to nurture my joy when others are in pain?

My faith has been a big factor in this. I would describe myself as a practical mystic. When I talk about faith, it’s not some abstract, outdated concept from an ancient book (as much as I adore books).

In order to be useful, faith has to involve practice and be woven into the fabric of daily life. 

One of the things that helps me when I lose hope is stepping back and seeing the big picture.

Not a planet-wide view, although that can be beautiful. I’m talking about a soul-level, cosmic big picture.

In the vast scheme of things, where everything exists as energy and is part of the greater whole, we are okay. Everything, and everyone, is okay. Better than okay, actually.

Death is not a final ending, but a transformation. Science and spirituality both tell us this, although science has yet to catch up with some of the truths of the Universe.

On the biggest-picture level, we live in a safe Universe. This bird’s eye view can help to anchor us when personal or global suffering (or anything in between) runs rampant.

Try it. When the pain gets to be too much for you – whether it’s physical or emotional pain – take a look around. Resolve to see the blessings that are abundant in your life.

Listen inward, to the voice of wisdom in your heart. Ask your questions. Get quiet and hear the answers.

Go outside on a clear night and look up at the stars.

Think about the tiny piece of the divine that is you – not in a negative, woe-is-me-because-I’m-so-insignificant way. Rather, experience the freedom that your part in the greater whole can bring. Know that no matter what happens, to you or another, we are all part of the Divine, of All That Is.

We are each loved and cherished as an essential part of that whole. Soak it in. In the big picture, all is well. 

This doesn’t mean that you won’t help others, work for change, or stand up for what you believe in. On the contrary, this practical mysticism will give you the energy to keep moving forward, and to find your bliss as you participate fully in the world you’re blessed to stand on, here and now. May it be so.

Starcat’s Favorites: Focusing on the Good Stuff

Winter is hard. Am I right? It’s cold and dark and not all that inspiring. But I find that focusing on the good stuff in life makes it much more fun.

Here’s a recent list: Celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday with her in Santa Fe, New Mexico – we went to MeowWolf, which I highly recommend.

Savoring the new season of Grace & Frankie.

So many good books to read! I’m currently loving Lev Grossman’s Magicians series.

My cozy warm home. Loving family and friends. Cat snuggles.

Dappled sunshine on the snow, reflecting through the fir trees in the backyard.

Helping book clients channel their inspiration onto the page.

Soup and biscuits. Tea dates with inspiring women friends. And much more! Life is good.

Speaking of focusing on the good stuff, here’s an awesome illustrated list of good news from 2019. Go, sea turtles!

A good friend introduced me to ThriftBooks on my birthday this past fall. I love it! They have a best books of 2019 post, as well as a best sci-fi and fantasy list for the past decade. More good books to devour!

Do you remember Bunnicula, the story of a vampire bunny? It’s apparently an enduring classic now…

I’ve decided that less is more for 2020, particularly in terms of my career. I’m taking inspired action, rather than trying to do All The Things. This also involves embracing imperfection and allowing the mess. Creativity isn’t linear! (As I’m reminding myself regularly).

One of my best friends shared this lovely article about one of my favorite goddesses, Yemaya.

Here’s a post by Pema Chodron about the Buddhist practice of tonglen.

Enjoy your favorite winter activities!

Getting Out of Your Own Way

I’ve been having some “aha” moments and mini-epiphanies as we make our way into 2020. They hit me in a powerful way that’s already helping me grow.

Yet when I look at these messages from spirit, they seem remarkably simple. They are things I either knew already (intellectually, anyway), or probably should have known.

That doesn’t make them any less profound.

My new realizations came to me during a couple of different workshops focused on setting goals and planning for the year to come.

One can be summed up as, “Less is more. Don’t try to do ALL THE THINGS. Do fewer things in a more focused way.” Um, duh. But it feels so huge to give myself permission to do this!

The other, shared by a wise woman who led us on a goal-setting meditation, is to set goals that reflect values and feelings you want to have, and then do things each day that allow you to feel that way NOW. This will bring your success into your present moment, thus drawing your goals to you. I feel like I’d heard this before, but it was powerfully brought home to me by the feelings of confidence and leadership that I experienced during my visioning process.

If I knew these things already, then why are they affecting me so profoundly now? I think it’s because we tend to get in our own way.

Our old patterns and habits of being take over. We run on auto-pilot more often than we might care to admit.

When we do the deep inner work of clearing those old patterns, it creates space in the psyche. It leaves room for new growth. The lessons that come in at this auspicious point might be super simple, but we have the inner space for them, now.

I’ve been doing that work of clearing old patterns for more than a year now. As I’ve de-cluttered my physical spaces, I’ve done the same to my inner sanctum.

So perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that these seemingly simple realizations are creating a huge impact. I made space for them.

How can you do the same? Some of the ways I’ve been creating inner space include:

De-cluttering my home. It might not seem connected on the surface, but by purging and organizing our physical possessions, we’re changing our energy field. I’ve done a lot of this throughout the past year, and there’s still more to do. But it’s already having a positive effect.

Doing Shadow Work. This involves taking a close look at what’s not working in your life, and then figuring out why. When there’s a situation in your life that you’re don’t want, acknowledge that there is actually part of you that does want this. Shine the light on old beliefs, fears, and doubts that cause you to hold yourself back. Shadow work is too complex to summarize here, but check out this article if you want to learn more.

Journaling. Part of my own work with my Shadow involves regular journaling. I take time to shine the light on that part of me that wants to sabotage my success or hold me back. I dialogue with her on the page. Most often, our Shadow self just wants to be seen and heard. They want to keep us safe.

Doing LOA practices. Changing old beliefs that no longer serve you takes some focus. It’s a matter of cultivating a focus on what you do want, as well as releasing what you no longer need. I’ve been using various Law of Attraction (LOA) processes each day, to raise my energy vibration and focus on my big dreams. Jeannette Maw’s Good Vibe blog has a lot more about this, if you’re curious.

Meditation. Having a daily spiritual practice is an integral part of my life. Meditation is such a powerful way to create space between your inner spirit and the monkey mind. It makes it possible to quickly notice when you’ve gotten sucked into an old and unhelpful pattern.

Getting out of your own way and making space for personal growth takes some dedication. It requires time to regularly look within. It demands that you be willing to see the negative things as well as the positive.

It takes work – but the benefits are well worth it.

Pick something simple that takes just 10 minutes or so each day, and get started. When you create space in your psyche, those epiphanies will start flooding in, making your life simpler and more joyful.

Starcat’s Ten Best Books of 2019

Hey fellow bookworms! I’m super excited to share my ten favorite books that I read this past year. As always, please note that these aren’t necessarily books that came out in 2019, just ones that I encountered and very much enjoyed.

There were a bunch of others that were awesome, too, but didn’t make the top ten. If you want an expanded list, send me a note! I’m happy to share.

Without further ado, here are my favorites:

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. This is book two in the Winternight trilogy, and I normally wouldn’t do that to you. But hey, this hardly ever happens – book 2 was even better than book 1 (which I also enjoyed)! I savored this book. I love the way I was drawn fully into the faery-tale-like story and the author’s amazing descriptions of magick and myth. I haven’t even read book 3 yet, though it’s on my to-read shelf for this winter. The Girl in the Tower is a delicious treat.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. A dear friend recommended the TV series The Magicians to me a few years ago, when it first came out. It took me a while to start watching it, but then I was enthralled. Even better, I discovered that it was based on a series of books. I read this first one and it was (of course) even better than the show. Again, it’s part of a trilogy (a theme of this year’s list, apparently). I have the next two lined up to read soon. If you like magic, read this.

Get Clients Now! by C.J. Hayden. One of my biz sisters brought this book to my attention, and it’s changed things for me in a powerful way. The book is a 28-day program for increasing your business, and I confess that I haven’t made it through the full program either time I’ve attempted it so far. Even so, it’s had a huge effect on how I do things in my business. The main thing being that it’s okay to follow up with people who express their interest in what you do. I know, duh. But it’s more than just that. It’s a system. If you run a business where you work with clients, check this one out.

Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. Yes, another series. I know. But wait – for fantasy fans, this is a must-read. I received the first book, The Way of Kings, unexpectedly, as a prize from having donated to the annual fundraiser that author Patrick Rothfuss runs. The world-building in this series is AMAZING. It’s a truly unique fantasy world, which is actually fairly uncommon. The tale is epic. The characters are fascinating. So good. I’ve read the 3 that are out already and I can’t wait for the next one.

It’s Not Your Money: How to Live Fully From Divine Abundance by Tosha Silver. If you’re looking to upgrade your prosperity, this book will rock your world. It’s helped me look at abundance in a whole new way.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This novel is a wild ride. I’m not even sure what genre it is. Kind of a blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and magical realism. I think. It’s got that element of dreamlike flow that I love to read. It will immerse you in a strange and captivating world, and spit you out at the end with a slightly new perspective on life.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. Even though many people have given up on the word and think it means you hate men (which I don’t), I still proudly call myself a feminist. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of my heroines, and her book is a delightfully thoughtful journey through her life. She talks about sexism and racism in a way that puts modern life into context and showcases the progress we’ve made, even though we still have a long way to go. She inspires me to continue to be the best version of myself that I can, and brings hope to our collective awakening.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This is book 1 of the Gentleman Bastards series – yep, I did it again. But it’s such a good read! Like Sanderson, Lynch brings a fresh take to the fantasy genre. You’ll devour it.

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. This is a contemporary fantasy classic. I’m not sure how I missed it, but I’m glad I read it this year. It has music and faeries and magick and romance and more. I want to write like this.

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection by Michael Singer. This book was recommended to me by two completely different sources within a week’s time. So I read it. Wow! Given the work I’ve been doing with surrender and going with the flow, the timing was ideal. This is the author’s amazing life story, and he built his entire world on faith and intuition. If you’re interested in spiritual growth, this one will expand your mind.

I have to also note that this year I re-read Women Who Run with the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I very rarely re-read anything, because there are so many other books to enjoy. But this one was well worth the time. I absorbed it in a completely different way than I did when I first read it, in my early 30s. If you haven’t read it, or if you read it many years ago, I highly recommend it.

Leave a comment and share some of your favorite books that you’ve read lately. All bookworms need more books on their to-read list, right?!

My 2020 Vision

This has been an unusual holiday season, for a variety of reasons. Not bad, just different. A bit more chaotic and scattered. A lot of letting go and allowing things to unfold as they will. Which is part of the lesson.

I think of myself as a recovering control freak, and sometimes the recovery goes better than others. I get too attached sometimes, and think that my actions and to-do lists are a lot more important than they really are.

This has been a season of releasing, of valuing the things that truly matter, and of being easier on myself.

My Word of the Year for 2019 was EASE, and I think I’ve integrated it on a deeper level than ever before.

For New Year’s, BlackLion and I decided to do a Star Wars movie marathon. It was a stretch for this Virgo to just relax into two days of no to-do lists. I know, lame. I did clean the kitchen in between movies, I confess. But it’s been good for me to take actual time off from business and writing. That’s something I’ve been learning to do more of this past year, rather than just working harder and harder and forcing things.

I didn’t have the success in business in 2019 that I’d hoped for – but I didn’t give up. I’ve been focusing on building community, refining my offerings, and connecting with people who align with what I do.

My ego mind wants to think that I’m not getting anywhere, because of the numbers in my business account (or lack thereof), but that’s not the whole picture.

I’m consciously building a business that will lovingly support and sustain my clients as well as myself and my family. I have big plans for philanthropic giving that will help the oceans and the Earth. I want my clients’ books (and my books) to have a huge impact, and to help with the expansion of human consciousness. I don’t work nonstop and survive on stress and caffeine. I pause and realign as needed. I offer long-term support and transformational experiences.

Building a business this way takes time and nurturing. I’m learning SO much along the way. I have the support I need. My current affirmation for business is “I surrender to my inevitable success.”

While I’m not quite there yet with the financial side of things, my creative process and personal life are thriving. I’m so thankful.

Writing has been going well, and I have a new book coming out soon that I’ve co-authored with BlackLion. The kids both have exciting things happening this year (a new home for my son, a wedding for my daughter). The elders are doing pretty well, too (though part of my financial goals are to be able to help them more in that regard). I’m blessed with amazing relationships with my beloveds, family members, and friends. I have some fun travel plans coming up this year. In terms of physical health, I’ve made some positive changes and those are going super well so far.

The word I’ve chosen for this year – well, it’s chosen me, I think – is SOVEREIGN. It came from some work my biz coach has been doing with us, about choosing sovereignty over success, because it’s more comprehensive and is about how you feel when you’re in this mode.

The image I get when I think of being sovereign is of being the Queen of my own inner and outer landscape. Not in a fussy, dictatorial, messing-with-the-cursed-hows sense. Rather, my Queen self is a benevolent observer, aligned with the Divine and nurturing her subjects (i.e. the other parts of me, and my life).

If this doesn’t make sense, it’s not you. I’m still figuring out how my new word will play out this year. I’ll share more as I wrap my mind and heart around it. Maybe images will help. Here’s my vision board for 2020. I love the feel of it!

I’d love to hear about your process and how you’re moving forward into the new year. Comment here or send me a message. Happy New Year!

Starcat’s Favorites: My Family

I am SO blessed to have an amazing family (of birth and choice, both).

This weekend, a bunch of us are helping my son and his girlfriend move into the house they just bought. Not only are we schlepping boxes and cleaning the old apartment, but Quester has been over at the new place almost every day this month, prepping and then laying the new hardwood floors.

Family members and friends have steamed off wallpaper, painted, and more, all on a very tight timeline, at the holidays.

The thing is, we’re happy to help. That’s how we roll in this wonderful community.

Even with all the extra craziness, our holiday celebrations have been quite merry. No one ended up in the hospital this year – yeah, that’s a thing, sometimes, with us – yet there were some challenges.

We all miss my daughter and her fiancee, who are still in Colorado. Money is tight for some, and flowing better for others. Time is crunched.

Not everything comes together perfectly.

But we always have fun together. I’m so thankful that we’re there for each other. It is a powerful blessing, one that I try not to take for granted.

Here are a few links for your holiday weekend:

Here’s one of the end-of-year things I’ll be doing this week, when I’m not helping the kids with their move: filling out this workbook.

Still in celebration mode? Here are some fun and uplifting things to do. The Literary Goddess circle? I’m in.

Winter holidays are perfect for some warming foods. I’ve been getting into trying vegan recipes. I’ve been vegetarian for years, and lately my body is not very tolerant of dairy, so…  I made this yummy tomato soup recipe and we loved it. Here are some I haven’t tried yet, plus one for buffalo cauliflower bites, which we enjoyed at a restaurant in Denver last fall.

Looking for some good books to read? Here are Leonie Dawson’s picks. I’ll post my own 2019 favorites soon.

How to make the shift from scarcity to abundance.

Have an excellent weekend!

Winter Solstice: Nourishing Your Spark

Winter Solstice is a time of paradox. It’s the turning point, where the light returns and the days begin to grow longer once more. It’s also the official start of winter, ushering in the coldest, most snowy months of the year.

This is the height of the winter holiday frenzy, and in less than two weeks, the tree will be hauled outside, all of the faerie lights will be packed away, and the parade of cookies will be over. Here in Maine, spring is but a faint glimmer on the horizon.

Celebrating the winter holidays with family and friends is certainly fun, but my favorite part of Winter Solstice, and the weeks to follow, is turning inward.

True hibernation isn’t an option, but cozying up in your creative cave makes a lot of sense.

Here are some ways to nourish the spark of light within you, which will then begin to burn brighter and brighter as the sun returns.

Playing. What does “play” mean to you? What activities light you up and allow you to relax? There’s no need to be productive in every waking moment – in fact, it’s not good for you to try. Sure, wintertime play is different from summer; my love of being in the water in warm weather will have to wait a bit. Find your favorite winter leisure activities and do them, whether it’s cross-country skiing or knitting by the fire.

Studying. Life-long learning keeps your mind healthy. Research a Goddess or mythos you’re curious about. Take an online course. Learn how to make something. Watch how-to videos on YouTube. What have you been wanting to try? Make a list, and then pick one thing to study this season.

Dreaming. Pay more attention to what you dream at night. Write down your most significant dreams and work with them. If you can’t recall your dreams, then make time to daydream, and notice what images and feelings come up. Explore the symbols, places, and creatures that populate your imagination.

Releasing. Before we move fully into the waxing time of the year, perhaps during the waning moon, let go of something that no longer serves you. It might be a habit, an attitude, or some clutter in your home. Releasing that which you no longer need makes space for new energy as the sun begins to strengthen.

Visioning. What are you called to do in the coming year? How will you be of service to your community? What work are you meant to contribute to the world? What do you long to create? When you’re curled up on these long winter evenings, write some of your ideas in your journal. Listen within, and see what your heart says. Sometimes we get stuck in thinking we have to do things the way we’ve always done them. There’s always a fresh new start available to you. All it takes is listening inward to see what your soul is calling you toward. Once you know that, you can begin to take the inspired actions that will put things in motion.

This Winter Solstice – or after the winter holiday festivities have ended – make time and space for yourself and your inner world.

The world outside will wait. As the snow falls softly over the land, curl up in your favorite cozy spot and nurture your creative soul. Embrace the present moment. Dream like the trees.

Blessed Be.