Winter Solstice Celebration Qigong Friday, December 14, 2018, 10AM at Unity of Fort Pierce, 3414 Sunrise Blvd.
Light and darkness, life and death, on the right and left,
these are children, they are inseparably together.
But the good are not good, and the wicked not wicked,
life not life, death not death.
Each element fades to an original source.
But those who live above the world cannot fade.
They are eternal. — The Gospel of Philip
“It is said, by Chinese Wisdom Teachers, that the Year of the Earth Dog (perhaps the Earth Wolf) will be a time when the insights arising from the happenings and breakthroughs of the Year of Phoenix will be actualized for the common good.” So says my fourth teacher, Dr. Roger Jahnke, in the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi February newsletter. He continues “Wolves, hybridized to be Dogs, are loyal, they are tribal, they work together, they care for children and elders – they understand the common good.”
By all prognostications, the year of the Earth Dog is a year to work for the common good; a year to be steadfast, observant and obedient, cautious, even ordinary. Perhaps this is a time to assess your tribe. Who do you love? Who do you serve? And how?
As we approach this brand new year, filled with possibilities and hope, may our intentions be rooted in love for ourselves and others. Set reasonable, attainable goals. Surround yourself with a community who supports and encourages you on this path. Create meaningful rituals for a healthier lifestyle. And remember that every ending offers a new beginning, so if you fall of the routine you have set for yourself, simply begin again, being present in the moment, just as it is. This moment, too, is filled with possibilities and hope. May your intentions be rooted in love for yourself and others. This passage was copied with gratitude from the Asheville Community Yoga January Newsletter: Freedom through Service.
In some ancient cultures, it was considered poor manners to look at the coupling of the sun and the moon during an eclipse. Was this an ancient wisdom for protecting the eyes of the innocent and curious? Or was it a preservation of patriarchal/matriarchal supremacy? Or was it something else?
A rare and powerful occurrence can indeed be blinding. Traditions, superstitions, preconceptions might mask the truth, or they might serve as a protective filter, enhancing life for our safe participation.
Observe. Things are not always as they seem. Be aware of the veil that has been cast. Beware of hiding behind it; beware of casting it off too quickly.
The sun is always shining and the moon is always full.