Last night, our electricity went out. This is no small thing as winter weather arrived with gusto at our northern Wisconsin home that sits 9 1/2 miles out on an island the size of Manhattan but with the population of only 200. Here, there is not only no internet, cell reception, light or heat, but there are no other nearby buildings or people. There was, however, the sudden awareness of pitch black night, crackling trees, white capped waves and howling winds between rifts of silence. Thankfully, there was enough warmth that comes with staying under the covers and inside walls. And there was also comfort in trust and excitement in what might be available to me in the abundant darkness (and with hopes that the electric company knew I was there and that there was an outage.) I’d been wanting to write about the message coming lately and last night’s experience called me to stillness in a way that I’m here now sharing with you:
It’s all about receiving and it’s all about you. Each year, in this time when days becoming shorter and colder and the veils between the realms are thinning, we feel called to slow down. Many are feeling pulled to stillness and rest. You may find you feel more sensitive and emotions or sensations may be more pronounced. Some of you may find your relationship with yourself or with a significant other is tested. You may wonder about your life purpose or the direction you are headed. You may even feel disharmony in your body. For some, this will be happening at a rate and way that is new and heightened. And, for some, it may be in what feels like a good flow. Whatever you are experiencing, however abrupt, smooth, chaotic or welcomed is this time, the message I am hearing is to receive. Slow down in the midst of everything. Pull the plug on activity and envelope yourself in a blanket of warmth and care. Consider the invitation to listen for how and where you can be nurtured regardless of your present condition or what commitments are calling. In the stillness of the night, a warm bowl of soup and the intention for harmony, you will find blessings of all kinds. Whether you are in a place of ease or difficulty, receiving right now is key. When you receive, you open more to allowing. When you allow, old beliefs and patterns that may want to release do so with less resistance and peace is more readily accessible. Your life path becomes more clear. Situations harmonize even if they change. But first, you must receive. Consider the possibility of seeing what silence has to offer. It may be unfamiliar at first, but there are benefits to it. Simply wrap yourself in a blanket, have that warm cup of soup and make a prayer to be surrounded by God’s love and light as you enter stillness. There is receiving in the silence. You deserve to receive and your loved ones benefit when you have.
Things to consider in these next days: How can I receive? When do I give myself the gift of receiving? What feels most nurturing to me? What do I need to trust to say yes to receiving?
Special note to moms (and dads) of young children and to college kids: Plan your care. It’s time to hunker down. Studies, duties, surprises will happen. They will throw you off course. Be kind to yourself when that happens and just do your best to quiet everything except the essential. It’s time to receive. It’s time for stillness. It’s time for nurturing. You are doing more than you realize. Validate that, say thank you to yourself, to God and to all who make it possible for you to be you. (Repeat).