Friday, March 20, 2009

Renewal: Rites of Passage

“And the seasons, they go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down. We’re captive on the Carousel of Time. We can’t return, we can only look behind from where we came and go round and round and round in the circle game.” The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell Here is a little serenade for you with this post:

Whether you are conscious of it or not, the cycles of life continue. You can choose to be conscious and aware of where you are and where you are going. You can also choose to be conscious of where you have been. The point is that we do have choices of how we live our lives.

Often, it is because of where we have been that we make our choices in the present moment that affects our future. We have been blessed with many positive loving experiences in our past. This provides a better chance of more of the same in the future. What if our experiences of the past were not all that positive and we continue forth unconsciously? More than likely, there will be more of the same in the future unless or until we move forward consciously in life. We have free will to grow up, learn, heal and evolve from our experiences, both positive as well as those we may perceive as not so positive with gratitude and consciousness.

Self-awareness is one of the keys for change. Awareness of the cycles of your life, the moon and the sun are tools that assist us. Consciously choosing love is another key. However, being able to love yourself must come first.
Every day, every week, every moon, every season, we have the opportunity for renewal and rebirth and to look at life from the greater perspective. Each night we sleep and dream and hopefully process and look at how we have acted and how we may improve our lives and our selves a bit more with the dawning of the new day. The cycle of a new beginning is provided daily! Ponder on this . . . every day we have the opportunity to do it over until we get it right. When you choose the path of love,you are then able to progress on to the next level of joy, peace and happiness.

Just as we have the opportunity each day to be a better friend, business associate, co-worker, caregiver, significant other or family member, we also have new beginnings with every moon cycle. The new moon each month provides a stepping up place to beginning again. And like wise, each spring when the Sun enters Aries, we start at the beginning of the astrological wheel to go once again through each of the signs of the zodiac. This provides a different flavor of learning with each cycle. Our Vernal Equinox usually falls on or around March 20 each year. The Vernal Equinox is determined by the day that the Sun enters Aries.

In the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, the Vernal Equinox is located at the east doorway. The east is where the sun rises, the dawning of a new day, the opportunity to begin again and live life better. Better and better, every day in every way. I love that affirmation. Let me give that to you again. I AM BETTER AND BETTER, EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY!

Perhaps you will choose to consciously work with the energies presented with this season. Now is the time. Clean out the closets of your home, your heart, your body and your mind. Then consciously choose. With what will you refill those cleared out spaces? You may have already planted the seeds that have been growing beneath the surface. So weed your personal garden, and choose what you will fertilize and let grow and what will you choose to pull out as a weed.

“ . . . and go round and round and round in the circle game.” Enjoy the carousel ride!

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