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How to Harness the Energy of the Solstice

How to Harness the Energy of the Solstice

For me the Summer Solstice is the start of an important growing season.  The longest day represents our opportunity to ensure that the seeds and sprouts we planted have the greatest opportunity to feel rooted and strong.  Then they are passed for a new type of tending.  From championing and coaxing them to watering, fertilizing, and nurturing them.  There are rich traditions, rituals, and celebrations that honor Solstice every year.

I shared my process for celebrating this years Solstice on Facebook this past week.  But I wanted to share it here as well.  I love simple and easy ways to harness unique energies.  I hope you find this helpful.  BTW… if you do this, come back in a couple of weeks and let me know your thoughts!

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This year’s Solstice is only a few days away.  Like other times of shifts or transformation, now is a great time to start to integrate the energy that is available during the longest day of the year.  For me there are several things that come to mind and that I want to focus on.

  • Alignment (or realignment) with the energies of expansion and growth that not only the Solstice ushers in, but summer does as well.
  • Movement or more specifically forward momentum.
  • Grace which for me means integrating these new energies with ease and elegance.

As I am a crystal lover, let me share with you a simple way to work with 3 crystals to provide focus and support for you as you move through this Solstice and whatever it means for you.

  1. Think about a current routine that you do daily. Examples include your favorite spot for morning coffee (my choice), where you do your work such as your office, or where you prep meals. You could even choose where you sleep or the bathroom where you do your daily self-care routine.
  2. Select a small bowl, saucer, shell, or even a coaster, that when placed in the designated location won’t obstruct or be in the way.
  3. Select 3 crystals and place them in your container.  As you are placing them, think about what each one represents for you.  If alignment, movement, and grace from above resonates, use those to set your intention and have each crystal be the talisman for those energies.
  4. As you’re putting the crystals in the dish and then placing the dish is your chosen spot.., think about any details you might want to add to your intention.  Maybe alignment means creating balance in your live, or movement means migrating to a new job, etc.  Simply add your positive thoughts to your mini-solstice altar.
  5. Leave it there for the next week or two and you’re done.

Crystals all have their own unique properties based on their internal structure, color, formation, shape, origin, and more.  So I want to share the three I will be working with and why.  You can use these or any crystals that intuitively feel right for you.  I’m choosing:

  • Citrine – one of the ways it supports us is as we become clear and aligned, it supports the natural realignment of the universal energies around us. Look for synchronicities and coincidences that align with what you intend and envision.
  • Aragonite Star Cluster – chips away old beliefs or limiting thoughts allowing movement toward anything new we are creating.
  • Black Tourmaline with Red Jasper (Spiderman Jasper) – for its ability to help us navigate and traverse our personal journeys with ease and grace.

I recommend placing them in a spot where you will see them daily so that even when you are not paying any attention to them, your subconscious mind remembers.  It triggers an awareness about what your intentions are and what you hope to experience during this time.  Our subconscious mind and these talisman crystals are potent allies.

If this simple way to work with crystals resonates with you, consider using it for New Years, birthdays, or any other special occasion you might have coming up.

Next time we see one another, may we recognize and celebrate the new alignment, movement and grace in each other!

Reflecting on Retirement

Reflecting on Retirement

I recently enjoyed a visit with a dear friend, whom I hadn’t seen face to face for several years. She was staying with us during a surprise trip through the state. From the sitting area in our home to the restaurants we visited, a theme for our conversations emerged.

Both of us are in the midst of significant life transitions, finding ourselves navigating the uncharted waters of retirement. As seekers, it’s not unusual for us to face such phases with a mix of curiosity and introspection. Over steaming cups of coffee or a glass of wine, we delved into our experiences, sharing the unexpected challenges and surprising joys that this new chapter has brought us.

For the past couple of years, I have been semi-retired. Though I still run a small business, the minimal administrative tasks and occasional visits hardly constitute what one might call a “job.” My friend, similarly situated in the traditional retirement years, still manages her own business too, approaching it in her unique way too. She only does things that bring her joy.

For both of us, being retired, even semi, has brought up a lot of internal “stuff.” When I reflect on our shared experiences, it reminds me of a workshop series I participated in years ago that featured the ‘7 Faces of the Soul.’ Content was originally channeled by Lazaris.

While we were studying the material in class all those years ago, I felt a deep internal conviction that I already understood the truth of these 7 Faces of the Soul. Therefore, it didn’t feel like I was learning new material, but rather like I was remembering it.

At the time, as a group, we were much more focused on the “Wounding,” the 4th Face of the Soul. Yet, during this visit, I kept thinking about the “Double,” or the sixth face. My interpretation of the Double, at the time, was that it was a time of owning our wisdom, becoming a Sage, and deepening our understanding of ourselves through our lifetime of experience and self-reflection. To me, this meant we had learned what we needed to learn and it was time to share it with others.

My friend is certainly wise and sage, and I have my moments. However, I realized through our conversation that even a Sage or Wise Elder is still learning.

Now that I am in my “retirement years,” I realize I had a very juvenile perspective on what retirement would mean. It meant you stopped working and enjoyed the rest of your life doing whatever you loved.

Let me assure you that this is not the case.

Sure, you have more time to do the things you love. But there is also a bit of a mind-f*ck that happens. You realize that the first question most people ask when they meet you is, “What do you do?”

Culturally, our identity is largely defined by the work we perform. This means that self-worth, image, and identity issues confront us almost immediately and frequently when we stop working, or, in my case, significantly reduce our work.

This is not about the people asking the question; it is about what goes on inside our own heads and even hearts when asked. For me, it is also in the quiet moments when I’m alone, and invariably, my internal inquiry is, “What’s next?” Don’t get me wrong; I love where I am and the freedom that I’ve created. Yet there are still parts of me that struggle with this internal inquiry, “What should I be doing?”

My initial thought was that I needed to shed those old expectations. However, upon further reflection, it appears that this is more about embracing a new level of self-learning and self-awareness. This, too, is part of our personal growth.

When we are willing to sit in the discomfort of the unknown and listen for and to the voice of our internal guidance without trying to figure it out with our mind or ego, something new and beautiful will emerge.

Simple, But Profound

Simple, But Profound

This past week, I had an experience that has stayed with me. It was simple on the surface but, for me, deeply profound.

I’ve had a few lingering questions that I couldn’t quite resolve, always hovering just out of reach. To gain clarity, I decided to seek answers through a channeled session.

My questions ranged from sorting through conflicting ideas to addressing personal issues that seemed insurmountable.

One topic I want to share with you is my struggle with personal motivation.

Lately, my motivation has been coming and going in fits and starts. Usually, it centers around my work and how I shape and envision the future for Storm Wisdom. There was a time when I was on a roll—making changes, updates, and feeling confident about my focus and priorities.

Running a brick-and-mortar retail business involves constant change and a lot of administrative oversight. Most of the time, I handle it well.

However, there are moments when I know something needs attention, but I feel completely unmotivated. In those times, it’s hard to gain traction or momentum. I know what needs to be done, but I just can’t muster the energy.

This was my state for the past couple of weeks, and I wondered how long it would take me to get moving again.

So, during my channeled session, I asked: “I’ve been feeling unmotivated for a while now. Is there anything I can do to shake it off, or any way to get going again?”

Here is their paraphrased response:

“You are aware of the natural cycles of life and the nature of ups and downs. You understand the uniqueness of each season and the shifting and changing transits in an astrological chart.

Why, then, would you be surprised that you also experience ebbs and flows in your life?

We see this as a natural time for you to rest and rejuvenate.

Our concern is the self-judgment you might layer on top of this rest period. As we see it, when you move to the next phase or cycle—which will happen soon—if you’ve added guilt, shame, or blame to the mix, you will not only need to get the wheels of motivation rolling again but also deal with the weight of these emotions.

We suggest letting go of these judgments and trusting that you are exactly where you need to be.”

As soon as I heard this, it made perfect sense. Yet, I had never thought of it this way. It has prompted me to pay attention to other areas in my life where I judge myself for things or situations that might actually be working in my favor.

Simple, but profound.

Perspective

Perspective

I recently got to spend time with several of my siblings. Every year, two of my sisters come to visit, and this year, one of my younger brothers chose to come as well.

As with every gathering, reminiscing about the past and our childhood, along with telling well worn stories, was a big part of our time together.

I recently heard that if four people were asked to explain what they observed while walking together the entire length of a mall, each person would have an entirely distinct account to share. .

What captures our attention can vary depending on our hobbies, passions, likes, dislikes, preferred colors, interest in people, etc. Our perspective of the world is shaped by the amalgamation of our life experiences.

A bunch of siblings in their 60’s, remembering events from decades before, takes this experience to a whole new level. Story variations on steroids! A few of us genuinely don’t remember some of those common experiences.

But ever since they left, I’ve been thinking about how adamant I was that my interpretation was the correct one! It was almost as if I somehow lost part of my identity if my version wasn’t correct.

It hurts to admit it, but needing my version of the past to be “right” is another way I play with the illusion of control. I’ve spent endless decades attempting to manipulate the heck out of practically every element of my existence. All in a futile effort to exert control.

Another thing that has been clear to me from my musings over the past week or so is that I continue to struggle with old issues related to identity. Even if those issues are subtle

Neither of these current awarenesses are life threatening. They actually contribute in some manner to the lighthearted banter that we all enjoy. However, they also increase my awareness of projection and perspective. This is where the potential for shifts or change really lies.

We all have unique experiences that inform our perspectives. While some may be evident, the majority are likely quite subtle. Because of this, people who share similar experiences remember things differently. Everybody tunes into different things. This means no one will ever experience a scenario in the same manner that we do since no one has our unique perspective.

Furthermore, we assign or project distinct values and meanings to everything that occurs to us due to our personal viewpoint. Thus, solidifying our perspective.

For instance, I recently attended a seminar with some friends. The words I was hearing made me feel awkward and as though I was in the wrong place. My companions had an entirely different experience. They didn’t just find it inspirational — they didn’t hear any objectionable language. Different perspectives and different projections.

This is important for me right now because being aware of our individual perspectives reminds me that it is important to accept multiple interpretations of a story or experience, without feeling pressure to own or choose the “correct one.” They can simply coexist.

Originally shared on Medium.com (https://medium.com/@desertcharles/perspective-8690084df7e2)