Wikipedia says 2014 will be a common year, but I think we can prove them wrong. 😉
In all seriousness, the New Year really is a mere few days away and, in the lives of most around me, the tumultuous winds brought to us by the December, 2012 shift have died down into a reflective lull signifying either full integration of the year’s transformative lessons or a more “eye of the storm” pause for recuperation, recharging, and re-weaponizing for what’s ahead.
With the holidays behind us and both family and social dynamics fully on-display for our consideration, we’re left with the task of considering what has served us these past 12 months, what serves us moving forward, and, at the core of it all, the question “Am I truly being who I came here to be?”
Circumstances help mould and shape us based on the decisions we make in response to them and the decision to change whatever isn’t working in ourselves and in the world around us is the first step toward transformation. Gratefully, there’s so much help available to us in the form of signs from our guiding spirits, perspectives from plant and animal medicines, and our innate ability to simply tune-in to our heart’s yearnings and begin to move in that direction – even if the goings are slow at first.
In the style of many New Year’s encouraging to-do lists, I offer my own seven below:
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- Cleanse yourself. Cleansing baths are one of my favorite ways to start fresh and ensure that my energy body is unaffected by the outside world and that I’m in alignment with the most positive forces of luck and blessing in the Universe. Hyssop, Rue, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Salt are all very popular botanical and mineral medicines in the Hoodoo tradition for spiritual cleansing. Really, though – take one. Three. Seven. Nine. Or thirteen in a row. You’ll know when you’re good.
- Cleanse your home. Many people perform a New Year’s rite of renewal in their homes and businesses which may be as simple as sweeping the floor from the back of the space to the front – and right out the door. You can up the ante with a preparation of Chinese Wash, a staple in the Hoodoo tradition for space cleansing. Simply prepare a floorwash and mop (or sweep if your space is carpeted) from the back to the front of your space, paying extra attention to thresholds and windowsills. Then, prepare a floorwash using an infusion of oils and / or herbs known for attracting the kinds of ideals you seek and wash the walkway leading up to the front door of your abode in an inward-fashion. Bayberry is known for helping with cashflow while Thyme is known for helping to keep that which comes in. Rose, of course, can be a wonderful aid for nourishing love (including self-love) while Cinnamon is known for being helpful in all types of attraction work. (And in lieu of Chinese Wash, a simple tea of Lemongrass would do quite nicely.)
- Keep up-to-date. Astrology has long been an important aid for me to not only schedule my rootwork, but for understanding myself and the world around me. Compared to most other celestial bodies, our home planet is actually rather small and our even smaller Moon’s orbit affects the tides of oceans and rivers. Humans are, on average, made up of about 70% water, so it’s easy to see how the pull of celestial bodies affects us and our interactions as well. Stay on top of astrological happenings with the monthly forecasts of Susan Miller over at Astrology Zone and the poetic weekly horoscopes of Rob Brezsny at Free Will Astrology. Both are helpful guides for monitoring your own cycles and for planning ahead.
- Change your ringtone. It’s funny how some songs elicit a sarcastic response from people due to their optimism. Put the snark aside for a month or two and brave the possible laugh with a ringtone change to one of your favorite uplifting songs that’ll remind you that it’s a new day and you have the power to change whatever circumstance is muting your heart’s true song. Your iTunes too emo? Consider Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Vitamin C’s sunshine-y Put a Smile On Your Face or, one of my personal favorites, Jamiroquai’s Use the Force. Remember: perception is everything.
- Get involved. A lack of passion marks our age of consumerism and without a sense of where the fire is that we are called to tend and be warmed by, it’s easy to mistake the ease / status / practicality / security of mundanity and being in societal flow for purpose when, indeed, we may be being called to engage in something that puts our hearts (or even our lives) at risk. Start engaging somewhere: the community theatre or choir, the suicide hotline, the local pantry, or the shut-in service in your county. Find something that tugs at your heartstrings and go be a part of it. In the words of the author and theologian Howard Thurman, “‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Be human. One of my favorite podcasts as of late is Why Shamanism Now? by the esteemed shaman Christina Pratt of Last Mask Center. Though developing shamanic skills is the topic of some of her shows, her real aim is toward helping us become more human in an age of false ideas of progress where-in we are encouraged to imagine ourselves as post-human before remembering what the glorious call to be human even means. I strongly recommend her podcast to anyone interested in living life with more heart, more connection, and less fear and isolation.
May Abundance and Joy accompany you in 2014!