Summer is shining, weather is sweet, makes you wanna move your dancing feet.
on where you live--this year's Summer Solstice falls on June
20th or June 21st.
The Summer Solstice is the celebration of the sun, the longest
day of the year, and the first day of summer!
Right now the sun is at the height of its power.
And so are you!!
We hope you are enjoying being a bit less restrictive and
moving your dancing feet, by seeing family and friends, feeling
more comfortable traveling, dining out or getting back to your
pre-COVID activities. All in all, it just feels better, doesn't it?
Can you find some time to be outside today or tomorrow?
Sit outside for lunch? A walk after dinner? A glass of wine
outside this evening? Or, just PAUSE for a moment outside, as
you come and go today.
Take a moment & soak in today's powerful fire energy.
Ever since the Winter Solstice, the daylight hours have been
growing; at Summer Solstice the daylight is 5 hours and 49
minutes longer than the Winter Solstice. Every day, our side of
the Earth has been tilting on its axis back toward the sun. On
the Summer Solstice, the sun has reached its peak.
grow their lush flowers & vegetables are also present in your
life. They're fueling you, supporting & encouraging you, to grow
your own precious fruit, to realize the dreams you envisioned for
The arrival of summer coincides with the perfect time to expand
your awareness and your inner fire because we're moving away
from a difficult, constricted, contracted year. When awareness
contracts, we feel less optimistic and see fewer opportunities.
Expanded awareness is open to new possibilities and flowing
toward realizing your full potential--remembering your
We are ½ way through the year. The Solstice finds us bringing
things all the way through to completion and setting the stage
for the next cycle of change. So, as we complete the first half of
the Great Mandala cycle, what might you do to bring yourself all
the way through the cycle with a sense of clarity, fulfillment, and
alignment with the intentions you set in January? What happens
if you take yourself back in your awareness to the beginning of
the cycle at Winter Solstice, in the dark and deep of Silence?
What did you think you would have done by now? What might
you have envisioned for yourself then? What plans are still on
hold? What is taking up space that needs to move? That needs
to go? As you enter summertime, ask yourself, what are am I
ready to release?
A question that has been on my mind a lot lately is, "How do I
expand my awareness, my inner fire, my light, so that I'm
realizing my vision and remembering my Wholeness as a travel
along the path toward Oneness? How can I use this incredible
influx of energy right now? Where do I want to direct the sun's
This is a great time to listen to your intuition and then proceed
with the intention of manifesting your vision for this year. Make
the most of this opportunity to co-create wholeness in body,
mind and spirit! You have the power within you to do this.
In previous posts this year, we explored expanding awareness
and remembering Wholeness on the Pathway to Oneness, in
Silence, Reflection, Awakening, Courage, and Exploration. Each
month up to this point has led to the question:
What lights you up? What brings a smile to your face, expands
your awareness, makes you lean forward and ready to go, and
ignites your inner fire so that you shine your brightest?
What do you really need to do in order to experience a sense of
fulfillment, but more importantly: Who do you choose to be for
yourself and with yourself so that you:
>Feel joy as you focus on creating a healthy, happy,
and whole life.
>Feel empowered as you move into summer. Feel lit up
about your life.
>Feel strong, and fiercely rooted in your life as you move
toward Oneness in the second half of the year.
>Feel confident in yourself & the power of your inner fire
so that you can shine your brightest.
And one day she discovered that she was fierce,
and strong, and full of fire,
and that not even she could hold herself back
because her passion burned
brighter than her fears.
Living a "lit life"
within or without. Internally, we may get sparked by a thought,
feeling, memory or energy state. Externally, we might connect
with a person, place, event or thing--including the natural world.
Expressing yourself joyfully, creatively, lovingly, with care and
kindness can also light you up. Whatever you most value in
yourself, your connection to Oneness, is the source of
expanding your inner light. Give yourself permission to shine
your brightest, to be more expressive while the fiery energy of
summer is at its peak.
These are a few examples of a "lit life":
1. Finding projects, feelings, and activities that give you
energy and enthusiasm and gets you moving, ready to go
2. Feeling inspired to follow your heart so that you go in the
direction you most want to go while becoming the person
you want to be.
3. Hearing the music of your soul's passion and calling that
infuses life with wonder, magic, light and creativity.
4. Staying aware and present in the moment and giving
attention to what matters to you.
This is the perfect time to live your lit life. Give yourself
permission to be more expansive; let your ideas flow more
freely; let you light shine.
You can’t rip the skin off a snake.
When it’s time, the snake sheds its skin.
Baba Hari Dass
emerging from a months long "cacooning". I think that if we try
to push ourselves into high gear right now, and it doesn't feel
congruent with how we feel, all of the insights, wisdom, and
energy shifts we experienced during the many, many months of
lock-down may be lost. This is clearly a time to go gently, as we
go through this "birthing", out into the world of deeper
connection and interaction with each other, into more complex
interconnectedness, and moving toward Oneness.
I've found that force almost always brings a backlash.
So how can we stay present to what is most deeply true in us,
experience the fiery energy of summer, and at the same time,
Whenever the seasons change, particularly at the soltices, it’s
like riding a giant wave of creative power. I’m filled with
inspiration, energy and excitement.
Then...whoosh...the energy changes.
Over the years I learned that each season is very much like a
birth and it’s essential for my emotional well-being that I create a
little time to allow the gems of wisdom to integrate around my
experience. And it’s only when I don’t give myself time to
integrate that I start to feel off.
I've noticed that it’s common for creative visionaries to be
constantly looking out toward the next horizon. It’s also very
common for healers and sensitive types to be tending to others
without giving yourself the time you need to listen deeply to your
When you're on a creative, spiritual journey, you’re always going
to be stretching into new creative territory...AND it’s important to
mine the wisdom and lessons of each experience.
Life seems to be flowing so fast these days. Wherever you are
today offer yourself a moment to sit quietly, acknowledge any
pains or hurts present at this time, the constriction you might be
feeling, and bathe your cells and your entire being in light to
ignite your season ahead.
Give yourself the gift of time.
Stay sensitive to that part of yourself that may not be ready to
keep up with the rush toward change that comes with Summer
Give yourself space to feel, understand and articulate what
you’ve just been through in the past few months and what
you've accomplished. Journal, meditate, rest, practice the
20-5-3 rule for reducing stress, and feeling healthier and
When you're ready, invest the time and intention to integrate the
Summer Solstice fiery energy:
1. Express gratitude for your inner fire, that part of
yourself that is fierce and powerful. What has it helped you
co-create and manifest during the first half of this year's
2. The sun is at its peak. What have accomplished
recently that you're proud of?
3. Summer Solstice includes completion, letting go.
What has come to completion in your life? Honor yourself
and what has been healed or transformed in you.
Co-Creative Mandala Oracle Reading
I've co-created a Summer Solstice Co-Creative Mandalas
Oracle Card spread to help you connect with your inner light,
gain insight into your deeper thoughts & feelings, and gently
align your energy with the seasonal energy.
The mandalas, messages, and affirmations support your
understanding of where to direct your energy so you get the
most impact from summer's powerful, fiery energy.
Use your power to fiercely and
fully express yourself. Now is
the time to stand up for yourself
and shine brightly.
I trust myself and honor my
inner voice. I am free to lovingly
express myself in all ways and
let my light shine.
This is the time for sharing your
wisdom. You have so much love to
give. Take a leap of faith and have
the courage to fulfill your destiny
for bringing blessings to you and
to the world.
I am open to Wisdom. I feel deep
joy and peace about myself and
my life. I am open to living my life
You have planted the seeds
of abundance and now the
universe is blessing you.
Open your heart, open your
arms, open your mind. You
are about to receive.
Abundance blooms all around
me and radiates through me. I
see blessings everywhere
and in everything.
Your power to shine brightly, to radiate your inner fire comes to
life beginning with Summer Solstice. This is a time to lift and
expand energy levels. This Co-Creative Mandala, "Expansion",
from photographs of sunflower (symbol of lifting energy) and
gailardia (symbol of joy) remind us to remember how wonderful
it feels to be happy, to be open to joy. Your work right now is to
welcome and appreciate your radiant light and remember you're
shining as brightly as the sun. Welcome this expansive season
of abundance and creativity.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure it
makes you happy.
Expansion (What Lights You Up) Exercise:
In this simple, yet powerful exercise, I invite you to celebrate
"Expansion" and feel supported by your inner and outer
resources. Honor this powerful time of completion and
preparation for the next cycle.
This is a special opportunity to reflect on the fiery energy,
within you and as it's reflected in nature. It may be easy to
connect and get lit up— or it may be difficult getting started.
Maybe you are in a tough place, dealing with stress, loss, or
lack of meaning. Or, you might already feel lit up. You still can
use this exercise to be calm and alert, focusing on what you
desire and in the moment. As you discover or reflect on what
lights up your life, you will see more "Expansion" in your life.
Give yourself plenty of time without interruptions to dive
deeply into this exercise. Meditate, journal, create and bless
your sacred space.
Make this exercise your own. Invest your time and attention.
As you sit quietly in your space, light a candle that welcomes
In a moment, when you are done reading through the
instructions, write everything that the Co-Creative
Mandala-"Expansion" makes you think of. Write how you feel
when you look at it. Write about what the associated chakras
represent (root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, and crown)
and how that might be applicable to your journey toward
Oneness this year.
Close your eyes. Bring your awareness to your breath; just be
with your breath. Take a deep breath in. Breathe out. Take
another deep breath in. Breathe out. Notice the sensations as
you exhale—without judgement. Feel the body breathing. Bring
your body into stillness.
Open your eyes and bring your attention to the "Expansion"
mandala; allow the mandala energy to fill your heart; be with
whatever is there.
Invest a few minutes toward allowing the "Expansion" energy to
flow to and through your body. Imagine that energy bursting
through your crown chakra and extending far into the heavens.
Imagine the "Expansion" energy flowing through you and down
deep into the earth. Imagine it radiating from your heart and
extending out in front of you and behind you. Imagine the
"Expansion" energy is a radiant ball that encircles you.
Now, sit with this energy for a few minutes.
What about the "Expansion" mandala captures your attention?
Notice and Wonder--Something in me is feeling...
I wonder what it wants me to know?
Relax into your body and its quietness. Be with the energy, be
Here's the exercise:
Enjoy this exploration as you think about whatever expands
your heart and feels joyful for you. You likely have already been
thinking of your dreams and vision for this year. Finding and
expanding ways to embody a space that lights you up serves
yourself and others.
Thinking about what dreams you want to realize in the coming
weeks, what lights you up? Whatever your dreams are—and
whether they’re big or small—take this one step toward bringing
them to life.
The phrase “what lights you up” contains so many wonderful
elements. Let’s explore your treasures and use them to create
an extraordinarily fulfilling life.
Get our your journal or pen and paper and write a list of
everything that lights you up--that energizes you and gets you
out of bed every morning; that brings a smile to your face, that
makes you feel happy.
Here are some examples to get you started:
>Being with people you like and love
>Learning (reading, media, podcasts, researching)
>Being creative (artwork, music, writing, filming, teaching
>Spiritual inner work; meditation, mindfulness, retreats,
Use your list as a reference going forward.
Just like the Earth's powerful sun, we each have our own inner
fire that nourishes our visions and dreams. Without it, just like in
nature without the sun, our dreams will die.
Summer's sun reminds us to celebrate our inner fire and to let
our light shine brightly.
By honoring your light, your world lights up.Your lit-up energy
can boost and supercharge your life. It gives you energy,
inspiration, purpose and focus.
Wishing you a lit life and happy, dancing feet!