February is the border between winter and spring.
It's with a heavy (and hopeful) heart that I sit down to re-write
the introduction. My heart, thoughts, and intentions go out to all
people suffering in this horrifically backward step for civilization.
I'm beside myself with sadness.
And, I'm heartened by the response to the crisis from our global
community. There are so many groups gathering together, as
united citizens of the world, to chant, pray, tap, meditate in
support of all those effected by the war! We're multiplying our
collective energy and power to end this war in the Ukraine.
We picked this year's Co-Creative Mandalas theme months ago,
and it's suddenly even more relevant at this moment: The
importance and value of Unity. The need for Unity – seeing all
beings from Wholeness and "commUNITY"--coming together to
support each other – is not just a personal or local issue. It's a
world-wide imperative. As I look back on ancient and recent
history, I see that a lot of progress has been made since early
bands of humans roamed the earth and conquered or were
conquered by one another. But as developments of the past
days show us, much more is still needed. As a civilization, we
continue to grow and evolve.
Typically, our monthly newsletter/blog includes information and
practices that we hope are helpful for your pathway toward
personal growth and evolution of consciousness. This one is
slightly different. With Unity and commUNITY in mind we're
offering a link to resources and practices that support our
individual and global healing. Many of you know of or practice
Donna Eden's Eden Methods. I love her work and her
commitment to living her life purpose. Here's a link
to several free online courses she and Eden Method
practitioners offered during the pandemic. We can "Stand
Together Even as the World Falls Apart" as Donna so eloquently
states. Each course speaks to our Co-Creative
Mandalas theme of Unity and has meaning in relation to
what is right now unfolding on the world stage.
In support of bringing the vibration of Unity into our daily lives,
Vision--feeling the joy of being part of Nature and envisioning
limitless possibilities--is the vibration for this time of year.
February 1st marked the half-way point between Winter Solstice
and the Spring Equinox (the first day of Spring is only 20 days
from today!). The Earth is tilting back toward the sun, the
daylight hours are longer as we step out of winter in the
Northern Hemisphere. The seeds in the still frozen soil are
struggling to break their shells.
Right now life is beginning to manifest in the outside world.
Nature is just beginning to make Her shift from the dark, inside,
incubation time to the outside, expansive, physical world.
Where I am in Colorado we're slowly thawing out of the recent
deep freeze. I trust that Mother Nature is waking up and soon
the crocus will be poking their heads through the frozen soil.
and reaching for light?
This can be an exhilarating time for exploring possibilities and
daydreaming about your vision that supports living your
purpose and welcoming the new into your life with an open mind
and an open heart.
This is an important time for treating yourself with great love and
compassion, to deeply nurture yourself, and to spend some
lovely alone time just being in the gentle calm and stillness. It's
time to sip homemade broths and tea, nurture ourselves and
have naps, and enjoy the benefits of slow exercise.
Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant.
Alice Walker-Living by the Word
You can use this powerful seasonal energy to bring your winter
dreams, the seeds of your vision, to life. Consider that you are
becoming a seed of change inside the mandala of your life -
your thoughts, your emotions, your relationships, and your
It's a powerful practice to relate to ourselves and our vision as
seeds for sparking change in an interconnected world, for
awakening to Unity by returning to ourselves and considering
the vision we can bring forth into the world.
The only question is: What do you want to grow with this potent
Your vision contains possibilities that await your attention, love,
and intention--your co-creative presence. The first step is
stating your vision. Clarifying your vision is like fuel for your life
that generates energy and excitement.
I love the idea that Vision helps us see a future that shines a
light on our path toward our possible future.
I love the idea that Vision is the ability to see a future that hasn’t
happened, YET. It's defining what your life will look like when
you move forward with purpose. Having a clear picture of what
you want helps you start living as if your vision is already real.
The more you focus on your vision, the more you will become
and embody your vision. So, how can you live intentionally
during the year ahead?
There's been a lot written about strategies for manifesting your
dreams, including creating "Who do I want to be?" "What do I
want to do?" and "What do I want to have?" lists and creating a
vision board. I think those are great ideas.
One of the most powerful tools I've used is writing a personal
vision statement. This statement will help you gain clarity about
your purpose--why you're here. It can help you realize your
vision because it's shows that you believe your life has purpose.
The following prompts will help you as you think about and
create your vision statement:
1. What seeds are you planting? Love? Hope? Service?
2. What is your role, your contribution in this life?
3. What message and knowledge do you want to bring to
4. What change within will bring the change you want to
see in the world?
5. What words of wisdom does your future self offer you?
6. What was the time or times you felt the most inspired
and accomplished—the most you. What were you doing?
Who were you with? How did you feel in those moments?
Be creative, have fun, play with your vision statement--add
colors, images, photos, write a poem, or a 6-Word novel. Post it
where you'll see it several times a day. I'd love to see your
creations--post them in the comments below or send an email.
The more you focus on your vision statement, the more you will
become your vision. A great vision statement offers a wealth of
benefits--clarity, resilience, presence, focus, and optimism.
As you finally emerge with greater ownership of your values and gifts, remember to honour the as yet fragile nature of new life. Tell yourself the story, again and again, of the love you offer, and the love you deserve, while your vision gains strength at the root.
crocus (symbolizes courage) gives us confidence to take a leap
of faith and trust that we have a unique purpose we're meant to
fulfill in this life. Follow your curiosity and let intuition guide you.
We are each seeds; we each contain the energy to influence the
mandala of our lives. And like seeds, we each are influenced by
the rhythms of nature. Seeds lie dormant in fallow ground.
They take in nourishment from the soil around them. Ultimately,
seeds germinate, sprout, grow, flower, and bear fruit. Nurture
the seeds of your vision. Be gentle to your self.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
The real power of the exercise is the intention you place behind
it. This is the time of stirring, the beginning of a new growth
cycle. Start your day by setting the intention that you are
dedicating this time to self-care, to remembering Wholeness by
awakening to Unity. What helps you remember your purpose?
Reading your vision statement? Journal writing? Being in
nature? This is a powerful time for manifestation. Be gentle with
yourself and the new life that's breaking it's shell, swelling, and
reaching for the light.
Choose what you need to create sacred space: Flowers,
candles, incense, and music can help guide your focus.
Before you begin the practice:
First, invest some time reflecting on Vision, the stirring energy
and its invitation to plant and nurture seeds that are the source
of your possible future. You may choose to reflect on your
vision statement. How will you support manifesting your vision?
How will you nurture the mandala of your life? How will you
practice self-care and self-compassion?
Now, the Vision practice:
1. Take a few deep breaths to ground and center. Take your
time here. Don’t rush. Take several deep breaths and use any
grounding technique that works for you.
If you choose you can imagine a root extending from the base of
your spine and growing deep into the Earth. Invest a few
minutes feeling the Earth energy traveling up your root, through
your body and all your chakras.
Imagine that energy bursting through your crown chakra and
extending far into the heavens. Feel the Source energy entering
your body through your crown chakra, filling and surrounding
Sit in this energy for a few minutes, feel yourself connected to
2. Allow your gaze to fall on the Vision mandala. What do
you notice about the mandala? What draws your attention? How
does its energy feel in your body? Just notice and wonder...I
wonder what the Vision mandala wants me to know? Feel its
vibration. Allow the Vision vibration to flow to and through your
body, bringing you clarity.
Take a deep breath and let go into your inner stirring. Imagine
you're a seed, nestled in the womb of Mother Earth. Feel the
stirring of life within your heart and the gentle opening of the
heart's protective shell. You're starting a new cycle of growth.
Enjoy the bliss of being. Give thanks for the mandala of your life
and join with the flow of life all around you.
May a good vision catch me
May a benevolent vision take hold of me, and move me
May a deep and full vision come over me, and burst open around me
May a luminous vision inform me, enfold me.
May I awaken into the story that surrounds,
May I awaken into the beautiful story.
May the wondrous story find me;
May the wildness that makes beauty arise between two lovers
arise beautifully between my body and the body of this land,
between my flesh and the flesh of this earth,
here and now,
on this day,
May I taste something sacred.