Five months ago I registered for a 10-day Vipassana retreat, time spent in total silence. While it seems impossible that the days and months have slid into the passed, the time has come to make this journey into the heart of the Swedish countryside. All externals stay behind, including my cellphone, computer, jewelry, cosmetics, and most importantly, expectations and any kind of attitude towards an outcome.
For me the dragon symbolises what I know will be a powerful experience. Living so close to the edge of the Universe for so many years, in the last week it's come to represent the need for emotional strength, drawing on reserves that in all truth, I'm not sure I have. But harnessing the courage of heart, it is with the attitude of fortitude that I once again dare the Universe to lay the bellows on my inner fire. Reminded continually of the need for balancing, this time in solitude is already calling my attention towards the moments if inner magic that have come when I willingly gazed inward. I have no doubt that when I emerge from this time that my view on the patterning arising in our world will once again be transformed.
Tomorrow's been set aside for the mundane, laundry, packing and the like, and closing an amazing week spent with a friend who's been visiting from the USA. As well, this week has been one of reunion and the renewal of opportunities: the joy of speaking in Copenhagen; considering my trip to Israel in the New Year; and I'm already anticipating a Spring sojourn to South Africa.
With open eyes, hands and heart, I'll hold the "Royal You" in my heart and mindfully send you thoughts from the silence as I reconsider life, its meaning and measure found in Love.
May you too look in and out, riding the truest emotions, senses that have never failed or abandoned me, gratitude, awe and wonder through these final dark days until we meet again to celebrate the return of light.
As you approach That Day remember that it is the Fire within you, the choices that you make, that rule your inner world.
Pausing to rest while carrying Cosmic Fire