Here we are, stepping towards that threshold of a new year, where days, weeks, and months reach their apex and symbolically present us with a doorway. A liminal gap in the fabric of time where we offer up to the fires of change something we hope to let go of, to help die or transmute. Previous ways of being in the world, former relationships, old beliefs all become yule logs welcoming both the darkest night and the simultaneous birthing of the sun. For it's out of darkness that light is born.
Setting intentions for the new year can either be an act of fancy with little intention behind it, or it can be a cauldron of possibility. Invoking the psychospiritual potentialities of one's existence, an intention can be a ceremony with rituals that call in the greater forces of the cosmos. Forces that help to both dismantle and create.
Such forces have a way of tensioning the threads of our life, as if it were a bow. Drawing further and further back, the bow string grows taught, readying for a release. Though we might seek to release the growing discomfort that such tension can create, if released too soon our arrow might miss its target.
Tension in our lives readies us for great journeys. Journeys of the heart, mind, and soul.
In moments where progression seems elusive, and resistance abundant, the body and the mind become a psychospiritual bow. The hands of Mystery draw us back, and back, and back still, waiting for just the right moment when we'll be ready to let go and fly.
As you celebrate the coming of a new year - that place in time where death and birth meet in a sweet embrace of remembrance and farewell, lulling our eyelids closed, drawing us deeper to where dreams of a possible future await - perhaps it would be wise and fruitful to magnify the current tensions of your life.
Spin your gaze, as if it were a dancing dervish, toward the complexities and paradoxes that seek, out of love, to work you toward your own evolution. Come to know that which you are readying yourself for, and that which you are ready to release. For there is both a launching forward and a letting go in the hands of the archer.
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