Having trained as both an artist and an holistic therapist, I have no doubt that colour, form and light have a profound effect on us, that images play a vital part in healing and that beauty is restorative.
Research has shown that our immune systems are boosted by the sense of wonder we may experience at the beauty of nature, spirituality and art. Neural networks in the brain have been shown to respond to harmonic principles. And if we so choose, the process of making art can be a means of devotion. We can connect to a higher consciousness and to healing energies through meditation and creativity.
Equinox = ‘equal night’~ from Latin‘aequus’ and ‘nox’.
During the September equinox, which takes place around the 21st September, the sun crosses the celestial equator, moving southwards in the northern hemisphere and northwards in the southern hemisphere.
An Irish Blessing When the first light of sun – Bless you. When the long day is done – Bless you. In your smiles and your tears – Bless you. Through each day of your years – Bless you.
The Summer Solstice is known by many names, including Midsummer and Litha in the Celtic tradition. It occurs on or around 21st June in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the longest day and shortest night and occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23°26’. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer. Astrologically, the June Solstice marks the Sun’s entry into the cardinal, water sign of Cancer.
Equinox = ‘equal night’~ from Latin‘aequus’ and ‘nox’. There are two equinoxes in a year, in March and September, when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost equal. In March, in the northern hemisphere, it is known as the Spring equinox and in the southern hemisphere as the Autumnal equinox. (Please note that this article refers to the seasons of the northern hemisphere.)
The winter solstice is generally celebrated on the 21st December, although the astronomical date changes from year to year. This is the longest night of the year and, symbolising the rebirth of the divine spirit of life, it has been a time of celebration since prehistoric times, with religious and social festivities across all cultures. Ancient people considered the winter solstice, also known as Yule, as a very important time. Christmas Day is celebrated at the end of this period .
”We can unite in one mind, as citizens of planet earth.” Masuru Emoto
Ever since I connected with the work of Carol Lamb, energy alignment and meditation has been key to my life and work. I was taught the Emerald Alignment, a simple method of aligning the energy field.
I was also taught an accessible method of meditation, breathing through the bands of the energy field, releasing anxiety and connecting to positive flow. Meditations are then completed with an Emerald Alignment, bringing the whole energy field into balance.
“I will always remember walking in an enormous field of sunflowers, which towered over me and I stood for a long time, bathing in the golden glow. I was mesmerized by the velvety petals, the intricate patterns of the seeds and the buzzing of the bees. The huge sunflower heads were like a sea of faces, radiating brightness and warmth. The song of the sunflower filled the whole landscape and kept me lingering there throughout the afternoon.
Bright pink against a grey wall, the wild rose is resilient, offering its delicate beauty in unexpected places and bringing a message of hope.
I was travelling to an appointment and as the train approached the city station, it came to a halt. We passengers shifted in our seats, sighed and then resigned ourselves to being neither here nor there but in a kind of limbo. I looked out of the window at the grubby sidings with piles of broken stone, rusting metal and rubbish.
RAYS of PEACE is a project connecting individuals all over the globe to a weekly meditation focus. Distance is no object here! Wherever we are in the world, we can join together and focus a collective energy of peace through meditation.
Rays of Peaceprovides a new focus each week, inviting all to meditate, ideally at the quarters of the clock ~ 3, 6, 9 or 12 – am or pm, in our own local time. In this way, we can provide a wave of positive energy, assisting those in need around the world.
As I write this in early April, we are emerging from Winter and all around, the energies are shifting. The sun brings its welcome warmth and it is as if everything is waking up from a deep sleep. The air is full of promise and in the exuberance of Spring, we have a sense of new beginnings.