Advent, Christmas, Consciousness

Creeping around in the early evening gloom. Fumbling for cords. Flipping antique switches.

Bringing light to the darkness. Filling the house with the glow of hope.dsc01481

This is one of those epiphanies so obvious, I cannot believe I never realized its significance before.

It’s got to the be combination of a new house of our own and my own expanding awareness. I have fallen in love with the ritual of switching on these Christmas sparkles when I get home each night.

So pedestrian, the twinkling of colorful bulbs each December, and yet stringing these lights connects us to an amazing deeper consciousness. This tradition of decking the halls can be so much more than doing what’s expected and decorating as soon as Thanksgiving has passed.

Isn’t one of the best ways to really integrate changes into your life to introduce new habits? This habit, formed when there are a few extra, lovely tasks to do every day as we cast our homes in a precious, brief kaleidoscope of color can be the sort of thing that changes our whole outlook.

Spending those moments to consciously fill my house with beauty reminds me that it can be so simple to let a similar glow fall upon the rest of my life.

We light the Advent candles to prepare for a coming birth. We bring trees and boughs into our homes to spin some sympathetic magic, in hopes that the green will return once again to the earth. We fill our lives with all this light, both secular and holy, because we need it to guide us through this darkest time of year.

I have created my own sacred circle of candles to further help me remember that the sun will own the sky once more and that there is always promise on the bleakest of nights. I gaze into each flame and ask that I may always remember the sacredness of fire, the divinity of inspiration, the blessings that dance around my well lit path.

Oh, and check out a wonderful piece on the Winter Solstice at the Huffington Post by Judith Rich!

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5 thoughts on “Advent, Christmas, Consciousness

  1. pam at beyondjustmom December 19, 2008 / 10:49 am

    Yes, it is the small rituals that bring us peace. I need to remember to light those candles daily, and I love how you connect that tangible task to spirituality. And the circle of women in your picture: awe-inspiring!

  2. girlwhocriedepiphany December 19, 2008 / 5:37 pm

    Dear Pam,
    Aren’t those ladies amazing? My mother got them for me in Prince Edward Island many years ago and lighting their faces with a dancing candle flame always brings me healing and peace.

    My new task is to figure out how to find rituals that root me into awareness all year long even after the Christmas stuff has been packed away. Any ideas?

    Thanks & blessings,
    Marisa

  3. Judith Rich December 20, 2008 / 5:31 pm

    Dear Marisa,

    I love this scene you’ve set! The circle of women with the candles is amazing.

    I love your words:

    “Spending those moments to consciously fill my house with beauty reminds me that it can be so simple to let a similar glow fall upon the rest of my life.”

    So true. Truth and beauty often come wrapped in simplicity and we miss them because we’re so busy making life complicated.

    Thanks for linking to my HuffPo blog here. Several people have found it and left comments because of you.

    Wishing you a Happy Solstice and a New Year of abundant epiphanies! Hope you’ll stop by and share them at the HP.

    Blessings,
    Judith

  4. girlwhocriedepiphany December 21, 2008 / 9:37 am

    Dear Judith,
    I am so glad that more and more people are finding your piece. It’s essential solstice reading in my book! As the snow continues to fall and we are joyously trapped at home I look forward to rereading it and savoring it all over again on this magically still moment of the year.

    It is wonderful to count you among my readers. I look forward to watching how our thoughts and epiphanies can dance together.

    Midwinter warmth & blessings,
    Marisa

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