It’s the shortest day of the year because there are fewer daylight hours than any other day.
But the good news is that from this point, daylight will get longer day by day.
The Ancients, and still many indigenous people today, mark this day with bonfires to celebrate the return of the light. It’s also a way of inviting the return of the light.
It’s the Law of Attraction at work.
There is a lot of suffering and confusion in the world right now, so this is a really good time for us to pull ourselves up and let our own light shine, too.
I’ve written before on rituals to celebrate the Solstice, and you can find those posts here:
To learn how to internalize the Solstice, read on:
Why we need to celebrate the Winter Solstice
I recall a friend seeing the film Avatar and being sad that there are no longer people who live in harmony with nature as the Na’vi of Pandora did.
Well, of course there are, although the modern world is doing it’s best to destroy their way of life.
Indigenous [tribal] people all over the world have lived in harmony with nature since the beginning of time. And they had the utmost respect for their fellow humans.
Celebrating the Solstice and the return of the light is one of the ways they lived in balance with nature.
Their respect for fellow humans was a part of that balance.
- There was no need for orphanages or old age homes. Orphans and widows were taken in by relatives.
- In many tribes, the Chief was the poorest man in the tribe because when the old and orphaned were without, he gave from his own stores to take care of them
- In most indigenous societies there were no wealthy classes or poor classes, no homeless. Everyone had what they needed, was equal and was free.
- Everyone was a treated as a relative, including the animals and the earth.
Indigenous peoples around the world hold the belief that all humans, animals and the natural world are related.
The Lakota prayer “Mitakuye Oyasin,” the Maya phrase, “In Lak’esh” and the Hindu greeting “Namaste” are examples of that teaching.
- Mitakuye Oyasin is an acknowledgement that “everything in creation is my relative.”
- The Maya greet one another with the phrase In Lak’esh, Ala K’in – meaning, “I am you, and you are me.”
- Namaste means: “The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you. And when you are in that place, and I am in that place, we are as one.”
There was even a Native American version of “Namaste” stated by the great Lakota Warrior Crazy Horse, when he said,
“I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am in that place within me, we shall be as one.”
Scientists are finding there’s something to that.
According to Lynn McTaggert’s book, The Field; The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, Quantum physicists have discovered that everything in the universe, including the human mind and body, is connected by a vast quantum energy field. In other words, everyone and everything are connected.
In a nutshell, quantum physicists have proved that indigenous peoples are right.
Sadly, many people in the world don’t live that way. They seek divisiveness and battle at every juncture. There’s one way to stop that:
Be the light, be the peace, be generous and kind.
To many ancient cultures, the Winter Solstice was the start of a new year. I can’t think of a better way to start a new year than to commit to being the light.
There is an ancient teaching that when 144,000 people become enlightened, we’ll have reached a critical mass that will shift the planet. Everyone else won’t even have to do the work — they will be caught up in the wave of peace and prosperity to follow. 144,000 is a tipping point.
The time is now. We need to be our best selves to shift the planet towards peace. If we live as though everyone, and the earth, is our relative, we will start the process of a world living in harmony.
Be the light, starting on this Winter Solstice.
May the light within shine so brightly
That your path is illuminated.
May all your obstacles be removed.
May we uplift and elevate all those we come in contact with.
Blessings to all, light to all, love to all.
Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman.” She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com