It’s been a few years now that I have chosen a word for the year. Some years I have to really meditate and percolate to come up with a word. Last year, my word was ALIGNMENT. Interestingly, I read something about the current astrology around Saturn moving into Sagittarius in December and how this is fostering a greater sense of alignment.
One thing I have recently discovered about the new year is that choosing a word for the year or making resolutions, doesn’t mean your there. It means you are setting the intention for the coming year and it will require work through the year to actualize that intention or resolution. This year, I had many invitations to join groups or sign up for courses in December to help me set goals and vision for 2015 so I could be ready when January 1st arrived.
I have to admit I dabbled in this a bit but didn’t get too far. I did struggle seeing others seemingly create a vision and action plan for the new year and feeling like in some way I must be slacking in this or already failing. Then, I remembered the awareness that came to me last year at this time to really honor the rhythms of nature, of winter and the yin energy of this season.
For me, all the goals, resolutions, etc., need to come from within, not from the mind but from my heart and soul. And, not from any forces outside myself, only those within. This requires going slow, being patient, and honoring my own rhythm. This is what a year of alignment has taught me. I knew it before but now I feel more able to honor it in my daily life.
So here I am on January 16, 2015, just diving into my word of the year post and feeling my intentions, goals and visions for this year emerging. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks meditating, doing inner work and allowing this year’s word to come forward. Once I created space and ask the question, the word came shining through. My word for 2015 is…
I feel pretty strongly this energy came from the alignment of last year. I can’t say 2014 was an easy year; in fact, it was challenging in many ways. I struggled with finances, relationships and life direction. Even more so, I had a layer of trauma surface that required my willingness to dive very deeply into old feelings, patterns and beliefs.
Although, I had done this many times before, this layer was particularly painful. I was surprised at how much I had been continuing to hold patterns that were not my own, but were shaped my mother’s mental illness. And, I discovered how in an unseen way, these patterns and feelings were continuing to drive my life experiences.
As a shaman, my work is to journey into the darkness to find the light. I have been on this path for close to a decade now doing my own inner work and assisting others in their journeys. Still, I was amazed at how powerful a hold the trauma and misperceptions of the past had on me even today.
Seeing it was the beginning of a process of unravelling that has taken the last 6 months and continues. I imagine the word CLARITY has emerged from this exploration. On a daily basis, I have been looking at what’s the real me and what’s the false me. When I feel a feeling or hear an inner voice, I stop to ask it is the true me or a false me. Each time I do this, I become clearer, stronger and more grounded in my true essence.
I am excited to see what CLARITY brings in 2015!
Do you have a word for the year or an intention you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a note in the comments below.
Many blessings for a beautiful year!
Love & light,