On this day, I send love to all people in pain. On this day, I send love to all people living from their egos. On this day, I send love to all people who feel unloved. On this day, I send love to all people who feel unworthy. On this day, I send love to all people who have forgotten who they are. On this day, I send love to all people, plants, animals, and minerals. On this day, I send love to all beings who need it.
(Taken from The Four Agreements By don Miguel Ruiz)
Today, Creator of the Universe, we ask that you come to us and share with us a strong communion of love. We know that your real name is Love, that to have a communion with you means to share the same vibration, the same frequency that you are, because you are the only thing that exists in the universe.
Today, help us to be like you are, to love life, to be life, to be love. Help us to love the way you love, with no conditions, no expectations, no obligations, without any judgment. Help us to love and accept ourselves without any judgment, because when we judge ourselves, we find ourselves guilty and we need to be punished.
Help us to love everything you create unconditionally, especially other human beings, especially those who live around us—all our relatives and people whom we try so hard to love. Because when we reject them, we reject ourselves, and when we reject ourselves, we reject You.
Help us to love others just the way they are with no conditions. Help us to accept them the way they are, without judgment, because if we judge them, we find them guilty, we blame them, and we have the need to punish them.
Today, clean our hearts of any emotional poison that we have, free our minds from any judgment so that we can live in complete peace and complete love.
Today is a very special day. Today we open our hearts to love again so that we can tell each other “I love you,” without any fear, and really mean it. Today, we offer ourselves to you. Come to us, use our voices, use our eyes, use our hands, and use our hearts to share ourselves in a communion of love with everyone. Today, Creator, help us to be just like you are. Thank you for everything that we receive this day, especially for the freedom to be who we really are.
Qualities of Imbolc... Youth, Beauty, Virginity, purity, one-on-one relationship with her essence
Time to dedicate and re-dedicate your life to the Goddess. Can be celebrated with binding ceremonies. It is the first signs of spring and new life.
Names: Imbolc (means "in the belly"), Imbolg, Candlemas, Feimbolc, Feast of Ormelc, Oimelc, Feast of Pan, Brigit, Feast of Brigid, Anagantios, Festival of Milk, Festival of Waxing Light, Nos Gwyl Fair.
In the Goddess' turn of the wheel, we now move to the counterquarter of Imbolc that falls between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
The Festival of Imbolc or Imbolg - pronounced without the 'b' sound - is sometimes known as Oimelc, means 'ewe's milk' - named due to the birth of the first lambs at this time, and celebrates the return of fresh milk. It is the celebration of the gradual dawning of increasing light, bringing nature to life again. For Imbolc we celebrate the Waking Light of the soul. Our spirits begin to quicken as we anticipate the rebirth of Nature. This celebration commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. The Goddess is seen in Her three aspects at Imbolc, as the new-born Flower Maiden; the Mother, or bride of fertility, awaiting the fertilizing Sun God, and the Dark Crone of the dark half of the year. The sun is growing in strength, the Child of Promise, re-born at Yule, is now the growing Child. All is pregnant and expectant. It is the promise of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring. Imbolc is a 'fire festival'. Particular attention was paid to the hearth fire and keeping it alight. Imbolc marks the transition and transformation from death to rebirth, as the light of day grows significantly longer and you can be assured that Spring is right around the corner. At this time the animal world comes out of hibernation, the birds fly north again. This is a very holy day for initiations of the priests and priestesses and a day to devote yourself to the God/dess and your own spiritual path. This is also a very powerful time for intuitive and visionary work and to seek inspiration, especially for healers, poets, and artists. At this time if you really tune in, you can just begin to feel and sense the "inner stirrings", the seeds beginning to stir, and the inner light growing stronger.
It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, makImbolc is a gateway indicating work to be done inside and outside ourselves before action is undertaken!
I am writing to remember that many of our ancestors have taken some hard roads. They spoken their truth, lived their truth, and reveal their truth to others. It has not always been well-received. That is the path. In order to make strides as a world community for the greater good, we have to change. It is not always comfortable. I offer gratitude to Martin Luther King, Jr. for all his strides. I offer gratitude to all the brave ancestors who came before us who did their work on the planet and helped to make our lives healthier, clearer, more empowered, and more spacious. Be the change you want to see in the world!!!!!!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
I would like to recommend to all of you watching or renting "Selma" from 2014, in honor of MLK.
“I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: