About a month ago my son Tim and I went for a walk. We walked and chatted, and on the way back I made a detour down the One-A-Day trail, while Tim went on home. Part way down the trail I looked down on the ground, and noticed tiny star shaped white confetti. I thought that someone had accidentally spilled the confetti on the trail. At a closer look, I realized that they were actually snowflakes. These were no ordinary snow flakes. They were in the shape of a six sided star, and hard packed. I ran home as fast as I could to share this wonderful discovery with my family. They were falling everywhere, and I put out my hand to catch a few. They were so hard that they didn’t melt very easily. It was a very brief snowfall, and the snow stars soon disappeared.
When something unusual like this happens my radar goes on. What is this about? Is Spirit trying to get my attention? As I reflected on the snow stars I was reminded of the beautiful poem that Marianne Williamson wrote in her book A Return to Love:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The snow stars were reminding me to shine my light. At this time of year, when I am feeling pulled in many different directions I focus on my internal light. I visualize letting go of that which no longer serves me, and doesn’t belong to me. I empty myself of anything that weighs me down, so I can be fully present in my life, and for my family. I invite you to shine like the star that you are with me! May the Spirit of Winter keep your hearts warm, and the seeds that lie within. Happy Solstice!
“It’s not what we do, but who we become that changes the world.”
~ Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth