Ever have one of those Ah Ha! Moments where the light bulb just goes on and you just know the answer to your query?
Now that it is the second of January, do you feel as if you have already failed or are about to fail with your resolve or resolution?
Well this is the season for you – do not give up hope or exploration because you really are right on track.
Sometimes the ancient ones have better answers to our contemporary dilemmas. I keep finding that is true when I study the Essene Traditions and knowledge. These are folks that lived about 2000 + years ago and found value in the waiting game by dividing the year into 8 seasons and then a series of sub-seasons based on the elements of earth – fire, air, water, and firmament. They really knew how to make the waiting game work for them and how to find success.
The Essene actually celebrated waiting with a sub-season called Advent which ends on Christmas Day. The kings brought gifts to the baby Jesus so the 12 days after Christmas is called Christmastide – thus the song – The Twelve Days of Christmas – to Twelfth Night. Many contemporary Christian Groups celebrate a day called Epiphany on the 6th of January. Some celebrate by taking down their Christmas trees and ornaments, some have an elaborate cake and feast and celebrate King’s Day ( connecting this day to the Fat Tuesday and the Start of Mardi Gras and Lent on Ash Wednesday.
I believe those are kind of arbitrary dates and they do not really meet my needs for the Ah Ha of Epiphany. Since the Essene folks were waiting the birth of the Christ, I don’t think our current Christian Traditions do it justice or give it clarity, rather I think they miss the point all together.
I believe that one should just open themselves up to explore what the particular change they are intending to transform in the New Year at Christmastide or on January the first. Celebrate by cleaning house, organizing your exterior and interior; plan your garden and order the seeds. Then each one needs make a list of their talents and rank them by how much they have used that talent in the past year.
Now look at one that is hiding in your talent closet and dust it off. Figure out some way to explore or celebrate this talent for at least 10 minutes every day until Ash Wednesday.
Your Ah Ha! Epiphany resolution will just magically appear within this practice. I kid you not; no teasing included in this statement at all. One will know exactly what they need to do during the period of Lent – those 40 days of teaching and walking your talk. We all know that at the end of 40 days the habit will become norm or be gone.
So don’t make a New Year’s Resolution or any resolution until you discover your Ah Ha! Moment. One will discover that resolution by practicing daily a talent you have been given. It will arrive like magic and one will know with certainty just what to do.
I am going to work at regaining some kind of singing voice. I am hiring a vocal music teacher to come to my house and record the piano scales and exercises in my key to get my vocal muscles back in shape. Just 15 minutes worth of recorded exercises. I lost my singing gift after a tumor was removed from my vocal chords several years ago.
What are some of your talents that were gifts at birth?
What dormant one are you going to explore this season?
Will you practice the Epiphany style of Resolution Discovery? Does it sound interesting at all?
Let me know and then if you have an Ah Ha! Moment – come back and let us all know!
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