Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a hump day of sorts. In America we celebrate Groundhog Day, but its precursor is otherwise known as the Imbolc, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many of us feel the cold wind whistling deeply in our bones and get uncomfortable with the deep silence reverberating within our souls. But we also know that in stillness, there is a wisdom that speaks of an arriving light from the heart of darkness. This is a time in Nature’s cycle when we are “pregnant with the seed of the sun.” Groundhog is good medicine for waking us up to that. With Groundhog as a guide, we understand death without dying and the metaphor of reincarnation. Moreover, we are at a powerful time to rise above our egotism and heed the call of our soul’s purpose. As spiritual beings having human experiences, our priority while traveling here is not merely to make money and become a celebrity. It is only when we become identified with those goals, where the ego feeds on our Being like a psychic vampire. Rather, our purpose is to wake up to the reality that we are one with All-That-Is. We all have star-dust in us, are influenced by the energies of the planets, their moons and we all rock. In that light, Groundhog helps us dig through the mysterious underground tunnels of our souls and bring back hidden treasures of the Dreamtime to seed into our material world.
In our digging, We The People are waking up to our soul’s prompting that America needs to model effective leadership by shifting Her values away from bottom line profits and violence. Instead of liberally funding corporations and Pentagon pork projects, we shift our resources toward the health and safety of our global citizenry. We are moving into a consciousness that is waking up to celebrating our Diversity in Unity. In this process, we are co-creating a world where we are all entitled to knowing the power of Love and being treated with dignity and respect, regardless of how much material wealth we have accumulated or privilege we were born into. But there is great resistance to the Climate Change we face. Like anxious rabbits, our friends in Congress are fleeing from enacting effective legislation that will take military assault weapons off the shelves. The more that we resist gun control, the more the movement will persist. If we don’t proactively adopt some Common Sense discipline here, like a parent setting a limit with an acting out child with a toy, our right to bear arms will be taken away. This is a paradox that the NRA and folks that pack heat because they can must understand. There is a far greater and sustainable fire power in peaceful and non-violence strategies for societal change. The violence is waking us up to that, as evidenced by the Peace Movement being larger than we have ever known. But you probably won’t see that on the News tonight. In Maine, there is a grassroots movement to stop Tar Sands oil from flowing through pre-existing refined oil pipelines. Also, there is movement for ranked choice voting, or ‘run-off’ elections that will impact our legislature and Governor that represents the manifestation of spiritual values into politics. But we must let go of our addiction to war as a way of life and let this die without killing ourselves. We have a war on hunger, poverty, crime, obesity and drugs, etc. Last time I checked, we are losing all of these wars. As we have discussed, there is a way out of this insanity. My mom didn’t whack herself because she wanted to die. Rather, she took her life because she wanted to escape, avoid her pain and the dramatic, ego-centered suffering she attached to her pain. Although there is Freewill, our actions have consequences. In her case, she created much more pain and suffering, not less. She has since walked into the Light, though it has taken hard work that was a missed opportunity for her to do while she was breathing. How many folks could stand to tap into the energy of Groundhog? How many premature deaths could be prevented and lives sustained with the help of Groundhog medicine?
When we keep Groundhog in our meditations, we are equipped to learn how to die without actually physically leaving Earth. Groundhog has great power to guide us through the darkness, so that we see light at the end of the tunnel. During this journey, there is a restful sleep during the dirge, a parallel process to the slower heartbeat deep within the Earth right now. May Groundhog help you allow the light illuminate the shadows within your souls so that you see this reflection in your outer field of vision.
See you further on down the trails,