Spirituality: Awakening to the Divine

Awakening to the Divine
These days people many people seem more concerned with whether they have a snazzy looking car or a closetful of designer clothes or whether they are going to "clinch the deal" than with their relationship with the Divine. Perhaps that is why there are so many people who seem as though they "have it all" but who remain dissatisfied, feeling there is something missing from their lives.

All that is needed to worship the God and Goddess are a mind, heart and soul that are ready to receive them. For anyone who doubts that there is a Divine Force that is present on Earth, I suggest you take a look around you. The first glimmer of dawn in the morning, as it must have been at the dawn of Creation, the warmth of the sun, the blue sky, the swirling clouds that you can dream into shapes, the sunset, breathtakingly beautiful, each one different from the next, as though some divine painter is testing his palate. The stars, the moon, the things that grow from the earth, the creatures who inhabit her. The spark of Divinity is here, in the world and in each of us. And when you realize it, it changes your whole life.

Although the God and Goddess are always present, it is generally considered that the God is associated with the Sun and therefore rules the daylight hours. The rosy fingers of dawn ar the symbol of His awakening. The Goddess is primarily associated with the Moon and Her essence becomes symbolically manifest at the setting of the Moon.

These days, especially in the city, so few people take the time to look at the sky. When you awake in the morning, if the weather is fine, go outside or if it's too cold for that, open a window and look to the sky and as your body awakens, awake your spirit as well to the presence of the Divine. Weather permitting, feel the Sun's rays on your skin, feel it's powerful energy filling your being. Raise your hands to the sun, fingers outstretched and feel the Sun's raw energy and power flowing through your fingertips into the whole of your being. This is a technique known as "The Salute to the Sun" and it has been practiced by diverse cultures for millenia.

At nighttime, take a little time to look up at the sky, gaze at the moon, feeling the light of the Goddess changing you, feel your body and soul absorbing Her luminous magic. You can also raise your hands to the Moon and visualize absorbing energy and wisdom through your fingertips. Being alive is, I think, like being a winner in a big cosmic lottery. Each day, count your blessings. Maybe you could even write them down. There are times when we all feel great sadness and frustration and forget the good things in our lives. It is important to remember them, to strive to be truly present each and every moment because life, despite the bad things that can happen, is a gift to be savoured and appreciated. 



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