In the northern hemisphere, in a few days time, one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world will occur – the Winter Solstice.
The 22nd December is the shortest day of the year and marks the turn of the season when the daylight hours gradually begin to lengthen once more.
For traditional people who live in close contact with nature and the seasons, the ‘return’ of the sun is immensely significant. No wonder it has been celebrated for millennia by lighting candles, present giving, camp fires and storytelling!
As writers we can draw on many facets of the natural inspiration that is available to us at the Winter Solstice.
On this occasion, I invite you to bring your awareness to the meeting point between darkness and light which can be seen symbolically as the unconscious and the conscious mind.
The Winter Solstice is a time when the veil between the worlds becomes transparent for those with eyes to see what lies beyond the everyday reality we usually take for granted. Immense treasures lie within these realms.
So my recommendation for you is to schedule some time on the 22nd December for inward focus and reflection on your deepest sense of purpose as a writer and your highest conscious and creative priorities.
Write your realisations down in your journal and remember to celebrate your journey so far, even if you haven’t yet arrived at the destination of your dreams.
Just as the sun always ‘returns’ to bring forth life from the earth, your own creative process will continue to unfold, nourished by your conscious attention at this reflective time of year.
Enjoy the journey!
PS Our next interview for IACCW members is on Conscious Listening for Authors with sound expert Julian Treasure. Read more here http://www.iaccw.com/5/member-events