Becoming Conscious of our Potential: A Rite of Balance for Spring

From 'The Magical Year' by Danu Forest

The Spring Equinox is a good time to consider balance in our lives, not only of happiness and sadness, but also of the areas in which we are active and passive, successful and falling short, giving and taking. Use this exercise to help you reflect on your deeper needs and gifts, as well as on things you may wish to change and transform at this fertile time of the year.

Stand upright and take three deep breaths. With each breath visualize yourself pulling energy up from the earth and into your body, like warm golden light, until your whole being is glowing. Then stretch out your arms to your sides at shoulder height. Feel the balance, or imbalance, of your body.

Turn to your left side and focus on your left hand. This is where you receive from the world. With every in-breath, you draw in new life and energy. In your mind's eye objects and symbols appear in your hand. What do you see? What do you feel?

These objects and symbols represent what comes to you from the world, what you receive and what you draw in. This would be a good time to ask yourself if what you see corresponds to what you need – to what you desire from the world. Do you receive what is good for you and your whole wellbeing?

Now turn to your right and focus on your right hand. Again objects and symbols appear, and here you see what you give out, what you express or send to the world. With every out-breath you give back to creation. What do you offer the world? What do you give back to life?

When you are ready and with your hands still out to either side of you, draw your attention to you centre, to your heart. Do you feel a balance between what you give and what you receive? Do you receive energies or objects you do not need and can give away? What do you attract? What can you release?

Spend some time here in quiet reflection, feeling with every in-breath and every out-breath the balance within you.

When you feel it is time to end this exercise, place your hands over your heart for a moment to close down your energy. You may choose to make some notes in a journal and record your insights. In this way you can become more conscious of how you negotiate your way through life and make more empowered decisions, attract and call in what you need, and let go of what does not serve you or what you can freely give to all creation.

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