Spring Awakening

Spring Storm“, Arris Grace Hodge.

Hoo. Had no idea I’d been gone so long…

I’ve been away.

Not in the “absent from” sense, other than the normal-for-the-time-of-year inability to feel genuinely invested in very much beyond the need for hibernation, but, rather, in the more-there-than-here sense.

Winter has always been a fruitful time of the year regarding inner work: the need to take stock, review and plan the next cycle. The final harvest in, there is little else to do between the first rains of November and the Equinoctial storms heralding drier days ahead; ideal for planting…

Well, that’s the way it probably should be.

Modern sensibilities leave little space for introspection in the way that the natural hiatus between, and of, the seasons do. Always “on”, 24/7, 365 days a year. Many ills of the modern world might be much relieved by taking greater notice of the rhythms of the seasons, and simply aligning our levels of mundane activity to better match the energies they bring.

This year, I must confess, has been particularly difficult. As above, so below. As outer, so inner. The internal schisms, less “clean cut” than those of the outer, nevertheless raise doubt, distract, and form limpid pools of stagnation, and, yes, fear. Very “winter” winter, indeed.

Ironic then, just as the days are beginning to stretch out and the reborn Sun shines hope into the darkness, along comes the, terribly named, “Beast from the East”. HELLO SNOWDAYS!!! Whilst the rest of the country appeared to ignore all requests “not to travel unless your journey is absolutely essential”, causing all sorts of mayhem in the process, we remained cut off from the world.

Once the storm force white-out conditions settled into a silent shroud of pristine white, I was minded that chaos is not a permanent state, despite evidence to the contrary; and that, often, out of that state, must emerge a sense of peace, and, ultimately, a quiet calmness, verging on grace.

“Equilibrium” Found here.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
This entry was posted in Self Awareness, society. Bookmark the permalink.

21 Responses to Spring Awakening

  1. Welcome back… 😉

  2. Widdershins says:

    I like that neither chaos or peace can exist without the other. 🙂 … it’s navigating the path between them that’s tricky. 😀

  3. Pingback: Spring Awakening – Running Elk | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  4. ellenbest24 says:

    I had not found you before therefore did not know you had gone. But … now I have, I am glad to be here. Like a Bear or a Hedgehog out from hibernarion. Natures way of making you relax, be still, as the flora and fauna appear to be. In truth … the temperature/ season slows us to re stock our energy and think our next move. All that’s required is for the sun to warm the bones and wake the imagination. Winter has done its job only if we listened.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Your name caught my attention and I came to visit your blog. I am very glad I did and have followed you. Your blog looks very interesting.

    • Running Elk says:

      Thank you, Suzanne. I’m not entirely sure what the blog is meant to be anymore, and the postings are kind of randomly spaced. Glad to hear you enjoyed the visit. 🙂

      • Suzanne says:

        Yes, blogging can be very difficult. My blog is last in a long line of blogs I’ve created. I’m not sure if it has a future. Some comments I receive are really upsetting and bring down my energy levels.

      • Running Elk says:

        Urgh! Why do people feel the need to do that? Really! What thought process is involved in the crafting of such a comment? What can they possibly benefit from it? 😦
        Don’t let them grind you down. I know that’s easier said than done. Just bin the haters, and move on. You have a voice that deserves to be heard. ❤ xx

      • Suzanne says:

        Thank you very much. Yes haters are strange. I think, in a way, their negative comments somehow feed their ego. I think I need to learn more about protecting my energy fields – particularly online.

  6. Running Elk, have thought of you now and again. Saw you on Twitter but I don’t do anything on that platform really except post petitions. I am getting ready to write a post and am reading back posts just now after I don’t even know how long. Am sorry to hear things have been hard. Life is tough sometimes. Well, Spring is coming and maybe I will see you on the air waves again. Stay well, my friend and many hugs, xx ellen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s