Happy Summer Solstice!
The summer solstice marks the first official day of summer. It's the longest day of the year, with the most sunlight. The solstice has been observed for thousands of years by people all over the world, celebrating the sun and the life it gives. It's a time to celebrate the light within ourselves and recharge body, mind, and spirit.
As the French writer, Albert Camus said: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." This is a time to tap into our own personal summer, to connect with our higher self, to feel inspired, and to walk in alignment and harmony with our inner truth. The summer sun brings inner power, and its energy inspires 'right action'. Right action means moving on inspiration after reflection and meditation.
What can we do to connect with the summer solstice energy?
As we bask in the light of the sun in the next few days, we can ask ourselves how we are shining in our life? Let’s take some time to go within and do some introspection, thinking about how we can become more authentic.
What is it that our inner voice is calling us to do. Are we really listening, or do we just let the messages go to voicemail?
We can ask ourselves what is it that is holding us back from shining our light? What is it that we are casting a shadow over because of our fears?
We all have an inner sun, an invincible summer, which is located in our solar plexus chakra. When the solar plexus chakra is balanced, we are able to feel what is right for us, and we know when something is wrong. We know our inner truth. The Sanskrit expression, Guru Sathya means “truth is the teacher.” Most people know that a Guru is a teacher, but the word literally means person who removes darkness. gu=darkness ru=remove. And Sathya means truth. Thus, Guru Sathya means remover of darkness who discovers the truth.
We have all heard the expression, ‘The truth will set you free’. But which truth is that, and whose truth is it? Is it what we read, hear, and see in the media? Is it what our culture has conditioned us to believe? We are bombarded with valuations and judgement every day, telling us what we should think and do in order to fit in with our culture. Most of us are socially conditioned from the day we are born to think and act the way our society expects us to without ever questioning it and being aware that these expectations come from outside of us.
But the truth, our truth, needs to come from deep within us. We need to be our own guru, the remover of the darkness, in order to tap into our very own inner truth. Tune in to your own true essence. Do not let yourself be led by what your head says. That is your ego speaking. Instead, get in touch with what your heart says. What does your gut say? Your passions will lead you to your truth. Your passions are not random; they are your calling. As the Persian poet and mystic, Rumi, said, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pullof what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
Some ways to re-connect with our inner sun:
I am my authentic self. I connect with my higher self. I go within and am in touch with my personal power. I am connected to my internal sun. I shine my inner light.
I love using citrine crystals to connect with the sun's energy. You can charge them in the sun and carry them with you in a pouch or in your pocket. They strengthen the solar plexus chakra and magnify the energy of walking in alignment with your inner truth.