It’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and longer, and have you noticed that people are more social, want to stay out longer, and are generally having more fun?
Next week, on June 20th, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.
The Sun will be at her glorious peak, being seen and shining brightly for many, many hours.
For human beings, this is in an incredible moment of symbolism: it’s the time of year to harness the incredible energy & power of the Sun, to harness the energy of being SEEN, and of visibility and of standing up and shining brightly.
Of course, just like human beings, the Sun can’t shine this big and bright all year long – she’d burn out, get way too tired, forget the magic and mystery of the dark.
But for part of the year – and especially this auspicious moment of the year – it’s her turn to be seen.
Because of this, I love to do rituals this time of year that really support me in aligning with the energy of the Sun and of being seen – being seen in my business, being seen in my family, being seen in my community, or simply to myself.
No matter what level of development or evolution you’re at, there is ALWAYS a next level of visibility to be healed. There is always a next level of allowing yourself to be FULLY seen, or to fully stand up in your voice, or to be fully vulnerable and honest about yourself, or to fully allow your work to shine in big ways.
Visibility work is such important work to do because without it, we tend to stand in the shadows, to not be fully authentic in the world, or to get frustrated and disappointed every time we expect more people to notice us or our business.
No matter who you are or what your background is, I can guarantee you that you’ve got at least one visibility wound wanting to be looked at or healed: anything from the fear that loved ones will leave you if you become well known for your work, to the fear that you will literally die if you’re seen (this one usually stems from being persecuted in some way), to the fear that you’ll disconnect from yourself if you build your platform.
Here is a simple but powerful ritual you can do to harness the Visibility Energy of the Sun:
1) Create about 10-15 minutes just for yourself – time where you can really connect inward and also time to be outside.
2) Journal on the following:
a) What parts of my life or business right now are READY to be fully seen and recognized?
(It might be a new program you’re launching, or it might be a particular new skill or brilliance that you’re bringing to your work, or it might be that you want your romantic partner to acknowledge all of the extra work you’ve done around the house, or perhaps you’ve been a closeted dancer for years and you’re finally ready to let your friends know about this talent and love).
b) Pick the item that is MOST important to you right now.
c) WHY is this thing so important to you, and WHY is it so important that you create visibility for it?
d) What fears stand in your way of fully making this thing visible?
(I highly recommend you spend at least 3-4 full minutes journaling on this question and really let the answers flow out of you without judging them.)
3)Find an object that represents your Visibility Wish:
Look around your house or office for one object that can represent what you want to bring viability to. For example, if you’re wanting to bring more visibility to a new business venture, you could use:
–a pretty rock
–a piece of jewelry you love
–a photograph that relates to the venture
4) Go Outside with a small piece of paper, a pen, matches, and an object that represents the thing in your business or life you want to infuse with Visibility.
5) Use the Sun to Release Your Visibility Fear:
Pick the fear that feels most powerful right now, and ritually set the intention to let it go by writing it down on a piece of paper and then burning that piece of paper. You can do this outside and as you light your “Fear” on fire and watch it burn, imagine the burning hot rays of the sun literally extending down to help you cleanse yourself of this obstacle that’s been in your way of Visibility. As the fears on the paper burn and disintegrate, you can whisper to yourself, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”
6) Infuse Your Project with the Sun’s Visibility Energy:
Once you’ve released your visibility fear, get your household object that represents that important thing you want to make visible. Hold the object in both hands, close your eyes, and imagine that the object is actually this precious, important thing you want to make visible. Feel it in your hands, hold it lovingly and sacredly.
Next hold it to your heart. And as you breathe with it over your heart, send your love and commitment and intention into this thing that you want visibility for. Really allow the commitment and love energy in you to infuse it.
Next, hold it straight up into the sky, so that it has full connection to the Sun and her rays. As you hold this object up to the Sun, say a prayer or ask the Sun to infuse her Visibility energy and power straight into this thing, to make this thing SEEN and KNOWN. Let the object soak up the Sun’s energy.
Finally, leave your object out in the Sun until sunset that day, allowing it to continue to take in Sun energy. At sunset, gather your object and put it somewhere that is visible to you so that you can reconnect with your intentions every day.
Intentions are more powerful than you realize. By doing this simple ritual, not only will you be harnessing the Summer Solstice energy, but you will be deeply letting your psyche know about your truest wishes and intentions, and watch…your psyche will listen.