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Before the Winter Solstice Christina Pratt (of The Last Mask Center) created a set of podcasts that guide how we can do the soul work to step into a fruitful year ahead having left behind what no longer serves us and step into a new version of life.
This blog and the next blog in the 4-part series this week will be a review of her guidance for how to prepare for the winter solstice on December 21, and a guide for the journey questions she recommends.
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There are four archetypal teachers that are helpful in guiding us in seizing the opportunity of the winter solstice. They are the healer, the warrior, the teacher, and the visionary. This blog is about the teacher. Earlier in the week we worked with the healer and the warrior and now we will build upon that with the teacher.
The teacher encompasses the leader; the king/queen energy. The archetype is about being the guru or the sensei.
The teacher’s message is that the path of the true calling is not of fame or fortune or happiness; it is about mastery.
The teacher reminds us that your true calling is your birthright. While it’s your right to live it, it’s also your responsibility. You owe the manifestation of your true calling back to the universe. This is a good way to zero in on your right use of power.
In our culture of entitlement and laziness, a path of mastery means enjoying the practice for its own sake, pushing past your sense of your capabilities and moving into your potential.
Your path of mastery will elude you if:
- You don’t use your power.
- You take responsibility for what is not yours.
- You don’t take responsibility for what is only yours.
- You don’t take responsibility to practice—The path of mastery requires practice, and no one can do it for us.
- These could be things that you might toss into the solstice fire to gain clarity and focus.
To be focused, you can’t be a dabbler, a hack, or obsessive.
- A dabbler is someone who is distracted and can’t focus. They enjoy novelty and newness.
- The obsessive is someone who is impatient with the plateau. During a plateau, it is important to rest and restore, integrate and implement what you discovered on the path where you pushed beyond your capabilities.
- The hack lives on the plateau, complacent. There is a constant source of excuses of why to avoid pushing to edge of capabilities to avoid being because you don’t like to be awkward and doing what you’re not good at.
You have to lead yourself on your path of mastery and create your own luck. Teachers can help you get out of your own way, but they can’t lead you. Expecting to learn from your teachers and expecting to be led by your teachers is an important distinction.
Perhaps you have some old stories around your teachers:
- In what ways are you expecting to be led by your teachers? These could also be lies about yourself as the student.
- There are also places where you are no longer choosing to learn- are those stories about your fears?
- Are you done with your teacher and need to let that relationship go in the fire while you open yourself up for a new teacher
Following your true calling will require right use of your power. You might uncover some stories about how you use your power and how you relate to others through these questions:
- Do you truly value wholeness/oneness, or just when it’s convenient to do so?
- Do you carry a sense of being of the chosen people from your family’s history? Do you enjoy a sense of entitlement of one kind or another?
- Do you long for a relationship with divinity that is other than worldly and apart from your human condition?
- What are the judgements you make of others that keep you separate from oneness?
How to work with your power:
Balance. In right use of power, you require a firm base. What do you do to cultivate a firm base that is rooted in your morals and values? You need this to do you work in the world. What do you need to let go of to start creating that base?
Systems. The right use of power requires that you surrender to the systems that move the true energy in the world around you (seasons, elements, real energies). This has to do with learning to surrender to the seasons and work with the elements to return to simplicity.
Declutter your life and mind so that you can focus your intent.
Transformation. Think about 3 things in life that are so important to you and essential that they have always been with you. Look at your current life and ask, “What are the things that block me from building a life out of these essential things?” Those are the things that go in the fire.