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 two blogs in the 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 warrior. Earlier in the week we worked with the healer, and now we will build upon that with the warrior.
The warrior’s teachings during the Winter Solstice are generally about making decisions and then acting on them, having an experience, then reflecting on the experience and learning from it. And that doesn’t just apply to the outside world—we need to have the courage to face and engage with our shadow work to heal our inner world.
It is important to do our shadow work because our shadow aspects affect what we choose and what we experience. So, the warrior is trying to help us discern the difference between our false self and our true self through shadow work.
If you are willing to break the habit of indulging your shadow; if you are willing to do something other than your habit, a world of possibility opens. If we want sudden change, we have to change our perspective of how we see ourselves and our world.
How do we engage with our shadows and shift our perception?
The warrior urges us to:
- Refuse the continue suffering as you did in your past, or in your childhood. Choose to confront past suffering in a way that you end it. Choose not to continue to indulge that suffering. Everything that the healer guided us to do earlier in the week will help us do this (by uncovering old stories and dropping the lies we tell ourselves)
- Accept the responsibility for the life that you have created. Recognize when you are projecting or blaming someone else for your choices, and choose to take another route. When you take responsibility, you change the question you ask and what you learn from the situation.
Here is Christina Pratt’s great example: When you’re projecting and blaming, you’re asking “why did this happen to me?” “Why did I get sick?” “why did I get fired?” “Why does my job suck?”
If you approach the situation with the understanding that you are an empowered person and you choose to create your life, the question then becomes, “why did I create this?” “What is my soul trying to teach me?”
The warrior is suggesting that we learn to discern the difference between your passion (true calling) and obsession. Note: true calling refers to your inner voice/true self, not to what you should do to make money or for your job.
Learn to discern the differences:
- Between what true passion feels like versus you think passes for passion feels like.
- Between the feeling of needing love and getting that need met vs. actually being loving and being loved.
- Between emotional drama (exaggerating emotions, being codependent, shutting down emotions) and emotional expression.
You can expand on these questions by Journeying:
- Journey to the warrior and ask to be shown the false passions that you feel when you have taken on the role of the victim.
- Journey to ask to feel the false passions when you take on the role of a disciple (who gives up their power to someone in authority).
- Journey to find out what your false passions feel like when you take on the role of the rebel (when we don’t have the courage to lead and step into true warriorship).
- Journey to find out what your false passions feel like when you choose to hide and be invisible.
Lesson: Decide how you choose to perceive the world. Change your attitude and you will begin to see the lessons all the time.
The warrior encourages us to go beyond—to peel back all the layers and strip back until we can hear our divine soul’s voice. It’s easy to hear what the false self is saying—the ego, the one who is influenced by the noise of our culture every day.
For the winter solstice fire:
Create a power object to represent your discerner. Consider your discerner like a blade—the fire will help you purify your blade of discernment.
Also consider what you need to release into the fire to free yourself from these habits of false passions so that you can feel your true self when it rises.