Spring is the most wonderful time of year in the United Kingdom. Each season has its beauty and its own energy, and for me no one season is better or worse than the others. Each has its own unique magic that is a celebration of nature and the fluid forces that drive the cycles throughout the year.
Many ancient and traditional cultures lived their lives in harmony with the changing cycles. Many of the festivals that they had were a celebration and honouring of the changes in energy from sleeping to waking, between winter and spring, and the natural power of full bloom of nature during high summer. Nature has its own natural preparation for slumber as crops are harvested either by man or by the wild animals as they bury nuts and eat the berries and other fruits of the land, and finally the deep calm and sleep in winter.
We are approaching the stirring of nature’s energy from her sleep. The snowdrops are flourishing and the bluebells are also beginning to break the surface of the forest floor. It will be a while until we get the stunning carpets of blue in the forests, but when we do the world will be alive with the vibrant pulse of bird song, nest building and courtship rituals.
Nature’s balance is such that the opposite will be happening in the southern hemisphere. Here it is autumn. The birds will be migrating away, the chicks fledged, the leaves turning crispy reds and browns and the wild life preparing for sleep. Then, it will be deep winter. Scientists give complex explanations for the whys of nature, but really it just responds to the forces of nature, to remain in balance and harmony. Living things feel the shifting energy and respond by their nature. Trees shed their leaves, animals grow thicker coats and head for warmer climes and some hibernate. Meanwhile, in the North, high summer is the plateau of energy. The surges of spring and new growth are over, and the hum of nature’s power is strong and forceful. All of nature celebrates.
Humanity enjoys the changing seasons just as nature does. Even in the hectic flow of our daily lives and relentless schedules, we rest more in the winter, play harder in the summer and work more diligently in the spring when we create and in the autumn when we harvest. With the seasons, man is in harmony with nature. The subtle yet powerful forces of nature are irresistible to us. For thousands of years, humanity has lived with nature’s ebb and flow, and although we do that less now, we still honour the changing seasons, not just in our religious holidays, but in our everyday changes in mood and behaviour.
These seasonal changes of energy are as much a part of the living energy of the universe as the energies we discuss in Nourish the Flame Within and the soon to be published Feel the Power. The seasons are something we see and experience every year. Some of us pay attention to them more than others, but we all feel their presence, their power and their unique gifts of joy, work, hardship and learning.
What do you love about the seasons? How do you experience the changes in energy and how do they affect you. Do you live in harmony with the seasons, or do you battle on relentlessly throughout the year.
I would love to hear from you and get some fascinating discussions going. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. We are interested in genuine thoughts and discussion.