During the time of new moons, full moons, and most certainly during eclipses, I like to work with the energy of the Universe to set intention for myself, and for all of the world.
To do this, I usually do a ritual.
Thus, about an hour before the eclipse was to take place (in the afternoon where we live), I found myself in our backyard in the forest, burning an enormous box of my journals.
(Don’t worry... these journals are no loss to anyone. They are simply my way of scribbling notes. They are a scratch pad for ideas that form the writing that comes later.)
But it is good to let the past go. To release the person we are no longer, so we can become the person we are now called to be.
Thus, I started to burn these journals in our fire pit, and it took a while.
It was smoky, and it was actually fairly difficult to get all those journals to burn: starting with a few, then adding more, stirring them with a long stick, and all the while praying, praying, praying.
I ask for peace. I ask for peace for the world.
I ask for awakening. I ask for awakening for the world.
I ask of freedom from all suffering. I ask for this for the world.
I ask for clear sense of purpose. I ask for all souls to know their path.
I release all my past, I am thankful for all joys, and I step into NOW. I ask for this awakening for collective soul.
And at one point, I said to the Universe "I'd love a sign during this ritual. That would be so amazing.” Then right away I changed my mind and said, "I don’t really need a sign. I am so grateful. Nevermind."
And then I got back to the task of releasing my past self.
Asking, praying, taking, stirring, burning. About an hour passed. Near the end, I heard my husband's car rumble down the hill. He was here to join me for the eclipse. He added his own intentions to the fire, and we talked and prayed as the fire burned.
I threw the last few journals on the fire.
In that same moment, it started to lightly rain.
"It's the eclipse now,” said my husband, checking his watch. He reached over to give me a hug, and because of this, he turned, and because of this, I turned, and because we both turned, we shifted direction and because of this we saw it: a huge, wildly vibrant rainbow shining right above us through the trees.
I could not believe.
I could not fathom it.
"It's my sign" I cried out, and my heart burst with love.
The rainbow shown and shown and my heart pounded in joy.
We stared in awe and hugged and shouted and stared in awe some more. .
I started laughing. That funny Universe!I asked for a sign, and then said I didn't need one because there are miracles every day, and then I forgot about my request, and then the Universe answered it anyway.
In perfect timing, as always:
In the moment of the last journal burning, the full releasing of the past, in the exact moment of the eclipse, the exact moment of the gateway into the new consciousness... the rainbow appeared.
And then just a minute later, it disappeared.
It simply blew away before our eyes. It had only been there for that one moment. If we had not turned together in that exact timing, we would have missed it.
This is how Universe is with us ALWAYS. Always a miracle, always guiding, always pure love and joy.
And what did this sign mean?
In my heart of hearts, in my deepest direct knowing, this was the answer. "Everything is okay. Everything is as it should be. All your heart longs for, for you and for the world, is already in motion. Love is everywhere."
My dear friends... I wish you signs and miracles and your own hearts bursting open in love.
The Universe is with us, in all moments.
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