“In the process of soul making, we can visit our depths over and over, and with each turn of the spiral, gain deeper wisdom and peace.” Hallie Austin
At Autumn Equinox, day and night are once again equal—for a moment balanced—but the winds and rains bring change as the leaves fall and Earth’s green mantle dies back. We travel with the seasons into the dark cycle of the year, knowing that Balance is to keep step with Change. I
In this Autumn Equinox of the year 2020, we are being asked to go deeper than we have before to find our own Strength and Wisdom—to find the Light that guides us through the dark. For many, the six month journey from Spring Equinox to Fall Equinox has been difficult—filled with stress, fear, grief, anger, discouragement, hopelessness…It has asked us to use all our spiritual “tools” to keep our Balance.
For me, this time was highlighted by one of those “in the moment” accidents, that left me in pain and unable to walk for three months. I learned surrender, I learned to ask for help, I learned gratitude, I learned a lot about discouragement, and I learned to face some of my deepest fears. (And I pondered how do you practice being present in the moment when you do not want to be in that particularly moment? )
Now, at this time of Harvest, take a moment to look back on the terrane you have traveled from Equinox to Equinox. What has this time honed in you that you wish to harvest and “preserve”? Don’t forget to express your gratitude for the harvest you have been given.
What are the ideals or principles that guide your way through the Darkness?
As for the Letting Go of Fall, I love Wendell Berry’s lesson on Autumn.
PRAYER OF ACCEPTANCE by Wendell Berry
Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycles of turning from one season to another. Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming, and the going of each of the four seasons. Open me today to the teaching of the season of autumn.
When I accept only the beautiful, and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies….
Walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.
When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging…
turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my
Spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the
Beauty of the changing land.
When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve…
Wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage
me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with
uncertainty and insecurity.
When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others…
Take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the
bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their
When I resist efforts to warm a relationship that has been damaged by my coldness….
Let me feel the first hard freeze of autumn’s breath and
See the death it brings to greening, growing things.
When I neglect to care for myself and become totally absorbed in life’s hurried pace….
Give me courage to slow down as I see how Earth slows
Down and allows her soil to rest in silent, fallow space.
When I fight the changes of unwanted, unsought events and struggle to keep things just as they are instead of letting go…..
Place me on the wings of traveling birds flying south, willing
to leave their nests of comfort as they journey to another
When I fail to say thank you and see only what is not instead of what is….
Lead me to gather all the big and little aspects of my life that
have blessed me with comfort, hope, love, inner healing,
strength and courage.
\Maker of the Seasons, thank you for all that autumn teaches me. Change my focus so that I see not only what I am leaving behind, but also the harvest and plenitude that my life holds. May my heart grow freer and my life more peaceful as I resonate with and respond to, the many teachings this season offers to me.