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We are stardust, we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Joni Mitchell

Our Sun is deeply woven with the creation and sustenance of our Earth Mother, shining through eons as witness to the rise and fall of life on our Planet. Inherent in this relationship is the ability to adapt, change and evolve. What happens when we look to cultivate a relationship with our nearest Star?

It is cold here in New York but the sun is shining. I run through trails in a nearby woods. The rhythm of breath and body over Earth empties mind. As I finish I find a place to sit. On a rock. Against a tree. Today atop an old tree stump, the sweetest meditation spot. It is here I create a Shamanic Salute to the Sun.

As I turn my face to the Sun I offer a prayer…

Beloved Sun..
Inform my luminous body.
Inform my cellular body.
Inform my DNA
so I may receive what is needed
to evolve in this time of great change.
Penetrate any darkness
so I may awaken
into the Lightness of my Being.

I allow the boundaries of my physical form to dissolve as the warmth of the Sun penetrates every pore. I set my mind to the side to enter a state of complete receptivity. Every space of who I am absorbs this Radiance as a dry sponge soaking water. I breathe in the Light of our Sun with each inhalation. Looking to the mirror of our nearest Star, my Light is reflected in this glory.

Although this practice is most profound when done in Nature it can be done indoors with intent and imagination. Imagine for a moment setting your body and mind to the side. Let your awareness settle into your heart. Imagine the Sun being reflected here, right in front of your heart. Breathe the Light of the Sun into your heart. Imagine a pulsing radiance between your heart and our nearest Star. Allow yourself to bask in this radiance as long as it lasts. In the beginning we may have nothing more than a fleeting glimpse of our Light. With practice, our awareness grows. Our Light is sustained for longer. With time, practice and attention, the awareness of our Light deepens.

Our Light is felt in deep surrender as we let go and allow our Light to simply be. It can be  a challenge to access our Light since most of us grew up having to hide or diminish our Light in order to be loved. Shamans teach us it is who we become, not what we do that changes the world. As we come to know ourselves, more and more, as the Being of Light that we are, we lose the sense of separation and step into an awareness of unity and oneness. This is how we make a difference, by radiating the Light we were meant to be.

Even after all this time 
The Sun never says to the Earth, 
“You owe Me.” 

Look what happens 
with a love like that, 
It lights the Whole Sky.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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