Soul S ource
Fall Equinox Newsletter
September 2016
 

 
Tools for Your Spiritual Journey

 

Autumn Equinox is a midpoint in the annual cycle when the Sun moves south and crosses the equator. This transition corresponds to fall harvest in the northern latitudes. Autumn Equinox marks Nature's turn toward winter with its shorter days and longer nights. As we head into this darker season, we can follow Nature's example by slowing down and drawing our energy inward. Even as we savor the fall harvest and its fruits of the summer season, Autumn reminds us to concentrate our energy into the kernels of inner, essential, seed truth hidden deep within us.

We dedicate this newsletter to the spiritual tools that can support and guide us during these darker times. There are moments when we each lose our way, getting caught up in the outer--things like appearances, emotions, and stories. In the newsletter below, we share some of our favorite tools to turn to at those times.

Please, ponder these tools and join us in using them to stay steady, strong, and inwardly focused during both times of calm and distress. Identify your favorites and make a list to keep handy so that you will remember them when you need them most. Try a new one if there's something on this list you don't already use. Share them as you feel moved. Each of us, and all of us together, have the important responsibility of remembering to care for ourselves and one another, and to nurture the seeds of wisdom and truth in all the seasons our lives. 

Equinox blessings everyone!
~~~~~ 
 
The exact time of
Autumn Equinox is
Thursday,
September 22 at 10:22 am EDT.  


Soul Source's  Top 10
Ways to  Keep  Ourselves  Sane in a Crazy World!



"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

STOP AND BREATHE

When life gets intense, pull your awareness inward and anchor there. Simply breathe and be aware that you are breathing. Put a hand on your chest or belly and feel the breath move you. Remind yourself gently, "Breathing in, I am aware of this moment. Breathing out, I am open to this moment as it is." Gently step back from the dramatic thoughts and emotions that may be happening. Don't DO anything for a bit, just be.

Consider:
Prayer
A Nap or Rest
 

FLOWER ESSENCES

" Flower essences are energetic imprints of the life force of plants which interact with these subtle bodies of the human being, and evoke specific qualities within us. We can say that they work in a similar way to inspirational music or art, which carry meaning through the vehicle of sound or light, while the flower essences work through the medium of water."
Consider:
Bach/Healing Herbs Rescue Remedy
Flower Essence Society's Five-Flower Formula

Many other flower essences can also be useful for healing support, consult the Flower Essence Repertory, Flower Essences, or a practitioner (including Suchitra Davenport and Gloria Shepard)  for help choosing the essences you need.


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GROUNDING
 
It is essential that we connect with the Earth, reconnecting ourselves to the bigger picture and putting ourselves and our problems in perspective. The Earth also literally grounds us, offering physical, emotional, and spiritual support (read scientific studies on the effects of grounding   here and  here). Stand on the ground in your bare feet and notice the shift in your energy.

Or try these tools:
Being in Nature
Salt baths

 
PHONE-A-FRIEND

Reach for the phone, and connect with a friend who can remind you of your own inner wisdom. Friends who listen without judgment, allowing us to feel our feelings in their loving presence, can be a big help. We also know the importance of those friends who speak up, helping us to see situations more clearly and break free from our stories.  Do you have a friend who can listen deeply? A friend who reminds you of your own wisdom?

Consider:
 

CREATIVITY, MOVEMENT, AND ORDER

There are times when we need a more active way to return to our center. You may enjoy bringing beauty and order to your world through washing dishes, cleaning out a closet, or creating a sacred space for yourself. Perhaps creative projects like painting, drawing a mandala, gardening, or cooking help you to reconnect with yourself. Also consider movement practices such as yoga or tai chi. Get to know the active ways to reconnect with your own true self!

Consider:
Breathe Om Yoga in Swarthmore
in Media

 
image by Perelandra

THE PERELANDRA MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: MAP

Perelandra's MAP is a very simple program that addresses our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health through a unique connection with Nature and a group of souls dedicated to supporting humanity's evolution. The program itself is free, although it is vital to begin with the 

Check out more information from Perelandra here
 
 

HEART-BASED PRACTICES

Ho Ľoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness adapted for modern life by Morrnah Simeona. Originally a Polynesian tribal community practice, Simeona extended the use of ho'oponopono as a tool for general problem solving and as a psycho-spiritual self-help process. After Simeona's passing in 1992, her former student and administrator, Dr. I. Hew Len revisited this method in a book he co-authored with Joe Vitale called  Zero Limits and it became popularized as a powerful tool for healing our relationships or self-correcting imbalances that arise by repeating the simple mantra, "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you" with a sense of total personal responsibility. The idea is that whatever is arising in our lives is a reflection of our inner state of being and thus can be healed and corrected within ourselves with compassion, forgiveness and love. Dr. Len has done some fascinating experiments with ho'oponopono. To learn more about his work, follow this link. To learn how to use ho'oponopono, follow this link.

Also consider:

 
BOOKS & DIVINING TOOLS

Do you have a book, a film, or a divining tool to turn to when you are 'off the mark'? 

Consider:
Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver
  Gene Keys by Richard Rudd
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Lotuses

TEACHINGS

When things are challenging, listening to a teacher can reconnect us with the quiet wisdom within. Whether you spend time on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or other online resources, there are many wonderful teachers available! 

Consider following:

And our local Soul Source teachers:


Hands

CONNECTIONS

Interconnections enrich our lives in many ways. Through our shared experience we learn so much about being human. We grow in love and forgiveness for our self and others. We learn that we are not alone and we are in this world together. Through relationships we come to value life in a much deeper, richer and more meaningful way.

Is your life rich in connections? Some ideas that may deepen your sense of connection include:
      • join a class or group you're interested in,
      • offer a volunteer service,
      • start a book club, walking group, meditation group, etc.,
      • plan a family game night,
      • write a note of gratitude to someone who has touched your life.
Consider reading: