The beginning days of February this year heralds a new moon. In astrologically terms, the moon’s alignment suggests the possibility of fresh starts and new endeavours. Ultimately we are provided with an opportunity to break out of our self-made boxes and embrace the wild unknown. It’s about new dreams and overcoming past hurts, forging forward with a greater sense of purpose. It’s a great time to build stronger, longer relationships with others and to create a brighter outlook. Collaboratively, it provides encouragement to strengthen communal interaction and more positive environments for collective growth and shared vision.

What does that imply for us?

The Tibetan Buddist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche said: “The bad news is we’re falling through space. The  good news is there is no solid ground”. As we move into February we might feel like we’ve been falling through space. In January Covid forced GES to clear our calendars of programming and group gatherings to avoid any chance of spreading the virus. In these Covid times we have been pressed into shells that are really intended to protect ourselves, our family and our community by maintaining Covid safety and health protocals and advice.  These restrictions can limit the expression of our needs, physical, social and spiritual. So as we transition into February and early March we attempt to find “solid ground”.

The word February comes from the Latin word “februa” which means “to cleanse”.  Perhaps we can now begin the process of cleansing ourselves from the effects of all the restrictions of the past two years.  We are fortunate on Gabriola because in February we welcome the early signs of spring. Tulips, daffodils and crocuses begin to peek out of the ground, checking for the possibility of life as they display their beautiful colours and scents. Snow melts, typically hiding until next year’s advent of winter. We hibernate some and prepare ourselves for emerging out into our world. GES is planning to gather in various ways, with different presentations and offerings that will engage members of our community and perhaps enhance our personal growth “in times such as these”.

Author, Spiritual Leader and Political Activist Marianne Williamson says, “We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Let’s walk out into our world together. Let’s provide space for searching within, finding, focusing and maintaining self-awareness and helping others to do the same.