The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest day in the southern hemisphere. Today we remember this day through celebration, reflection and gratitude for the power of the sun’s great power to create life in abundance and manifest new growth. For thousands of years indigenous cultures have marked this special day with ceremony, prayers for an abundant harvest, bonfires, dancing and stone structures such as Stonehenge in England, Chichen Itza in Mexico and other temples to mark this day in honor of the strength and power of the sun.
We celebrate the reopening in New York of venues such as Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall to full capacity. Broadway Musicals are due to reopen Fourth of July. We have much to be grateful for here. Simultaneously other parts of the country, particularly in the South and rural areas the new Delta variant poses a dangerous threat for unvaccinated people. In addition facing multiple summer storms like Claudette which has caused the recent tragedy in Alabama are forecasted for the coming season.
In 2021, we have a unique opportunity to manifest new growth with the choices we make. What trajectory do you want your life to take from June 2021 moving forward? Think boldly. Discard old limiting beliefs that keep you small. Fear keeps you small. What new habits can you create to energize you and bring you more happiness and health? Be mindful of your energy. Remember that your thoughts will cause your energy to rise or fall throughout the day. Catch yourself before you head down the rabbit hole! Don’t put negative energy out into the world. It has too much already. By monitoring your exposure to world drama and news events you also create good boundaries for yourself to maintain a higher energy level and keep your light bright.
Summer Solstice 2021 is an important time for gratitude. Reflection reminds us where we have been through this long pandemic. Reflection allows time to acknowledge the impermanence of life and to give gratitude for life’s renewal and our ability to create a new path forward. We are so grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. As all the outer planets from Jupiter to Pluto begin to station retrograde until October or later, we are given a great opportunity this year to reflect on how we want to move forward. Astrologically, outer planets are seen as major influences on larger life situations, systems, governments, society and how we to participate in these changes. 2021 is a year of decisions. You are in the driver’s seat and responsible for all the choices you make for how your life unfolds in every moment. Choose how you will achieve joy and happiness in your life. Will it be through changes in relationships, a job or where you live? Do you want to work remotely or return to the office? What choices do you have?
Your light is a beacon for others. Keep your light bright and your heart open with gratitude, forgiveness and love. If you have learned Reiki, use it!! Begin and end each day with self-care by giving yourself Reiki before getting out of bed or before falling asleep at night. The Five Principles of Reiki – The Gokai – created by founder Mikao Usui serve as a pathway for inner development that anyone can follow. Used for reflection, the Gokai is an effective way for us to make life affirming decisions that will lead to health, happiness and contentment.
Use the Gokai for a Summer Solstice meditation today and take your first steps towards inner growth and happiness. Let all your decisions flow from these principles.
Just for today Kyo dake wa
Don’t be angry Ikaruna
Don’t worry Shinpai suna
Be Grateful Kansha shite
Do your duties(your best)full Gyo o hageme
Be kind to others Hito ni Shinsetsu ni