A Midsummer Nights Dream

Ukrainian girl with a wreath of flowers on her head against a background of fire
At midsummer, the sun reaches the highest point in the sky and is at its fullest strength. The summer solstice, the three day festival of midsummer, celebrates the summer sun.  We enter a six week period of full sunshine, when the immense burning power of the sun rays down upon the earth with fullest power.  Midsummer’s day on June 21st is the longest day of the year, the sun dawning over the horizon early and setting late in the evening – a full 16 hours of sunlight.

All around we can see the exuberance of nature in the fullest flowering of creation. In the cycle of our own year, our ideas are lighting up and are beginning to weave recognisable patterns. What is taking shape in your life?

If we allow it, we can open our hearts fully to the sun and enjoy the mystery of what it is to be alive. The beautiful rose, the wild rose and the garden rose, express the mood of midsummer. There is a sense now of needing to accept what is and to enjoy life just as it is. Earlier in the year there is striving. preparation, making ready. Later in the year brings the harvest, then reflection, letting go, unravelling and making good. But at the midsummer point and in these early summer days it is a time to be.  Whatever stage you are in life and whatever the state of affairs may be this is how it is. The rose blooms wherever it may be. It opens to the sun and offers up its full beauty.

If you lie down in a meadow in high summer and look up at the sky, you can sense the outbreathing of the earth.  The clouds drift by on a much higher plane. You can soar upwards on the outbreath, going beyond the clouds and out to the far blue yonder.

Like the flowers in the field. we all want to grow and reach for the light. As well we want to leave behind the confines of our small self and dream into an expanded world. Whether traveling on summer holidays or skygazing it is good to let go and just see where it takes you.

In the stillness of the flowering and the openness, we can allow a shaping force to move us onward. We are not alone in seeking our good – spiritual forces stream in to help, if we allow them.

As the summer skies expand above us, how much do we allow ourselves to expand, to go beyond our small self, to reach up to the heights of our ideals. Are we dismayed to feel we are just building castles in the air, or do we feel joy knowing we are truly inspired as we are creating our world?  How are you dreaming the new world into being?

If you do get carried away and dream big dreams, here is advice from Henry David Thoreau who says: ‘If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them’.


extract from Louise’s forthcoming book. Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

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