The nights grow longer, and for those of us within Earth-centric spiritual practices, the year is winding down. Thoughts are of endings–the final gathering of summer’s gifts from the garden, the last outdoor rituals and festivals, the thinning Veil around us. The voices of the Ancestors and Spirits grow stronger. We prepare for work, for the inner journey of the dark season. Walk beneath the open skies to hear the song yourself.
Listen to the trees. The green world calls out, the pulse of life thumping through the rough cloak of bark at your touch. Place your hands upon their bodies. Feel the vibration of the autumn wind passing through upper branches. Close your eyes and listen. They hum, sway and sing a song of Time. Feel that tide pulling you in, pulling toward darkness. Breathe. Follow the song down into their roots, spreading out beneath you. Let the wave wash over you. The endless current of roots to crown to roots, the slow drawing-in of sap for the winter. The trees are Centering. Feel the balance of an inward shift. Sink.
Listen to the rocks. There is a bliss in the quiet stones, gently humming with a sound both bright and low. A stillness carries up from their secret hearts, passing into the warm hands resting on their craggy surfaces. Feel them. An echo touches the human caress, passes into you. Hear their endless song of dark to light to dark. Sink in. Lean against the boulders. Breathe. Let the pulse take you deep into the ground. Feel the turning, the tilting of the Earth. The song of winter coming, the song of darkness lives in the ore beneath your hands.
Listen to the night. Let the cloak of the long shadow wrap around you. Hear the wind sing, the calls of the night animals, the crackle of footsteps on dry leaves. Lean into the coming quiet and feel your heart beating warmth into the cool air. Turn within. You see, you hum as well. A rhythmic song crackling with both the fire and frailty of our human shells. Listen. Let the endless cycle of heart to limbs to heart take you deeper. Breathe. Feel your song turning you inward, gathering closer to the light within, the candle in the night.
Listen to the Song. The eternal hymn of Time. This is the family we share, these vibrations the language we all speak. The song of the forest, of the mountains, of the Earth. Of yourself.
Listen. Let the music take you deeper.