January Doors of Beginnings & Endings
January provides us opportunity to reflect and to view the possibilities. I don’t know about you, but I’m deep in the snow with this.
January was named after Janus – the Roman god of beginnings and endings. He also had two faces – one to see the future and one to see the past. Janus is also the god of doors, gates, and transitions.
I took the above photo from one of the vantage points of the mountain we’re on that we hike to from behind our house, which looks out at Lake Tahoe and the mountains on the other side. It reflects to me a doorway opening in the clouds and speaks to the lifting of veils and the opening of new potentials that await.
The deeper you engage your heart, the more the veils lift and the stronger you’ll feel in a clouded world.
Much like Janus reflects to us, we also have the ability to harness this wintery month to look at where we want to go with only the pearls of wisdom we need, so the rest can be left behind.
January induces both a retreat inward, while also opening up to a whole new beginning that will manifest outward.
Like the above photo I took from the ski slopes of a low cloud blanket over Lake Tahoe, sometimes things don’t appear as they are and if we didn’t know better, we’d be easily fooled by the temporary illusion or story. When this happens, our inner compass remains the best form of navigation.
But what if you are out of touch with yourself…your heart…your intuition?
It really helps if you make it a priority to check in with yourself daily, nurture the pauses and silence, ask the important questions, and build trust for your inner voice.
I have a sense that winter this year is going to anchor in more things than we can imagine, individually and collectively. There’s a lot I can feel happening behind the scenes and personally, I’m doing my part to make way for some extra meditative time, as I feel some big stuff at the tips of my fingers, toes, and wings that wants through.
But this will only come if I create the space for it, invite, and surrender to it.
Hence, I’ve been clearing the decks (literally, too, with our recent snow shoveling) and witnessing things and people drop away as our frequencies all shift and magnetize new vibrational matches.
The more old stuff I recognize, integrate, and harmonize with compassion, the more old stuff drops away and I experience greater ability to take things in, experience, and create with a lighter and clearer breath.
This is me from just a couple of days ago on the ski slopes feeling stronger and more confident than ever. Skiing feels fresh this year, as if I’m operating from a different timeline with it or a new aspect of myself.
If you’ve followed my skiing journey that will make sense, as in short, I had to work hard at conquering my fears and challenges around a ski mountain and heights.
This has been the first year where I didn’t feel I was starting from scratch and having to work my way over many days of seasonal warmup to get back to where I left off.
In fact, not only was I able to pick back up from where I left off last season, but I amazingly found myself without the usual anxiety or process that I carried as weight.
This even extended to riding the lifts without tension, going down a surprise, more advanced run without hesitancy and fear that Dave forgot I hadn’t done before, and making my way across the mountain on my own – up and down.
I always begin my ski time with sending Reiki to myself and surrounding every piece of my day and possible unknowns with visualizations and feelings of exactly what I want to experience in divine alignment. I never start skiing without this, as it creates a bubble of lightness and anchored trust for me.
And January definitely has begun lighter for me, despite unknowns. I’m feeling myself transition through doors of beginnings and endings on a daily basis. Even my dreams have been circling through a lot of old and inciting glimpses of new. I’m seeing ideas and plans shifting quickly and new openings replacing them immediately and fluidly.
I know that times continue to be intense on the world scene and I know many people, including some close to me, have been having to navigate some huge life transitions that have come both surprisingly and expected, but emotionally challenging, nonetheless. And yet, I’ve heard from each that although hard, there’s a sense of relief or knowing that everything is leading to something heart-nurturing and expansive after the heart ache and contractions.
Even though I have quite a few patches of cloudy veils hovering over parts of my own life right now, I feel peace that with each trusting step I take through the dark, the clouds will part a little more each day to reveal what only my heart was urging me toward.
One key and powerful thing I always love to remind myself of is to be mindful of where I place my attention and how I phrase things on a constant basis.
This may be a great time to take a break from your usual repertoire of go-to’s.
What ever you focus on is what you are in relationship with and the Universe doesn’t differentiate between what you do and don’t want…the Universe only responds in vibrational match to what you’re putting out there.
So rather than focus on fears or what you don’t want, perhaps dancing in the realms of infinite “what if” potentials and going on a date with your desires might be to your benefit.
I hope this first month of the year is revealing and reaffirming for you. Perhaps you may anchor in knowing what you are ready to leave behind and what you want to begin moving forward into.
Find ways to keep your momentum, celebrate the steps, surround yourself with supportive people and energy, and be gentle if some things feel harder than others. With love, anything is possible.