Summer Solstice

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bursting energy of our star, our sun, our explosive beauty

We glorify and mystify this yearly ritual of maximum light, the day when the earth’s rotating axis tilts to position our hemisphere closest to the source of light, seeming to stabilize in this ultimate approach that is also the beginning of movement away.

The longest day of the year, the day with the most light, signals the reversal of the trend toward more light. This is the apex, full bloom. It doesn’t get bigger or better than this. But it’s the Solstice, literally, “the sun standing still.”

Stand still. Breathe. Be. Allow the inside power to be drawn out.

We as a hemisphere are turned fully to the light, to the source of light and heat, the power of the sun without which we do not exist. All of these words have dual meanings, both practical and spiritual: light; life; energy; power. These words symbolize and inspire action. The Solstice motivates us.

The monthly moment of greatest light occurs with the full moon reflecting the sun’s light, which appears brightly stable for two to three days. The daily moment of greatest light occurs with every noon, when the sun is most directly overhead and the light is brightest and most stable for one to two hours.

But the Solstice is special even among visible light cycles; it is the annual season of life-sustaining food growth. Great light symbolically represents abundance, but this yearly great light manifests abundance.

Standing still in great light. We are absorbing power. We are witnessing passion and purpose. We are inspired, breathing in.

Passion is a motivating feeling. Power is a generator for action. Purpose is an inspired direction. The order is interchangeable. You may feel passionately, then act powerfully, then see your purpose clarifying before you. Or you may recognize purpose, even intellectually, then act powerfully to move in its direction, then begin to feel passionate about your now forged relationship. You may simply act with power because you must or can move, then feel passion about what you are doing, then recognize purpose. In all cases, fulfillment ensues. The stillness of the most light:  realization; joy; bursting; oneness. Solstice.


Carolyn Campora, Master of Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Reiki, is also an author, a certified practitioner of Resonance Repatterning, and a Jungian archetypes based Astrologer. www.nabisu.com Nabi Su Tai Chi, Kung Fu & Wellness Center  212-925-5536

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Pamela Turczyn

As an artist or as a writer, P.C. Turczyn asks two questions: “How can my work benefit the greatest number of people?” and “How can it support healing?” The answer lies in providing templates for a deeper relationship with Nature and with the Presence that both surrounds and animates us.

A three-time award winner in the Celebrate the Healing Power of Art juried exhibitions as well as creator of the Art That Supports the Healing Process Award, her work has been exhibited in multiple medical and healing environments as well as galleries, museums and cultural centers in the U.S., Canada and Japan. A frequent contributor to NY Spirit, her work has been widely published in the media. Her paintings are in private, public and corporate collections, including the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Core Faculty member at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. Visit P.C.Turczyn’s website www.pcturczyn.com and her blogsite www.artthatsupportsthehealingprocess.com

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