2016 was the year of the Monkey, and we faced some truly wild energies. Unpredictable happenings were the norm this year, and the world will never be the same for so many reasons. Not the least of them is the political upheaval that put a crack in the foundation of the old establishment and left many people trembling. But just as important is the art, music, and other movements that humans produced. The quickening of the uncovering of fear and scarcity is directly related to the deepening of the awareness of Love all around the globe. The tragedy is that they are not often found together.
For the last couple of years, I've celebrated the New Year in a semi-traditional way with several friends from Japan. The tradition in Japan is to declare an intent for the new year in one word or short phrase. Then write that character on a full sized sheet of paper. Like this:
This is mine from 2015. It means something like "consistent focus". That year I recognized the need for me to improve my consistency and stay focused to see some projects through to completion. For 2016, my word was "to blossom". I felt ready to open up more and give more of myself to the world. To become a more fulfilled version of myself. But for something to blossom, a major transformation must take place.
Before I could open up more, I had to reach the end of a cycle. To blossom is to take on a new form, to activate another level of stored potential. Like the cracking of an egg as the young one emerges, a flower blossoms and breaks through it's prior limitations that were put in place for protection. In short, transformation requires breakthrough.
To accomplish this, I attended numerous workshops, conferences, and retreats. I worked with a life coach, a psychologist, and a variety of healers. Perhaps most importantly, I spent extended periods with the most spiritually evolved person I've yet to encounter- Jeannie Zandi. For all of these opportunities, I am eternally grateful. And furthermore, I've transformed. It might have taken some time, but the blossoming is now underway.
My word for 2017 is "Discipline". I know that I need to keep this intention alive as I step up to take on bigger challenges and be brighter and more visible and better heard. As I step forward to make my offers to the world. As I embody my ministry and evangelize my vision to an even greater extent. I'm grateful to have so much love and support as I work in service of the shifts that we can all sense are coming.
I wonder what words you all would use to frame 2017. If you feel so compelled, please leave a comment and share with us what word or phrase you'll use to frame your intent for the coming year!