I am writing this from a
remote rustic town in Alaska, tucked in and surrounded by the high
Chugach Mountains. I live in the valley where the beautiful emerald
green Kenai Lake and river flow many miles on their journey to
eventually join the Pacific Ocean. In the winter months here in Cooper
Landing there are only five hours of daylight as the sun dips behind
the mountains from November through January. We celebrated the winter
solstice with light from bonfires and warm hearty foods while singing
and drumming under the full moon. It is for this reason that it is
important to be able to see beyond the horizon. While we can’t see
over the top of the mountains and see the sun, we do know that it is
there and will eventually reappear. The natives here revere the
ravens, as they believe that the raven stole the sunlight from one who
would keep the world in darkness. To them, raven was the creator of
life and order. As the ravens sit outside my window each day in the
old Cottonwood tree, I am reminded of this belief and honor their
How do we create the freedom to see beyond the horizon when we can’t
physically see it?
Meditation and visualization allow us to journey into our spiritual
limitlessness. I know this personally, as I have spent many hours on a
warm tropical beach using the healing techniques of the ocean waves
while being here in my cozy arctic nest. When I work with my phone
clients, I encourage them to do the same as we visualize their fear
patterns being given to the sea for release. In your meditation, feel
yourself stretch beyond the horizon and into the divine consciousness
of the Universe. True freedom isn’t a physical condition or situation.
It is the ability to open our hearts with a quiet mind and experience
the vastness of pure unconditional love and joy. Dare to be free to
love, dance and shine the light for others to follow.
Self-love is where true freedom begins.
About the Author:
Shirley Knapp, U.S.A.
Shirley Knapp is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and
author of "Sustaining Joy" who leads groups in personal growth. She
has been in a holistic private practice, teaching and embracing
individuals and groups since 1986. Shirley’s mission is to heal, love
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