There are different seasons in life. A harmonious acceptance of the season we occupy is crucial to our contentment. Life’s experiences— good or bad, full of joy or sorrow— are necessary for our spiritual growth. Even when lessons are painful or seemingly unfair, it is our own consciousness expressing itself in manifestation. Pain is another way of waking up, of growing spiritually.
When we move in accord with the seasons of life, we flow with the current. When we long for the past or future, we abdicate the present, where our true power resides. Each human being is extraordinary. We have the power to create or destroy in every moment. So cultivating our highest nature is critically important for our own well being and the happiness of others. Consider the season you occupy. Are you in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
Spring is the season of quickening life. All possibility arises in spring, we learn and are fertile, explore the world and make new associations. In the spring of our lives, we are innocent, open to the encounters that lead to joy or pain. Spring is a time of growth and expansion, like seedlings, we are all pure potential, pushing out into the world. Our openness is the very thing that allows us to experience life. Our guileless nature allows us to play and make mistakes, which are always important lessons in disguise. In spring we are an empty cup waiting to be filled with love, knowledge and awakenings, here reside the hard-won truths of life lived fearlessly.
Summer is the season of production and ripening when crops are planted, days are long and we are at the height of our powers. What we put into life, we eventually reap— the things we say or do, our inventions and ideas, are the seeds of a future harvest. We can make the mistake of thinking that hard work at any cost will bring us success, but it isn’t true. Work must be balanced, ethical and fair. The crop we plant must be beneficial to others, otherwise the harvest will not be true abundance. Self-serving greed is a poisoned seed that creates blighted fruit. Whether we tend the field of our own family or the community as a whole, Summer is a time of generosity, where we are able to contribute to the highest expression of human potential.
Autumn is the season of harvest. Whatever crop we planted now yields its fruit. Sometimes we reap an unexpected harvest, a word or thought planted long ago blossoms into happiness or regret. The harvest is a time of gathering, feasting and repose. As the life force withdraws into the deeper levels of our being, our own energy connects back to the source. In hibernation, we gather strength, it’s a time of inward turning and refining our soul. A lifetime of experiences creates a harvest of wisdom. We know ourselves and see others more clearly. Our accumulated wisdom allows us to shepherd our time more effectively and to decide how best to channel our energies into the world. If we have gathered enough strength, we act against injustice, cultivate compassion and create beauty.
Winter is the season of meditation. The life force retreats even deeper into the earth. There is stillness in winter, a rationing of our resources as we reconnect to our true self. Life is stripped down to the bare bones of existence. Although the obvious signs of outward growth are hidden; our very essence is being refined, distilled in the purest alchemy of inner fire. We release the ego and embrace transformation. Winter is a time of simplicity, we are on an inward journey, coming back to the source. Freed from earlier distractions; the fertility of spring, the production of summer, the gathering of autumn, winter is the truest expression of our spirits as we open our consciousness and cross the barriers that separate us from our divine heritage.