“John the Baptist represents man at the center of history, devoted to what is beyond himself, to the revelation of the spirit brought by Christ. His summons was to turn inward, to search within toward a confrontation with oneself.”
-from “Waldorf Education: A Family Guide, ” page 175
St. John’s Tide is a wonderful time to ask ourselves….
are we being helpful to humanity? As a mother, I feel the very best place to begin with this endeavor is in our own homes and with our own children. Don’t give in to fear and insecurity in leading and guiding your children; search for the fearlessness in the heart of your parenting. This generation of children needs that in order to develop heart, word, and deed devoted to humanity.
are we honest?
are we peaceful?
where is our balance?
How do we work on these endeavors and more in our lives? I find inner work to be a resounding key for this because our model is more important in these times than our words. Our model is making a way and a path for our children and what the world will need when it is this generation’s turn to be leaders and architects of solutions to problems.
Some of my favorite ways to do inner work is very simple indeed:
Praying- I am Episcopalian, so following The Book of Common Prayer is what unites the people of the Anglican Communion; a way of prayer. When we ask for help from the spiritual world and listen in our hearts for the answer, we find the model we need.
Attending mass and receiving the sacraments
Listening to people; listening to what is becoming in the world. This requires an interest in the outside world, and using imagination and intuition.
Trying to picture my spouse and children as clearly as possible and taking these pictures into my sleep. Don’t we all often do our best thinking in our sleep?
Wishing you a magnificent St. John’s Tide; perhaps you will spend the day outside with cooking over open fires or creating a bonfire that you can leap over; finding edible flowers; creating platters of fruits; gathering sunflowers and leaving a light on the porch burning all night long. However you choose to celebrate, may renewal and transformation be yours.