The year is winding down. Both the calendar and the seasonal cycle are in agreement, this is a time for rest and reflection. There is an urge to look back over the past year and take stock of what has happened and what we’ve accomplished. The increasing darkness–coming earlier and lasting longer–encourages us to hunker down and save our energy. Yes there are bright lights and bustle and excitement due to the holidays, but there is also stillness and warmth and a drawing inward. Nature is resting and calls for you to do the same.
Talisman for Peaceful Sleep
Tap into the energies of relaxation and make this talisman to help you sleep soundly through the winter nights. The stones all have properties that protect your slumber, as well as ensuring peaceful sleep.
You’ll need small pieces of:
Use small gauge silver wire to wrap each crystal piece. The work doesn’t have to be fancy, just secure. Tie your wire wrapped crystals to a length of silver or purple ribbon. Now bless your talisman by saying, “Now I lay me down to sleep, My dreams and rest you safely keep, I’ll wake refreshed and full of zeal, My worries, stress and pain have all been healed.”
You can anoint your talisman with peppermint oil. Hang the talisman near your head where you will see it every time you get ready to sleep.
For added comforting and peaceful sleep, add peppermint, rose or ylang ylang essential oil to the dryer when laundering your bed clothes.
Get in touch with your inner self
Take advantage of the slower, deeper rest that this time of the year brings to start a practice of getting in touch with your inner self. You can do this by creating a space in your mind where you can meet with your intuition.
Start by laying or sitting in a comfortable position. Make sure you will not be interrupted, turn off electronics that might beep, etc. Close your eyes and start box breathing: breathing in for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of four, breathe out for a count of four, rest for a count of four, and start again. If a four count is too long or short, adjust it to whatever is comfortable. Continue for a few moments. Once you are feeling relaxed, visualize yourself descending. You could be in an elevator, going down a set of stairs, descending a hill, the specifics aren’t as important as the direction. Count slowly backwards from 10 to 1, descending further with each number. (So, for example, visualize you are going down a floor with each number)
Once you have reached one you are at the bottom of your descent. Visualize a door. This is your access to your inner self. Visualize protective wards or runes or other magic that keeps your inner self safe. When you pass through that door you will enter a place that is completely safe. Nothing can harm you there.
Go through the door. On the other side you will find yourself someplace that is safe and comfortable and welcoming to you. Maybe it is your childhood home. Or maybe it is a place in nature you like to visit. It doesn’t even have to have a real world counterpart. It could be a space station, fantasy cottage or luxury high rise. Where doesn’t matter, but how it feels does. You should feel immediately comfortable and at ease.
Once you have entered your inner mind, invite yourself to come to you. Then be patient. It might take a while, especially if you have issues with self doubt, negative self talk, etc. Also, be prepared for your self to come to you in a form other than what you expected. This is your inner, most personal self, stripped of ego and society expectations. You might not even see this part of you. It might come as a sensation, or even a smell or sound.
Once your inner self has arrived, sit with it. Get used to its presence and allow it to get used to yours. You might ask it if it has any messages for you. Listen, give it time to communicate with you. This first time might only be a meet and greet. After a time, thank your inner self for showing up and make your goodbyes. Exit via the door you entered and go up the stairs, elevator or whatever mechanism you used to enter the meditation.
When you have finished the meditation, take some time to come back to yourself physically. Wiggle your toes and fingers, stretch, etc. Write down your impressions from the meditation. Did your inner self tell you anything. Did it ask you to do something? record it so that you can look back later.
You can repeat this meditation, building a greater relationship with your inner self. The sacred space you make in your mind can be used for shadow work and inner magick as well.
However you observe the last month of the year make sure you are making time for yourself. Nature has built in a time of rest. Taking advantage of this time to relax is not only good for you but it is a way for you to connect with the natural cycle. Have a wonderful December and blessed be.