I have an affinity for ice, especially designs in ice. And within that category, I look for faces—profiles of human males and females. January is our longest, coldest month. While December is our longest, darkest month, January feels dark, too, because we’ve taken down the holiday lights and we’re left only with starlight, moonlight, firelight, and, if we’re lucky, cool sunlight. I took the picture of “the ice man” on the Arkansas River last January.
On a personal note, my own rhythms slow like a sluggish ice-laden river in January. I welcome in the new year with low-key celebration. Much of my incipient creativity forms beneath the ice. I see little evidence of it on the surface.
To break up the ice and get moving again, I am using three tools. The first addresses my body—stiff from sitting in front of the computer doing what I’m doing now instead of getting out there hiking in the bitter wind. The second tool, digs insight out of my subconscious and gives me pictures of possible trends. The third is a kind of home-grown psychotherapy, which I’ve been using on and off for almost twenty years.
Physical Therapy with Bob
I came back Friday morning from seeing Bob Holtby, my physical therapist. He starts with cranial sacral to decide how to proceed with my spine and core. He sits me in a chair and twists my spine to the right and the left. It felt as though he was going to twist me into a pretzel on Friday. But when he’s done, not only is my body loose, but he’s worked some kind of mental magic on me. My mind is happier, more flexible, less frozen. Here’s a picture of Bob. He’s the guy on the right with the beard.
I like oracle cards. I choose a little angel card each day to mirror what I may be working on spiritually. This morning the card said “Simplicity.” Guess that’s because I’ve been working on taxes for eight hours. I just received a set of Crystal Ally cards that I had ordered during New Year’s (shown at left). Their messages resonate with me in an uncanny way. The author of this deck, Naisha Ahsian, says the cards “seem to create a shift within a person’s energetic field, allowing them to sense the gemstone energies more fully.” Stones have been used for centuries for healing by Native American, African and Asian tribes, according to the author. In some cultures, crystals and even everyday stones are considered to be conscious, living beings. Yesterday I pulled the Ruby card. It indicated that Ruby is the stone for stirring the Life Force–just what I need to break out of the ice. I’ve been meditating on a big cut ruby gemstone at the root of my spine, with ruby colored light running up my spinal column. This practice warms and energizes me.
I’ve been following the writings of Machelle Small Wright at Perelandra for years. Her nature study and books are guided by Nature itself. If you’ve heard of Findhorn, you will know what I mean. Nature has great intelligence. In fact it knows how to fix our planet and our bodies. Machelle explains all of this in her books. Her book called MAP: The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program includes a meditative process called a Calibration that takes about 30 minutes. It is specifically for balancing the mental/emotional bodies. It’s great for relieving stress. After just one calibration (yesterday), an ice jam in my brain came loose and I received some insights about my book business. I may need to purchase a new desktop computer and business software. I need to find someone who knows how to set up a system to track book inventory. These insights thawed my mood from gloom to sunshine. It’s like mental Feng Shui–bringing order to chaos.
I plan to continue the calibrations, the cards and the PT into February and as long as it takes for the sun to move north and the river to rise.