In 24 hours I will be on a 6 day vision quest in the Pennsylvania Mountains at a small humble 17 by 17foot hermitage with no internet or cell phone. I am choosing a 40 hour fast to connect and water and fruits for the remaining 4 days.
I often did these types of sabbaticals, retreats when I lived in Wisconsin to connect to Spirit.
As this is the first stay in the Pennsylvania hermitage it feels different and almost ritualistic. You see its been 2 months since I relocated to the Penn State area to be closer to the great university I have been accepted to. As I work towards my Masters in Psychology of Leadership a lot of doors have opened. I have loved horses since I could breath and equine therapy combined with my Psychology degree is an obvious choice for my career path.
I have started volunteering at Horses of Hope about 45 minutes from my lovely home in Centre Hall PA. The mission of the non profit is in line with what my life’s work is to be. I wish to be a part of it until I breathe my last.
Today as I drew a medicine card the hour of power came to me and I felt it necessary to share.
Hour of Power
All human beings have their own internal timing. Some are very quick to accomplish a daily task while others are more methodical. Some people have a slow metabolic rate and others have food seemingly run through their bodies. The thought processes of some are lightening quick and others are graced with the patience of examination. These examples of personal timing are some of the things that make us unique and different from one another.
So it Is that each person also has an hour of power during a days cycle. Every person feels more connection with a certain time of day or evening. For some it may be just before sunrise when the world is still and quiet and the fading darkness is about to greet Grandfather Sun. For others it may be 3:00 or 4:00am when the stirrings of life are totally quiet and entering the silence is easier. For some it may be high noon when Grandfather Sun is at his peak and is flooding his love and warmth on all Creation. For others it may be sunset, the days transition into starry wonder. For all people, their special time of day or evening is their hour of power.
My thoughts on the teaching
For me I love the cool darkness of night at midnight to two am or exactly at the sunrise whenever that happens in the year. In these moments I seek a moment to connect to that which is greater than me. The messiah, the mother the father…whomever.
As I start to mentally prepare for tomorrows trip to the hermitage I am filled with gratitude for my life today. I am in love with the same man as I was four years ago, we are not currently together but that does not change my feelings for him. I am two classes into my Masters Program at Penn State and I am living in a beautiful part of the country.
As I approach the silence for six days I want to let go of all expectations of what I am supposed to experience. I want to just be in each moment and each breathe as I experience it.