Solstice – A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

DSC02825Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream…

Demetrius, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Shakespeare

Happy Midsummer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) around noon on 21st June 2014!   Oh, it’s a wonderful time of year!   Everything’s rich, green and warm and a purifying fire festival is held on the longest day of the year.    

I’ll be welcoming in the Midsummer Solstice this evening with drumming by candlelight.   

Tomorrow I’ll participate in a Noon Earth Healing Attunement, followed by a silent walking meditation among the trees.  

“In the beginning was sound” or vibration which not only affects and alters the shape of everything else – but creates forms.    So next, with a live performance by Frank Perry, we’ll become singing bowls and create Himalayan sound revelations whilst chanting AUM at White Eagle Lodge.  

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It wouldn’t be a Solstice without a feast-gathering (see raw victuals below).    The day will end at The Study Centre with Kabir “the weaver from Benares” (who was profoundly influenced by Rumi, Hafiz Attar and Saadi); in an evening of poetry and live music by the renowned mystic and his call to the heart.   

That should do it to bring in a joyful Summer Solstice!

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.

Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century Persian mystic poet

 

Raw Summer Solstice Ball (faerie dance!) 

DSC08264More than one ball and raw, of course!  Actually, they should be called Stress-Busting Balls because, as well as Reishi and other tree mushrooms for protein and the immune system, they also contain Mucuna, said to support dopamine production – the hormone that floods our body when we first fall in love, creating a massive euphoria.  That should keep my spirit soaring! 

Raw Toffee Caramel Lemon Sponge with White Mulberries, Coconut, Cacao Nibs and Macadamia Cream – ooooh, yes!

DSC02637A cake to share.

This will be accompanied by some quick, easy delicious spirit of Elda Mor elderflower cold infusion.   Ask a tall, handsome man to reach them from the tree for you as I had to! 

You can still find a few before they begin their own transformation to beautiful purple berries for my elderberry tinctures.

Spirit of Elda Mor Elderflower Cold Infusion

DSC02760 I prefer my drinks living and vibrant but not sugary so all you need are two large florets of elderflowers.   

Place them in a jug, fill with the purest water you can get, cover lightly with a cloth to avoid airborne particles and leave for about 1-2 hours.    Delicious!

All other parts of the elder tree are non-edible, so when making elderflower infusion or tea, i.e. with hot water, remove all stalks as they have an emetic quality.     (Not my chosen way of detox!)

At the end of yoga today, during Savasana (corpse pose) pranayama meditation, I entered into strange visions as though my spirit were separating from me.   So it seems may already have had my midsummer dreams!

I have had a most rare vision.    I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. 

Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare

For now, Farewell, sweet playfellows (Hermia) and I trust your wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream is manifested!

I trust mine will be in evidence also, before My soul is in the sky!  Moonshine, Ibidem

Dawn, Can Oka   X

ContactPhoto-IMG_20140612_121652Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.      If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.  

You are the universe in ecstatic motion

  Rumi

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Solstice – A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

  1. archdeak says:

    And so those of us that are awake to what is, but not to what really is because of our restrictive limitations, are giddy by the sheer beauty and elegance of our fellow creatures. A constant remains for whatever reason despite a movement of time that is brought to the mind from conciousness entwined with memories.These trials and testing’s are there to hinder and distract from the narrow path that leads to eternity.
    There lies in the picture the essence of our mortal life – in the background gravestones crying out to receive our flesh and blood, beckoning us to attend, to that which we are destined from this earthly place. But great joy over shadows such a fate with the tree of life alongside real beauty that is all consuming to the eye.
    Oh, for a paradise produced with thought patterns that explode into reality, so lets prepare to celebrate the day the brain turns to glue and our conciousness continues on to accomplish that which it desires.

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  2. archdeak says:

    A question: Those elderberry flowers floating in that jug of water, did you wash them before putting them in the jug or drop them straight in ? I have a couple of elderberry trees in the hedgerow of my garden and would like to make that drink. Any other variation with elderberry flowers would also be a useful tip.

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  3. Good point, Archdeak. Never wash the flowers in herbalism as you’d lose all the pollen and vitality of the plant. Place the flowers directly in the jug (having checked for little insects whilst you are picking them and gently remove). Make sure the flowers are not turning brown. Mine look clean just because they were all fresh and in good condition. Best also picked in the morning before the bees have taken the pollen!

    You are so lucky to have elders in your own garden where you can also use a ladder! I’ve just been looking at some early this morning at the top of the trees near my home but I just can’t reach them. Picking too many elder florets from the lower branches means that there’ll be no flowers to turn into berries later in the season.

    I’ll post a blog later on how I make my elderberry tinctures which support the immune system through the cold months of Winter and which feel very comforting. Very easy to make.

    Elderflower Fizz

    You can also use this elder flower water and add one or two orange Sizzling Minerals to make Elderflower Fizz – very healthy indeed!

    Another way is to blend up a handful of Elderflowers (no stalks) enough for two Russian Champagne glasses, with the purest water you can get, in the blender. Squeeze flowers through a gauze bag or sieve. Pour liquid into glasses and add one or two orange Sizzling Minerals! http://www.SimplyNaturals.com/111130

    Other elder flower drinks I make (I don’t make or consume cordials) are teas and infusions. Use dried flowers for this and cut off the stalks and stems as the hot water for either will draw out unwanted substances from them (unlike a cold water extraction). You only want the flowers. A tea is lovely and only takes 5 or so minutes to brew.

    An infusion is more profound (left for 2 hours or even overnight) as it extracts more of the plant’s qualities and nutrients – that’s also why dried are used. I’m using a stainless steel flask at the moment for convenience. In Winter this is useful, as it can be prepared ready for the morning.

    Once my flowers are dried, I store them in an airtight, glass Kilner jar in a dark cupboard.

    With all herbs – as with fruit, vegetables etc – always rotate and vary. (In order of consumption, I mean, we don’t have to revolve ourselves, though that sounds like fun!) Herbal blessings.

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  4. archdeak says:

    A very comprehensive reply indeed. Thank You Dawn for the inspiration and variation on a fine healthy natural product. The sizzling minerals are scrummy also, so a mixture will be welcomed.
    Yes, when eating vegetables we must be rotatered…………I likes the red ones that are sweet !!!!

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  5. archdeak says:

    Thank You once again girasoledawn.

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