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.
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!)
More 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!
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
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
Never 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