“Weddings, Rainbows and Transformations”
Weddings are a time of unification and new beginnings. This weekend I was blessed to attend the wedding of a young couple. What a joyous occasion. The wedding was outdoors and the weather was threatening rain all day. Rain, a sign of purification and cleansing, began soon after the ceremony had ended.
As the rain continued, the guests poured into the elegantly decorated barn, trimmed with tooling and chandeliers, smelling of popcorn and cider. The atmosphere was warm and cozy on this fall equinox weekend.
Soon afterwards I ventured outside to help my daughter change into more casual clothing. Looking into the sky, a double rainbow appeared a sign of transformation. What a beautiful message on the start of a new life together for this happy couple.
As the seasons change from summer to fall, we too transform like the couple in the wedding, purified by the rain, united in spirit and guided by a sign that bridges Heaven and Earth. The day after the wedding a sweat lodge or “house of prayer” was poured, which I gratefully attended with a small group of close friends. Cleansed not only from the continuous rain but then from the hot stones heated by the fire. A feeling of renewal and refreshment engulfed me at the end and had a lasting effect.
After a long week prior and a busy fall with the start of school, trips and life I feel the energies settling, my energies settling. We transform, hour to hour, day to day, week to week. At moments we are riding high on the rainbow, other times spiraling and descending downward.
Because of this we must have a constant, stable, reliable, spiritual practice. It matters not what your practice is, so long as you practice it. The beauty is not in the vehicle or even the destination but in the journey. Ride your rainbow of transformation, cleansed by the waters, united in Oneness and guided by signs from both Heaven and Earth.
Begin a new life with yourself.
Susan J. McFarland