For most of us, the end of the calendar year can be a stressful time. The intention of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with family is often overshadowed by historical family of origin issues, feelings of obligation to spend equal time with family and in-laws, attempts to heal outstanding family issues and relationships, massive media campaigns to shop, obligations to eat multiple meals so as not to hurt feelings, massive calorie intake, and rushed travel between relatives in late fall weather with crowded airports and rush hours. It seems the holidays end up being around “doing-ness” rather than “being-ness.” How do we shift our focus to “being” in the midst of all of this doing?
In a search for a deeper meaning to the holidays, the Advent Transformation Process was born.
We can all agree that the true intention behind this time of year is the celebration of the birth of the Christ and also the celebration of increasing daylight following the darkest days of the year —the Winter Solstice. And most of us can agree that in the core beliefs of most religions, and as evidenced in numerous sacred texts, we are all made in the image and likeness of God. The Advent Transformation Process was created to focus on illuminating of all the thoughts, beliefs, and stories we have made up about ourselves in the past year, so we can let them go and “be” who we can choose to be. The focus is on giving birth to a clear, focused intent that will allow us to live the life we say is important to us. And possibly own that being-ness as the image and likeness of God. I believe we simply forget who we really are after a year of chaos, the loss of friends or family, struggling to make a living and pay bills, stress, and pressure. It really isn’t that hard to get lost and think that we are these roles we play and experiences we have – instead of celebrating the Truth of who we are – the image and likeness of God.
The Advent Transformation Process was created to remind us of this Truth.
The Process consists of illuminating all those things that piled up over the last year that fed into our forgetting. I believe we can’t do something different until we know what we are doing. So the illumination process is vital to see how we got off track. And, as the Process can reveal, these distractions fester in every part of our lives. So how do we let this stuff go so we can remember who we are and find the love, peace, and joy that is our guaranteed inheritance of being the image and likeness of God. We simply have to break it down into smaller chunks so we can sweep out all of the dust, dirt, and grime to find that shiny clean floor.
The Advent Transformation Process uses the major Seven Chakras as a vehicle to break our chaos into workable chunks. The first four chakra categories allow us to examine our beliefs and stories about our physical bodies; the second–our emotional condition; the third – our egos (like needing to be right, for example); and the fourth–our choices. These areas provide the greatest fodder for self-examination and compilation of stories and beliefs to release so we can remember who we really are.
Ultimately, we take all of the stresses, bad decisions, chaos, judgments, assessments, pain, resentments, etc. and burn them on the Winter Solstice. Once released, we can affirm and declare the Truth of who we are and create practices that will support us in remembering. Ultimately, this remembering allows us to live the life we say is worth living–filled with love, peace, and joy. This creation of practices and the commitment to follow them are traditionally call New Year’s Resolutions, but through this process, the resolutions are focused on remembering our spiritual Truth rather than just our physical goals.
Please consider joining us in the Advent Transformation Process this year (Wednesday nights, 7-9 PM, starting Nov. 28) and the fabulous Winter Solstice event on Dec. 21. See you there.