As the sunlight dims during the season of winter, we can feel the earth growing quieter and even the plants seem to be resting as snow blankets the earth. It’s a wonderful time to turn inward and kindle our own inner light!
At this darker time of the year, our soul naturally tends to draw us inward seeking the nourishment we’ll discover there. There we can find the Light of the Divine pouring into us and flowing out of our hearts to the world joyously as unbounded love.
This is where our True Being can give birth to gifts for the world through our own soul’s creativity. These are the seeds that are nurtured during the season of winter, and they’ll blossom when the light of spring once again returns.
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The archangel Gabriel is a spirit guide for the season of winter. He is a divine messenger who guides new birth from spiritual forces into humanity.
During this time of Advent in the season of winter, we can remember the story of the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, an archetypal story of new birth coming into the world.
One evening, Mary was praying and she saw before her an angel who said, “Hail to you, Gracious One. God the Lord is with you. You are blessed by him.”
Mary was troubled by what the angel said, wondering what this meant.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God. You will conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus.”
Mary was afraid and said, “How shall that be, as I know not a man?”
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Therefore, the child who will be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold! Your cousin Elizabeth is also expecting a child, although she is old, and people say that she can no longer bear a child. For, with God, all things are possible.”
Mary rejoiced greatly, and said, “See here, servant of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said.” And the angel departed.
In this sacred story, we see Mary, as Divine Mother, as a bridge between the spirit world and human beings upon the earth. Looking closer at the archetype in the story, we can also see that there’s a divine womb or vessel of darkness in which the spark of the cosmic human spirit has been kindled.
As Mary hears the words of the angel, she’s confused, troubled, and even afraid. We notice that the divine messenger comforts her, “Do not be afraid.” And even reassures her by sharing that she’s been chosen for a special and sacred task.
Although this is a very unusual event in her daily life, with the loving and compassionate words of the angel, Mary lets go of her fear and uncertainty about the situation and opens to it. She accepts this sacred path that is presented to her and agrees to nurture and nourish this spark of life, this new birth, as it’s brought into the world through her. She extends her trust in the Divine in making this choice.
Let us take a moment and imagine Mary in that moment in time. I’m sure she probably felt rather scared and even alone in the world. She might have thought that she’s not strong enough to handle what may unfold in suffering or pain in the future in bearing this child in such an unusual circumstance. Of course, she could’ve chosen to turn away from this strange messenger, clinging to her fear and anxiety from this unusual visit.
Yet, we see how she trusts in the divine message. She lets go of her fear as she receives the warmth extended to her from the divine messenger. She accepts that it’s her divine work in the world and opens her heart to this path of love in which she will bear this divine gift that will bring light into the world.
Today, in this time of Advent, we can learn from the great wisdom in Mary’s actions. We too can release our fear of the future and open our hearts to something new ---something that we can’t even imagine may be a part of our lives on earth! We can extend our trust in the Divine to guide us, hold us, love us, as our path is revealed to us, a step at a time. In doing so, we come one step closer to becoming our True Being.
We come to realize that our fears limit our greatness that we are meant to share with the world. But, when we’re able to open our hearts, we can experience love that’s unbound and expansive. We experience the Divine within us and within the world.
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I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.