Blog Easter Time 2016

Greetings from an Cuige Ravensdale.  This weekend the clocks go forward in Ireland allowing us to experience daylight later into the evenings.  As this happens more people seem to appear out from the shelter of their homes into their gardens and into the countryside coinciding with the reawakening of the natural world.  While the past winter here was milder than other winters it was also very wet and dark, the sun making only occasional appearances.  As the days get longer there is a sense of anticipation as the light returns and grows stronger each day.  The daffodils blossoming everywhere in gardens, hedges and along the motorways have clearly announced that spring is here!  Spring is the time of new possibilities the time of saying “Yes we can “or in Irish “Is Feidir Linn”.  Easter 2016 is an especially emotive time in Ireland as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter rising which paved the way for Ireland to regain its freedom from Britain. For 800 years Ireland and its people were under the rule of Britain during which time we lost much of our capacity for self-governing and lost contact with much of our unique cultural heritage.  As the celebrations of this pivotal event take place it is wonderful to see the amazing array of creative and transformative events that are taking place all over the country. The celebrations which are taking place at national, local and community levels reflect a great inclusiveness.  These celebrations reflect many aspects of the Irish people and their giftedness and is crucial as we step into the next stage of our personal, community and societal evolution.  Much has been achieved in the past 100 years and much more is possible and necessary.  I believe that an essential aspect of the journey ahead is the interior journey, a journey into personal sovereignty, inner authority and greater personal responsibility… This is of course true not only for those living in Ireland but for all human kind.  Just now the hills and hedges are ablaze with the bright yellow flame of the gorse, which is one of the 38 Bach Flower remedies “discovered” by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930’s.  Gorse is a hugely important remedy at this time on the planet because its function is to act as an antidote to the discouragement we sometimes feel in the face of so many issues and challenges.  It supports us to remain positive in the face of adversity, not an naive positivity but an active hope that is born from the belief that change and transformation is possible when each of us take the small simple steps that presents itself to us.  It is the antidote to the common refrain of our day “but what can I do”?  the poet Adrienne Rich reflects “my heart is moved by all I cannot save so much has been destroyed     I have to cast my lot with those who age after age perversely with no extraordinary power reconstitute the world “.  As we continue to move towards the light and brightness of summertime let us add our voices to the symphony of new possibilities and new life.  John O’Donoghue invites us “May I have the courage today to live the life that I would love, to postpone my dream no longer, but do at last what I came here to do and waste my heart on fear no longer“


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" Do not ask what the world needs rather ask what makes you come alive then go and do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive" Howard Thurman