During this season, the rising of the sun echoes the birth of light after having been plunged into darkness.
Since earliest times, throughout all traditions, the winter solstice represents the birth of spirit: the awakening to the sacred, the holy, the whole. The yearning for the contact with the sacred is a basic human need, and is as essential as eating or drinking. When this contact is not fulfilled, it leaves us with a feeling of something missing from life, a dissatisfaction: as if we have no means for connecting with something we deeply love. And until we do connect, every day without that connection life seems to lack meaning and depth.
We usually mistake our yearning and dissatisfaction as something missing in our “me”, or something incomplete in our relationships or work. And, there is a whole series of industries, including the self-help industry, that would like us to believe that if only we changed something in our personality, or in our surroundings, or conditions, we would feel fulfilled.
Its occurrence is so subtle, so fine and delicate, that it is easy to overlook, especially if we are distracted with external concerns and goals.
We are conditioned to believe that a spiritual experience has to take a particular form and have pre-ascribed characteristics, and so can dismiss or overlook our own openings, and therefore neglect to encourage the connection to become more frequent. Pre-conceived ideas about God and what spirituality is supposed to be, interfere with our direct experience: they inhibit our own personal relationship with the wholeness that the sacred represents.
Each of us has our own individual numinous (soul) experience. It is not a matter of intensity, it is a matter of quality, a kind of “being moved from within”. It is accompanied by awe of something beyond the sphere of the ordinary, of materiality, that stills the mind with astonishment and wonder, even if it is only for a brief moment.
The Noumedynamic Noumenous or numenous experience as described by Carl Jung, is extremely personal, it is relevant only to the individual. For me, it is feeling a part of something bigger than my self, and that there is a larger presence, movement, and that not everything depends on “my doing”.
The Noumedynamic experience involves experiencing our lives holographically: that the world is within us and not outside of us, and that the world comes into being through our being.
We are stirred and brought to a subtle peace and sweetness created by certain music, or being in nature, or with a loved one. The numinous form of being moved is even stronger: it is bittersweet and all encompassing.
Each of us has our own portal, our unique window and doorway to the sacred within. It is there, for us to uncover and discover. We need to give birth to that part of us, usually with someone to help us see what we overlook, what we have become distracted from, or have dismissed; so that it can be allowed to breathe and take form, live and evolve within us.
A free meditation to help you remind yourself
We need to be reminded to experience our natural state, to re-source ourselves by sinking into the sacred stillness that is at our own inner center. For those of you who may have missed it, here is the link to a meditation I recorded especially for the solstice.
Whenever I’m caught up in the narrowness of “my doing”, it is what I learned about Holism that allows me to surrender and to expand into “Being”. I’ve just finished gathering the most essential teachings with daily exercises so as to shift into an experience that is bigger and truer than our materialistic paradigm into a new 5 week course called “Discover Holism”.
A gift to our community
Holism has been so central to my own happiness and well-being that I want as many people as possible to enjoy its benefits as I have. Until December 31st, MICH is offering this course for only our administration costs: only $50 – as a way for everyone who follows MICH to start off the new year filled with wholeness, soul, and meaning.
I hope you give this gift to yourself, to nourish yourself with wholeness.
Wishing you a soul filled holiday season,
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH
Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975. To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann.