Autumn/Fall Affects The Spirit

HOW FALL AFFECTS YOUR SPIRITUAL SIDE-THE HARVEST OF THE SPIRIT
fall-psychic-medium-shelly-freyOutside my window, an amazingly beautiful change has begun. As it happens every fall, the leaves turn as gold as the sun, burnt orange, and bright red, the wind begins to blow them off the trees & the cooler temperatures start moving in. It’s beautiful to watch, and I enjoy seeing the transition with it’s almost mystical feel.  I love Autumn breezes and grey/foggy evenings.  Along with the Fall comes Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and just around the corner is Christmas.  I have found that while some of us absolutely love Autumn & the changes it represents, many people suffer this time of year.  The depression seems to ooze in with those cooler temps and shorter days.  Many are suffering sadness over lost loved ones, some are just missing their own past & not excited about or looking forward to their future….so why does Autumn seem to bring gloom for some of us?  Why is it that as the leaves fall off the trees, our tears seem to shed from our eyes, almost like another Fall ritual?   There are many scientific explanations, many doctors can tell you about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how having less sunshine affects your overall mood.  We’ve all heard of cabin fever, which we know is right around the corner in the cold Winter months, but what about from a  spiritual perspective?  I believe that our subconscious misses passed loved ones the most in the Fall & Winter.  I also think we begin realizing how much of our own lives has passed, rekindling our memories in a way old lovers rekindle their flame….maybe it’s the approaching holidays, maybe it’s just the darkness coming faster each day, but I feel it has more to do with the Autumn solstice and the many changes in the universe during this time.
The Autumn Equinox!
Autumn also is a time of harvest (after summer fruits) where we are guided to be grateful for the seeds that have already sewn.  The autumn equinox marks the arrival of the season of fall, traditionally seen as a period of changes leading to the dark of winter.   So what is the spiritual meaning of fall? Fall is the season of change, cycles, transformations, transitions, and the representation of divine female energy. This energy is centered around change, cycles, transitions, and transformation because it is receptive to energy and change. The fall season is open to receiving change and transformation to soon transform into winter and the winter season is another form of the divine feminine energy. The fall and winter seasons both represent the divine feminine energy while both spring and summer represents the divine masculine energy. When all the seasons are combined within the one year, the divine marriage between the divine masculine and divine feminine energy become united and one to help sustain balance within the earth. The fall season also symbolizes the balance between light and darkness, releasing and letting go of the old and negative energies from your presence and awareness, adaptability, preparation, and accepting impermanence. The season of autumn symbolizes the time of self reflection.
Purge and relinquish all your negative thoughts, negative belief systems, your limitations, your expectations and allow the season of autumn to absorb them in order to purify your energy so that you can continue on your spiritual growth journey. Autumn is a time for letting go of all your burdens, doubts, grieving, and any emotions that limits your ability from moving on.
The season of autumn also reminds us of life and death. When the leaves bud from the trees during spring and then they grow abundantly during summer, and as fall arrives, the leaves finally change colors and suddenly fall to the forest floor signaling the death and the end. Nature is immortal and life is immortal. The leaves fall down to the forest floor to provide enough nourishment for the earth’s soil to grow more leaves for when spring arrives. Everything is recycled through nature. Nature has enough resources and energy to sustain itself for its well being and nature is reminding us to acknowledge this within ourselves to remain cleansed and purified. We all go through different cycles of life and death, but its never a literal life and death, but we experience a new cycle of life once we experience a form of death from the previous end of another cycle of development. This is a way of life.
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Do you like to meditate?
What spiritual lessons and practices are suggested by the coming of autumn? Here are a few suggested areas for your meditations & focus on your own life path:
1. BALANCING DARKNESS WITH LIGHT
On the autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance light and darkness within us. Far too often, we fear the dark and adore only the light.
2. LETTING GO
As we watch leaves fluttering to the ground in the fall, we are reminded that nature’s cycles are mirrored in our lives. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden. All the religious traditions pay tribute to such acts of relinquishment. Fall is the right time to practice getting out of the way and letting Spirit take charge of our lives.
3. ACKNOWLEDGING NOTHING IS PERMANENT
Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the flowerings and profusions of summer. Now the leaves fall and bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things.
Enjoy your Autumn!  It’s really about us facing our own darkness, as we head towards the death of some things (endings, blankness, spirituality) represented by winter, knowing that just around the corner is the birth of other things as we will welcome another Spring. So this is the perfectly manifested time to take a look at our own inner darkness hiding within us, the shadows. It is a symbolic period of journeying.
It is a time of inner reflection and preparation (before the colder months arrive). It’s about inner work, going within and taking stock and inventory of our lives. Honor & Accept your journey thus far as you reflect, rebalance and recalibrate.  It’s completely normal to feel a bit out of sorts this time of year.  It’s also normal to think about passed loved ones we miss and/or to feel lost on your path in this world.  This will pass, accept it, learn from it, and embrace it.  This is a PERFECT time of year to begin thinking about your own inner peace and the spiritual being that you are.
Autumn really is best represented in it’s spiritual sense within the famous song lyrics:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late
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