The Goddess gift of hibernation invites you to reflect, assimilate, and dream life into your ideas and future creations. If you’ve been feeling the effects of our “rush to produce” culture, this Goddess gift says, “Slow down. Go within. Pause, ask for clarity, and allow your personal wisdom to emanate from your core.”
Personally, I take this kind of quiet hibernation and soul reflection at the end of each year as the days grow long and dark. I examine my life and business and what I choose to call into creation next. I also do this type of inner work anytime I leave one phase of life or business before I enter another.
You see, the dark internal gestational phase of creation is often bypassed when we’re in a hurry for change or want to show fast results. Yet, taking the time for this critical phase of hibernation can make the difference between an authentic soul-honoring creation and one that meets a surface need but doesn’t quite serve your spirit. Sitting and listening to your inner guidance and allowing your inner wisdom her time to speak to and guide you produces a depth of clarity that no amount of asking others or looking outside yourself will ever produce.
While doing this type of inner work, I look internally for two kinds of clues to guide my next creation steps. First, I look at what bounty and gifts were brought forth in the last growing phase. I examine all that I have to be grateful for. I honor the work I’ve done. I express deep thanks for my creative partners, my business team, and the forces of creation for assisting me in bringing this abundance forth.
Then secondly, I turn my awareness to the things my soul has been saying to me. What has it been hungry for and craving? What do I need for greater wholeness and creation capacity? What no longer serves me that it’s time to let go of? Sometimes it’s even important to release old dreams and desires that I’ve outgrown or moved past.
When you do this level of gestational work before you begin creating in a new phase, it’s easier to bring forth your true desires. You change over time and so do your dreams and desires. It’s important to be current and in alignment with where you are in your life and business right now.
Here are three ideas to get you started with your soul gestation experience during this hibernation time:
1) Give yourself permission to reflect. Get your journal, a cup of tea, and sit by the fire or a glowing candle. Create a cozy environment for time with yourself.
2) Look back over the previous growing cycle and give thanks to all that has come forth. Record these creations and manifestations in your journal. It helps you really see your progress.
3) Now, ask your soul what it truly desires next in life and/or business? What does it long to create? What does it want to experience in life? What authentic dreams are important for you to fulfill in this lifetime? And for even deeper clarity, ask what is it about these desires that make them important to you now?
As part of honoring the Goddess gift of hibernation, the above three steps will help you get started on reflecting. Also, it’s important to pay attention to your dreams, both awake and asleep. The soul often speaks to you in images, symbols, and feelings. Pay careful attention especially at this time. You never know what secret longing may be revealed.
Sending sweet hibernation dreams your way,