There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky,
which through the summer is not heard or seen,
as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Each season moves us through a period of transformation. It is always beneficial to harmonize with the energy of nature and the season. And, as autumn and spring tend to be the times of more intense change, it can be especially beneficial to take time to connect. Traditionally, autumn is celebrated as the harvest season. It is the time to allow our bodies to harvest and gather energy for the colder months ahead. As the yang/outer energy of summer gives into the growing yin/inner energy of the approaching winter, there is strong contraction of energy occurring.
In Chinese Medicine, the organs most active in this season are those of the Metal element – Lung and Large Intestine, both of which have strong functions of absorption and elimination. With the Lungs this has to do with respiration and with the Large Intestines it has to do with digestion. It is a natural time for gathering and letting go. Also, it is a time for us to nurture ourselves.
The emotions associated with this season are grief and loss and it is not uncommon to experience a lot of sadness bubbling up this time of year. By moving into harmony with what is natural arising in our being and nurturing these parts of ourselves, we can support ourselves in creating greater balance, joy and ease of well-being. We can also create a strong foundation for moving into the stillness of winter – one that can support body, mind, emotional and spirit.
In many cultures around the world, Autumn is seen as a time when our thoughts turn to those who have left us; we think about our ancestors and their legacy – what has been left behind. It said that the “veils” are thinner this time of year and that our ancestors often come home to visit their loved ones or “kin”. This may come through memories, dreams or other surprise visits, too. Often this “remembrance” arises naturally as our feelings of sadness, loss and grief come to the surface.
Autumn offers us a powerful time to honor our ancestors through ceremony & ritual. This can be for the gifts we have received and also for what we might like to let go of. It is a good time to allow ourselves to release feelings of loss and grief, limiting beliefs and/or patterns that are no longer serving us. Sometimes we have a need to come to greater completion with our ancestors or loved ones or even to honor our own life experiences. Perhaps there are ancestral patterns such as addiction, abuse, shame or isolation that it’s time for us to let go of for ourselves and future generations.
Ceremony and ritual can be a potent vehicle for finding connection, honoring transitions and letting go. It is something that is part of many cultures and that is a bit lost in our modern culture today unless we choose to create space for it in our lives, our families and our communities. Learn more about Finding Connection Through Ceremony & Ritual…
Suggestions for this season:
- Take some time to think of your ancestors. Are there any memories surfacing or visitors in your dreams?
- Is there someone who has passed that you need to work with to move to a place of greater peace in your life?
- Are there are feelings of loss or grief that you need to share or honor that are unresolved?
- Is there is a pattern or limiting belief that you have become aware of in your ancestral lineage that it might be time to work toward transforming?
- What might you do to honor your ancestors and yourself this autumn?