Expressing Our Unique Light

Last night, we celebrated the summer solstice — our SOULstice as we affectionately called it — the longest day of the year. The evening's energy was so sparkly and infectious that I had to share it with you! 

As we prepared for the event and I thought about the meaning of summer solstice and its celebration of light, I explored my deep belief in the unique inner-light that each of us possess. And the responsibility that each of us have for shining our unique light out into the world ... without filters, hiding, stories, apologies, or “maybe whens.”

Summer is the season of light and energy. Our gathering last night was a reminder of the impact we can have on this world — both as individuals and collectively, as a community — when we each let our unique light shine brightly.

Photo Credit: Kim Thompson Steel

Photo Credit: Kim Thompson Steel

This ever important commitment to our unique light is literally written on the walls of The Hivery in the words of Martha Graham:

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.

No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that makes us more alive than the others.
— Martha Graham

We live in a world where we, as women, cannot afford to hide or dim our light, our vitality, our life force.

Divine connections

Without the contribution of our unique gifts, we are left with the brutal, heart-breaking, and painful parts of being a human. When living as our fullest selves — letting our light out — we uphold the unique celebrations of the individual, and intertwine that sense of self with the human spirit of community.

There is divine connection when we celebrate all that makes us uniquely individual, and simultaneously celebrate each other as a collective. 

As we move into summer, I encourage you to bravely let your light shine forth.

What sparks joy in you? What excites you? What makes you glow with the certainty that you are following your own path? I beg you to let it out. Holding back only insures that it is lost and so, “the world will not have it.”

Photo Credit: Sophia Mavrides/Hi5 Studio

Photo Credit: Sophia Mavrides/Hi5 Studio

Have you taken stock lately of what is working in your life and what isn’t?

Summer is a time of renewal and release. Take time to check in with yourself. Get quiet and really feel what’s flowing and what isn’t. What feels easy? What feels stuck? Use journaling to help you access what’s really going on.

I also advise women undergoing personal change and growth to be mindful of the people they spend time with. Focus on the people who raise you up, inspire what's possible in you, and in general make you feel open and expansive. 

What do you want to embrace in the coming months?

What can you let go of? Let this time of light ignite you. And let your own unique light shine.

For those of you who joined us last night in our Summer Solstice party, thank you for bringing your sparkly selves. For those of you who missed it, mark your calendars for Salsa and Sangria on Tuesday, July 19th!

SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL

A free month at The Hivery! If you’ve been thinking about joining, and weren’t sure if summer was the right time, I can promise you that it is. Summer is a time of renewal, creative energy, planning, and the evolution of ideas into action.

Join any of our 6-month membership plans before July 1st and not only is your 6-month membership 20% off, your first month is absolutely FREE. In addition, any Hivery days that you miss due to vacation can be used another week during the summer.  

Lazy days of summer? Yes. Injected with time for you, productive work-time, and creative energy? Yes, yes, please.