Seeing Beyond the Horizon

by Shirley Knapp - 

I am writing this from a remote rustic town in Alaska, tucked in and surrounded by the high Chugach Mountains.

I live in the valley where the beautiful emerald green Kenai Lake and river flow many miles on their journey to eventually join the Pacific Ocean.

In the winter months here in Cooper Landing there are only five hours of daylight as the sun dips behind the mountains from November through January. 

We celebrated the winter solstice with light from bonfires and warm hearty foods while singing and drumming under the full moon.

It is for this reason that it is important to be able to see beyond the horizon. While we can’t see over the top of the mountains and see the sun, we do know that it is there and will eventually reappear. 

The natives here revere the ravens, as they believe that the raven stole the sunlight from one who would keep the world in darkness. To them, raven was the creator of life and order. As the ravens sit outside my window each day in the old Cottonwood tree, I am reminded of this belief and honor their presence.

How do we create the freedom to see beyond the horizon when we can’t physically see it?

Meditation and visualization allow us to journey into our spiritual limitlessness. 

I know this personally, as I have spent many hours on a warm tropical beach using the healing techniques of the ocean waves while being here in my cozy arctic nest. When I work with my phone clients, I encourage them to do the same as we visualize their fear patterns being given to the sea for release. 

In your meditation, feel yourself stretch beyond the horizon and into the divine consciousness of the Universe. 

True freedom isn’t a physical condition or situation.

It is the ability to open our hearts with a quiet mind and experience the vastness of pure unconditional love and joy. Dare to be free to love, dance and shine the light for others to follow.

Self-love is where true freedom begins.

About Author: Shirley Knapp is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and author of "Sustaining Joy" who leads groups in personal growth. She has been in a holistic private practice, teaching and embracing individuals and groups since 1986. Shirley’s mission is to heal, love and serve the world by transforming ourselves and helping others transform in joy. 

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