A joyous new beginning—
March 18, 2023
Another lightning bolt week – it was a week that saw pi day; the Ides of March – when a republic fell to a monarchy; St. Patrick’s Day – when we battle the snakes of our lives, and this week we have the Spring Equinox – the traditional first of the year and annually celebrated in the Persian world as new year’s, also known as no ruz. So happy new year to all.
And it makes sense that the year begins with the advent of Spring when the renewal of life is at its apex, and the world is in perfect balance as we get ready to celebrate the holiday of freedom in three short weeks.
We are now entering the season of light, and the change of season ritual is about changing; about transformation – and friends – If you are interested in transformation, no element is more important than developing a love of truth. Not my truth, not your truth – but the real truth – the truth encompasses both our fearful reactions and the greater resources of our soul. Seek the truth in everything you do.
And do not forget – We are given more than enough energy to transform ourselves every day. Still, we waste 98 percent of it on tensions and on emotional reactions unrelated to what is actually occurring.
Man has observed and celebrated the turning points of the solar seasons for thousands of years. Our ancient brethren, the world over, carved on stone markers a circle with two lines cutting the circle in 4 to mark the solstices and equinoxes. We still remember them as the first days of spring, summer, winter, and fall. We celebrate these solar “power” days with blessings for the changing seasons and kavanot (the prayerful intentions) for crossing from one time to another. An Equinox is when everything is in balance; everything is equal – there are only two points in the year when the world is in complete balance – and this is one of them. Would that we could actually be in balance too. It is there as an example of what we can aspire to be.You may want to make the change in seasons a part of your ongoing spiritual practice, and you can do so as easily as reciting a blessing over a scent related to the season – for example, flowers for spring, fruit for summer, leaves for fall, and pine boughs for winter.
This week we end the book of names and see Moses direct the artisans who will be entrusted with the task of implementation of the great pieces used in religious practice. Then, we begin the process of moving from inspiration and idea to formulation – a process we go through in all of our breakthroughs. We see there is a need to blend art and science, intellect and emotion, and idea and vision to create anything of value in our lives.
New years herald new opportunities. The ancient Jewish new year began in the spring, not the fall. The ancient belief (and perhaps not so ancient) was that the first 12 days of the month of Nisan determined what your year would be like. We have traditionally sent that booklet out to those that asked to coincide with the beginning of Spring. Because so many asked, it has been attached for everyone.
Here is your booklet to help guide you, starting the 21st as the first of the 12 days, to plan what you want your year to unfold like. There are suggestions for each day of what the energy of that day means and what kind of things you can do to seed that month with those intentions. You have before you a blank canvas of a year in which you can now paint your masterpiece and watch it unfold as you plan it.
Use this booklet to plan your year, and if you want to join our spring equinox virtual celebration, send a note, and I’ll send you the link, and we will do a walkthrough of the booklet and explain it in detail.
Enjoy this week’s reading and keep practicing forgiveness and kindness and acceptance and use this time to continue to forgive those you need to forgive and ask forgiveness from those you need to seek forgiveness from and give thanks and celebrate your freedom and joy; do not succumb to fear – and please feel free to share this audio and video with any you think might enjoy it, and of course, enjoy all of our past audio and video episodes which are available on our YouTube channel. This episode will be posted on our channel – click here to watch the Rabbi David Gellman Show in the 2023 cycle.
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Be well, be happy, be healthy, be free, be kind, be forgiving, be compassionate, be independent of mind and deed, be mindful of your intentions, and be good to yourself. Continue to celebrate freedom of choice in your life and do not give in to the fear which is so prevalent, and enjoy the peace that comes from acceptance – and as always – if you have any questions or suggestions or want to say “hi,” please send me an email. I love hearing from you.
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Enjoy and celebrate your life and the lives of others, and in doing, be safe, be self, be happy, and may you all sow the seeds of and reap the rewards of peace and love and miracles and make sure you also celebrate your unique individuality and your incredible awesomeness.
Imprint your will on the blank canvas of time and determine what your year will be like – and remember – your world is what you make it. Just wish upon a star, continue to be a miracle in someone’s life, and light the light of love.
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