If you’ve been taking time out of your schedule to do these workings, please accept my heartfelt thanks. To re-orient yourself, you may want to re-read last week’s working. I believe that, this week, we began to see the first fruits of our work.
Last week, as you may remember, we worked to clear away the miasma of cynicism that has polluted our national psyche. We focused on the Banner of Salmon, who never gives up, but continues to work towards the goal, no matter how difficult. And, yesterday, Trump had to pull the bill that would have taken health care away from millions of Americans. That happened because thousands and thousands of Americans dropped their cynicism and went to town halls, called their Congressional representatives, participated in protests, and wrote letters. Although Republicans control Congress, the Senate, and the White House, they didn’t have the votes to take away health care. They didn’t have the votes because too many of them were worried about their chances for re-election if they voted for the bill. Even late yesterday afternoon, some of them were announcing that they’d vote “no.” In other words, activism worked.
Today, we’ll keep our working short and simple and focused on continuing to burn away the miasma of cynicism that has only ever benefitted those in power.
And, so, for this week’s working, after you ground and center, please cast a circle and anchor yourself firmly to your landbase. Notice a small detail that will call you back when this working is finished.
As you move astrally to our American plain on the astral plane, you realize that it is night. You can see stars in the nearly moonless sky. The Earth is silent. Yet, you easily find your small hillock and sit comfortably to observe. Slowly, in the East, the sky turns from black to indigo. On this flat plain, with your view unobstructed by trees or buildings, you can watch a glimmer of light appear just at the horizon. As that glimmer grows, you begin to hear first a few songbirds and, then, many more. Watch as the sun’s rays spread across the plain, lighting up the grasses and prairie flowers. Gradually, those rays reach you and warm away the last bit of evening’s chill. You bask for a time in the life-giving warmth.
Now, focus on this light burning away even more of the miasma of cynicism that has affected America. “Sunlight,” Justice Brandeis said, is the “best disinfectant.” See the sunlight disinfecting America, cleaning out remaining pockets of miasma, giving life to a willingness to work for what is good. See the sunlight spreading across the land, starting in the East, moving towards the Midwest, flowing into the Mountain West, and then lighting up the West Coast. See our entire land bathed in warm, brilliant sunlight that allows our citizens to see clearly. Justice Brandeis also said that, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Use the strength of our combined wills to remind Americans that democracy works when we actually do the work of democracy. Affirm that those who have become active will not go back to sleep.
You may want to stand and bow to Salmon, to offer thanks for the example, to dance or sing or make ritual or art in return for the gift of taking action. You may want to salute the sun.
Slowly, come down from the hillock on the plains and begin to walk back to your own landbase.
Open your eyes. Rub your arms and face. Notice the detail that you selected to call yourself back. Drink some water. Have something to eat if you like, maybe an oatmeal cookie or a tortilla with cinnamon and honey.
You may want to repeat this working several times this week. You may want to journal about it. Are you inspired to make any art? If you’re willing, please share in comments what happened and how this working went.
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