Over the Easter Weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Sun Moon Dance, a Native American ceremony for world harmony. It’s not my first time attending, near the beginning I helped at two and then went on to actually dance for the last five. This year, I had three dreams that told me I was required to serve again, not dance, but attend in service.
One of my duties was fire keep between midnight and four am and keeping awake while watching the warm, drowsy fire was a discipline. I fought a silent battle to stay awake despite my body’s overwhelming tiredness and my monkey mind tossed and turned, spewing out foul thoughts and telling me to just close my eyes and sleep. But my mind finally quietened until looking into the fire gave me only peace.
The next night, another fire was prepared – kindle and dry leaves in the middle with heavier sticks creating a cone above it. Another
dog solider used a billy tea can to gently place some smouldering embers within the pyramid. Nothing happened.
I waited for the instant poof of fire, but the embers kept to themselves. The dog solider backed away from the fire. She didn’t prod
it or fan it, or try and make the fire catch. After she left the arbour, maybe two or three minutes later, suddenly the pyramid combusted. Boom - the fire spread inhaling the dry wood.
I thought to myself, maybe that’s a lesson for achieving your goals. First you need to clear the space, then lay a ring of stones for protection, then you need to prepare laying the dry wood and leaves, then finally you need to put embers – the fuel for the fire into the pit. But the last bit of magic, the embers sparking into a fire, is magic – something we mere humans are unable to control. The timing of combustion we wait for, but the universe controls. Our responsibility is in the preparation.
The question I leave you with, is if you have defined your goals what work needs to be done to allow the magic to set them alight?
What more needs to be done? It could be writing that CV or applying for the right job, or it could finally writing that short story for the competition your friend told you about, or going on that dating site to look for a relationship.
Whatever it is, may the universe combust your dreams into reality, your goals into success!
Penelope Jane Jones.