Midsummer’s Eve

My soul is in the sky. William Shakespeare – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

World civilization is transforming. The reality of Now voided the future imagined on New Year’s Day. The half a year journey from then to Now imploded global predictions for everything. Nearly a half million people have died, and the lives of each and every one of us have been impacted. But we are here. We are continuing on a new journey. This is the departure point for the re-imagined future. Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. – Matsuo Bashô

It is Midsummer’s Eve. June 24 is Midsummer. Since ancient times, great solstitial wheels were set on fire and rolled downhill to signify the sun reaching its highest point in the sky. For Christians it is a time to celebrate St. John the Baptist. This is a time of great magic and potent energy. For Taoists, the summer solstice represented pure Yang energy, and afterwards a time of growing Yin energy. This is a time of expanding creative energy. People are mistaken when they view Yin and Yang as opposites, when in fact they are a unified whole. They are relative to each other. One contains the other. A waves crest is Yang and the wave’s trough is Yin. The Yang starts and action, and the Yin receives it. This is the departure point for Change. The only journey is the one within.Rainer Rilke

The mighty force within you connects you to this Universe. Lives have been simplified out of necessity. Choices, once varied and abundant, are reduced to the essentials. This reduction of outward life needs to be met with an expansion of the inner life. Many people are suffering from loneliness and anxiety. Humans are social animals. Being forced apart, separated by barriers and masks impacts us in ways that are difficult to express. Our bodies respond despite trying to bolster our spirits with positive happy thoughts. These are of little use against ancient fight-or-flight responses to a life out-of-balance. To increase inner peace, counter the unbalancing social estrangement with a counterbalancing connection of your soul to the omnipresent soul. This is the departure point for the inward journey. If light is in your heart / You will find your way home. – Rumi

In the ancient past, after the fiery solstitial wheel stopped at the bottom of the hill, households would take embers of the fire home to light their hearths. Our heart-hearths glow with an eternal flame. That flame was lit not at our birth, or the birth of our parents, or even the first life on Earth. That perpetual spark was ignited at the birth of the Universe. All that is and ever was radiates with primordial first-light. Wander into nature and sense it all around. See it shining in the eyes of those you meet. Feel a universal kinship and make yourself at home in the world we share with one another. The is the departure point for transcendence. You haven’t really been anywhere until you’ve got back home. – Terry Pratchet

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Read my books at: amazon.com/author/wheelerce Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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