A holiday update from Katie Hart Teixeira, December 14, 2021. Photo credit Amelia Hallsworth, from Pexel dot com
Recently, I published, on my blog, a draft of my first book, entitled “Eyewitness”. Wanting to strengthen the witnessing capacity in my life, the ability to observe without having to decode everything I am seeing and perceiving, I embarked on a journey that took me to my very heart. This is a place of subtlety that invites surrender, because, let’s face it, not only do we not have control, but there is always a larger picture playing out. When “I” act before realizing this, I sometimes put into motion events that are really none of my business – that I then feel the need to defend, since I put skin, or “attention on it”, into the game.
On the other hand, this is the Christmas season, the More Christos (the consciousness of “Anointing”) season, more light, more love – the antidote to nature’s receding light leading up to and surrounding the Solstice. The darkest night of the year is December 21st, after which, in the natural world, we begin to wax towards more and more light, culminating in the Summer Solstice on June 21st. What does this have to do with holidays, with book-draft publishing and with witnessing?
We are part of the natural ebb and flow of nature. As such, every day is holy, or wholeness expressed in a single day: the turn of the earth on its 24-hour access and, the sleep/wake cycle or our circadian rhythms, in a single year: the spin of the earth, day by day, around the whole orbit of the sun and the season within our hemisphere’s embrace, a single life: infancy, childhood, adulthood and old age.
We have little to say about these rhythms and patterns – they are part of an ancient design that, you could say, inhales and exhales our experiencing as its own. As such, a modicum of surrender, humility and trust give us sway in determining the quality, the wholeness or holiness of our experience, moment to moment. This is what we celebrate and why we celebrate the birth of light – in symbolic form as whatever tradition is in your bones – during nature’s cycles. This is why I write, why I witness, and why I celebrate holiness every day: To remember. To embrace what is and in so, allow what could be to unfold. To reach out and share my heart so that I can feel.
It is in this spirit, that I write to you and offer my deepest wishes for the conscious awareness of peace, prosperity, and trust. I would like to quote from Father Greg Boyle’s book: The Whole Language, when he says
“You are exactly what God had in mind when he made you”.
Remembering the goodness as my essence as the essence of each being calls to my heart this season and always. Thank you for reading, and thank you for being you.
A url for my blogpost with the draft of “Eyewittness”: https://kathryn-sings.com/2021/12/14/eye-witness-full-installment-first-draft/