In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being depressed or dispirited, they would ask the following four questions:
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
When I read George Carlin's quote I thought of the above words - because the wolves not howling at the moon and the moon howling back, spoke to me of the wolf being dispirited and the moon howling back these questions.
Last month we had the Harvest Moon when we celebrate and are grateful for mother earth's bounty. Next month is the winter solstice when the end of the year is celebrated by most religions. Christians, Judaism, Buddhist, Hinduism, and pagans all celebrate a holiday around this time.
In November the full moon is known as the Mourning Moon and it was a time to reflect on the year, and release the baggage of the past. This quote by George Carlin with the wolves being silent also reminded me of a time of reflection. Being silent and going within to review the actions of the year.
Every January we think of the new years goals or resolutions. The things we want to accomplish or bring into out lives. In order to be ready for that contemplation, we need to create a clean slate. A good way to do that is to examine what we set out to do, what happened along the way, and what we need to acknowledge and release.
I have always thought the saying is so true, "We make plans, God laughs". For me this is because we tend to make plans that we feel safe about, things we know that we can do. Those plans don't always grow us, or accomplish all that we are capable of doing. So God laughs because he will take those plans, tear them apart and rebuild them into better ones.
So when I review my year, I like to look for those examples, where my small safe plan, was revised with divine humor into a much bigger plan. Part of what I need to release is all of those goals or plans that didn't happen. I also need to mourn and release those dreams that no longer are a part of my life, because I have out-grown them. We can release any toxic relationships that have ended or need to now end.
So tonight is a good night with the full moon to review, release, restore your life. Dance, sing, tell stories and take a moment of silence, then howl at the moon and see if it howls back.