This past Friday was the Spring Equinox, Pieces/Aries New Moon, Super Moon and a Total Solar Eclipse. Wow! So in celebration I attended a Mayan Fire Ceremony led by Sylina Buehne, “Two Bears” at the Conscious Living Center. Sylina is a Native American shaman and medicine woman. I was beside myself with excitement, I have never been to a fire ceremony before and didn’t know what to expect. The ceremony took place in Canton GA, a rural area. It was refreshing to get away from all the lights and commotion and enter a more relaxed environment. Where the bright lights of businesses are not present, the roads are dark at night and they twist and bend in ways that make you slow down. The further I drove the more I was thinking, I’m not in Kansas anymore. I arrived and took in the scenery, the property was vast, we took a little journey down to the fire pit, which was beside a pond next to a wooded area. It was such a peaceful location. The land we were on was also home to 3 beautiful horses that ended up visiting us during the evening. Now, I won’t be going into great detail about the particulars of the ceremony, instead I will be talking about what I gained, how it prepared me for the next phase of my life.There were about 30 of us, the beauty of it was that we were there as a group, a community and at the same time we were each a lone warrior asking for help and guidance for ourselves and others. Sylina led us through the Mayan Calendar, the 20 Mayan “naguales” or spirit guides that represent and help with certain elements or aspects of life, the Tzolk’in. To learn more about it click here. We were guided, taught about each naguale. We reflected on our own lives, thinking about what we needed guidance with and were we needed to heal. We also reflected on what we wanted to manifest this spring, what seeds we were planting and what we were going to nurture in our lives. It was so magical. The ceremony ended in 3 short hours. As we walked back up to our cars I realized I never once thought about my phone, e-mail, errands, what i had to do or what was expected of me. I was totally and completely in the moment for 3 solid hours. I can’t remember the last time that has ever happened. I get in my car and left with such peace in my heart, contentment, I was drunk with love, hope and happiness. The sky was dark and the stars were were bright. As I am turning and twisting through Canton finding my way back to my life I felt a tinge of sadness. I was entering a more populated area, the stores were plenty, the lights were bright and the cars many. The sky was no longer dark and the stars weren’t as bright because of the many lights. But even so, I still had that hope of new beginnings in my heart. As I drove home I had to drive though the area I had lived in for about 12 years of my life. The place I loved, where my family grew, my kids entered the world and where they grew. I have missed that area dearly since my move, since the divorce but tonight it was different. As I drove though I felt a new contentment, I was no longer angry or sad that I had to move. I felt reborn, that I had shed some layers that evening. I drove through with a sense of peace not longing. I was going to be OK, I have entered the next phase of my journey. As I was driving through I was saying goodbye to the past, goodbye to the hurt and pain and hello to possibility and hope. I couldn’t help but notice the Bradford Pear trees, how they were all in full bloom, they stuck out. They were beautiful, all in white while the other trees in contrast were still barren. It was like they represented hope of what was to come. Shouting to the world that Spring is here, new life, new beginning and hope for what is to come. The evening was exactly what I needed, to be able to look back at my life, shed some tears, ask for guidance and to be able to look forward with such excitement and hope.