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The Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox in Our Modern Lives

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Fall Equinox Spiritual Significance
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As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and darker, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the reign of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world. 

The autumn equinox arrives at 3:50am Eastern Standard time or 9:50am Central Europe time on Monday, September 23, 2019, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a "real" harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.

A favorite ritual of mine is to take the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to sit quietly on the ground in thoughtfulness and meditation and open my mind and my senses to the intelligence of nature all around. In this time spent in thoughtfulness around the moment of equal light and equal dark, I acknowledge my personal growth cycle and ask for harmony and balance to be the fertilizer in the soil of my life's garden.

Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge abundance as our natural state of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.

Fall Equinox Meaning : Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox

On the Fall Equinox you may want to honor abundance and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of abundance in some way through a small ritual or ceremony. Such as lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have.

Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create fertile soil for our greater visions to grow but not by doing. 

By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.

When we take the time this time of year to go within and empty out space we are creating fertile soil for our creativity and greater visions. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter.

Winter is the time of year of healing, when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.

The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

The heart of spiritual practice is internal, and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical ritual, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.

I encourage you to take some time September 23 this year to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honoring, not only your own growth and light within, but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.
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How to Explain Your Spirituality to Your Friends

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How to Explain Your Spirituality to Your Friends

It’s sometimes easy to forget that everyone and everything in creation is connected by a spiritual web. Everyone has a spark of Light, deep within, waiting to be fanned by the flame of spiritual awakening. As French philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Everyone is spiritual, whether they are willing to admit it or not.

The poet Rumi put it beautifully when he wrote, “Consciousness sleeps in minerals, dreams in plants, wakes up in animals, and becomes self-aware in humans.” Everything has awareness, even if still dull and contracted in many instances. Just as the fruits on a tree ripen at their own pace, so too, our souls mature and become enlightened at different times. Everyone and everything is evolving at its own speed. Everyone’s destiny is enlightenment.

You may come across a few challenges when explaining your spirituality to others, but here are some tips.

SPIRITUAL PRIDE

One of the biggest barriers to your spiritual growth may be pride—particularly spiritual pride. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The seeker after Truth should be humbler than dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet but the seeker after Truth should be so humble that even the dust would crush him/her.”

When talking about your spiritual journey, try to be humble and careful not to sound as if you are superior in some way. Avoid being confrontational by challenging someone else’s beliefs. Your practices may seem important to you but be open and accepting of other practices and points of view. When you respect others, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say. Sadly, many of the conflicts in the world today are the result of one group trying to impose its idea of spirituality on another group. Remember, you only judge from your own level of ignorance.

WHAT TO SAY

If you have a regular spiritual practice, you are presumably receiving some benefits, and that is a good place to start the conversation. When you hear about anything new, you may ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?” or “How could I benefit from this?” People are more likely to be interested in something that’s proven to be useful to someone else. Speak from your own experiences, such as:

  • What changes have you noticed in your life, your health, and your relationships with others?

  • Are you less stressed?

  • Are you more peaceful?

  • Are your desires more easily fulfilled?

Avoid using too many foreign words or phrases. Keep it simple—no one will be interested in something that sounds too complicated. Many people are fascinated by new ideas but others may behave defensively when you talk about practices originating in other cultures. Be sensitive to how someone is reacting to what you are saying

KNOW WHEN TO STOP

When you’ve just finished meditating on a flight and the stranger sitting next to you asks you what you were doing, he or she may not be expecting or wanting a 30-minute lecture. A few sentences are usually enough to gauge a person’s interest before launching into a fuller explanation. Certainly share your practices with your family and friends but learn when to stop. No one wants to be constantly preached at.

In my early twenties, four of us rented a big house together. Three of us learned to meditate around the same time but the fourth was a holdout. The three of us who meditated pestered him mercilessly. If he got a cold or had an argument with his girlfriend, we immediately pounced and told him that if he meditated none of those situations would have happened.

Unfortunately, rather than encouraging him to meditate, we drove him in the opposite direction until, at the slightest mention of meditation—however innocent—he would jump up and stamp out of the room. The lesson: Don’t try to convert anyone to your way of thinking if it is against his or her wishes.

BE THE EXAMPLE

The simplest and easiest way to interest others in your spirituality is often not through what you say but by the life you lead. Spirituality isn’t just the time you spend meditating, praying, or doing yoga asanas. It’s how you live your life. When your spiritual qualities radiate in your daily life, other people will want what you have and want to know how they can be like that too. Rather than having to convince someone of the benefits, now you merely have to share your practices with them.

Finally, don’t be frustrated if some people aren’t interested in your practice. You don’t have to convince everyone join you. Become a spiritual lighthouse. Silently bless the world with your Love and Light wherever you go and to whomsoever you meet. This way, whether anyone is interested in your practices or not, they won’t be able to avoid benefiting from your radiance.


Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand) | Master Educator

Born in Liverpool, England, Roger spent his formative years in the United Kingdom. He first learned meditation there in the early 70’s, which instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After moving to the US, Roger began studying Ayurveda the ancient Indian system of healthcare. In 1985, while helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars and workshops, taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate, and assisted in training hundreds to be teachers of meditation, Ayurveda and yoga.

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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