Magic is in the air when the Finnish Wind of Invention arrives from the Cold North. This  week’s Winds of Spirit is Ilmarinen, who will provide you with the creative burst of energy you need to bolster your community and fill your spiritual coffers with warmth.

For me the magic came when I decided to take the Gratitude Challenge. Within days, a community of over 100 people gathered around the circle to catch the winds of grace. This is how the North Wind works. Spirit and the Community are the required buy-ins that make it possible  for lofty ideas to manifest and blow throughout the land.  Without agreement and cooperation, your hard work is a top, that temporarily spins in a circle, flounders, and topples.  For ten years, I tried to establish a healing center in my town. Because it never grew the roots needed for long term survival, it had limited success. The missing ingredient for enduring success was the power and magic of community consensus.

Our ancestors survived the North Wind’s ice and storms by staying huddled by the central fire, singing songs and telling stories. People learned to get along, despite their creative differences.  The community gratitude challenge offers global support. Each person’s individual thankfulness prayer the wood, that keeps the light bright, and the fire burning hot.

Ilmarinen’s arrival provides insight into to the magical power of community and spiritual support. By sharing words of gratitude, we create resilience that uplifts many.

Alchemy is the key ingredient of the Kalevala (cal-e-vala), an epic tale of the Finnish people who lived along the coast of the Baltic Sea, in the North Western corner of Russia. Finno-Ugric mythology has endured the test of time; music and poetry live on as everlasting reminders of the magic that transpires when humans live in harmony with nature.

When Ilmarinen “sets the four winds blowing” in your life, alchemy is at play, yet be wary, of the cold waters. Nonetheless, now is time to take the plunge.

North

The cold Northerly Winds lured Ilmarinen to the dismal swamps of Lapland. In order to fulfill his dream, he left the comfort of his home to face death-defying challenges (often these are symbolic), which included two journeys into the underworld. Ask your inner shaman to help you discover your origins and reclaim your soul as well the soul of your community. As the protector of travel, Ilmarinen will guide and protect you as you venture there and back.

Only by cooperating with the forces of nature will you be able reclaim your personal power and magic. The Sampo was composed of the tip of a swan’s feather, the milk of a farrow cow, the fleece of a summer ewe and a tiny ear of barley, all which are all symbols of time. Tap in to the power of your personal medicine, adorn your altar with sacred objects, and restore your belief in the divine mystery.

Begin today. Take the Gratitude Challenge.

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