I’m seeing many posts about the significance of this date. Numerologically, Astrologically and of course it is Veterans’ Day, all seem to point to a day of honoring our past, letting go and moving into new beginnings. I am happy that veterans are being honored as there was a time when that wasn’t so. No matter our beliefs and feelings about war, our soldiers are men and women who felt a call to duty to serve our country, often on the world stage and in war. To support their service and their sacrifices is to embody the love and acceptance that many of us talk about being in our lives.
This date has always been significant for my as it is the anniversary of my father’s birth. Had he lived, he would now be 95 years old. We used to joke that he got a national holiday for his birthday. In a sense, he did as he too was a veteran of World War II. As many from that era did, he rarely talked about his time in the war except to tell a few humorous stories. He later told my husband some scary times and horrors he witnessed. When the Vietnam war was raging he told me he supported the anti-war protesters stance. He said that he learned that ultimately there are no winners in war and that somehow there needs to be a better way. He did not regret his service, he just always wished there would not be any more wars to fight.
Here we are more than 50 years later and war is still very much a part of our lives. Now we have terrorism, racism and I don’t know how many other isms that play to our fears, anger and insecurities. And yet, I remain hopeful and open as our disparities play out. Light usually overcomes darkness and it is more important than ever to open to our hearts, to see all of us (our “enemies” too) as our brothers and sisters, and send love even when we are frightened and disagree. The great spiritual teachers – Jesus, Buddha and others taught this and it is truly time for us to embrace these teachings and bring forth that light everyday.
As it is also a New Moon, I see this as a day to set intentions for the highest good for all who live on this planet. To embrace ourselves with all of our perfections and imperfections and to set forth the wreath of peace, forgiveness and gratitude for ourselves and for all.
Blessings and love,