We’ve finally made it to the Summer Solstice – hip, hip HUZZAH! Which means we get to bask in the Sun’s gloriously warm glow longer than any other day of the year. 17 hours this year, to be exact. Which is particularly fabulous news for Sun-worshippers like me. (I’m solar-powered! ;-))

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Actually, as much as I love that fabulous yellow star of ours, I don’t necessarily spend a lot of time laying out under it. But I do enjoy feeling the Sun’s rays on me… warming me, uplifting and energizing me inside and out.

In honor of this Sun-day, I wanted to share with you sacred Vedic prayer known as the Gāyatrī Mantra. There are hundreds of translations out there in the world, but the version I was introduced to comes from “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum.

 

You who are the source of all power,
whose rays illuminate the world,
illuminate also my heart
so that it too can do your work

-Ralph Blum, “The Book of Runes”

I learned of Blum’s version via Peggy Larson of towardsawakening.com when I attended a gathering she hosted several years ago on Long Island, NY. Using Blum’s version of the mantra, Peggy made the connection between it’s significance to the rune Sowelu, which signifies wholeness, life force and the Sun’s energy.

Below is an excerpt from one of the hand outs I received at the gathering:

“The Gayatri prayer requests that you allow the energy of love to flow effortlessly while permitting yourself to flow freely into wholeness. Relinquish the ego as well as all desire to be in control. Be in acceptance of the loving universal energy; allow this energy to freely flow within you.

When reciting the Gāyatrī Mantra, visualize the Sun’s rays descending upon you. Be in acceptance and embrace the loving energy that fills your Heart Center. Bathe in the powerful energy of Source as its ray of light illuminate your Heart Center. Allow the rays of light, the powerful sources of unconditional love, to move through you as you connect with the grounding forces of Mother Earth. Embrace the profound connection that exists between Mother Earth, you and the Universe. Become one with the essence of love so that you, too, can share the loving vibrational energy with all. Be filled with love and gratitude.”

*deep breath in and out*

Ah, isn’t that just perfect?

And as an added bonus, 2016 has offered up a full Strawberry Moon on the exact same day! So, the Sun’s energy will be reflected back to us all night long as well. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to find a moment or two of “you” time to go outside and just let all that brilliant light and energy wash over you, and light up your Heart Center for the season ahead.

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