How deeply we fear being nobody. One way to think of the ego is as a defense against pain, particularly the pain of being no one.
Why not start the New Year granting ourselves the blessing of being forgiven—free of any trace of the wounds and limitations we are all trailing due to what we been through and what we did and left undone?
Join me in welcoming the Celtic New Year. Halloween is believed to have arisen from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an or sow-in), which celebrated the end of the lighter half of the year and coming of the darker half.
When most of us think of determination, we think first of imposing our will on the world, insisting on a particular outcome, our vision. Yet real determination appears when we keep going, surrendering what the ego wants, which is always to look good, to sound good, to win. Real perseverance is willingness, not will. […]