“Before the aurora borealis appears, the sensitive needles of compasses all over the world are restless for hours, agitating on their pins in airplanes and ships, trembling in desk drawers, in attics, in boxes on shelves.” – Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
This passage made me think about people who are finely tuned to the energy of the universe like activity on the sun that creates the luminous aurora borealis. We think of those folks as special, different, maybe a bit woo woo and weird. But guess what, we ALL are that kind of person, with compass needles inside that are moved by the unseen and yet very real forces of the universe. If you are very still, if you breathe slowly – breathe in doubt, breathe out knowing – you will feel your inner compass trembling at the energy pulling you toward your Northern Lights.
Northern Lights Prayer
Gracious and loving God, shimmering with all the colors of the universe, thank you for the sensitive needle trembling in my soul. As I travel the outer and inner landscape of this year, help me explore paths walked by wise ones before. Grant me restlessness attuned to the magnetic forces of justice and peace. Bless me with delightful detours beckoned by your grace and allow the dark nights of my heart to be illuminated by the aurora of your love.
Watercolor “Northern Lights” by Betsy