One of the most important changes in my thinking during the last several years has been the shift from viewing and experiencing time as linear, to seeing it as cyclical. As I have made a study of pre-patriarchal cultures and Goddess wisdom I encountered over and over the idea of the spiral path of life that is mirrored so perfectly in the seasons, our bodies and in the continual changing phases of the moon.
Some of the earliest artifacts found from our Neolithic ancestor are lunar tracking devices that were used not only to 'keep time', but also to help inform crop planting, movement on the land, and spiritual ceremonies.
For me, the shift from linear to cyclic time has opened me up to a much less rigid structure and self concept. In a linear construct, any return to behavior I thought I had 'gotten rid of' felt like a slide backwards and I often found myself thinking that I had in reality not made any 'progress' at all. Discouragement, shame and critical thoughts would flood my mind and drive me into apathy and stuck thinking. Shifting to a spiral or cyclic concept taught me that death, waning, and a return to my shadow is a natural part of the rhythm of my life and that I can continually revisit old territory knowing that each time I cycle around I have gone deeper and am further in my path of self knowing and healing.
This shift in perception and construct has enabled me to feel more whole, accepting and empowered in myself. Part of reclaiming my power comes from feeling freedom from the linear time constructs and narratives of our over culture.
Below are worksheets I created highlighting some of these concepts and tools that have helped me that were a part of the first New Moon Circle I lead for my community. I hope you find them helpful, and if you would like to use them as a part of a circle or class just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make that request.