Blessed Lughnasadh!August is an auspicious time of year for the Northern Hemisphere. Traditionally, for the Celtic people, the First Harvest was celebrated in a festival called Lammas or Lughnasadh. Traditionally, Lughnasadh is celebrated at the midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.This festival honored the Sun God, Lugh, who transferred his life force into the manifesting of crops that sustained and nourished the people, animals and land. The Sun God would sacrifice himself for the people and land during the First Harvest.If we can translate this to modern times, we might see this as a metaphor for gathering the abundance what we sow in regards to what we have been working diligently for, what we have personally sacrificed in manifesting, and how one's own harvest might come into fruition. The tradition of this festival also illustrates how the of power of gratitude can assist in giving birth to our dreams ~ a unified and expressive ceremony of thanks for what the Universe has co-conspired to manifest with us. Focus and Gratitude are key elements to manifesting in Ordinary Reality. Trust is another key in allowing the Universe to do its magical, miraculous work that sees beyond our own desires and can benefit the Highest Good for ourselves and for others. Letting go of expectations and control of what we "think" we need and allowing the Universe to put into motion what is best served can be challenging for many ~ including myself.Dr. Masaru Emoto is most famous for his work with Water. He discovered that the Spirit of Water has memory and responds to language and energy. In his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, Dr. Emoto reflects to us that all life on Earth needs water and is made of water.Dr. Emoto exposed Water crystals to the words “Love” and “Gratitude” and remarked that these words formed the most beautiful crystals. He also reflected that the word “Love” alone can create wonderful crystals, but combined with “Gratitude,” gave the crystals a unique refinement, a “diamond-like brilliance.” He also discovered that the combined “Love and Gratitude” crystals look more like the “Gratitude” crystals than the “Love” crystals.” Dr. Emoto surmised: What this indicates is that the vibration is more powerful and has a greater influence. Love tends to be a more active energy, the act of loving oneself unconditionally. By contrast, Gratitude is a more passive energy, a feeling that results from having been given something— knowing that you have been given the gift of life and reaching out to receive it joyously with both hands … What Dr. Emoto is saying is that the essence of Water, which connects us all, responds to the frequencies of Love and Gratitude working together. Indeed, the Spirit of Water is Life Force to us all - humans and all sentient beings. Life would not survive on Earth without it. How can we honor the Spirit of Water in our daily lives? Since it connects us all - we would be honoring all of life. There is no hierarchy. Dr. Emoto goes on to say that it's the passive energy of Gratitude that brings the most brilliant manifestation. Love, the active energy, is focused and intent, going towards a particular focal point - which is Masculine. Conversely, Gratitude is passive and expansive - we might say a “holding space” for the focus of Love - and Feminine. Indeed, we need the energies of the Masculine and Feminine to work together to create. We all have these Divine forces inside us, and when we use the combination of focus and allowing in the process of creating what we want in our life, the opportunity for beautiful harvests arise. At this time of Lughnasadh, holding the frequency of allowing Gratitude with the focus and Love, our harvest has the potential be very nourishing and fruitful.