In the weekday online WeAwakening meditation group that I host, each day we tune into the energy of an Angel Card word that I draw from a bowl just as we begin. We all get centered and open, and I listen in for intuitive guidance about where to reach into the bowl and which card to draw out. Monday’s word was Adventure.
In these meditations we do not think about the conceptual meaning of the word. We let the mind relax and receive as we open ourselves to the energy, the essence, the frequency that the word imparts.
Words are symbols, after all. They are stand-ins for something that is beyond the word itself. In the case of these Angel Cards, they are words like Compassion, Willingness, Play, Simplicity, Contentment, Freedom, Love—words that point to a felt experience.
As we join in meditation, we first center ourselves in the Heart, and then allow the frequency of the word to fill us. We offer ourselves as a place in this dimension of form where these energies can become anchored.
Monday, as we tuned into the word Adventure, what I experienced was an energy of expansiveness, of joyful anticipation, of openness. It didn’t feel like the word was about an outer activity full of daring, which is what usually comes to mind when we think of the word adventure. Rather, this was an inner orientation toward Life.
During the meditation it dawned on me that the day before had been the start of the season of Advent in the Christian calendar, and I realized for the first time that the two words come from the same root. That Advent is Adventure—this energy of joyful anticipation and trusting openness to Life that I was experiencing.
In the Christian tradition, Advent is the season that leads up to Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But understood from a more universal perspective we can see it as a time when we joyfully anticipate the full emergence into the world of form the Divine essence that is within us and celebrate our awakening to the Christ Mind that is already underway.
What greater adventure could there be than that?
Previously I had always thought of adventure as being a kind of departure, a going out into the unknown. But I was fascinated to discover, when I looked up the etymology after our meditation, that adventure comes from the Latin word meaning “to arrive.” The word suggests a homecoming more than a departure.
And perhaps that is what this season of Advent is truly about. Not going out on a daring search for what we aren’t yet, but the great arrival to the truth of what we have always been.