This equinox message is from Frank (Rico) Hayhurst here– and I thought it so right, I want to share it with you today: Celebrating Solstices and Equinoxes has become a treasured tradition - a time when we simply stop and notice the deep beauty present at the center of life.On Monday, September 22nd, at 8:44 AM Pacific time (15:44 UT) we again have an opportunity to step out of our routines, and to enjoy a moment together in celebration. Equinoxes are a magnificent demonstration of the moment of balance, of equal day and night, light and dark. Over many years, we’ve learned that this “balance” is not a difficult and nerve wracking high wire act - rather, it’s a deep and resonant harmony, to be enjoyed.But as beautiful as this harmony is, we can’t help but notice that summer is departing and winter is coming! Shorter days, longer nights! And while this is true for us in the Northern hemisphere, this Equinox also marks the beginning of increasing light and longer days in the Southern hemisphere.However, my point is not that “truth is relative.” It’s time for us to step up into a new dimension of being, and to move from being “local” to becoming GLOBAL. We’re being called by our own hearts to cherish and love both the brilliant light and the nourishing dark. We are being called by the heart of Creation to care for life in its totality. Yes, we will continue to respect the cycles of life: a time of light, a time of dark - a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to be born, a time to die - but our lives no longer need to be governed by these cycles. We are being given the gift of freedom, freedom to enjoy life, and to no longer be constrained by our suffering and despair. This is a very timely gift, considering the terrific mess our economy, ecology, and system of government is in.And, if there ever was a “Time for Peace,” this is it! It can only start with you, because the ultimate truth is that YOU are the gift!