“All this petty worry
while the great cloak
of the sky grows dark
round every living thing.”
“No matter how long a room may have been darkened, the entrance of light instantly illuminates it.” SOM 468.1
This month, we enter that season where light and dark equalize, come into balance and harmony, before the light begins, ever so slowly, to return to dominance.
Often, in metaphysics, we refer to the dark as that which is undesirable or even evil. But, the dark can also be rich and fertile. It has been said that we couldn’t see the beauty of the stars, if not for the dark of the night sky.
Darkness can be the rich fertile ground, the womb of new birth and life. Darkness can be the old, once so precious, but now no longer wanted or needed, falling away. Darkness can be the state we temporarily find ourselves in when we’ve been blinded by more light than we can handle and our eyes rebalance.
In the Taoist yin/yang symbol, darkness is the deep, feminine creative energy. It operates in harmony and balance with the light, the yang energy and out of that interaction is born all life.
Within ourselves, we have that which we may judge to be “not light” – that which we would rather not have brought to light. Yet, if we understand that ALL is God, all is the One Life, then even this, too is Divine. The poet David Whyte, in his lovely poem “The Winter of Listening” says: “What we strive for in perfection is not what turns us into the lit angel we desire, what disturbs and then nourishes has everything we need.”
During this time, as the earth moves into quiet, take the time to listen within. Become aware – without judging – of that which disturbs and nourishes you. It doesn’t have to be “fixed”, just noticed. As we gaze with the warmth and light of love and compassion, the gift of the darkness, previously hidden behind our walls, will be revealed and our soul will be nourished. Deep peace and joy to you during this holiday season.
“Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.”