“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the dark.” — Anne Frank
Light cannot exist without dark. Consider that appreciating and mastering the darkness is essential to the human experience. Darkness can look like many things — loneliness, unemployment, health challenges, family discord, racial tensions, or political drama.
When we find ourselves in daunting or uncertain circumstances, we have so much more power than our typical first reactions. When we tap into our knowingness, we are reminded that these periods are not designed to take us out, that nothing is happening TO us, and that all dark periods are temporary.
Consider that darkness is an invitation… an invitation to deeper understanding. It is in these moments of darkness that we discover the greatest truths, and lies, about ourselves. Saying ‘yes’ to a higher version of ourselves is the emerging lightwork. Our practice leads us through the foreign and unknown to new doors of opportunity.
How incredibly exhilarating it is to notice the opportunities that sit deep in the corners of the ‘ugly’ — to identify the growth that is available when we walk through the dark rooms of fear, separation, doubt, and despair. Lightwork resides in our practice.
In December, we honor the darkness as a deep invitation. We recognize ourselves as Lightworkers. We sit in prayer and meditation, stillness and self-reflection, embracing the darkness until we discover the surprising gifts that lie within.