Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.
I made the mistake of listening to the news today! It took me the whole morning to recover and shift my focus and awareness on all that I am grateful for and the many possibilities that surround us. The ones you won’t find in mainstream media. I write this newsletter to remind, our readers, and hopefully myself that regardless of our circumstances and the state of the world, we literally are light. Researchers have proven through Quantum Physics what indigenous and shamanic cultures have been saying since the beginning of time. The human Spirit is light and it is a moment-to-moment choice to radiate that light into the world or succumb to the darkness of despair, resignation and apathy. In this column I would like to suggest some ways that we can bring ourselves back into our most brilliant and luminous selves. It is our birthright to shine and given the state of the world, I believe it is our responsibility.
As we learn to open to the vessel of light and unconditional love we are, we not only bring health, happiness and healing to ourselves, but to the world and people we touch in our daily lives. We don’t have to work to radiate our light, it is who we are, a reflection of our Divine nature. We only have to keep our intention on allowing our authentic inner radiance to reveal itself. Our light is the one thing about us that is eternal. This isn’t just true of a few of us – that light is the fabric of all form – and when we learn to see the light in everyone the myth of separation dissolves – and we recognize our interconnection with all life.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
So if we are light, why is there so much darkness, despair and unhappiness in our world? I believe it has become habitual and even fashionable to focus on and view “what’s wrong” or “not working” in our culture and the world, which obfuscates all the wonder, mystery and magic that surrounds us. This habit of negativity that we are born into, is not our true nature and we can rewire ourselves to reignite the eternal fire within. Recent Breakthroughs in neuroscience and the awareness of neuroplasticity have demonstrated the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. The more we choose to recognize our own light and let it shine, the more we change the way we see the world and can return to our natural luminosity.
How can the dark times teach us to discover our light? First we have to recognize that we all have a shadow self which developed very early in our lives in order to protect us from harm and get us through the times we didn’t get the love, attention and nurturing that we needed and deserved. That’s not to blame our parents or anyone else. We are on a planet where people are just waking up and becoming more present. Our caregivers carried the same repressed fears, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions and embarrassing secrets that keep us from living in the fullness of our own beauty and magnificence. What we fail to see is that these shadow areas, when confronted with authentic courage, presence and commitment are where we can reclaim our light. It all begins with bringing those protected areas into the light.
The challenge is that we cannot just do this with our minds. Each of our repressed fears and dark areas has a corresponding physical location and manifestation. Let me give you an example. Recently I realized that one of the things that stops me in my life is the belief that anything bad that happened to me or anyone in my life is my fault. This came from a particular early childhood incident and was reinforced over time as “it is my fault” or “I am to blame”. I discovered this when I woke up one day and found myself thinking, “I’m sorry” for no particular thing at all. As I explored that statement more deeply I felt a deep shame which I realized I had been trying to hide or repress. It wasn’t until I was able to feel this suppressed emotion and the corresponding physical manifestation in my chest and lungs that it began to release. As I brought awareness to by body sensations in my movement practice I could feel the darkness lifting and my chest and heart area filling with an incredible lightness and joy. The conscious movement and physical awareness helped me to release the frozen feeling that I had in my heart, lungs and chest. This is why I am so committed to sharing and providing the 5Rhythms practice to my community.
Our outer world is a reflection of our own inner state of consciousness.
When we focus on the troubles of the world we shape and condition our inner world, but the opposite is also true. If we focus on our light it has the power to transform the world around us. This is a practice. One that is easier to do when we work in conjunction with other light beings. In Buddhism it is called a Sanga. At our Sunday Sweat Your Prayers we call it a Tribe. Regardless of what you call it, when we share our own light it is amplified and supports others in shifting their focus towards their essence, revealing the majesty of their numinous presence. This is how we can transform our outer world.
Below I have listed some of favorite practices for transforming the darkness and returning to the light of our birthright, to be as Gods and Goddesses in the Garden of Eden. We have the power!
If you have any comments, stories you would like to share or insights from our monthly newsletter, please feel free to write. May all being every where discover their true nature in the light of love.
Some Suggested Practices for Retuning to the Light:
Of course I would put this in first position. As Gabrielle Roth often said, the fastest way to still the mind is to move the body. It is in the still mind that we can more easily choose to let our light shine, open our hearts and expand the range of available choices. It also allows us to release trapped energy in the body into a safe container.
What comes out of our mouths is what shapes the world we live in. When we practice focusing our conversations on the beauty, joy and abundance that surrounds us on this beautiful planet the world becomes more beautiful. The story of the future is the one that is coming out of our mouths today.
Indigenous people have a saying, may you walk in beauty. What if we focused on bringing beauty to all we say, do and see in the world? A good place to start is to list all the ways we are turning into beautiful and recognizing that we were truly created “in God’s image.
Stop Listening to the News
I know this is hard. I am a journalist and used to think I had to know all about what’s going on in the world. But, if you need to know something it will come to you. What is important is looking for you. When we focus on the mystery and wonder of the world it changes us and as we change the world around us changes.
Look for the Divine Light in Everyone
Even the people who we feel have committed unforgivable crimes were born into the light. By seeing them in their Divine essence we heal our own darkness and open the door for them to transform. That doesn’t mean we don’t stand up against injustice and untruth, that is part of being a light in dark times. What we look for shapes what we see.
When we practice giving thanks our whole world transforms. Keep a gratitude journal and practice recognizing and verbally acknowledging the people and things that bring joy into your life.
*I learned a new practice to get to sleep recently: Go through the alphabet and think of something that you are grateful for that starts with each letter. I have yet to get through the alphabet and have been waking up more positive and refreshed.
Set Your Intention
Everything starts with a clear intention. What kind of life do you want to be living? Use anything that seems in opposition to your intent as a doorway to locating and transforming the actions that are contrary to your intention. Intention can move mountains. Be willing to go into the dark to find your light.
Read and Reflect on Transformational Writing
I am blessed to read a book a week for my show. They are written by some of the most transformed people on the planet. It all started with my interest in finding quotes, poems and writing that could inspire me to overcome my barriers to living in my natural light. I am also fortunate to have a long way to go, so I get to keep reading.
Take the time to Grieve when it’s Appropriate
It takes an enormous amount of energy to suppress our pain. To really step into our light we must have compassion for the pain of the world. Authentic grieving leads to appropriate action. It wakes us up to new possibilities and creative ways of bringing them into fruition.
The heart that breaks open can
contain the whole universe.