The Light Within Us All
In dark times, it’s well worth reflecting on the light within us. Just what is this light I’m talking about? It’s the radiant energy that animates us all. It grants us life and breath. It’s inherently creative and infinitely loving. As such, it’s inherently healing, too. It’s the very core of us. And it resides in the deepest recesses of our heart (soul).
We’ve called the light within us by many names. But it’s impossible to adequately define it. Still, its reality is hard to deny. That is, of course, unless the world and it’s unhealthy ways gets to us.
Nothing has the power to snuff out the light. But painful experiences invite us all to build walls around our hearts. (See: Healthy Boundaries Versus Intimacy Barriers.) And those barriers can obscure the light. Moreover, the world and it’s broken ways can make us lose sight of it. Finding it again, some have said, is like discovering buried treasure. And it behooves us all to seek it.
Safeguarding the Light
We live in an age of more widespread character disturbance. So, the world can be an especially toxic place. We’re more prone to toxic relationships, too. To protect ourselves, we almost have to build walls around our hearts. But sometimes our hearts become hardened in the process. This makes it tough for the light to get in or out. Things can get pretty dark then. And we can become quite depressed. It’s a bit like suffering Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). We crave the luminence, but it seems to elude us.
Though we tend to lose sight of the fact, the light within us is always there. It’s ready to warm and illuminate us. And it’s equally ready to shine radiantly on others. But we have to break down the barriers to that first. And doing that can be most daunting. Still, it’s well worth the effort. For without warmth and luminosity, life itself becomes dark, even bleak.
Tearing down the barriers that block the light makes us vulnerable. It opens us up to hurt. But we simply can’t let others and their misguided ways determine whether our own radiance gleams. I know that sounds simplistic, unrealistic. But it really is that simple. It’s just not easy. Besides, letting others determine whether the light within us shines gives them far too much power. And it’s power disturbed characters among us will inevitably abuse. Reclaiming the keys to our heart is the secret. We have the power to open and to shine. We certainly don’t need to subject ourselves to toxic darkness. But we also don’t need to put our light under a bushel basket. Doing so only denies us the joy of giving and receiving love. And that gives the toxic characters among us an unholy victory.
A Time for Shining
At our core, we’re meant for love – to give and receive it. And if ever there were a time for the loving energy within us to shine, it’s now. But that takes courage and determination. And most of all, it takes faith. You have to believe that all the darkness in this world simply can’t overcome the energy that fuels life. Each of us has the power to shine and help heal this broken world. But it has to start with ourselves. Each of us has the power to be the change we want to see. And that means re-discovering and claiming our core. Only the light within us has the power to heal – both ourselves and the world. But we have to have the courage and the faith to open our wounded hearts.
A Message for the Season
I’ll be posting more inspirational messages over the coming weeks. It seems just the right time of year to do so.