As we evolve in our spiritual journey, we are increasingly hearing more and more about Divine Light. The mere mention of the word light reminds us of many pleasant feelings, such as: radiant, bright, warm, delightful, floating, effortless, uplifting and clear. We seem to intuitively know that light is synonymous with our truth, as is evident in expressions such as, “It wasn’t clear to me at first, but I finally saw the light.”
But what about darkness? Most of us associate darkness with the negative side of life – such as: pain, fear, obscurity, depression, poverty, and sickness. At a soul level, none of us enjoys experiencing the “dark side of life” – and yet, here we are, living in a world in which we are personally and collectively experiencing sickness, violence, greed, crime, and poverty. What is the meaning of all this darkness?
From a spiritual perspective, unconditional love is all that is real; therefore darkness is simply the absence of love. We came to this physical world to remember our True Self through the experience of separation from our creative source. The greatest divine gift we have been given in this dynamic physical world of polarities is the power to choose our perceptions. Since light (perceptions of love) and darkness (perceptions of fear) are ultimate opposites, we can only remember the light through the contrast of darkness.
Many times our greatest growth periods come through the experience of the pain of separation. Those of us who have experienced “dark times” in life through tremendously challenging situations such as serious illness and mental, emotional, and physical trauma know the opportunities within these situations to gain enormous wisdom and insight about life.
Indeed, there are lessons within our lives that may be much more apparent in the darkness of our despair because we can focus more intensely when there are fewer things to see. It is like walking into a dark room—at first we can see nothing, yet after our eyes have had a chance to refocus, we begin to clearly see particular items even though the room is still dark. Likewise, we can have some very profound insights about areas of our lives that need improvement while we are quietly lying in bed recovering from illness and surgery, during the inactive times that may come with being unemployed, or by feeling disoriented in an entirely new environment.
Painful experiences also remind us how to be compassionate and non-judgmental toward others. We can theorize about how it might feel to have a life-threatening illness, deal with a drug addiction, go through a divorce, lose a job, or have serious money problems; but it is the actual experience of living through these types of experiences that opens our hearts to express tenderness and total compassion to others who are wrestling with their own challenges in life.
We are all experiencing different dramatic versions of the pain of separation in our lives as we awaken to our true spiritual nature. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself – resisting the areas of your life that are challenging your soul is like fighting with your own shadow. The most effective way we can move through the darkness is to simply accept that our challenges are all a part of a masterful universal plan to remind us of our wholeness and our power to return to the Oneness of unconditional love.
As we awaken to this truth, we also begin to remember that the Light we are seeking cannot be found outside of ourselves through our material world. THE LIGHT WE SEEK IS WITHIN – IT IS SHINING TO US AND THROUGH US. Rather than react to the fear that appears as darkness, it is our spiritual mission to bring divine light to everyone and everything through our mere presence.
Pure light includes the full spectrum of every color known and unknown to us. When pure light passes through a prism, the prism refracts the incoming light wave into many other different wave lengths. When we perceive humanity in the metaphorical sense of being one gigantic prism, we see that collectively we form a beautiful rainbow coming from one source of divine light. As we focus on the light within ourselves and all others, we begin to merge back into one brilliant wave of pure light as, together, we return to our original state of enlightenment and Oneness.
Namaste! (The light within me honors the light within you),