Finding Light in the Darkness

Choosing Light

Today’s video blog is based on James A. Michener’s quote: “An age is called dark, not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.”

At a funeral, during a dark time, I witnessed a sharing of profound love. Though it was for was someone I barely knew, the light shining from the hearts of those who loved him showed me that they chose to keep that brightness in their memories.

In spiritual living we are urged to look for the good or the light in the dark situations. Some people in our lives model such behavior. The loss or death of such a person can feel like a dark age. Can we, at such times, choose to discover the light in that event? In any event there is a wondrous gift awaiting us. Holding an attitude of love and appreciation makes finding the good easier.

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Hello, I’m Ellen Sutherland and here we are “Being Spiritual.”

I have a quote today by James Mitchener. I thought I would read it for us. “An age is called dark, not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.” That is kind of a tough quote – a tough-love quote. Because when you are in mourning, are sad, when your are angry or when you are caught in any of the lower energies – any of the energies, that we as spiritual people are about leaving and letting go and releasing – it is kind of a tough thing to hear that it is our choice that we are in this despair and upset…and that it is true (you are responsible for your state of mind). One of the things that Reiki taught me was as I gave people Reiki, is that after all the distress and upset left their energy field, what would rise up was Love or Peace, if you prefer.

This week I went to…I attended a funeral; actually it felt like an honor to attend this funeral. It was for a distant…a person I didn’t know very well at all. I had only met him once or twice. The room was full of people who loved him and who wanted to honor his memory and say goodbye and wanted to share that this would be a loss in their life; this person having died unexpectedly – not necessarily that young, but unexpectedly – would leave a gap in their hearts.

As spiritual people, we are constantly moving toward unattaching ourselves to believing that love is about “out there” and realizing or attaching ourselves instead to believing that love can be found within. But people in the world, many people in the world, trigger that awareness of love for us, and some of the more wondrous people in our life remind us what love is about, just by being themselves, just by being who they are. Their gentleness, their strength, their honoring of life, and their world, becomes a model for us.

I think what Michener is trying to say in this quote is that in everything there is a wondrous gift. A life that leaves, a life that passes away, is never lost – it is within, within your memory – carried within your memory forever and ever – until, well we don’t know what happens to our memories, but until the body is shed.

So that loss is really quite different than we are taught or are told. For example: the person is gone so we will never know them again. The person isn’t gone in the sense of how we know them, how we each know them.

There is a lot of understanding about letting go of what hurts us as quickly as possible. There is a lot of teaching and a kind of understanding that it is a very important thing to do and at the same time, it is one of the hardest things to do when we lose something that we love – some one that we love – a lifestyle – a way of being – a partner – a child – a parent – the loved one – when someone looks at us and says, “Sorry, you are not the one for me anymore.” All of those different situations in life can make it seem like it is very dark and can feel very dark but it is our, what does Michener say…that age, that time is called dark, because we refuse to see the light in it. That is very much like when I’ve been talking about gratitude. The one thing that gratitude will do for us is to help us realize all the wondrousness in the world.

So I invite you to be with that quote. To let it work its wondrousness inside of you, to find the darkness in you that is refusing to acknowledge the Light.

Peace to you.

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One Response to Finding Light in the Darkness

  1. Lalaine says:

    You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.

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