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Darkness is Light





Why do so many of us fear the dark? Next weekend we will move our clocks back an hour. And will offer us the gift of light earlier in the day and darkness earlier in the afternoon/ evening. Many of us have difficulty emotionally with longer hours of the night. This can bring on depression for some. For others, this is a welcoming time for introspection and reflection. Of course, with the time change comes colder weather. Does it sound bleak? Mother Nature is offering us a process of transformation. We were taught that darkness is somehow evil. In Psalm 139, we read, “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

The message here is about God’s love for us. It is so powerful that even if we find ourselves in darkness or are lost, God is present, always present. The darkness we experience is our fear. Our custom on Halloween is to dress up in ways that will deter and send away the darkness or evil surrounding us. This special occasion is followed by All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day in the Christian calendar.

The darkness within our soul is light. This darkness is our higher self yearning to befriend us, Waiting patiently, gently prodding us to open our hearts to love. Religion has taught us to fear this darkness/light. We were taught that we are unworthy and need to perform tasks and reparations to earn this love. These teachings have often kept us submissive, believing that others have the answers to help save us from our fears. Can you imagine how different our lives would be right now if we had been encouraged to seek out the beauty of our higher selves? To awaken to the love that waits patiently for recognition? Thankfully we are on the brink of awakening! As we move into the next few months of darkness, give yourself permission to meet the darkness with love. Ask the divine to join you and sit with you as you embark on this adventure. This week read Psalm 139 slowly. Take a few verses each day and reflect on the meaning. Pay attention to the prodding of your heart center. Does your heart flutter when you read a specific verse? Maybe you feel emotional? Allow God to touch you! Try not to judge your experience. Just be present to the beauty of your experience. Of course, you can also use the meditation I sent you last week as well for prayer.

Have a beautiful week!



PSALM 139

O my Beloved, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my innermost thoughts. You find me on the journey and guide my steps; You know my strengths and my weaknesses. Even before words rise up in prayer, Lo, You have already heard my heart call. You encompass me with love where’er I go, and Your strength is my shield. Such sensitivity is too wonderful for me; it is high: boundless gratitude is my soul’s response.

Where could I go from your Spirit? Or how could I flee from Your Presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in darkness, You are there! If I soar on the wings of the morning or dwell in the deepest parts of the sea, Even there your Hand will lead me, and your love will embrace me. If I say, “Let only darkness cover me, and the light around me be night,” Even darkness is not dark to You, and the night dazzles as with the sun; the darkness is as light with You.

You formed my inward being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for You are to be reverenced and adored. Your mysteries fill me with wonder! More than I know myself do You know me; my essence was not hidden from You, when I was being formed in secret, intricately fashioned from the elements of the Earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance; in your records were written every one of them, the days were numbered for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your creations, O Blessed One! How vast the sum of them!

Who could count your innumerable gifts and blessings? At all times, You are with me.

O that You would vanquish my fears, Beloved; O that ignorance and suffering would depart from me - My ego separates me from true abandonment, to surrendering myself into your hands! Yet are these not the very thorns that focus my thoughts upon You? I yearn to come to You in love, to learn of your mercy and wisdom!

Search me, O my Beloved, and know my heart! Try me and discern my thoughts! Help me to face the darkness within me; enlighten me, that I might radiate your Love and Light!




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