From November to January, societies around the globe observe ten holidays that deal with themes of darkness and the return of the light, beginning with the Hindu holiday of Diwali and ending with Chinese New Year. Advent, Hanukkah, St. Lucia Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Epiphany, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve all point to the light. Seek the light in the coming year 2024.
The end of the year and the beginning of the next is a time to reflect on our hope for the future and actively seek the light we share. Humanity is a sight-driven species. It’s easy for humans to lose hope in the darkest. Vision is the strongest and most informative of the five senses. We seek the light of the sun and sense an interior spiritual light within. Both are vital to living life well. Humans don’t see well in the dark. In darkness our minds fill with haunting thoughts, midnight terrors, anxiety, and fears of the unknown. We lose trust and faith in the coming inevitable dawn. It is spiritual blindness that believes the darkness is evil or sinister. We can resist the feeling that the world seems broken and as if God’s mercy has abated.
Seek the Light in the Darkness
Darkness can be better imagined as a womb, a safe place of creative gestation. The new year inspires a time to wait, to rest, and to reflect. We can dawdle in the dark and wait for the next step to be revealed. Humanity is suffering as we watch war, disease, migration, inequality, prejudice, and greed infect every aspect of life: the list is dark and painful. For a moment, think about the ravages humanity has done to Mother Earth. Her forests have been raped, her skin gouged out by mining for minerals, puncturing her for oil, her lungs are polluted, and her plant and animal populations decimated for our survival.
Symptoms of Our Inability to Seek the Light
Human beings must take time to seek the light of forgiveness regardless of what we do to the environment and one another. Our species is being ravaged, wounded, and pestiferous both spiritually and physically? What we have done to Mother Earth is being reflected in our lives. Illness, homelessness, and anger are three symptoms of our inability to seek the light. It is said, that when one suffers we all suffer. Our collective energy and spirit are effected with the shining light of the sun on all of creation.
Use the new year to enter the darkness, to re-set, rest, and reflect while we wait for the dawn. We do not exist outside of nature’s balance or health. Slow down, be kind, ask for less, and be present in every situation. Call on and seek the light to return, to heal, to illuminate, and to guide us to a new way of behavior. Peace on the Planet.
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