The symbolism of light and dark has power in the human experience. “Dark” represents the unknown and that makes us nervous. We were probably huddled around campfires in ancient times trying not to feel like prey as mystery lurked in the dark.
“Light” on the other hand, gives us more sense of knowing and control over our environment. This is literally true in the physical world, but it provides a valuable metaphor for life in general.
The fact that Hannukkah and Christmas both present visions of light in the darkest of Winter months is our way of creating certainty from uncertainty. We light candles, we follow the “star of wonder” to the birth of consciousness. When light is victorious over darkness, consciousness is raised.
It’s a personal decision whether we participate in a deliberate process of enLIGHTenment. Do our actions alleviate suffering, or do they create more? When we seek to bring service, love and truth into the world, we become vehicles of light.
A deeper sense of what we’re in the world to be and do is celebrated during this time of year. Let’s not forget our journey… We are all together reaching higher, opening our hearts as we open our gifts.
“We cannot do great things. We can only to small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa
With love, Rosanne