Friday, February 19, 2010

Seeing Light in the Darkness

I can't remember where I read about the idea of seeing light in the darkness. It's been many years ago, and I've remembered it often. It is that choice we can make in the midst of any difficulty to change our minds, and see that point of light that reminds us that all is well. When we can see light in the middle of darkness, we are talking directly with God.

Sometimes just entertaining the possibility that all is well is an act of faith. We may have just a hint of willingness to consider that our perception is limited in the moment, and that the voices of fear and lack will quiet if we stop fighting them. Just being willing to consider that the fear is not as big as it seems opens our awareness to all kinds of new possibilities.

When those times in life happen that we feel most lost and confused, when we're doubting our path or our safety or our worthiness, we don't have to be anything other than where we are. We don't have to be standing tall or absolutely certain about anything. During those times, we can just be willing to consider that there is good at work, even if we can't yet see how. There's a tremendous amount of grace that comes from not fussing and fighting when we find ourselves again in the darkness. It is a clamorous but temporary state of affairs, and we can allow it to run its course.

My dear brother reminded me of seeing light in the darkness yesterday, when I asked him how he was. He told me about some big challenges he's facing, and then said, in effect, "but God has me, and it's all going to be fine." What I heard his spirit saying was "Bring it on; I and the God within me can handle way more than this!" It warmed my heart to hear the boasting between the lines. I could sense his pride. Challenges are opportunities we create for ourselves to rise above our limited ideas of what we can do, be and have. They are steps in knowing the truth, and serve a mighty purpose.

Light in the middle of darkness is that space wherein we step aside from pain or confusion just enough to view it from outside of ourselves. In that space, we are the observer, observing ourselves. We are spirit, watching how we're affected but knowing that there's a much greater dynamic at work. That light we see is the God within, shining in the midst of it all.

May you see light in the darkness, and may this tool be a blessing!


  1. God always there in the dark.. He is the light.. god bless you..

  2. My friend, I think you are writing this blog just for me. And I thank you, for the daily reminders, and for your light.

    And I thank the SB for bringing us together in this lifetime!

  3. Although my experience and approach to spirituality appears to be quite different to your own, it appears we have arrived at much the same place ;-)

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Aren't dark and light ultimately one and the same?

  5. Yes, I believe they are one in the same, in that they both serve the same divine purpose, to know the truth of who we are. Darkness and light are the perception of duality we use to find that truth.

  6. May we ALWAYS see the light. Only then can we help others towards it too! ♥

  7. Very nice blog... filled with light and blessings. :)

  8. Loved this post! It's definitely true that the dark times are when we can learn the most and make the greatest progress, digging deeply into our spiritual depths to connect with our divine core. I've had various experiences of the dark, including what I'd call "long, dark nights of the soul". They can be terrifying, especially with my history of depression, but I always feel God with me, and that is all I can ask for. In the Mahabharata, a spiritual epic from ancient India, a queen prays to God, "Oh Lord, let me always experience difficulties, so that I will never forget you and will always remember your divine grace and compassion."

    May we all be one with the supreme light of Divinity!

  9. An interesting articles that you share here.

    I agree with you that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel as long as we keep running to find it.

    Darkness and light are the illusion tools (serve as a simulator) for humankind to think and senses the truth, with the hope able to sorting its bias.