I’m doing a lot of spiritual work these days, and this nonsense has to stop:
There’s a strong element in spirituality that calls for us to always be “in the light,” or “seek for the light.” We’re also constantly seeking for higher consciousness, which makes us think of going up. Up is light, and down is dark – or is it?
I think that misses the point of life here on Earth as human beings. Yes, we are of the light, and we are also of the Earth, and she sustains us. My own experience is teaching me that part of “higher” consciousness is honoring the dark and getting more connected to Mother Earth.
As I see it, the constant seeking the light and talking about the light tends to make us do a number of things that don’t serve us. Such as:
- We judge things and emotions that are uncomfortable or difficult as “negative/dark” and miss the important messages they have for us.
- We stuff down, ignore, or try to root out parts of ourselves we see as “negative/dark,” when they need to be recognized, treated with respect and love, and also have important messages for us.
- We humans also tend to judge the Earth, herself, as “negative/dark,” which leads to exploitation, pollution, and degradation of our home.
I taught a SoulCollage® workshop last week, and this is a card that I made for myself there.
Her name is “Mother of the World.”
She reminds me that we humans are all related, and that plants have much to teach us. (I have a Lakota friend who says they call trees the “Stand Still People,” which I love.
She also reminds me of our dual nature – that our DNA contains star stuff and stuff from our mother Earth.
We are not Stand Still People, but we still are nourished by the ground we walk on, our Mother Earth, who sustains the web of life. We are of the light, and of the Earth/dark.
Seeds germinate in the dark, in the Earth. Plants have roots that grow in the dark to take nourishment from the Earth. Plants also reach for the light, the sun, and take nourishment from it.
We are all born out of a dark womb. We sleep in the dark, which is essential for our health. The seeds of our creativity and personal growth germinate in the dark times.
We become whole, fully conscious, fully expressed human beings by honoring both the light and the dark. (And I have GREAT fun helping my clients find their full expression!)
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