Life is full of contrasts. Change is the one thing we can count on in life. Everything changes, sometimes dramatically as if in an instant. What was light is suddenly dark, or what is dark is suddenly brought to light. Other times change happens so slowly, with such small increments, that our human perception can hardly conceive it at all. Like a glacier, the ice appears static and still, but underneath there are currents of icy water, moving the frozen mountains above. They tumble forward, in a dance that only the songs of epics could inspire. Huge monoliths of ice will transform in the dark of night, so slowly, it’s hard to perceive. This too, can be the pattern your energetic movements from dark to light, or from light to dark.
December 22 is the Winter Solstice. On Tuesday we will experience the longest night of the year. It is a special moment in the annual cycle and has been celebrated and revered across cultures spanning all of human existence. From Machu Picchu to Stonehenge, the evidence of a history of human connection to the winter solstice marks our ancient earth with carefully constructed monuments.
Even our modern world responds to this energetic shift. Do you think it is a coincidence that the new Star Wars movie is opening around the time of the Winter Solstice? I don’t. It’s the classic story of good vs. evil symbolized by the dark and light sides of the force. The complex character, Darth Vader, is an icon of the extreme human condition, as he struggles with two life paths, one of the light and one of the darkness. In the end, it is only by the persistent love of his son that he finds his way back to the light and who he really is.
Seeing the darkness allows you to recognize the light. When love has been lost, it can be painful. But it is that pain that can awaken in you the true essence of love… what love really is in all of its beautiful forms. Experiencing its dark hole of absence in your life is what can allow for you to create space for love to reemerge, fresh, unscathed, newborn, perfect and whole again. Life to death to life again, these cycles remind us that nothing stays the same, everything changes and transforms, all the time. It is the way of the natural world that we are explicitly tethered to.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of Winter and historically a period of potential lack when food could be scarce and some would even grow sick and die. In today’s modern world, these circumstances have been somewhat lessened. Through our advancements we have conquered much of these obstacles that nature has presented us for so many years. Still, we have to respect that nature will always be more powerful than us. For example, great destruction can still be created by an earthquake or storm. The potential for darkness in our experience is always present. The challenge is to understand it for what it is and the vital role it plays in your life experience. It reminds you of your place, as a being of light. To rebuild, to connect, to support and nurture one another when the darkness appears. Without darkness, the greatest gifts of humanity would have no stage on which to shine. In times of trouble it is the community of souls that reach out to support one another that will prevail.
So for this Winter solstice, your Creating Exercise is to take a moment to be in darkness. Grab a book of matches and sit in a dark room alone, the darker the better. Feel into the darkness as you experience it. Take note of any uncomfortable feelings that may come up for you. Anxiety, coldness, fear, loneliness, whatever negative feelings you may be dealing with at this time in your life. Go as deep as you can with it. You can practice your Creative Energetic Time Travel and go back to a place where these feelings were more present if you are having trouble going to your “dark side.” There is beauty to be found in that pain. This beauty is a part of the humbleness of our existence. Consider all that we have overcome as a species over the years, and yet still there exists pain and suffering even within the brightest souls. Even Mother Teresa, who is currently being reviewed for sainthood, experienced huge moments of doubt and sadness as has become relevant from her personal writings.
“If I ever become a Saint—I will surely be one of ‘darkness,'” she wrote. “I will continually be absent from Heaven—to (light) the light of those in darkness on earth.”
Darkness is a part of being human. It is natural, and it is inescapable. Why? Because without it we would not shine as brightly, we would not love as deeply, we would not create the magic in this world we were designed to create.
The darkness is an integral part of your mission in life… it is the place where your seeds of intention can germinate. It is as much a part of who you are as your body, mind, and soul. Now as you sit in the darkness, consciously place your attention on who you are as a creator and one who creates light. This is inside of all of us. You must believe this above all else. The fact that you are a being of light is undeniable. No matter what you have suffered in life, this is who you are at your very core.
Now feel for your matchbook and light a match.
Notice how bright the light is. Notice how quickly the light fills the darkness. This is you… this is your creative power. Nothing can overcome darkness like the human spirit can. You are a beautiful magical being of light in a Universe of darkness.
I wish each of you a heart-felt Winter Solstice.
Shine on, bright lights!
Your Creativity Coach,
Bonnie Kelso is the creator of The ABCs of Conscious Creating. She uses energy healing and creating exercises to connect people to their higher “creative” selves. For more information about her services read about her ACCESS! program or to schedule a consultation please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you ready to vitalize your creative life?