Toward the Light
upon light and upon radiance, knowledge of the spirit can be reached
and thus peace can be achieved.”
you spend your
time in the dark, it is easy to forget the light. The dark emotions,
like anger and fear have their attractions. People are fascinated by
murder mysteries, war stories, soap operas, bad news, gossip and
scandal. The media is full of these because we engage with it. The
dangerous and the scandalous feed emotions. They draw our attention.
They can fill up emptiness, distract us from our own more mundane
problems and create some dark sense of being alive. When we get too
wrapped up in the dark thoughts that these fascinations bring to us, we
can get stuck in an emotional condition of the disagreeable kind.
Our minds are
like water. If you throw dirt into the pool, the water becomes cloudy
and foul. To keep the water pure, we can try to limit the amount of
dirt that gets into the pool, and we can filter the water. In the same
way, we can limit the amount of pollution we allow into our minds,
perhaps by choosing not to engage in the shadier forms of entertainment
or by directing our attention away from violence, gossip and scandal.
We can filter
out the mental dirt by directing our consciousness away from the darker
energies and toward the light. Many people get their re-orientation by
going to religious services, praying, or reading scripture. Singing
hymns or chanting may bring a shift as well. Meditation can also be a
tool for turning up the light and cleaning out the mental and emotional
meditate, you may want to spend a few minutes just taking inventory of
your thoughts and feelings. What sorts of thoughts have been occupying
you? What comes up in the moment as you are reflecting on this? What is
the state of your emotions? Can you label your feelings as a specific
emotion, such as anger, happiness, fear, or boredom? Maybe your
emotions are too complex or fuzzy to attach a label to. How else can
you describe your feelings? Do they feel light or dark, heavy or
buoyant? What color would you use to describe your feelings? Do they
feel solid, liquid, gaseous? Hot or cold?
When you are
ready, intentionally direct your attention to mental imagery of light.
You might visualize yourself filled up with bright light. You might
visualize light all around you. You could imagine that beautiful light
shines down from above and energizes each of your chakras, perhaps
entering through the crown of your head and shining downward filling
each of your energy centers and each of your organs with beautiful
crystalline light. Let light clean up the dark and the dirty pools of
mental and emotional energy that linger in your consciousness. Wherever
you seem attached to less than wholesome mental imagery let the light
evaporate it, like hot sun dries up puddles of water. Where light is,
darkness is not.
light represents love, kindness—all that is good. Invite it into your
mind. Draw it into your heart. Rest there in the warm peace of
finish, remember that light is energy. As you prepare to return to your
activities, allow the light imagery to represent power. Allow your
breath to draw in light as energy. Allow yourself to be empowered in
your orientation toward the light.
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