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Dr. Heather Dawn Clark
The holidays are fast-approaching! These words will arouse different feelings in every reader. Some people will feel eager anticipation, others panic and still others depression. Our experience of the holiday season does not have anything to do with our present circumstances as much as it has to do with the consciousness that we are bringing to the present circumstances.
As a Canadian, I am very aware of the ever-diminishing hours of sunlight at this time of year. I have been reading about Seasonal Anxiety Disorder, or SAD. One website had this to say: "Light deprivation can occur at any time of year, but it is most common during the winter. With fewer hours of daylight, many people go to work in darkness and return home in darkness, rarely ever being exposed to natural daylight. Some people can tolerate this life-style with ease. However, many people find that life lived under artificial lighting is far from ideal."
The last sentence really struck me. It has a larger truth inherent within it. When I think about the nature of God as Light, I realize the full impact of these words: "...many people find that life lived under artificial lighting is far from ideal!"
I believe that this is a metaphor for our spiritual evolution and awakening. I believe artificial light represents all the ways that we may try to feel better about ourselves; whether we are "rewarding" ourselves with a box of chocolates, a latte, a shopping trip, or a martini, we are still looking for something outside of ourselves to satisfy the longing. There is nothing wrong with any of these things in themselves. What is mistaken is for us attempt to satisfy ourselves with them. It is artificial lighting.
The real Light can only be found within us. It is not dependent upon anything, including the sun. It is the inner awareness of Spirit and it is the most natural light there is. When we are aware of our own light we easily see light in others. When we are illuminated by our own light, we see our circumstances, relationships and activities clearly.
Let's let our light shine. Let's see that light in everyone. Together let us affirm, "We are the Light of the world. You are the light of the world. I am the light of the world."
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