Daily Reading Feb 16

Tue Feb 16

The days grow longer; the sun rises a bit earlier each day and darkness creeps on a bit more slowly.

Yet, the light of illumation, knowledge and warmth will not help us grow unless we have done the necessary shadow work to reveal our hurt and injured places.

There is a necessary dichotomy between light and dark but it us an oversimplification to equate this polarity with good and evil. This is literally black and white thinking.

There is both goodness and danger in the light. It may help us clarify what we don’t understand. But it can also blind us to reality and cause us to get burned…or to burn others.

There is both sorrow and discovery in the darkness. In the shadows we may find secret treasures hidden even from ourselves. But we must beware of getting lost in darkness, with no light of hope to guide us forward.

The biggest lesson here is that we must learn to tolerate the ambiguous grey mist of not knowing. We must accept that life is not all love and light nor despair and darkness. By embracing the power of shadow and acknowledging the limitations of light we become more understanding and compassionate. We become more resilient and able to cope with uncertainty and change. And we grow more realistic about the actual work that must be done to bring comfort and energy to all of humanity (hint: it’s dismantling systemic oppression and white supremacy within ourselves.)

May the rising sun joyfully illuminate our individual and collective work ahead.