Light has always symbolized the presence of God, Spirit, the Beloved, or any of the many other names humankind has used to describe the Life Force behind all creation. Regardless of how we refer to it, the important thing to remember is that the Holy One is always present, even in our darkest of times.
- Take an unlit candle with you into a dark room.
- Sit in the darkness for several minutes; allow yourself to feel immersed in the darkness. Think of that dark room as how you feel inside.
- Now comes the proactive part: Light the candle and watch how the flame casts a gentle glow that naturally dispels the darkness filling the room with a soft light. Again, think of the room as your interior being, feel yourself internalizing the light, filling you.
- Finally, bless whatever the darkness represents to you and let it go — surrender it unto the light. Be it grief, disappointment, resentment, or whatever else it might be — feel its release and the “lightness” of God’s love that fills the darkness.
- Note that you didn’t have to chase the darkness away, struggle with it, bargain with it, curse it, or fear it… you simply had to call forward the presence of light and, in the process, the darkness faded away.
- As you bask in the light imagine that you have done nothing more than remember the radiant presence of the Beloved One in that sacred moment and allowed it to envelop your entire being. Thus, the saying, “Let there be Light.”
The practice is to remind yourself that in those unavoidable moments of darkness that come with the privilege of living in a human skin, it is the nature of the light to give itself to you unconditionally; you don’t have to resist or push back the darkness, you just have to remember to light the candle, to let the light of the God dispel the darkness.
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