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On Light and Darkness…

Light and darkness, bliss and sorrow, joy and pain — the very concepts of duality which have been ingrained in us since early childhood, and reinforced through years of domestication.

We are taught that one is favorable, while the other is portrayed negatively and therefore seen as inferior.  As humans, we desire to be in line with the favorable —  we attempt to only associate ourselves only with those essences painted with a brighter hue, and mask the facets of ourselves which are not viewed favorably by society. In doing so, we create duality not only in society, but also within ourselves.  Instead of embracing ourselves as a whole beings encompassing the entirety of creation, we project an image of what we think will make us feel secure and acceptedImage.

Let us consider this darkness (or whatever you choose to term it) — and embrace it as an intrinsic part of creation.  What if our pain was meant merely to polish us?  The darkness within ourselves may very well be what makes our light shine with a brighter gleam — like stars scattered across the vast dark sky.

The star does not fear the void,  or question it’s necessity.  It accepts it as a back-drop for it’s luminance.

I am not suggesting that we focus on the darker facets of our lives, or give them power. Rather, I am expressing that a certain reverence should be given to the dark bits of our existence which have propelled us to the state of our current awareness.  To love ourselves fully, we must embrace our whole selves… even the bad days.

Transcending beyond this duality by loving our light and our darkness… until all becomes love.  We begin to see a bit of ourselves in everything and everyone we encounter.  We celebrate the bliss and beauty, or empathize with the pain.  We begin to love others… then come to the realization that there are no others… there is no longer a concept of US and THEM…  no room for judgment.  We are a cohesive existence.  And every hue on the spectrum is of equal majesty.

Finding Unity Amid Life’s Chaos

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“Don’t let the behavior of others steal your inner peace”

The Dalai Lama

The concept of love and unity is so simple — it’s essence is purely divine.  However, as we move forward in Love and Unity it is important not to be shaken by the turmoil in other’s lives.  We are not here to fix anyone, but simply love them through it — regardless of circumstance — casting no judgement.

As an acutely empathetic person it becomes difficult not to carry everyone’s baggage for them.  I have learned, however, this just hinders the person you wish to help, and jars your sense of inner peace.

We know we must love ourselves first, and beyond this — as we move forward in our lives we must stay deeply rooted in our inner peace. while still empathizing with others.  This may seem like a difficult balancing act amid the chaos that surrounds many of us at times.

Personally, I have found it best for me as I try to see another’s perspective/ feel their emotions to do the following:  Approach with an open and loving heart. Help if possible, even a smile helps.  Send love to the person/ people.  Then let it pass through me.

Do not carry their emotional baggage around.  As you stay grounded in your peace and self love — you begin to radiate love to all those you come in contact with.  In doing this you are planting seeds of love and unity in the minds and hearts of others.

Jesus said:  ”Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”… Mark 12:30

This means beyond all differences, or judgement.  We are not here to judge who is worthy of our love — we are here to LOVE — for ALL are worthy.

When we put these differences aside, and begin to love others not IN SPITE of their differences,  but because their differences make them BEAUTIFUL and RARE like a jewel– we shall find our bliss.

namaste’