Not only that, we've sailed through what some feared would be the end of the world and many others felt would be the dawning of a new world, with a different consciousness.
There's been quite a bit of darkness along the way. Recent shootings here in the United States have left many of us with a heavy heart. The first thing I thought when I woke this morning was: it's Christmas Eve! And the next thing I thought about was all the families that won't have their children to celebrate with this year.
The other night, my friend Rachel came over for dinner and she and my husband and I did a ritual to mark the passing of the Mayan calendar. We burned what we wanted to release and wrote down and strung up into a prayer flag what we wanted to manifest. And while we were doing all this, we talked about dark and light:
- How one doesn't exist without the other.
- How it's the darkest time of the year, but as of Saturday, the light is returning.
- How some believe that there's lots of light flooding into the planet right now but we aren't quite ready to receive it, so thus there's even more darkness than usual.
- How it's all a matter of balance.
I'm left with one overwhelming feeling this season: that we are the light, and we must be the light for each other. That the only way to truly change the world is to change what's within and we do that one person at a time.
And so this holiday season, let's all be the light for each other. Let's practice being kind, and compassionate, and non-judgmental, and open and eager to serve. Choose how you want to be in this world, how you want to show up for yourself and others, and then be that way.
One thing that I am in droves is grateful. Grateful for so much in my life, my writing, my family, my friends. But more to the point here, I'm grateful for you. For those of you who have been reading me forever or you who just landed on the blog recently. I'm deeply grateful for you. My goal is to be a light in the world of writing and creativity and it's my readers who make this possible.
So thank you.
And Merry Christmas–or Happy Holidays, depending on what you celebrate.
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