the spring bud…

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Spring
by Jim Harrison

Something new in the air today, perhaps the struggle of the bud
to become a leaf. Nearly two weeks late it invaded the air but
then what is two weeks to life herself? On a cool night there is
a break from the struggle of becoming. I suppose that’s why we
sleep. In a childhood story they spoke of the land of enchant-
ment. We crawl to it, we short-lived mammals, not realizing that
we are already there. To the gods the moon is the entire moon
but to us it changes second by second because we are always fish
in the belly of the whale of earth. We are encased and can’t stray
from the house of our bodies. I could say that we are released,
but I don’t know, in our private night when our souls explode
into a billion fragments then calmly regather in a black pool in
the forest, far from the cage of flesh, the unremitting “I.” This was
a dream and in dreams we are forever alone walking the ghost
road beyond our lives. Of late I see waking as another chance at
spring.

Jim Harrison, “Spring” from Songs of Unreason. Copyright © 2011 by Jim Harrison. Used by permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Copper Canyon Press,

light within us

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We have holy Light within us – most certainly we do.

And I deeply believe that we long to know – to have a direct experience – with Divine Light.

To me, the month of December, is a deeply mystical month,

associated with holy days, miracles, healings,

Divine intervention, abundant acts of love, and enchantment.

We are always transitioning into greater spheres of Divine Light. When we have an inspiration, we often make light-associated comments, such as, “The light went on”, or “It dawned on me”, or “I finally saw the light”. Mystics were often “blinded by Divine Light” until their ordinary eyesight adjusted to the illuminated apparition that stood before them.
Light is that element of clarity, for obvious reasons – but also for mystical ones. Light is the nature of the Divine and we are drawn to understand our inner Light surely as we need oxygen to live. I imagine that if we could truly see clearly, we would realize that we dwell in fields of light that are really the endless sacred consciousness of the Divine. We are never “out” of the Light of the Divine. We live it, breathe it, create with it, dwell in it. People who have near-death experiences all report encountering a tunnel of Light and then being surrounded by Light – the vibrational field of the sacred community. The soul easily sees that vibrational of Light so unrecognizable to our five senses. Yet, our inner senses – our soul senses – can perceive this Light and we can most definitely interpret the messages so often relayed to us by that realm. Often we receive these messages through dreams or sudden intuitive hits.
Though we are now entering the darkest and coldest time of the year (in the northern hemisphere), December is also the month the celebrates the return of the Light on the Solstice, December 21st. Hanukkah and Christmas are feasts of the power of holy Light entering into human life.

Caroline Myss

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