Even while we are walking the path of what seems like our darkest days, the loss of a loved one, a job, a marriage, we have a seed of light within that we can call forward. It is in the subtle glimmer of this light that we are kept afloat in our darkest days. We can pause for just a moment when we are sitting in the darkness of despair and simply be aware of our breath. By taking a moment to exercise this action of being present, you allow for light to touch your soul and serve as a reminder that you will emerge from this place of desolation, perhaps with new gifts to share with the world.
The greatest artists, visionaries, prophets and healers of this world have all stood in their shadow, walked in the valley of despair and perhaps even wallowed in it allowing feelings of anger and despair to fully wash over their souls. What has come from such moments are great works of art, writings, and healings that have been shared with humanity. The shadow has many gifts to bring if we only realize our possibilities. We can also look to these great works of art for assistance in transporting us out of our despair, but in the end it is up to us to find our way back toward the light of love and life. Because it is our own unique responsibility, this is often why despair overwhelms us when it comes; we doubt that we have the resources to contend with such a formidable presence all by ourselves. This is when we must come to our own aid and know in our hearts that we have what it takes to keep moving forward in the general direction of the light. We are all part of the divine; we are all love and light, pure energy.
It is important to remember when walking the path of great sorrow that it is okay to ask for help. It is ultimately our own responsibility to bring change to our life, but there is no shame in asking friends, loved ones, professionals, our inner guides and spirits to lift us up toward the light. We must each find our tribe, as it takes a village. Never be afraid to seek help, it is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of acknowledgment. It is also important to remember when you see your friends or loved ones sitting in darkness not to pass judgment or offer advice that is less than meaningful. Offer your ears, listen with a compassionate heart and fully offer love and light so that we might be able to assist in the rekindling of their own fire. Just as the Maori Koru design is inspired by the New Zealand fern frond unfurling as it grows representing peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change and awakening so is our path in life, and we can step into the light and live a life associated with harmony.
You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them making a nest in your hair.