Our culture, whether we are aware of it or not, has spent an enormous amount to time and energy celebrating bringing light into the darkness. Something about being human is fulfilled by the hope illumination brings. Each year we experience a collective convergence as we pass through the holiday season and our cultures and religions orient themselves towards the days beginning to increase in length again and light begins to overtake the darkness of winter.
There are many layers to the symbolism of this image. It is possible to process this illumination at a personal, family, community, and planetary level. At its simplest level, we can literally see more light shining into each day as the planet tips back towards the sun. There is also the opportunity for personal growth as we bring light to the dark places of ourselves, illuminating the shadows that we fear. By bringing more light to our own personal darkness, we illuminate those around us and ultimately the world itself.
It isn’t an accident that we light candles and decorate our homes with lights. Even if you aren’t a religious person, it is difficult to not get caught up in the collective celebration of illumination. As you celebrate the end of the year, what parts of you will benefit by being illuminated? How will you continue your growth and development as we pass the winter solstice and more light is brought to the darkness? – www.rhoadscoaching.com
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