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Let In The Light

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
-Leonard Cohen

In “Song of the Soul,” Cris Williamson sings of the Spirit Divine, “let in the light it will heal you.”

For me, sunshine, music, nature, and meditation bring in a soft peaceful light. I am trying to learn how to let in the light on stormy rainy days and during stormy rainy emotions. I understand the sun exists even on the cloudiest days. But it does no good to tell me that when I am in the midst of sorrow.

How do we “let in the light,” during intense suffering? It’s easy to read great spiritual teachers: Jesus, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s not so easy to remember any of the teachings when we lose someone we love or when we go through a divorce, miscarriage, or job loss. Even less life challenging events such as conflict with a partner, boss, neighbor, or child can sometimes cause us to falter and not be the kind loving people we aspire to be.

So . . . what do we do?

I don’t know what works for other people, but I need lots of practice and daily reminders. Here’s what I do: light a candle, pray, meditate, read something inspiring, journal, go for a walk, cry, share my sorrow with someone I trust, and ask for guidance. I call upon Guardian Spirits, Ancestors, Angels, and God and Goddesses to show me the way. I invite Spirit in. I surrender. I say, thank you.

Our deepest wounds are the places that most need the light of healing. Don’t ignore the painful places—they contain gifts. Ask how you might put that pain and those gifts to use. Maybe the gift is compassion, healing, forgiveness, understanding, learning, sharing, spiritual depth, or creative outpourings? Whatever the outside circumstances, there is always a glimmer of light and beauty within.

In joy and gratitude,


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