Find light in the fertile darkness

Find light in the fertile darkness

Find light in the fertile darkness 1800 1200 Karin von Daler Healing Arts

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” (Rumi)

In ancient times, at the darkest night, the midpoint of winter, people celebrated the rebirth of the sun and the light it would bring to the Earth.

In the embrace of the winter solstice, we can honor the dance between light and darkness, recognizing it as a reflection of the human experience. In the depths of winter’s longest night, we find a symbolic celebration of the birth of light, an acknowledgment that even in the darkest moments, the potential for illumination resides within us, in our hearts. As we navigate the complexities of our world, plagued by personal and collective wars and struggles, the solstice becomes a poignant reminder—an invitation to delve into our inner darkness, to explore the shadows that challenge us.

Through the creative arts, we can transform these struggles into beacons of resilience, inviting in the light of hope, compassion, and healing. This season beckons us to embrace the transformative power of creativity, using it as a vessel to navigate through the gloom, ultimately birthing our own metaphorical light in the face of adversity.

In the middle of a dark night when we lie awake and depressed and can’t find our way,  a new clarity and decision can be born and illuminate our path ― like a bright shining star in a deep black sky.

From this clarity what we need or desire can grow forth into our daily lives. Think of a budding seed in the deep, dark soil or a growing fetus in the womb.

Here’s a simple meditation to support the birth of light within

As you find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing the stillness of the moment to envelop you. Picture yourself surrounded by a velvety darkness, a nurturing ground for the seed of light within your soul.

Visualize this seed at the core of your being inside your heart, a tiny spark waiting to sprout. As you breathe in, imagine drawing in the rich nutrients of the darkness, allowing it to cradle the potential within. With each exhale, release any tension or doubt, creating a fertile ground for the seed to take root.

Now, turn your attention inward and observe the subtle movements within this seed of light. Notice its gentle expansion, like the delicate unfurling of petals. As it grows, envision the vibrant colors that emanate—each hue carrying a message from the depths of your soul. Let these colors guide you, revealing the potential and dreams wanting to be realized through you.

Feel the movement of this inner light, a dance that mirrors the rhythm of your breath. Allow it to express itself in graceful swirls and undulating patterns, a reflection of the unique essence that resides within you. As the light expands, notice any scents or images that accompany its growth—a fragrant symphony of possibilities and potentials.

In this quiet space, acknowledge the messages that arise from the evolving seed of light. What truths does it unveil? What aspirations whisper from its center? Embrace these messengers with an open heart, accepting the wisdom that emerges from the depths of your being.

As you conclude this meditation, carry the awareness of your growing inner light with you into the world. Let it guide your actions, inspire your creativity, and serve as a constant reminder that even in the darkest moments, the radiant potential within you is always there as longing – your soul seeking to bloom.

Happy solstice and thank you so much for following me, reading my blog, and just generally being wonderful.

Art and words by Karin von Daler ©