“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
At different points in our creative lives, we might go through moments of crystal clarity or contagious confusion as we follow our hearts calling. Many voices, views, even vampires compete for our attention and we must address them all; individually. With finality.
The shadow likes to throw its cast net and capture weak and tired souls. The shadow likes to cast its spell, wear us down and pull us slowly into its lair. We ask: How does it lure us? Distractions. indictments. inaccurate observations. Push back, push through the shadow’s veil. The shadow mirrors all our fears…
Behind the shadow is the light; that glorious candle in our hearts. It welcomes us; reassures us that all is well. Attractions. exoneration. astute observations. Resist the temptation to walk back to that familiar place… For the light is not the shadow; though both inside us dwell. The light escorts us to the candle and lights the fire in our hearts. Don’t worry, and don’t be so serious, a little insouciance a long way will go…
Today, the shadow called my name. “Sit down and visit for the day…” I fought the urge to sit and chat. It whined and wept; it pranced and danced, weaving words like a bazaar seller on the street. “Sit down my dear, tarry here my dear and rest your weary bones. Put your feet up, Take a break, a very long break.”
I thought about it long and hard… I lingered longer in the dark. I knew the lure would tie me down and wreak all havoc on my plans. The light is where I want to be. The light is where you might want to be… The candles in our hearts agree. Say, why don’t you join me… There is a candle in your heart… light it and then let’s read and write. Let’s celebrate the gift of light. Join me? What are your thoughts? See more below. Khalil Gibran & Rumi. Plus additional photo. 🙂
There is a Candle in Your Heart by Mowlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.
Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Rabbit!
How do you find balance in your creative life? Between the shadow (distractions) and the light (attractions)? Where does your creativity find rejuvenation and rest?
Positive Motivation Tip: Embrace the fire of your creative heart; the shadow and the light both play their part.
- The Groundhog isn’t the only one that should look for his shadow (psychologytoday.com)
- Eating Your Shadow, In Honor of Groundhog Day (psychcentral.com)