Published: Monday, 21 December 2015 14:01
In honor of the winter solstice our inspiring Executive Director, Michael Faith, sheds his light on the internal and external shift taking place:
I got a text from a friend of mine the other day and out of the blue, he said, “it’s starting to feel like the end of the world.”
My friend’s sentiment seems to be shared by many right now as the heartbreaking news keeps stacking up all around us. And, depending on the day, I’m tempted to adopt this view too. On those days when my own reserves are spent and I am feeling hopeless, I too wonder if it’s all really going to work out in the end.
This train of thought seems right on time, not only with the state of the world, but with the approaching winter solstice. This time of year is a symbolic reminder of the cycle of light and dark. The solstices are an opportunity to reflect on the idea that the potentials of each are within all of us. And it’s up to each of us to decide how we harness those energies. The winter solstice specifically reminds us that it’s at our darkest moment, when we feel so far from the light, that we are in fact all that much more closer to the light’s return.
An idea that I find helpful in navigating the complex cycles of these times is one from Kashmir Shavism with the concept of the five acts of Shiva: Creation, Sustaining, Dissolution, Concealing, and Revealing. According to this philosophy everything that has form in this world whether it is a person, a thought, or a tree follows the progression of this cycle.
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