And If We Are Living In Darkness

And if we are living in darkness
let us trust its goodness and power,
for life uncoils in unlit wombs and black cocoons.
In the Stygian depths and dampness of soil, or bodies,
seeds erupt, pierce time, and find the light of new homes;
our shadowed nighttime dreams bend thoughts,
blend patterns beyond the known, invent-create-originate,
but first there is the breathing in darkness, abiding
in silence, awaiting language yet unformed, still traveling
through unwinding insights and revelations; there are
raw blessings and mysteries to name and shape,
and there is the reaching for healing buried in chaos,
the discovery of puzzles only loss and grief
can place in our hands. All is change; all is gift.
Do not call the beginning the end; release.
Now is the moment we must transform.
See what the darkness has made of us:
we have become the answers
growing in the light.

Related Medicine:

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!”

The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. The villagers cried, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!”

To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.” ~Traditional Chinese Wisdom Story

Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure. ~ Rumi

My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon. ~ Mizuta Massahide, seventeenth-century Japanese poet and samurai who studied under Matsuo Bashō.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
~ Yeshua, Bible, New Testament; Gospel of John, 14:27

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6 thoughts on “And If We Are Living In Darkness

    1. Yes, I think there are always opportunities to create wiser, more compassionate ways of being in relationship with self, other, and the Earth, till there’s not…our choice.

      I wish we could turn our focus from what seems to be growing anger, anxiety, and despair to greater co-creation of solutions that are life-giving.

      Sending peace to you, Yacoob!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. To take what life brings
    And what life takes away
    With equal calm and peace
    And without any bitterness
    A misfortune may be
    A blessing in disguise.


  2. Goodness, what a beautiful, inspiring, positive post. It was so very calming and soothing reading this, I feel swaddled. Thank you. Love and hugs to all.xxxx


    1. I think that’s probably one of my favorite comments ever, Snowbird! I’m glad my words helped you feel swaddled! What a lovely image. Thank you, and joy to you and your beloveds. Happy weekend. I can’t wait for the images of your new garden spaces!!! XO


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