In a dark world, the beacon shines brightest. Have no illusions, we live in a dark world. But that’s all the more reason to shine your light.
Flash it with ruthless abandon. Let it sparkle and glitter and gleam with merciless luster. If not you, then who? Imagine the world is a dark and stormy ocean. You are the lighthouse that will guide in the wayfaring ships.
Here then are four simple ways to become a better lightworker…
“To be human is necessarily to be a vulnerable risk-taker; to be a courageous human is to be good at it.” ~ Jonathan Lear
Be open and honest. It will connect you to all things. Instead of trying to possess Truth; let yourself be possessed by it. If you’re too rigid and closed-off, Truth will elude you forever. You want to discover the truth?
Then you’ve got to be more vulnerable. You want to be a beacon of hope for others? Then you’ve got to be more open. The myth of courage is that it implies invulnerability. The myth of strength is that it implies hardness.
Courage is not being invulnerable. Strength is not an unwavering hardness. It is a soft plasticity. There is strength in absolute vulnerability that those with invulnerable power will never know.
Like Dan Millman wrote, “The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability.”
Don’t be a stiff knight in rigid armor; be a flexible Bruce Lee in naked vulnerability. Practice Namaste: introduce the god within yourself to the god within others. Your courage will be a beacon of hope that has the potential to transform victims into warriors.
“When you are truly genuine, there will invariably be people who do not accept you. And in that case, you must be your own badass self, without apology.” ~ Katie Goodman
Be strange. Be odd. Be bizarre. Be uncanny. It will make you stronger. It will bring you strength in between the lines drawn by culture. Cultural paradigms are almost always platitudes. Shirk them with a humor of the most high.
Be the gadfly in the ointment. Be the sacred clown in the midst of self-serious corporatists in banal business suits and overzealous priests in parochial garb. Rules are meant to be broken so that new and better rules can be actualized.
Be a Divine Lawbreaker. Be a Spiritual Gangster. Be a Transcendent Delinquent. The world needs you to shine your perfectly imperfect light. Shine it into the eyes of everyone seeking perfection. Blind those who preach pigeonholed truth.
If you should meet Buddha on the path, blind him with your unique-as-your-own-fingerprint light. Your courage will be a beacon of hope that has the potential to transform boundaries into horizons.
Be Your Shadow
“One of the least discussed issues of individuation is that as one shines light into the dark of the psyche as strongly as one can, the shadows, where the light is not, grow even darker.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Get in touch with your dark-side. It will keep you whole. Don’t deny your shadow, play with it instead. Reconcile with it. One should not shun the shadow for fear of being immoral. The secret of alchemy is the intimacy of perceived opposites.
Shadow work is light work. You want to transform lead into gold; shadow into light; demon into daemon; unconsciousness into consciousness; pain into healing; fear into courage; victim into warrior? Then undeceive yourself.
Realize that your inner-darkness is where your light needs to shine the brightest. Compassionate empathy with the world requires a baptizing of our inner-shadow, lest we demonize the shadows of others.
Like Loius G. Herman wrote, “By accepting the inevitability of our shadow, we recognize that we are also what we are not. This humbling recognition restrains us from the madness of trying to eliminate those we hate and fear in the world. Self-mastery, maturity, and wisdom are defined by our ability to hold the tension between opposites.”
“Where I create, there am I true.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Be artistic. Be proactive with your imagination. It will set you free. The creative process is the liberation of the soul.
If, as Thomas Berry said, “The only viable option for the universe is for it to be in a state of creative disequilibrium, holding together sufficiently to not fall apart, but open enough to be expanding,” and we are all just emergent aspects of the cosmos perceiving itself anyway, then the only viable option for human beings, especially for artists, is to also be in a state of creative disequilibrium, holding together sufficiently to not fall apart, but open enough to keep expanding.
You want to be a lighthouse for others? Be creative. Shine your art into all the artless places of the world. Be the walking personification of a pen defeating a sword.
We are all ordinary human beings having an extraordinary experience. The creative process is simply a way to actualize the extraordinary. Every single artistic act is an act of actualizing the extraordinary.
It puts us square in the moment like nothing else.
Like Socrates asked Dan Millman in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. What are you? This moment.”
This kind of understanding can only come from experiencing the creative process. Whether it’s the experience of being “in the zone” like in sports and play, or the “flow state” like in writing and painting, when the creative power of the self becomes conscious it exhibits uncanny ecstasy with the current moment.
This state of higher creativity is exponentially divine and the source of all meaning.
Like Eckart Tolle wrote in A New Earth: “When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy. You don’t have to wait for something “meaningful” to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need. The “waiting to start living” is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state. Expansion and positive change is more likely to come into your life if you can enjoy what you are doing already, instead of waiting for some change so you can start enjoying what you do.”
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