Expand The Light
Darkness is always here even when we are unaware of its presence. It’s all around. It is the light that brings it into view. Light accompanies darkness. Darkness permits light’s expansion.
Isolated black holes are almost impossible to detect, but black holes have a companion — an orbiting star. These black holes interact with that star in ways that allow the pair to be spotted by telltale X-ray emissions. Recently a team of scientists searched for those signals in a region stretching about three light-years out from our galaxy's central supermassive black hole. They found a dozen black holes paired up with stars; a place that's filled with a huge amount of gas and dust, and it's jammed with a huge number of stars! "So we're looking at the very, very, very center of our galaxy. It's a place" says team member Hailey.
There are huge scientific implications here, but what intrigues me is how we mirror the cosmos in our individuality. Carl Sagan famously said, “we are the stuff of stars” and he meant that on many, many levels both physical and metaphysical.
There is a space deep inside each of us that is the very, very center of our being. It is both source and light that pours out as individual consciousness. Expanding consciousness and then living life from this authentic experience is the point, the mission of deep meditation.
Lately darkness seems to be prevalent. It is all around us. We live in a time of walls and armor; the reflexive reaction to fear is contraction. This is frightening but it is also natural. Everything contracts and it also expands. The question is how are we cooperating with that expansion? How are we bringing the light to bear?
We can not give what we do not posses. To bring light, we must know it. Mediation is not about belief or worship of some deity outside of self. It is not about the beneficial side effects of decreased stress and increased calmness. It isn’t even about slowing down and becoming more mindful though all those wonderful things do occur. But as has been pointed out, other things bring those responses too.
Meditation is about the trajectory of growth in consciousness. It is about expanding consciousness as opposed to shrinking, reflexively hiding, even as we profess with our words and posturing otherwise. The problem says the great masters, is not that the ego is too big, it is too small. We identify with small amount of identity available.
We may replace a negative thought with a more positive one and it is helpful for the time we apply the practice, but once we turn awareness away, the dark comes flooding back. Expanding light is not obliterating darkness but rather learning to embrace and make room; to speak up and to carry on. Something rises up to meet us in times of darkness, that something is the light of deepest knowing, of full consciousness.
It is a fool’s errand to attempt to rid the world of all darkness. Darkness accompanies light and it also permits light’s expansion. We must never stop bringing the light to bear in whatever manner possible. Do so from the place of unending creative potential arising deep inside as self; the place that is not a place but source and stream. Authentically experiencing self as a form of light permits each one to be a star that interacts with darkness in a way that brings insight and revelation. In this way we bring the light and not merely curse the darkness.
Expand your individual consciousness. Know the light, bring it to bear.