Be a shining example of what’s possible for all of us, and choose to see the light in your heart when all your eyes can see is darkness. This positive affirmation will help you move from darkness to light, from doubt to faith that there’s a blessing in everything and something good worth focusing on.
“I for sure believe in miracles. For me, a miracle is seeing the world with light in your eyes. It’s knowing there’s always hope and possibility where none seems to exist. Many people are so closed to miracles that even when one is boldly staring them in the face, they label it coincidence or serendipity. I call it like I see it.” – Oprah Winfrey
See the Light in Everything
I have hope, and so I can see there is light despite all of the darkness.
We see in the world what we carry in our heart. If we carry with us the belief in miracles, the hope for peace, and the knowledge of love’s presence, we see these things in the world. We are each co-creators of the realities we experience, and when we recognize our capacity to see the light in everything (including ourselves), the world becomes brighter, more peaceful, filled with hope, and dimmed not by the darkness.
Sometimes, just the willingness to see the light is enough to spur positive change in your situation and welcome miracles to your doorstep. And each time you become willing to see the light, no matter the situation, you’re giving light and extending love into the world around you. Appreciating beauty, showing compassion, expressing your love for someone or something–these are all proclamations for the light that would cast out the darkness.
If you’re going through a tough time, remember the light still exists. If you’re tempted to contribute to the sea of negativity that’s consumed someone’s behavior, offer instead your light and kindness. Try viewing painful experiences as powerful messengers to love more, or enjoy more. Embrace any reason to look ahead and identify a glint of light, a glimmer of hope, a speck of love.
Honor the Darkness
I am brave enough to explore the darkness, that I might re-discover my own light.
You honor the darkness by being present with it, witnessing it and accepting it for what it is, and exploring it. As Brené Brown says, “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Love is not about living the perfect life or being the perfect person; it’s about seeing through to the truth of things and people, accepting all the shades of light and darkness we find there, and treating everything as though the light is the what matters most.
Only in the darkness can we notice the stars shining so brightly–yet they’re always shining. If we rely on our physical sight, we need the darkness to remind us that the light is there. In this sense, the darkness is in this world becomes a call for our remembrance of the light, instead of punishment and cause for despair.
Let us greet the darkness in the light of the truth, that love is what matters most, and anything that lacks love is a call for the light to re-enter our sight. May we see clearly through the darkened confusion of this world to the inherent beauty that dwells deep within everything.
We don’t need to shy away from the pain (for it can be a messenger of love, too); we are not cursed. We will experience the duality of everything in each experience. And so it is, that if we understand and accept our own darkness, we will be consumed by our own light.
Let Light Shine out of the Darkness
Even in the middle of darkness, I can see the light shining still.
How interesting, that the darkness amplifies the brightness of the light that’s always shining. So may we strengthen our vision to see what’s invisible to others. We don’t need the darkness to see the light if we look deeply enough, carefully enough into the heart of the matter (but sometimes we all need a reminder). “Becoming ‘awake,’” Chogyam Trungpa once said, “involves seeing our confusion more clearly.”
When darker times befall you, explore what’s happening, intent on discovering the infinite power of your own light. Let your light shine out of the darkness, and into the darkness, so that you and all those around you would remember love’s grace. Each time you focus to see the light, you strengthen your faith in the truth, and this allows you to feel the light even when the dawn is still dark.
When it’s dark outside, are you willing to see the light? When others intend to destroy rather than create, are you willing to still see the light deep down, their call for love, and shine your light in response? Can you choose peace instead of more destruction, and give love instead of fueling the fear? Would you honor the darkness for what it might bring, and also recognize the light that dances in its shadows?
Please share any healing lessons, stories of light shining out of darker times, and any other thoughts with me in the comments.
My faith remains tethered to love…
Watercolor texture by Lost and Taken; lettering by Aim Happy.