Seeing in the dark with the light of your own heart


Organic pendant lamp by Mark Cocksedge

“What is to give light must endure burning.” ~ Viktor Frankl

Winter invites us to journey into the heart of darkness, a darkness that can activate our deepest fears. Why? It’s just difficult to see in the dark. But darkness isn’t bad. Light flickers in the dark, which reveals its illuminating power. There is no darkness without light, no light without darkness; they are the yin and yang of manifestation, the eternal dance of Shiva and Shakti, the masculine and feminine powers of the universe in constant motion.

What is scary is our inability to see in the dark and the potential to lose our way in this unknown place full of mystery, until one begins to see with the heart and trust this amazing center of consciousness to become our guiding light.

This post is a celebration of our growing ability to see, perceive and feel our way into the heart of darkness. To celebrate the rebirth of the light of awareness and consciousness this winter season, I am sharing some lights of organic, sacred geometry. Imagine a space illuminated with light emanating from such amazing formations.

Let there be light.

These lights are beautiful and yet they only begin to mirror the light in your soul, in nature, in life:


Helios pendant light by Pouenat Ferronnier


Brass Lotus Light. Link


Sputnik Brass Chandelier


This chandelier from Hilden & Diaz projects the shadow of a forest into your room.

Hervé Van der Straeten Chandelier

Hervé Van der Straeten Chandelier


Etch Web Lamp by Tom Dixon


Handblown glass pendant lights in the Richmond showroom of Mark Douglass. Photo – Eve Wilson. Via thedesignfiles

I am feeling pulled into the depths and fullness of darkness this winter. Are you feeling this too? Our family celebrations at the heart of winter in the northern hemisphere can sometimes feel taxing and artificial. We spend energy but crave nourishment. We give each other gifts and sometimes fail to see the gifts in each other. I am grateful to be enjoying a quiet Christmas with my family, honoring our need for regeneration.

May we accept the invitation to journey inward to review the year we leave behind and nourish the healing dream cradled in the depths of our hearts. May the light of awareness, of love be born as consciousness lights our way home, and if we lose our spark along the way, may we be kind to kindle and rekindle each other’s light. And together, may we open up to ancient spaces of possibility that ground and expand our sense of what is real, important, sacred.

With love,

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Dec 26, 2013

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