On a grey day in Sussex, one that is technically still in daylight hours yet has a pervasive gloom about it, I am reminded of the philosophy of Reiki - that we are the light.
Whilst it is easy to have a brighter mood in brighter weather, the outside world is not who we are, nor where we should look for our identity.
It is easy to get caught up in our external world, that defines us by title, status, gender, job description and visual appearance. Add to that our location, our origin, the culture we follow and the activities we take part in. These are all valid parts of living, but it is not who we are.
Instead, we are the sun to our own universe.
Because that sun exists, your life exists - not the other way around.
It is the darkness that shows up our inner light best. And by darkness, that can be a metaphor for many things; the physical darkness of night, or the darkness that can follow loss, difficult relationships, environmental worries, health challenges or financial issues.
These are natural responses to those that have been taught to disconnect rather than stay in connection to their essence. It is reconnecting to our inner light in the darkness, that helps us know who we ultimately are and that there is a permanent light source we can depend on. Whilst at times it feels like that inner light went away, I have found that it is us that disconnects from our brightness, and not the other way around.
I would go as far as to say that the reason things feel dark is because you have stopped remembering you are the light, and have started to buy into the idea you are something else instead.
I invite you to take a moment to connect inwards and become aware of your inner light. Notice how strong it is, how permanent and restorative the experience of it is.
Do not be afraid of it. This incredible light is who you are and it is wonderful! It is health giving, relationship healing, infinitely creative and your true abundance.
So next time you find yourself struggling with short daylight hours or difficult life experiences, remember to connect with the light within more than the dark without, and I am certain you will find you feel stronger and better.
Are you interested in learning about Reiki as a spiritual practice? I will be running a course in early 2022. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about what the practice of Reiki can bring you!