Some may say that this is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year, while a majority may think differently based on simplistic beliefs, holiday traditions, family dynamics, and the hustle and bustle the season often brings.
Here at the Institute of Community Learning, grounded in our own belief system, we acknowledge that there is yet still a spiritual hierarchy like no other. One that offers us Light during times of darkness and releases harmony as a beautiful expression of communal bond. This Light cuddles all things. It is sunshine, as it is represented in the candle we consistently move toward in times of trouble. This Light is God.
In these parts of Colorado, on this chilly day, we wait for sunshine to appear once again. At this moment, we are likewise reminded of the spiritual warmth light brings. We know beneath the clouds the sun is there, which initiatives the thought that we must always acknowledge and fully experience that internal Christ-illumination so easily given. To declare this, entails a form of transitional awakening requiring attention and deep reflection. As constant support, it should never be overlooked, and can often be blinded by our need to control all things in our lives. There is wisdom in self-reflection, as there is intellect in occasionally keeping quiet, to simply just go with the flow.
Pablo Neruda in his beautiful poem Keeping Quiet speaks of such things. Through his poetry, he continues to remind us of the importance of living fully, in the context of stopping, in order to thrive. His poem is shared here:
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
Life’s gifts exist in every day. This season, celebrate the Light-Power within you. Cherish it, listen to it, and allow it to guide you. Be a Light for others in need. Be kind, compassionate, and harmonious, for these may be the only gifts desired by some. Allow yourself time to be still, to keep BE quiet. You will be amazed by the personal treasures this gentle spiritual practice can bring.
On behalf of the ICL/CO team, we thank you for your support throughout the years. Happy Holidays and much prosperity in the coming New Year. May you find your way home…back to yourself, right where you belong.
Live with love, Live in Peace!