It is possible to create light and encourage compassion

Fire Nebula Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins – Original art for sale in Espirational Gallery.

 

 “I speak from experience that even in darkness, it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. There it is: I still believe in man in spite of man.”

― Elie Wiesel

The Season of Magic and Miracles

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Genie’s Note: This was originally published on Dec. 11, 2016.  Think it still applies?  A few additions for 2020 have been added in italics.

Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, that magic, miraculous time of year.  This is the season of miracles like the virgin birth of the Christ Child (Christmas) and lamps that burned well beyond the supply of oil (Hanukkah).  Even the legends of Santa are full of magic, including flying reindeer and a rather rotund gentleman in a red fur-trimmed suit actually making it down chimney after chimney to deliver gifts.

This is a season full of belief and hope.  Even if we are not sure we believe, we want to.  We want to hope for better tomorrows.

As the very foundations of our country and our world are being shaken by the forces of darkness it is especially important for us to take time out to celebrate. Let’s look for the miracles that still surround us, and maybe even make a little magic ourselves.  This is the season where we normally see people being a little nicer than usual, giving to those in need and even speaking to strangers.  Let’s not stop that because we are still angry over an election or restrictions due to a pandemic.

If we “call off Christmas” (or whatever holiday you celebrate) because of the uncertainty of the world we live in then the darkness wins.  Keep in mind that canceling large gatherings and some of our “traditional” celebrations does not “cancel” Christmas or the other December light holidays.  I’m not talking about the Great Greed Festival some call Christmas.  I’m talking about recognizing and celebrating the presence of something bigger than all of us still at work in our lives and in our world.  Nothing can take that away from us.

Our outward celebrations will look different this year.  It is important we keep the health, safety and welfare of not only ourselves, but others in mind as we wear masks, practice social distancing and stay away from large gatherings.  The big gatherings and crowded stores do not serve us this year, but we can still celebrate, even if our celebrations do not look like they have in the past.

So go ahead and celebrate.  Draw your loved ones close, if not in person then in whatever way possible through the technology we now have available.  And finally, keep your eyes open — you don’t want to miss those miracles and the magic of the season.

A thought for the first Sunday of Advent

Copyright 2014 by R..A.Robbins

 

“Advent is a season of wise women and men following the example of Jesus and thereby constructing a spiritual life on solid principles.”

Robert F. Morneau, Fathoming Bethlehem

Turning on the light

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

 

We awaken. . .

by asking the right questions.

We awaken. . .

when we see knowledge being spread that goes against our own personal experiences.

We awaken. . .

when we see popular opinion being wrong but accepted as being right, and what is right being pushed as being wrong.

We awaken. . .

by seeking answers in corners that are not popular.

And we awaken. . .

by turning on the light inside when everything outside feels dark.”

 

― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Celebrating in a time of Darkness

Dark Cloud Sunset, Copyright 2018 by R.A. Robbins

 

Here I sit in the quiet early morning hours in my art studio surrounded by the clutter and disarray that come along with creativity.  How appropriate for what I am about to write.

As we enter the holiday season, which for many of us is a time of celebration, we look out and see a world of confusion and disarray.  Too many lives and for many our sense of “normal” has been lost.  So here we sit in what appears to be a time of chaos and destruction.  What and how are we supposed to celebrate?

I believe that this time is a wake-up call.  Sometimes we have to lose what we have been clutching so tightly to see what truly matters.

So here we are approaching the winter solstice, a beloved yet dreaded and hated time of year.  How many times have we heard “I’ll just be glad when it’s all over.”  Yet we cling to our traditions including frantic shopping, overspending, and overindulging as if our lives depended on it.

Perhaps this year we are being called to strip all that down to the essence of the holidays, to be reminded of what the celebrating is all about.  I know that in the midst of the current social and political climate it can be difficult to find reasons to celebrate.  But in a time when we are more divided than ever, we desperately need to find a common ground on which to come together.  Even though we do not all celebrate the same things during this season we desperately need to grab hold of peace, hope, love, and goodwill toward all.

During times of war, it has been traditional to declare a cease-fire on Christmas.  We have heard the stories of soldiers from opposite sides singing Silent Night on the battlefield and coming together for that brief time to celebrate in peace.  

This year let’s declare a cease-fire.  Let’s just for this month, put a stop to the hatred, fear, name-calling, defiance, blaming, and physical and emotional violence that seem to have taken over our countries and the world.  Let’s reclaim the month of December. 

We may have to let go of what we think is absolutely necessary for celebration, but we may come up with beautiful new ways to celebrate that are just as or even more meaningful. It won’t be easy.  And I can guarantee it will be messy.  But just as works of art come out of the clutter and mess of an art studio, something good, something beautiful, perhaps even the start of a new beginning can come from this season.

Please join me and a few friends through the end of December as we celebrate in the midst of darkness the light of the world which can join us all together and guide us into a brighter future. Please make comments and join the discussions by making comments on these articles. If you would want to contribute an article to this “Shine Your Light” program please contact me through our Secure Contact Form.

Let’s close out our year with a positive, united effort to help the world see who the people of the world really can be in the year 2020 — the year of more perfect spiritual vision.

—Genie

It’s that time again!

Yes it is!  Time for the Thanksgiving Eve flash mob.  So whatever you are doing on this day before American Thanksgiving take a break to listen to the words of this song (especially appropriate for these times) or get up and move.  Watch to the end and they will teach you the routine.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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