Friday, November 18, 2011

Blog Guelph: Bringing Darkness into Light


Night time in the Square, originally uploaded by kim/ber.
Help us to be the always hopeful
Gardeners of the spirit
Who know that without darkness
Nothing comes to birth
As without light
Nothing flowers.

May Sarton, excerpted from "The Invocation to Kali'
I'm a big fan of the goddess Kāli, an often feared figure in Indian mythology commonly presented as dark and violent.
As death.
But here's the longer story: she is a goddess of time and change. As the embodiment of "Black Night", she necessarily shines the light.
She excises the Ego, and thus blesses with enormous strength and confidence.
I embrace Kali because I know I cannot be-light unless I also possess darkness.
"The Kindom Of Kali is within us deep."
Pretty heady stuff, non?
So let's take that deep dark story and translate it into our life today.
I'll be presenting Winter Lights & Music in downtown Guelph tonight with the hope that, in the cold, together, we can usher in the light.
There's an extremely wonky coniferous tree in St. George's Square that will be "The" tree lit in a flourish led by the Mayor and the Jolly Old Elf himself.
There will be children and sweetness. There will be fire. There will be music of the night - all in the name of light.
Oh, and if you're one that loves a parade, Saint Nick will be the feature act in the 2011 Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade on Sunday.
-Downtown Lynn -

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