Starry, Starry Nights!
We are enjoying a long cycling vacation through New York and Pennsylvania. After an amazing day of cycling (33 miles) along the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, home to the “Grand Canyon” of Northern Pennsylvania, we returned to our AirBnB residence around 10:30pm. As I got out of the car I was immediately struck by the amazing light show of stars, the Milky Way and all of its brilliance in the absence of the moon! As we gazed at the stars above, we walked to the pitch black backyard, near the small pond with only a muddy edge. The backdrop of trees served as the perfect “screen” for another light show of hundreds of lightening bugs, serenaded by the melodious croaking of the frogs in the pond. There was a rhythm of light and sound that was inspiring, improvisatory and at the same time perfectly “performed”! All around us was an amazing show of illumination, synchronization and harmony!
The brilliance of the stars is always there, however, the sun, moon, and clouds often overshadow their true power. Metaphorically, our personal brilliance is often overshadowed by an incorrect belief or misperception about ourselves. Maybe we are more focused on what we consider to be a glaring flaw, a shadow self of weakness and fear that cause us to show up tentatively or aggressively in everyday situations. Any time we question our “glowing star potential” we limit our greatest contribution to only a sliver of our true potential. When we question our own potential we actually question the shining potential in everyone one and everything around us!
The sun and the moon are complimentary light sources in our Universe, creating a foundation of rhythm and form in our daily, monthly and yearly lives. They model change and stability at the same time. We are complimentary light sources for each other. Each person we meet reflects back to us a part of ourselves that we are not seeing clearly. Opportunities for mutual growth are uniquely orchestrated experiences for us to release what no longer resonates with our belief about ourselves, learn to “change our tune”, and step into new ways of being. We can, at that moment choose to learn through fear and doubt or through wisdom and become enlightened; to express more inner light in our daily lives than darkness.
I found myself immersed in the amazement of the sky while, at the same time, I was also concerned about the darkness and what might be lurking in the shadows, would I fall into the pond, would I ruin my favorite shoes, would an alien ship come down and scoop me up?
I chose wisdom; I chose to engage with the spectacular light show of the Universe displayed before my eyes. I chose to calm my fear of the depth of the darkness around me; I’m a city girl after all!
Be a brilliant shining star!
Speak boldly from your heart with Love.
Teach others what you want to learn!
Acknowledge your own talents and strengths and commit to contribute them with a universal purpose in mind.
Reach out, recognize and reveal the brilliance in others.
Just like the brilliance of the stars, the Universe will find a medium to remind us of our brilliant light and to recognize the brilliant light shining from everyone around us!