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Quench Your Thirst For More

Quench Your Thirst For More

Imagine yourself wandering amidst a wild expanse of unchartered land when you come upon a small trickle of water making its way through a mostly dry river bed. It’s barely enough to wet your whistle, certainly not enough to sustain your life. Feeling dehydrated, you follow the trickle upstream until you come to a great wall. The trickle ends there. Or so it seems.   An imaginative picture perhaps, but not so far off from the truth of most of us wandering the planet today. We see the wall, turn our backs to it, and look for others who might have abundant water to give us.   The trouble is, those others are looking for water from us. And we all are dying of thirst.   We don’t even consider that the wall is a dam, holding back an entire reservoir of life giving water. A small trickle gets through a crack in the wall, but that is all. Even if we knew what was on the other side, how would we release the water?   The truth is, you are not only the wanderer desperately seeking water in an almost dry riverbed. You are the dam. And most importantly, you are the river itself. You have come to believe you are separate from the water, separate from life itself. Your thirst tells you you will die without this water. If only you knew this uncomfortable thirst was really Life calling you back to yourself. Calling you to release the water so that you can delight in a free flowing river, allowing it to carry you to the ocean...
Are You Ready to Live Your Life as Light?

Are You Ready to Live Your Life as Light?

Recently I attended an evening where Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Mahatma Gandhi, was speaking as part of his “Live Your Life as Light” tour. It was an extremely inspiring evening, and I left reflecting on what it means to live your light.   How can we live our light if we don’t know what our light is?   This is the question that kept coming to me. Certainly before I began my spiritual journey, I was not even conscious of most of my darkness, let alone my light. I did feel the longing to find my purpose, but I hadn’t a clue what it was or how to find it.   As a youth, Arun Gandhi experienced the injustices of apartheid South Africa, and found himself filled with anger. He learned from his grandfather that his anger had much to teach him, and that anger channeled constructively was a powerful force for good. Today Arun Gandhi is one of the most respected figures in the international peace movement.   He had to walk through his darkness to reveal his light. His greatest gift to this world has been his darkness that he transformed.   Why is it necessary to go through the darkness? Why can’t we just ignore it, bypass it, or transcend it on the way to peace and bliss?   When we think we can ignore or deny a part of ourselves that we don’t view as desirable, it will always come out sideways. When we think we have to kill off a part of ourselves, we invite resistance. It’s the survival instinct, and it has...