“This life’s five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro’, the eye
That was born in a night, to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in the beams of light.”
– The Everlasting Gospel (William Blake)
The Awakening – A Spiritual Odyssey
The night falls silently with an encroaching darkness. Here, our greatest fears and shadows lurk within the unknown. We plunge into an existential void conceived in the mind and experience the inanition of losing touch with the divine.
We are momentarily blinded by our pain. When we lose our vision, the rest of the world cannot find us. Yet, we have to take heart and not be fearful of the night as it only heralds a new beginning. It is time to journey into the sweet darkness to learn to see again.
We start to search without, then within, for the light. The flickering luminescence of the soul guides us onwards. When we begin to examine ourselves, we realise there is no self to be found outside the mind. When we break down reality, emptiness is all we can find. Gradually, all things begin to fall apart.
Nothing can attain a higher grade of existence without first ceasing to exist. With death, comes a rebirth into the light. We begin to understand that the darkness is only present when we see with our eyes. When we see through our eyes beyond the physical realm, we start to perceive the light.
In the end, we find ourselves in complete silence. All we feel is a deep sense of humility, gratitude and reverence for all of life. We experience the beautiful gift of complete surrender and abandonment to God.
Then, through the fragmentation, we begin to see unity; beyond the limitations, we see possibilities; in the chaos, we see stillness and order. Everything is reconstituted and the truth is slowly unveiled.
At last, we return to where our journey began and for the first time, we see that the essence of all that exists is light.
“From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.”
-Tao Te Ching
p.s. Leave a comment if this resonated with you. I love to hear your stories!
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You write like a true Buddhist. Hope you find enlightment without suffering. Namaste.