Conscious Darkness


Contemplating grief and how it serves and opens our hearts today, I was reminded of the work of Miriam Greenspan today in a reference to the wonderful Sun Magazine article on Dark Emotions. She encourages what she calls “emotional alchemy,” a process by which fear can be transformed into joy, grief into gratitude, and despair into a resilient faith in life. Real feelings instead of pharma. Staying “home” is another way to put it. She also quotes Carl Jung: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious… This procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not very popular.”

By the way, this weekend happens to feature a supermoon penetrating the darkness. On Sunday the 26th of May the moon will be at perigee (meaning that it is at the closest point of its slightly elliptical orbit around earth) as a result the full moon on the Saturday will be 13% larger than normal. Enjoy!

There is also a chance to come and explore the Passionate Presence: wellspring of the heart, darkness and all, at the Passionate Presence evening at Edenrise near Totnes from 7 – 9pm.  Call or e for more information.