photograph by jillian
Writing, for me, is to experience the depth of a moment
and move my hand with pen in such a way
that a picture is painted and reflected,
while unfolding before one’s inner eye,
a feeling filled with colour, dimension and perspective.
And so I turn my gaze to a phrase which keeps appearing
and reappearing to me: you cannot brand the light.
My sensitivity offers me opportunities
to come up against things
that cause obstacles to the flow of life and presence of light.
My spiral of inquiry is the phenomenon of personal presentation.
Phenomenon by definition being a situation that is observed to exist or happen,
especially when one whose cause or explanation is in question.
If we all carry part of the light, the mystery, and the life of the universe
implicitly inside of ourselves,
why do so many people imagine these aspects to be only and fully themselves?
Of course, we exist and have existence beyond our comprehension.
Of course, we are people with unique personalities.
Of course we are embodied in the one and only, one-of-a-kind body that we have.
Of course we all are different, yet each of us has a unique heart.
And at the same time, we are all human.
We share this existence, this life,
the air, the water, this place called Earth,
our common home.
Are we not all related in basic human cultural realities and daily presence?
My quandary is why do
renowned, celebrated, noted, notorious people known far and wide
implying little more than the fact of being, sometimes briefly, widely and popularly known.
people who are well known, famous, receiving lots of public attention,
from other people with the ability to influence many others
and/or publicly known people
with undue amounts of power, control, and financial manipulation
have so much influence on the entire world’s well being and healthy outcome of humanity?
How do we alter perceptions and perspectives, that respect our full earthly existence,
yet includes space in each moment for something greater than ourselves,
common to each one of us, to be honoured and acknowledged?
Not as a formed ritual, religion, philosophy, etc. but instead as a human practice,
as a daily gesture to, inwardly and outwardly,
hold open space for all the light we cannot see,
for all the energy we cannot name,
for all the mysteries in this vast universe that have a presence in all of our lives,
named and unnamed, known and unknown
out of our common interest and love in humanity.
How can we simply recognize that no one can brand the light as them self,
or one path, or the right way
but together, as a people of the Earth, as a community of human beings, as a family of humanity,
we can acknowledge each other as reflections of the stars,
radiance of the sun,
and luminous like the moon.
In a mindful moment, with our full human hearts and potential,
how can we honour this vast awareness as a gift and precious opportunity,
to begin to share and live together
peacefully and humbly just as ourselves,
on our world streets, in our world homes,
with our world hearth friends and world sanctuary families
in freedom, free from fear.
It feels time to take one’s seat
in the world home, world hearth and world sanctuary of human existence,
to begin our common practice
where we can consciously ask:
how can each of us help hold open this space of light, love and breath
on behalf of all of humanity, the Earth, the entire cosmological universe
and a new world culture?
Fully knowing that by doing so, each and every day,
space and time will tenderly open
the living and human realms of infinite kindness
and compassion for one another.
It is time to open our windows into the light of day,
allowing the innate love and living wisdom of the universe,
to reflect itself
and shine upon us,
radiate out of us,
and illuminate the space between us
in the world.
It is time.
It is time for healing, wholeness, and awareness.
It is time for a new world practice
in daily life, by all of us,
holding open the space
to honour the light of day, the quiet of night,
and the common light we all share within us and between us.
It is time to open our windows and treasure each other’s presence.
jill rosemary labelle sophie