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Question of the Week: 71 - 12/17/2001

How Do YOU View the Balance of Light and Dark?

As the Solstices approach, what are your views on the lessons that we might learn about darkness and light? What does the natural turning of the seasons mean to you? What insights might you share about the spiritual aspects of light and dark? How does the balance now stand within your own personal spiritual path and in the world at large? What have your experiences of light and dark taught you?

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This, Indeed Is A Question Perplexing Many, I Am Sure. Balance Is... Dec 14th. at 11:14:50 pm EST

Matthew Emel (Fort Wayne , Indiana US) Age: 38 - Email

This, Indeed is a question perplexing many, I am sure. Balance is something just as necessary as air, and water, earth and fire. It is as illusive as the Faeries at dusk, or the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow. I, Personally, as a Wiccan, and more over, as a human being search for balance in everything. Every minute of every day, in one way or another, balance is sought. Whether it be engaging in conversation with a loved one, assisting someone learning the difficult lessons of life, or simply the quiet times, thinking to myself how fast this life is going, and how growing older seems to be inevitable. Balance. Even-ness. One side weighing the same as the other in order to create the harmonious existance of a level surface. I learned the game of searching for balance at a young age. I often envied the circus performers who could walk the tight rope, or could juggle more than two things at a time...(sometimes I still envy them). I used to practice with whatever I could lay my hands on, in order to find the very point at which all things were "status quo". Hmmm, Wren, I think you've indeed hit upon something there...If you think about it; everything has a balancing point...even a circle. Because of gravity, everything must have a centre of balance. This, I practiced time after time, healing each time I did not find balance with large and heavy objects. Balance...the silvery mercury of existance. Balance in Nature, Balance in the Mundane...of this, I am sure we are all aware...If the Rabbit is killed for my food, what will the fox eat? If I fail to balance my check book, what will the bank do...(don't ask, and I won't tell!) If we are to attain balance in any of these things, we must reason to ourselves what shall we place ourselves between in order to make both sides equal? Shall I spend five bucks at McDonalds? Or should I save it, and pay for the kids' lunch for the week? Shall I eat the salad instead of the Rabbit? Night and Day somehow holds the answer to our quest. It seems to balance itself out in just the right measure, no matter where you are, even where it is light six months out of the year and dark for the same time. It still balances out. The changing of the seasons holds the answer to our quest. I like warm weather. Somehow, tho, when I feel the first tinges of Old Man Winter's Icy Fingers brush my neck, I sigh and gladly welcome the slight repreave from the God's smile. Yes, Indeed, Wren; When we hide our Light under the bushel basket, we indeed are blind to the path that we trod. Should we shine our lights, unmistakably, we will be seen. It is then, a matter of what we are willing to put ourselves in the middle of, that determines how we shall balance the Light and the Dark...remember one cannot exist without the other, however; one is just as useful as the other. We depend on both, one for our workings, and one for our resting and contact with the other realms. Hmmm, Balance! Quite the interesting concept.

I've Dealt With My Share Of Some Of The Everyday Darkness People... Dec 15th. at 2:58:55 am EST

Rashel Neely (aka Kat) (Edgewood, Washington US) Age: 18 - Email

I've dealt with my share of some of the everyday darkness people can produce, and no matter what they always seem to be able to show some light too. We all go through our stages the dark to the light and back again.... as the world turns...
It takes time I suppose to see it all as a whole, I'm getting there... I hope... Sometimes life sucks, but if you stick it out and play along for awhile beautiful things can happen... in my case... I found I can love again...
I've learned to (almost) always give someone a second chance, and if they break your trust again forget them and live a better life without them. I've learned that no matter how broken your heart is it can heal with the right friends and the right future significant other. I've learned that just when I want to give up all hope that my God and Goddess have more in store for me. I've learned that life is infinately precious, both for the good And the bad.
I've truly learned... that I love life.

This Is A Very Significant Time For Me. I've Been Searching For... Dec 15th. at 3:01:30 pm EST

Kim (Maple Ridge, British Columbia CA) Age: 29 - Email

This is a very significant time for me. I've been searching for my path for years and I'm testing the waters. I've been avoiding the work for a long time but I'm realizing that it's time now. It has been really hard for me to have balance of any kind in my life. I have to be self taught since there was no balance growing up either. I've got two beautiful daughters that I want to be an example to. It seems when I'm in the dark, I struggle against the light, and when I'm in the light I struggle against the dark. It's been a constant struggle. In the summer I'm too hot and in the winter I'm too cold. I'm looking in every corner for the answers but I'm blind. Every year at Yule there is a huge change in my life. Until recently I didn't realize that. Remember, this is new to me. I've been drawn to this place for so long. I'm not sure how to begin. All I know is that if I let go of the struggle something in me or out of me pulls me forward. But there is still the Darkness. Soon the Light will be born and intuitively I feel that in me too. I'm hoping that the turn of the seasons will teach me something about the spiritual and emotional balance in my life. Right now I'm beginning a process of finding friends with interests like mine. It's hard since it seems we are a minority. My thinking goes very deep and I try to change the way people think. But it's a place that few people go, or even want to go. The light is a very scary place. Too many people think the darkness is the light but they are confused by centuries of brainwashing. Will we ever be able to change that? It makes me very sad. I think recent events have woke up alot of people. There has been alot of change of thinking lately, but is it enough? Will these changes create more questions and more changes in beliefs? I believe it will send a few people further into the darkness but maybe the majority are starting to search for the answers, for the light. I feel a huge shift in the conciousness of the world. It's almost overwhelming to me. Is it my imagination? As you can see I have a million questions to ask. I haven't yet found anyone to talk to. Before I started searching I felt very alone, but now I'm hopeful.

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