Two Wisdoms from the Eclipse

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing seems to pointedly demonstrate the interplay of light and darkness than a solar eclipse. During the eclipse, many animals (and humans, too ;-) are confused about what the hell to do. Hens assume that it's night and they go back in the hen house . Crickets start chirping. Humans stare at the sun with cardboard glasses (I don't judge....I did the same thing ;-)

Yet, a total eclipse only lasts a couple of minutes.

During that time, and only from certain places, darkness replaces light.

After the eclipse, the hens come back out, the crickets go back to sleep, and humans look for other things to look at with the cardboard glasses.

Now let's look at the numbers...

  • The diameter of the Moon is 2,159 miles
  • The diameter of the Sun is 864,575 miles

The moon is only 0.2% as wide as the sun, but from our perspective on Earth it appears to block the whole thing!

So what wisdom can we derive from this phenomenon? 

Two come to mind:

One

During those times when we feel blocked – when we feel like our light can't shine through – the thing that's blocking us may be a lot smaller that it appears. We may act strangely, like the hens or the crickets.

Let's see how this applies to fear:

  • When have you been afraid to do or try something?
  • When you finally pushed through that fear and acted, how big was the fear?
  • Was it paper thin?
  • Was it 0.2% the size of what you wanted?

Two

Sometimes, the darkness can be fascinating – even quite beautiful! We may be tempted to push out negative or "dark" feelings, which is totally normal – they don't feel very good. But we can also choose to simply BE with and OBSERVE them. We can marvel at how unique and interesting they are, and how they are part of our human experience. The odds of you being born on this planet are one in 400 trillion (give or take). Being alive is an exceptionally rare gift. And when we stop to simply observe our experience our emotions we may find that, after a small period of time, the shadow moves on and we can once again enjoy the bright light of our total experience.

Tommy AciernoComment