As we move into the darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re invited to generate and use our own light.
In 1982 a man with leprosy, covered with infected wounds, went to see a holy woman named Sri Mata Amritanandamayi. She’s kind of a modern Indian saint – maybe you know her as Amma or “that lady who hugs people.” While most people are afraid or revolted by those with leprosy, Amma held him in a close embrace.
Then she began licking and sucking his wounds. Several people who were present started gagging and had to leave the room (this is for real – you can even see the video on YouTube). Over several such sessions the man was cured. Amma never got sick.
This could be an interesting study on how the power of belief can change the course of a disease.
I’d like to look at it in the context of the Inner Light that I’ve been discussing in several recent articles. While some people might be most impressed by the fact that this man overcame leprosy without medical care, or by the fact that Amma didn’t contract leprosy, the thing I find most amazing is the conviction that led this woman to do something that most people wouldn’t do for a million dollars.
She believed that something within her had the power to transform sickness into health and to render germs harmless. Maybe you’re not quite as convinced about the power of your Inner Light, but I believe it’s the same light as that within Amma.
Whatever you bring into this Light is transformed.
If Amma’s story is an example of master-level light-working, I’d like you to try level 1 this week. Whenever you notice yourself complaining (either out loud or internally) about someone or something:
Envision that you’re bringing that resisted thing into the light of your heart.
With your inner vision, see it being fully accepted into the light and saturated with light.
When it has turned entirely to light, release it, visualizing light beaming outward from your heart into the world.
Set aside time to practice this process. You may wish to tune in to the light in your heart first. Imagine that you can feel how and where you’ve been keeping this light restricted and small, and now you’re letting go of any fear of what might happen when you let it spill over into every part of you, letting go of any effort to keep it contained.
Then see what comes to mind when you ask yourself these questions:
- What’s wrong with the world?
- What’s wrong with me?
- Who do I blame for the problems of the world or for my own difficulties?
- What do I dislike about others that I would never allow myself to be?
Feel free to find your own questions. We’re looking for any aspects of existence that you reject or banish to the shadows. Whatever comes up, again, imagine you’re drawing it into this light, fully accepting it, transforming it into light. Take your time with it. Feel into this person, quality, or idea. Imagine it softening, loosening, letting light into every crevice. Then release it.
The heart center is referred to as the Middle Dan Tian. Dan Tian means “elixir field,” and the word dan (elixir) implies alchemy. That is, it’s an energy center where transformation occurs. In this case, that alchemy is the conversion of something base or toxic into something holy and healing.
And the agent of that transformation is love/light.
I’d love to hear about your experience with this practice.
Happy Solstice, my loves. May our darkest days help us find our most precious gifts of light within.