The Lights Are Going Out—Time to Light Your Candle
Churchill said, “The lights are going out.” It’s happening again. Read what you can do in this week’s edition of “Beyond Ironic”.
"The stations of uncensored expression are closing down; the lights are going out; but there is still time for those to whom freedom and parliamentary government mean something, to consult together. Let me, then, speak in truth and earnestness while time remains."1
Today, again, the lights are going out. This time, all over the world. Totalitarianism is victorious everywhere. We are re-living Germany in the 1930s. It’s déjà vu all over again. Just like then, we are subjected to constant propaganda, teaching us to hate our brothers, coercing compliance with a hundred meaningless and constantly changing decrees that distract us with details while the apparatus of totalitarian control is constructed around us. To many, it seems like the end of the world. It is.
It is the end of the world as we knew it. Things will never be the same again. An era is coming to a close. But each one of us has a part to play in creating the new world. This is part of the power we have as co-creators with God. Most people cannot understand this—cannot believe it—because it is such a rare event in human history. This era has been very long. No one knows when it began.
This is an eternal process. The ancients knew it well.
For dawn to come, first there must be night.
Before spring can emerge, there must be winter.
For the phoenix to rise, it must first die.
This is the epochal transformation of the chrysalis. A caterpillar enters the chrysalis, dies, and emerges as a butterfly. But there is great danger. Sometimes the transformation goes wrong. The caterpillar dies. No butterfly emerges. We are at such a juncture in human evolution.
As the Totalitarian darkness closes in around us, we have a choice. We always have a choice. We can follow blindly and succumb to the darkness. We can allow all that is good and beautiful in humanity to die. Or we can live the true humanity we are: spirit, mind, and body. We can find the Light within ourselves, within our spirit, and let it shine.
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.2 The time has come. You must light your candle.
Let your light of Love shine in the Darkness of our time. And in that light of love, look upon all your brothers and sisters and see only their light, not their darkness. See the Christ that is being reborn in them. That is the essence of forgiveness. For in this War Against Darkness, our strategy is love, our tactic is forgiveness, our weapon is non-violent non-cooperation.
This is a collective dark night of the soul for all humanity. A new humanity must emerge. Draw on all that is best within your own soul. Turn away from all darkness within yourself. You must add your light to the collective consciousness to help overcome this darkness. You are not alone, but we cannot overcome this dark night of the soul without you.
This is part of the reason ancient cultures celebrated the winter solstice. It means, in the midst of death, the rebirth of life in spring is coming. This is also part of the reason the Prince of Peace came at this time, and we celebrate His coming. The Light came into the world. It shone in the Darkness and the Darkness understood it not. At this time, you must let your light shine in the world. Your candle must shine in the darkness and, together, our million candles will dispel the Darkness.
Just as the Prince of Peace brought the message of Love into the world—so must you. St. John told us that God is Love. God is Light. And the Prince of Peace assured us that you are the light of the world. Your mission is to be a portal for the Light of God to shine into the world.
Light your candle. Shine in the Darkness.
God Bless You!
1. Winston Churchill, The Defense of Freedom and Peace, Speech to the People of the United States, 1938
2. William L. Watkinson
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