5 More Helpful Ways To Spark Your Inner Light. Part 2. By Dr Linda Berman.

  1. Sparking The Light Through Love

imageLovers with Flowers. Marc Chagall. Wikioo

“Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Having someone to love, who loves us, can be an experience that makes us feel secure, strong, alive.

This frequently means that we become released, energised, creative and hopeful.

imageToulouse Lautrec. The Kiss. Wikimedia Commons.

“And that’s how we live: wandering endlessly, concentrically outward, seeking in others a kindling spark of the love which has long lain, dormant, dark, unstoked in our own deepest souls.”

Jordan Sonnenblick

Love can release our potential, freeing up that which may be latent in us, enhancing self-confidence.

Love validates us, makes us feel seen, heard and appreciated. It can spark a light within us that is enabling and healing.

“When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.”

 Paulo Coelho

2. Finding Our Light In Nature, Peace And Solitude.

48634437648_2634ebf4f0_oDuffy Sheridan. Sara, A Gift of Peace [2018]Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

Albert Einstein

Allowing ourselves to have peaceful surroundings can mean we are more open to reflection and creativity.

Perhaps we can let ourselves have some time alone, with our own thoughts, uninterrupted by externals.

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Woodland Solitude. Charles Courtney Curran. Wikioo

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”

 Lord Byron

Byron describes the solitude and silence of the woods and of Nature as giving him, not only ‘pleasure,’ but ‘rapture.’

These are strongly emotional words, impassioned, fervent. They imply that the poet finds such peaceful surroundings affect him internally, filling him with love, delight and inspiration.

In solitude, we can still feel in contact with the world, with the universe, perhaps making an even greater connection, as a result of our aloneness.

Many people are more productive in solitude; it can spark their creative self more easily.

“Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.”

Thomas De Quincey

imageMorning Light (Dover Hills, October). Oscar Bluemner. Wikioo.

Gie me ae spark o’ Nature’s fire,
That’s a’ the learning I desire.

Robert Burns

49668925617_7ba2a6ffab_oHenri Martin. The Joy of Life. 1905.Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent……..”

Rumi.

3. ‘Awakening The Spark’ Through Education.

image‘Now the King loved science and geometry…’- Marc Chagall. Wikioo

“I want to go into science class and awaken that spark that makes learning possible.”

Damian Woetzel

Learning is a wonderful way of sparking a light within us. Discovering new ideas, concepts, thoughts and theories can be exciting and stimulating, lighting a flame inside that can last a lifetime.

Education helps us to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others.

9099709406_99553fbb48_cJon Boe Paulson – The Blue Hour [1998] Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”

Doris Lessing.

The power of learning leads us to change and growth, taking us to new and liberating heights of understanding and knowledge.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

W.B. Yeats

“Awaken people’s curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark.”

Anatole France.

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Fire Painting F31. Yves Klein. Wikioo

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.”

Plutarch.

imageÉmile Munier, 1879. A Happy Family. Wikimedia Commons.

“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their minds. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.”

Marva Collins

4. Responding To What Calls You.

imageArtist at Easel. Marc Chagall. Wikioo.

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

Rumi

What excites and lights up your ‘spirit?’ What do you love?

Whether it is poetry, literature, theatre, sport, science, writing, music, art, or whatever else,  it is important to let yourself be open to what fascinates and illuminates.

“Passion is passion. It’s the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn’t matter where it’s directed…It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith…”

Nicholas Sparks. 

“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study.”

Ross Gay

imageReading Woman. August Macke.Wikioo.

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

 Victor Hugo

imageMusic. Marc Chagall. Wikioo

“Music is often the spark that lights the fire of the soul.”

Jeffrey Fry

5. Therapy: Seeing The Light.

imageSpring Flowers. Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Wikioo.

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

Maya Angelou

Through having therapy, we can achieve authenticity, self awareness and self-knowledge.

It may help us find our light, which we will then be able to share with the world around us.

Avoiding what is happening inside us will mean the opposite: there will be no sparks of change, inner or outer.

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”

Brennan Manning

imageSo She Moved into the Light. 1997. Eric Fischl. Wikioo.

“Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon.”

Rumi

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Jung

As mentioned in last week’s post, our ‘darkness’ can provide the key to finding our inner light, giving us a renewed zest for life.

We are made up of so many contradictions and paradoxes, and being able to recognise and accept all aspects of ourselves, reconciling and integrating the opposites within, is truly a way to become a more balanced and fully-rounded person.

image“I Am The Abyss And I Am Light.” Charles Henry Sims. Wikioo.

“Our inner battle is the wall that separates us from our own light.”

Margrit Irgang

imageStreet Light. Giacomo Balla. Wikioo

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”

 Hafiz

imageInto the Light. Lou Stovall. Wikioo.

Light.

“Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light!

Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the centre of my life; the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.

The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light. Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.

The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems in profusion.

Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure. The heaven’s river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Thank you to all my followers who have helped me find the spark within to continue writing this blog, through your wonderful feedback. I appreciate every one of you. Do give this blog a follow if you find my posts helpful. You will receive weekly notifications of my next post straight to your inbox. Thanks. Linda.

©Linda Berman.

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