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Shining Light into the Darkness: A Message from the Universe

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Shining Light into the Darkness: A Message from the Universe - Nothing is ever as big/scary/hard/bad as we think it to be in the darkness when brought out into the light. #meditation #selfhelp #mentalhealth

While meditating the other morning, I received a message from the Universe about shining light into the darkness. My mom is very spiritual and I love talking to her about things like this because her insight is always extremely in-tune. So I thought I’d share what happened with you all and a bit of the conversation I had with my mom afterwards. Not the typical blog post for Pumps, but maybe it’ll be the message one of you needs to hear today. And if I lost you after “received a message from the Universe,” I understand. See you in a couple days when I post a new recipe. 😉

My Meditation Experience

I was sitting cross-legged meditating with my palms on my knees. I started to visualize light beaming out from them. Because my palms were turned down against my legs, the light was muffled. Like standing in a dark hallway at night and seeing just the warm glow of a lamp or television from underneath a closed bedroom door. There was a hovering mist of light eking out from around my hands, and it was clear there was brightness on the other side, but the full force of the light was being held against my knees.

Should I flip my palms up and let the light shine out?

The thought flickered across my mind. But then I got an image of two heavy, dark, beastly hands resting on top of mine. As if a black bear was sitting behind me and resting its arms on top of me. Fear arrived. If I flipped my palms up would I be allowing this heavy darkness in? Would my light be smothered and extinguished?

Keep your palms down. Flip your palms up. Down. Up.

I sat there with these heavy bear arms on top of my hands and deep darkness around me. My glow of light hung around the lifted corners of my fingers as these conflicting feelings flicked back and forth. They weren’t even fully formed thoughts, just impressions.

I finally flipped my palms up.

Light beamed from my palms, illuminating the darkness around me like powerful flashlights. Sharing my light didn’t allow the darkness in or diminish my light, as I feared it would. It lightened the world around me and eased the heaviness of the darkness. Those weighty, ominous bear paws were lifted off me and vanished.

A Message from the Universe

There are lots of ways this could be interpreted. And any time I get images or messages while meditating, I always relay them to my mom and eagerly ask, “What do you think it means??” And her response is always that the meaning or message is always what I think it is. In other words, the message was sent to me and therefore meant to be interpreted through my individual lens.

On a personal level, I took this as an encouragement to open myself up to the spiritual realm. To be open to receiving from the Universe. (Have I lost you yet? Are you rolling your eyes?) For a couple years now, I’ve felt a growing desire to get more in touch with my spiritual side. I’ve had this gut feeling that there’s a whole level of consciousness and expansion waiting for me when I do—but I keep putting it off. I don’t meditate as much as I should, and I let my mind churn and grind away all day without ever taking a pause. I’m all mental output, never stopping to allow something in.

I keep the gateways of my mind closed—palms turned down against me, muffling my light.

And there’s a subconscious fear in opening myself up when there’s all this darkness and unknown around me. But opening up doesn’t let the darkness in—it shines light onto it. And nothing is as ominous in the light as it seems to be in the dark.

Darkness and Light

You hear all the time that darkness plays tricks on you—and it’s so true. In the darkness, we build things up to be bigger, scarier and harder than they actually are. And we become so scared of this unknown that we fear shining light on it, terrified of the possibility that it’s even worse than what our mind is currently conjuring. But it never is. When we get the courage to flick on that flashlight and fix our beam of light on it, that boogey man under the bed is nothing more than a teddy bear.

As my mom said, “The darkness becomes almost laughable when we shine light on it.” We cower under the covers, frozen in fear all because of … a stuffed animal.

I wrote about this a bit when I shared my struggles with depression during my college years (and more recently in 2017). I couldn’t accept or face what was going on with me so I completely shut myself off from those around me. Talking about what I was feeling and going through was overwhelming and too much to face, so I instead kept these dark emotions inside where they ate away at me.

When I finally opened up to a therapist and started to communicate what I was experiencing, my issues seemed more manageable. Just that simple act of bringing my internal turmoil into the light lifted a massive weight off my shoulders. By talking about it, I was opening myself up to receiving help. Just like during my meditation—flipping my palms up didn’t allow the darkness in, it shone light out, dissipating the darkness.

Shining Light into the Darkness

I think this concept is a reoccurring theme that we all see throughout our lives, manifesting itself in different ways. Maybe you’ve been holding a secret in the darkness that’s eating away at you. Or maybe you’ve been afraid of making a change because the outcome is unknown and you can’t clearly see it. Maybe you’ve closed yourself off to something or someone because of a fear of hurt and darkness coming in, when in reality it would let your light shine bright.

On the other side of this fear of the darkness, is an abundant light. Figure out what in your life is being kept in the dark and made out to be something bigger, scarier, sadder, harder than it is. Then grab your flashlight, flick on that switch, and drive your steady beam of light onto it.

Flip your muthafukkin palms up.

xo Nicole

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