A Gift in the Darkness

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By Val Silidker

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At the beginning of every great adventure is a day unlike any other day.
This is the moment.What an invitation.
To break the trance,
To let the old ways crumble.

The teacher has arrived.

As we set out into the unknown, as we listen to that inner call (you know the one that’s been whispering within us for a long time)…we begin to discover the deeper truth.

Earth as a whole is suffering.

Toxic air, poisoned water, mass extinction, deforestation, rapid climate change, refugees, domination over others, increased inequality, profit as a bottom line, disease and pandemics, and on and on…

The alarms have been sounding, we just haven’t been responding. This runaway system is striving for balance, and business-as-usual cannot continue. The message is loud and clear. Can you hear it now?

We have been caught up in a worldview of separation that has led us to devastation. We’ve known this, and yet we’ve continued. We knew this change was coming. This is not a surprise.

It is the Great Unraveling. And we are invited to face ourselves.

To see the world through new eyes.
Cleansing, purging, balancing.
There is clarity in the water, in the skies. 
We can breathe again.

Through this devastation, through the fog of fear, a new picture is forming.

A new possibility for the way we live our lives, a new way of connecting. A new way to thrive.

The birds are singing; the people are singing. 

We are not alone in our isolation.

We are here, together.
What wants to emerge?
What gift are we being given?

From the dark night of the soul, we are always invited to step forth with more clarity, more resilience, more strength.

As we dissolve old patterns of behavior, we get to decide who we want to be, how we show up, and how we lead our world forward from this point on.

Everything is possible. And there’s one thing for certain: change.

So let’s embrace this moment. Let’s embrace each other. With our hearts, with our minds, and with our actions.

There is a gift in the darkness.

May we receive it with love, compassion and vision for the Great Work to come.

Image Photo credit: Lyse Marion

Recorded by Carmen Rumbaut

Val Silidker is the founder and director of Psychospiritual Institute. She is a Board Certified Coach and spiritual teacher with over 20 years in leadership, activism, and transformation. She is also a Deep Ecologist, international speaker, coach trainer, and author of “Call of the Ecological Self.” Val works with changemakers, emerging leaders and visionaries to inspire the highest level of mindset, purpose, and action in their lives, and has been featured multiple times on Hay House Radio, NBC, and USA Today, as well as numerous publications. Through her mindful living events, workshops, coach training programs and 1-1 coaching, she has gratefully worked with and inspired the transformation of thousands of people throughout the world. Val is passionate about rewilding our hearts and believes that through love and authentic connection we are inspired into action toward a more compassionate and whole world.

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