Reflection - September 2016

posted Nov 16, 2016, 12:47 AM by Nancy DeBiasi   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 1:42 AM ]
Image result for images of sparks of light    Bioluminescence. That's something I had not experienced until this past August. One evening I joined a small group of women in British Columbia to travel by auto in the twilight, across a small island, over wooded hills, past munching deer on roadsides. We arrived at a small beach, flashlights in hand, and walked down a steep incline to settle beside washed-ashore logs. There we waited until darkness fully descended. When it did so, into the water we went, the brave ones out into the cold ocean, the wimpy ones like me wading near the shore. As soon as our bodies moved in the dark water, tiny sparks of light glowed in the waves like fireflies. Zooplankton, miniscule creatures, unseen until they emit a chemical reaction, created the luminescent flashes. What a marvelous moment, looking up toward twinkling stars in the ever-brightening dome of the sky and looking down toward the glowing sparkles in the watery universe below.
    Like a child remembering her first Christmas, what I especially recall of this treasured time is when Kathi (our resident 'mermaid') first stepped into the water by a large boulder. She invited us to come to the stone's shadow where the water held the greatest darkness. Kathi swished her hand around in the water and immediately the movement caused it to "bounce" with sprinkles of light.  "See," she said, "they're here. It just needs to be dark enough and have some movement to cause them to light up." And thus began my education and a magical evening of seeing starry lights in a totally new realm.
     As I continued to ponder the gift of that evening, I thought about Light of another sort that dwells in humanity, a divine presence whose brilliance is vaster than the ocean's depth and the sky's expanse. The tiny sea creatures reminded me that we humans can emit our own Light. Our radiance hides not in ocean waters but in the fluidity of the soul and it, too, is detected through movement of some kind. Occasionally we catch a glimpse of the luminescence from this hidden presence, all as real as little creatures emitting sparks of light in the ocean's darkness.
     And what might that "movement" be? Most often it occurs when someone or something stirs our heart or stimulates our mind. A great variety of these "movements" slip into our lives and radiate sparks of divine light. Some of the ways in which I've experienced this have been in a quickening of my heart by the unselfish love in another's words or deeds, a movement of wonder by the surprise of nature's beauty, the quieting of my soul by being in prayerful silence with others, a song bringing deep joy, beholding the mystery of a loved one's final breath, catching the laughter of a friend, and the flash of insight clarifying long-held confusion.
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa wisely comments that "we are attracted to other people's goodness" (We are Made for Goodness) When our inner radiance shines forth from the darkness of our unseen self, we become invitations for the secreted Light in others to brighten the world with their presence. Like the night waters, our inner world remains hidden but can be observed through sparks of love, beauty, goodness, wonder, and the selfless service emanating from within us.
    Wherever you are today, may the sparks of divine Light be released through the movement of your goodness.
 Abundant peace,
Joyce Rupp