Full of Light

The Light Series – Part 2

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“It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.”

The brain is locked in total darkness, of course, children, says the voice. It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light. And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light. It brims with color and movement. So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?” Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See, Pg 48.

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute — you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

Psalm 139:7-12, MSG.

If you know your Psalms well (and it is totally fine if you don’t), the next verse is that famous one that says, “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.”

Another dark place from in which light is born.

“But there is a kind of light that you only find in darkness. And not just the darkness that we equate to evil, but the darkness of rest, of hidden and sacred places, seasons of unknown, stories buried deep…

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There is light even in the darkness. A light we cannot see with our eyes, or even feel with our hearts, but is there beneath the surface of things, germinating, forming, contracting, brimming with color and movement. We are so afraid of the dark that to protect ourselves, we hide away from it, curse it; cower in the corner with our eyes covered.

But there is a kind of light that you only find in darkness. And not just the darkness that we equate to evil, but the darkness of rest, of hidden and sacred places, seasons of unknown, stories buried deep…

So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?

If we spoke kindly to our fear of the dark; gave it a healing hug and reassured it that darkness isn't something that we should fear or ignore, but is instead a place where embryonic life burgeons and expands, we might see that even in darkness dwells an inextinguishable light.

However, it is a kind of light that can be ignored. When asked what the title of his book meant, Anthony Doerr said:

It’s a reference first and foremost to all the light we literally cannot see: that is, the wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that are beyond the ability of human eyes to detect (radio waves, of course, being the most relevant). It’s also a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried within World War II — that stories of ordinary children, for example, are a kind of light we do not typically see. Ultimately, the title is intended as a suggestion that we spend too much time focused on only a small slice of the spectrum of possibility.

He references World War II, but I think you can apply the same idea/theme to our lives past and present.

“We spend too much focused on only a small slice of the spectrum of possibility.” Of only seeing light that is visible, right in front of us.

I wonder what we would see if we opened our eyes in the dark?

Written by Liz Milani

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