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How the Light Gets In

Jun 21, 2022 | Daily Trek, HeartPickings

Where the Light gets In - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Imagine if we understood how the light gets in and we let it shine our way.

Leonard Cohen, who rarely explained his art, made a rare statement about “Anthem” on The Future Radio Special, a CD released by Sony in 1992: “The future is no excuse for an abdication of your own personal responsibilities towards yourself and your job and your love. “Ring the bells that still can ring”: they’re few and far between but you can find them.

This situation does not admit of solution of perfection. This is not the place where you make things perfect, neither in your marriage, nor in your work, nor anything, nor your love of God, nor your love of family or country. The thing is imperfect.

And worse, there is a crack in everything that you can put together: Physical objects, mental objects, constructions of any kind. But that’s where the light gets in, and that’s where the resurrection is and that’s where the return, that’s where the repentance is. It is with the confrontation, with the brokenness of things.”

It is in the experiencing of life. not in the seeking, that our window to the world opens up and expands. 

Some days we may find ourselves looking for something that is in front of us. It is in a place that has always been there, waiting for us to see it. 

Thankfully, we get many chances to learn and grow.  When we let our light emerge, we crack ourselves open enough to bring forth our true-selves, which sometimes have been hiding in darkness.

When we are willing to see through the cracks of our dark parts, we give ourselves permission to experience the opposite feelings of freedom and wholeness. This is true of people and, organizations made up of people. 

Have you ever had a painful muscle cramp? You may have thought the pain would last forever. It didn’t. At some point, the pain left.

In the same way that we have learned to tolerate pain, we can teach ourselves to experience lightness.

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in”

Rumi reminds us: “Don’t you know Yet? It is your light that lights the World.”

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