I Am a Flame

Maybe it’s the time of year.  That time when we are literally in our darkest hours right before the dawn.  That time of year when there is more darkness than light.  That time of year when we reach deep within to find the comfort the ancients knew.  Darkness is only part of the cycle.  Light will always return.

Even now new potential gestates, awaiting the light that will bring it to fullness and birth.  That light is coming as we enter the final two weeks of the dark half of the year.  On December 21 the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn ushering in the Winter Solstice and the return of the light.

This morning as I wandered through my Facebook Feed, I was amazed at the number of posts whose themes are celebrating and honoring Women as flames of both social and cultural change, along with posts that also name the death of patriarchy.  I can’t help but relate the darkness we currently find ourselves in culturally and socially to the time of darkness we are currently in cosmically and, just as with the inevitable return of sun light, a new light is now beginning to usher in a new era of being and knowing, living and doing.

Like the light at Winter Solstice, this flame starts small – as a flicker of a candle in a very dark room – but with each day, each turning of the Cosmos, each action and act of paradigm shift, this flicker grows stronger and brighter giving life and light to new possibilities awaiting birth.

Here are just a few examples, from just one day.  Please feel free to add your own in the Comments section!

https://www.facebook.com/awakestorytelling/videos/718987841626746/?hc_ref=ARQ4chCN-G_ydrVv9gLNrfhl80K18srQJzbDNgVadQkZnLuGPObW_R9FngaFLN6URNM

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-choice/ar-BBGiwOy?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartandhp

http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/

http://time.com/5051822/time-person-year-alyssa-milano-tarana-burke/

https://www.facebook.com/abcsoutheastnsw/videos/1697122016998925/?hc_ref=ARTAQphUsaTd-db_sIEBLO8zC4hCeixMXE0Ar2Av0QOYD6ZqYYg1B46gQqXq5vGjIgc&pnref=story

Paradigm Shift is never easy, but it is an inevitable part of evolution.  As Biology is the physical side of evolution, Paradigm Shift is the consciousness side*.  Throughout the timeline on this planet there is evidence of this happening over and over again and, those of us currently living on this planet, are experiencing a huge and profound shift.

Is it happening quickly enough?  I suppose that depends on perspective.  In some ways it seems not.  However, I love this quote by American feminist writer and Harvard Law Professor, Catharine MacKinnon…

People say change is slow, but that isn’t true. It’s resisted until something happens that breaks that. And then change happens extremely quickly. There have been a few times when real change has gone forward and right now is one of them in the US.”  **

On a quiet day you can hear Her coming… hear the chants and songs of her daughters remembering… hear them calling in the ancestral amazons whose voices join those of present women echoing in roaring screams enough is enough… me too… death to patriarchy… our time has come… again.

We are in the darkness, but it’s the final hours.  The light will return.

Until then, I am a flame.

~Arlene Bailey, ©2017

 

*Original quote by Arlene Bailey

** http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/books/playboy-made-sexual-abuse-ordinary

 

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