the reclaimed day

I’ve been playing.

Here is a
visual reminder
for those interested in taking back their days,
by beginning them where
they can see them.

At sunset

The quotes beneath are a reminder of how indoctrinated against the dark we have been.

I think you are big enough now to ask a few questions …

To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education”   Thomas Jefferson

Confusion heard his voice, and wild uproar Stood ruled, stood vast infinitude confined; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shone, and order from disorder sprung”   John Milton

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness”   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people”   Carl Jung

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell”   C. S. Lewis

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness”   Mitt Romney

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair”   William Shakespeare

I think we’d better finish with a little chuckle:

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it”   Terry Pratchett

I was thinking today that perhaps light has usurped the place of ‘clarity’. Clarity belongs as much to the night as it does to the day – ask any fresh water stream.

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October 14, 2012. Uncategorized.

11 Comments

  1. Johnny replied:

    A while back I came across the ancient Egyptian story of Nut and Geb. Seems at one time the expression was “mother sky and father earth” not like we know it today. The feminine Nut (nuit, night) represented the sky and in particular the night sky. Her image was an arching female form colored in night blue with stars. The masculine Geb represented the earth.
    I studied astrophysics at university and spent a few nights out at the local observatory. Some nights were so clear you could sense that you were riding around on this ball planet as it made its way through the starscape. The cosmos was very inviting – there was a sense of belonging in spite of the cosmic scale of things.
    As related to your previous post, thinking of the night sky as feminine returns me to those nights at the observatory.

    • alex robinson replied:

      Wonderful Johnny

      The ancient Egyptians seem so not of this world – their way of seeing is a valuable tool for play!

      Learning to see the night differently turns so many things on their head. That sense of belonging you mention is breath taking – I never used to get that, but then I was looking at the night I was educated to see, plus excess lighting in cities steals so much. Fitzy’s point about the blinding yet relatively useless street lighting comes to mind.

      If interested I looked at lighting amongst other things a while ago.

      https://toolonginthisplace.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/the-amberical-cord/

  2. persephone replied:

    I feel you, but how can one start ones day at SunSET. It seems counter intuitive, contradictory even.

    • alex robinson replied:

      All the better then for play! You do it your own way persephone.

      If all the life we have been living is already counter-intuitive, anything different, even if healthy, is going to feel ‘wrong’ or strange

    • zenrebok replied:

      Consider the SUN is SET. This world is so topsy turvy, it’s possibly all this SUN/SON worship, revolves around Egyptian Atenism, or Anhknaten’s monotheism. A pharaoh so unpopular his legacy was most erased from Egyptian history. The Sun goes from a life supporting assistant to a pantheon of Gods, to the One & Only god. Who stamps his foot and uses light to harshly scrutinise mankind. We can be burnt by the sun, never the moon, something is amiss here. Has mankind been bullied into worshiping a corrupting demon, which appropriates all good things, and mangles their meaning. Methinks yes, the great mystery of Woman, is the veil of twilight, the majesty of deep night. This sun god destroys and claims to be a creator, and he destroys Women first. Pretty insecure wee bastard right from the get go, hardly a supreme being.

      • alex robinson replied:

        Wonderful Fitzy & I agree, when you stand back & look with open eyes at the carnage & destruction he/it has wrought, we surely have to be looking at a bully – someone or something existing in fear for his/its very existence. It is terrified of that which contains the feminine energy & the thing is males & females contain that – we all have delicious helpings of darkness – I guess that’s what makes us so scary – I think we could swap the word darkness for ‘wildness’ without much effort.

        make sure you bring your lad up on the dark side :)

  3. Ross replied:

    The midnight sun, now there’s something. I spent some time above the Arctic Circle in Midsummer a number of years ago and experienced the beauty of the llt-up night. It is night-time, absolutely so, it’s just that the sky is sky blue and it’s light everywhere! The quality of the light was wonderful, unlike any other I’ve seen, but most of all the chance to actually see the stillness of the night was a rare privilege.

    • alex robinson replied:

      What a magical experience & description Ross, I think I caught a glimpse of it thro your eyes

      • Ross replied:

        Hi Alex

        I don’t think I did it justice, if I may I’d like to expand on my above comment. We tend to define ‘night’ by the darkness, we talk of ‘nightfall’ tying it to the disappearance of the sun. That understanding is latitudinally contrived however, because this was night even though the sun was there, albeit very low on the horizon. My body knew it was night, the birds knew it was night and were asleep in their nests, the stillness and the quiet showed it was night, the fact that it was light was secondary. What I learned is that night is not the dark, it is just night itself that is night.
        Needless to say for the first couple of nights there I could not sleep because I just wanted to walk around and experience it all. The light had an ethereal quality, cooler and thinner than day light, rather than bouncing off surfaces it gently sat on them. It was ‘other’, very much so.
        This was in the far north of Sweden, in a rural area, and I could at times see a long way. To see a night-time landscape was stunning, it truly was magical.
        I was there for a while and as we moved further past the solstice there was the beautiful new strangeness of sunset-cum-dawn as the sun slipped just below the horizon before re-emerging almost immediately. Lots of shifting pinks and oranges accompanied this solar peek-a-boo.
        Eventually I headed south and for the first time in about three weeks saw some darkness. Curiously, it was strangely comforting, the magic had passed, hello darkness my old friend.
        If you ever get the chance to get to 67˚N on 21st June or to 67˚S on 21st December I would strongly recommend it because you will see the world in a new light. Literally.

  4. Clare Daniel replied:

    I’m partway through reading Eknath Easwaran’s translation/commentary of the Bhagavad Gita for the first time, and just now read a passage that seems to go right along with what you’re getting at here.

    “Use all your power to free the senses from attachment and aversion alike, and live in the full wisdom of the Self. Such a sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise.” (2:68 – 69)

    When i read your posts about our indoctrination against the dark/worshiping the day, it made a lot of sense, and now to see that resonance appearing in the Gita too, warms the belly. This’ll be the first classical spiritual text i’ve sincerely digested and it seems to of been worth the wait.

  5. alex robinson replied:

    Thank you Ross, that was a truly wonderful reply. I really got something with your description – I have been trying to understand the night/darkness more & realising that it is a ‘dimension’ in itself regardless of the light or lack of it was ‘mind enlarging’. I have used the last few nights to let these thought play out seep in as I spend time in that dimension.

    very best to you

    Hello Claire, another mind-expanding reply, many thanks for bringing that to this place. There is more linkage of the belly to come too – so you resonate well :)

    very best to you

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