Thank you again, Ann. Every so often I let go a rant, and then I have to balance it with one of these, or more of these. The demand is hard. It’s so easy to be angry. Yet, the only way I can hold the forces of darkness at bay is stoke my own light. It’s easy to blow the damned thing out with my own anger, angst, ugliness, thoughtlessness- all the things that exist in me because I am achingly human like we all are. That’s why being a practitioner is so very hard. Easy to stay in the dark. Hard to stand in the light.
There are very memorable scenes from the two Hobbit series that remind me of this very thing- a lone figure holding aloft a shining shaft into the face of pure evil. That’s one powerful image. That’s why, once or twice a year, I take a whole weekend and watch both sets of movies all the way through. They remind me in the best way possible of what any of us is capable of doing if we dig within and find the courage. It’s particularly meaningful when Galandria’s gift of the starlight, to be pulled out when all else fails, is lost in the battle with the great spider. Yet Samwise Gamji wins anyway. Tiny, determined, passionate, and filled with commitment, stripped of the outside help from the great Elven Queen. He did it anyway. I love the power of stories like this to remind us that nothing outside us can outstrip what we all have within.