Light a candle in a large pitch black auditorium and the darkness is diminished. Light always diminishes darkness. It’s a simple but stunning rule. And if we light enough candles in that darkened auditorium, we will reach a critical mass when, suddenly, there is more darkness than light.
However, the reverse is NOT true. Darkness will never diminish the Light. In other words, if we increase the darkness of the auditorium by expanding it, the single candle still generates Light. No amount of darkness can disturb that Light.
DARKNESS IS THE ISSUE
The problem in the world is darkness. And therefore the solution to transforming the world is to pour in the Light.
There is only one way that each of us can contribute Light into this world to help diminish it.
There is no other way.
Each degree of personal change contributes a certain degree of Light into this world.
We never generate Light when we find what is wrong with others. Even if we are correct and justified.
So pointing out all the evil in the world and all the injustices and all the faults of our friends and enemies does nothing to improve the world.
Sharing with others does NOT create Light just because we shared. It creates Light only because we first overcame our selfishness and we shared regardless. We changed.
That is why genuine sharing occurs only when we leave our comfort zone and overcome our own doubts and difficulties. It must be transformative sharing that pains the ego. This is why the phrase “give till it hurts” is so true and powerful.
This is why sharing to garner praise and honor and our name on a building contributes zero Light into the world.
Each day we are tempted to blame others. And most often, rightly so. But it’s a trap. It’s another blackout curtain that we are hanging up to block out the Light that is always present in our universe.
Humankind has erected so many blackout curtains blaming other people, other nations, and other religions that we find ourselves living in darkness for millennia.
Within that darkness is born all the ills of society and all the darkest deeds of mankind from lying and theft to murder and molestation.
If we, personally, want to diminish the darkness in our lives and this world, igniting gleaming rays of Light, we must uproot our own ego, and resist the urge to be a victim, to get angry, to blame others, to find fault, to lose our temper, and to take instead of give. One small step at a time.
Each time we resist our reactive behavior, we contribute Light.
Darkness is the only problem. Lighting a candle is the solution.
Each of us is a candle of the universe. We cannot light someone else’s candle.
We can only light our own.