Solstice writing circle
June 20, 2013
Fast write to the prompt: How I intend to spread my light in the world…
Summer’s here. It’s time to paint my lighthouse. I’ve never done this before, but this year it feels important. This year, I want to occupy my lighthouse. I’m moving in.
First I need to explore the inside. I open the front door, paint chips off into the sand. In front of me, I see a spiral staircase. My eyes follow it all the way up to the top. I begin climbing the stairs, the spine of the structure, twirling, rising, in concentric circles unfolding upwards. I feel a little nauseous as I reach the top. I step onto the wooden platform that surrounds this top floor. I catch my breath and look out the window. The sea is all I see, glistening under the sun. Its vastness takes on a new dimension up here. There are a lot of boats I could reach with my light. I’ve got work to do before nightfall. I find a towel and begin wiping cobwebs from the large lantern.
This is a new job for me, keeper of my own lighthouse. Until now, I’ve tended to run up and down the beach, in search of something: permission, guidance, affirmation. If I saw a boat, I’d shy away, not sure if I could trust its people, not sure if I wanted contact. It felt safer to dart behind a palm tree and hide.
But now something has shifted. Now I feel ready to occupy the lighthouse. And not just stay there for a night, but occupy it fully. To fill it with my essence, so full that the light that shines is fully authentically me. I will help guide the way for boats that are drawn to me. I will warn them if they get too close to shore.
The light I cast will be bright, it will be sweet, gentle yet focused, pure, wise, encouraging, hopeful. It will be a light of experience. It will say, yeah, I’ve experienced some tough times, and I’ve made it through. So can you. My light will be fueled by my creativity. As I light my own creative fire, the glow will extend far out into the sea.
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