Art by Melissa Chen

The yearning to be free is a hallmark of the Aquarian energies in which we find ourselves. Mercury and Saturn have been in Aquarius, and now they are joined by Mars and Venus. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is creating ripples of political conflict that sets basic rights of freedom against authoritarianism.  We cannot change the world, but we can change our own inner state of self-repression and despair. Towards this end I offer a beautiful poem by David Whyte.  ❤️

Sweet Darkness
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

~ David Whyte ~

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