Today I am thinking about knowing ourselves. Of course, this is what I help people think about regarding themselves – including their thoughts and words, or about their actions towards themselves and others. I help with guidance from my perspective regarding the light and dark sides of all of us. My reflective time today began as I was noticing how very much I love the sunrise and sunset and how I am also drawn to the mystery of the moon and moonlight. So this inspired me to share some of my current awareness about the sun and moon through this post.
Many people have heard the term “he/she has seen the light!” Often that “aha” moment of understanding that we have certainly all gone through whenever we learn something new and apply the learning to our lives. This could be anything from learning math and understanding how to apply this to many aspects of our lives (e.g., counting hours in a day, apples in a grocery store or miles/kilometres to get home), to learning from a life event that brings new understanding of our life experience (e.g., more care in walking after twisting ankle; or how to respond rather than react to an angry person). We are all growing in this way, whether consciously or unconsciously.
Of course we hear about bringing light to a situation in either our personal or professional life; and we hear of “enlightenment” which is defined as the “full comprehension of a situation.”
In life, we will always have bright moments and darker too. So for this true understanding it is important to look at all aspects of ourselves and sometimes the not-so-great aspects are the best to observe, acknowledge, and improve upon for our own conscious evolution. Let me elaborate just a little about what we can learn from the moon.
Some people know that darker sides of people’s personalities seem to be effected by full moons and many say that people do some unusual things during full moons. I do know that at hospitals I have worked in, there were definitely higher ER visits on full-moon nights. We do know that the moon effects the rise and fall of tides in oceans. High and low tides are caused by the moon . The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force. The tidal force causes Earth—and its water—to bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon. These bulges of water are high tides.
While the moon’s magnetic effect is not creating a physical movement of water in our bodies (according to current science), it could be bringing heightened emotions to surface. At the full moon, there is an additional brightness to the night sky and people may find themselves feeling more anxious or emotionally upset.
When we think about spirituality, the moon can represent the “shadow” side of nature. And this may give humans an opportunity to reflect on their own natural tendencies when something feels even energetically “off” in their environments. Of course, I believe that this time may be to “shed light” on these aspects of human behaviour or experience which may be more clearly seen in this time. Historically, the moon has been linked with the approximately 28-day menstrual cycle and I often tell clients that although many girls/women are seen as extra-emotional at this time, I believe they are somehow not able to hold back in pre-menstrual time what they may hold back for the rest of the month as somehow inhibitions seem lifted for many at these times. I look at this time as another opportunity to look at one’s shadow self or important details. Remember this may mean worries, fears and anxieties even though anger or frustration may “hide” like the moon the details that are shadowed by dark nights. It’s important to remember that both men and women are effected by the moon and similar cycles – menstruation is not a pre-requisite for such “moodiness.” So whether you are male or female, look at yourself carefully when you notice a tendency towards depression, sadness, a desire for hiding or secrecy or reactive behaviours (in thoughts, words or actions). This is not a time for judgement, but a good time for observation of your own patterns. I will share more about things to help you in your self-reflection in future posts. For now, try to acknowledge the sunny and darker parts of yourself and then act to “come to the light” – we all know that this feels fantastic!
Wishing you a happily-reflective day/night!