Janet Pearlman

Living in the Stream of Yes

How the Light Gets In

Montague Pool II, 24 x 30, Acrylic, $525

Montague Pool II, 24 x 30, Acrylic, $525

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack, in everything

That’s how the light gets in.”

by Leonard Cohen from the song Anthem.

In the last couple of weeks these lines have run in my head, a song that plays unbidden. As I wrote last week, the words “how the light gets in” grabbed me– how the universe sends us its blessings or what might be referred to as “grace”.  Louise Penny masterfully wrote the work How the Light Gets In, creating a mystery plot with the “contrast” layered on: several murders, one important player addicted, officials in high places revealed as bad apples and out to get our beloved leading man and more. The scenes unfolded with  twists and turns, then the resolution of the story had me gasping and sobbing.

As I re-balanced myself, I discovered a shift inside myself. I felt so connected to the Goodness of Life. Would I have felt this way without the drama of the author’s skill at pulling together the threads of intrigue? Would I have experienced the surprise. been as moved as the Force of Good pours through, solves the crime, rescues protagonists? No!

The drama made me appreciate the ending much more than I would have without all the adventure. Breathing into my reaction, I realized I felt more accepting of things unwanted, less threatened by them.

What I might hear inside when facing what I don’t prefer:

“Unwanted events should not happen to me– if I were good enough, they would not.

I should have anticipated these conditions.

If all were to go well for me, then I can feel good about myself.

What I do not prefer to happen can be threatening– what if … what if…, I feel danger???”

All of these habitual thoughts now feel more  soothed and released.

As I settled into my change in consciousness, I found myself wanting to take contrasting experiences more in stride. I reach to recall as I face what I do not prefer (or as soon as I can afterwards 🙂  ) that this can be accepted too.  Some blame others more readily, I have more readily blamed myself. Both of these options dissolving as I recall, “It is ok.  All is Well. I am always on my path.”

These days when I  have emotions of upset spike, I notice quickly. It feels so different from my usual happy nature. What do I do? Sooner than I would have yesterday, I want to recall that the Light pours in around what I am observing. I recall this is not what I want, and then I move to picture what I do want… and make now alright with me.

Below the take away points I conjure from the Anthem lyrics:

Do what you can do: make the contribution.

Release what you think should be or should happen.

There will always be a distance to travel between where you are now and what you desire to be, do or have. Make that distance ok.

When accepting where you are now, you connect with Source.

Letting the Light In, Connected to Source, amazing experiences are possible. The Flowing Good, always abounding, becomes more visible to you. 🙂

Do you feel inspired to write me a comment or related story? What do you want to share? Please send to jpearl@streamofyes.com. I love knowing more about how the light gets in.




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