Light through the Keyhole

Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

Is your radiance conditional? Do you shine brightly at times while hiding your light at others? I imagine that many people, were they to be sufficiently honest, would openly confess that the amplitude of their radiance depends more or less upon the nature of their circumstances. If they judge what is going on round about to be pleasing, then they are happy and radiant. If, on the contrary, they deem their circumstances to be displeasing, then they let themselves be sucked into their subfuscous environs rather than standing tall and illuminating them.

When clouds and darkness surround you, you have a choice: either continue to be radiant, which incidentally is to remain true to the core of you, or you retreat inside the shell of yourself and take refuge in a prison of your own making. It is that simple. If you tend to be subject to your feelings, you likely vacillate between these two poles. Your feelings needn’t control you, for they are but one of your several means of interacting with the world around you. Remember this: you are not what you feel, feelings are what you have. Even if you are a so-called “sensitive” person, you are not your feelings.

Where you place your identity tells the tale of your creative influence. If it is centered deep within, nestled in the radiant core of you, the stormy seas of circumstance will not be enough to pull you from the helm. Neither will the treacherous dealings of men, for when you stay centered by remaining true to the highest, finest and most splendid expression of which you are presently aware, you will continue to bear the light even if everyone around you is cloaked in darkness.

You needn’t be in denial to be content where you are at any given point in time, no matter how restricted you may be by the world around you. Contentment says to the limitations around you “I am at peace” and provides the space and time necessary in consciousness to find the keyhole through which you can let your light shine. On this basis even the tiniest starting point in your field of circumstance becomes an glaring aperture for a brighter, happier future.

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” ~ Helen Keller


10 thoughts on “Light through the Keyhole

  1. Kolya

    Beautiful poem. Being content/radiant in any situation brings the sun (through us) into any situation and shines it brightly for others!


  2. Colin

    I think your post today describes one of the fundamental keys to life. First, that your feelings are not who you are. If you forget this you will soon have no grounding to your life, and anyone who can change your feelings will have power over you. Second, that it is your responsibility to let yourself be radiant, and let your true grounded self be the control of your life. If you can do these things, your life will have a much more solid footing for its base.


  3. David R

    The words “Love will find a way” have become hackneyed, but radiance does indeed have a way of shining through the smallest aperture and finding a way to work creative magic. I think the heart of the poem you quote here is the sensing that what is true of the magnificent sun is true of us. That’s why the poem touches what it does so beautifully. We can relate to that. It’s us!

    Remembering the light and warmth that is the core of ourselves can be like a sudden awakening if we have unconsciously become shut off from that core essence. Like the dawn to an awakening ladscape, let there be new beginning, then – fresh perspective and appreciation for the beauty of living!


  4. Lady Leo

    Getting life to construct to what may be thought as perfect can be a dissapointing effort. There are often elements that come in to change the out come. I’m not suggesting bad ones, just the winds of change that are not in our control. It’s far more fullfilling to create the habit of contentment as then we possibly may see advantageous aspects to the present situation we might otherwise miss. As soon as we capitulate in our hearts to “I hate this” or even the more mellow “I wouldn’t choose this” I think we start to restrict the flow of “sunshine” that may be working to morph things. I heartily agree not all circumstances are what we would devise for ourselves but if they are what we have for the moment, so be it. Struggling until things change is exhausting, as is getting up to fight another day. I think yesterday’s post about attitude is pertinent here. These areas of thoughts and feelings are our own, they are inviolate if we chose. Change, capriciousness and even deliberate malevolence can’t touch these, unless we allow it.
    Great post it’s a reminder of our areas of dominion and power, thanks,


  5. DeeDee Miller

    Thank you for making clear the difference between being content via denial, or being content as a result of actually being in the right place in attitude no matter what the circumstance.


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