words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The Conscious Light that Illuminates the Darkness of the Mind

Sunrise and the pier 2009

Sunrise and the pier 2009

Waking up early during the summer of 2009, there was a
pervading need to see the sunrise. It was still dark, as the consciousness in
waking slowly came into being. In anticipation of a beautiful moment in time, I
found myself rushing to meet the light. Standing upon the pier, I witnessed the
beginning of a new day.

The mind has an opportunity to wake to a new consciousness
as well. Every day the mind finds itself surrounded in thinking and perpetual
thought. As I stood on the edge of the pier, watching the darkness fade away, I
was reminded of the beauty that is the Light that takes away all darkness. In
that moment, my mind felt the Light of Awareness as it responded to the ever
approaching rays of sunshine.

I stood quietly in a meditative state.

Sunrise and meditation 2009

Sunrise and meditation 2009

Ever increasing awareness is obtained as the illumination in
the power of light over shadows the darkness of the mind.

Do you find moments in nature that like a sunrise brings a
greater sense of awareness? Does it provide a greater feeling of peace with
oneself and of knowing who you really are? Many of the great gurus of our time
have taught how important it is to find the path to greater self awareness and

“Through the mind and intellect, consciousness is divided
into I and other.  I am on one side, and
the world is on the other. Light is on this side and the other side is dark”.

The Direct Experience of Truth

From the Discourses of Swami Parmanandji Maharaj

Final meditation 2009

Final meditation 2009

12 responses

  1. yes, waltersmith3rd, we have to work vs. the darkness of some minds. of course we can find not only examples in Arabian countries but also in China or Russia, or in our own countries: your USA or my Germany. And if we analyze history: lots of stuff. “The beasts are the governments” commented the philosopher Nietzsche. Yes, so the individuals have to learn some civil disobedience, as Thoreau said …

    April 30, 2011 at 7:58 am

  2. Do you find moments in nature that like a sunrise brings a greater sense of awareness? Yes, and reading this post sent me to that place of peace and contemplation. There is something about the sun that helps me refocus and refresh…. 🙂

    May 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

  3. Thanks Elizabeth, The sun does have a power to enrich our lives. It certainly is a mystery as to how. But the energy is pure and light always brings insight and a sense of calm.


    May 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

  4. Walter-

    Do you have a list of great meditational books? I have been looking for some, and have found a few rooted in Buddhism. They are great, and I would like to get my hands on more.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    • Hi Diva, I will try and come up with a list of books that may interest you. You may already know the Buddhist Nun Pema Chodren. She is a fantastic writer. Look her up.

      Peace and Light


      May 3, 2011 at 2:38 am

  5. Jody

    lovely words and images…takes me back to a beach sunrise as well, and the words of SwamiJi are always inspiring…

    May 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    • Thanks Jody, the sunrise moment is a moment that will always live in us. So beautiful indeed.


      May 3, 2011 at 2:33 am

  6. So lovely, Walter! I’ve been trying to get by here to read this one for days and am so glad I finally did!

    May 2, 2011 at 5:30 am

  7. Leslee, I am so glad to see you back and posting. Thank you for the kind words on this post. I am so looking forward to reading your thoughts of inspiration.


    May 3, 2011 at 2:35 am

  8. Enjoyed the conscious light-The sun is always taking me to another place-first thing I think of is the beach-the vision of the waves and the whispers of the sea-always brings a breath of freshness and a new awareness to my soul.

    May 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    • Hi Penny, I certainly do agree with you about the beach. I also have to add that the mountains provide that same feeling of awe and tranquility.
      I spend a lot of time in the mountains hiking and mountain biking. I have several posts reflecting my experiences on the mountain. Whether it is a beach or mountain we owe it to ourselves to get out and discover the beauty of it all.

      May 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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