Ignite Your Skull-Light

I hope the energy of the New Moon finds you well even amidst the chaos of these volatile and revelatory times. If there is anything these past few years have been teaching us, is the fundamental truth of impermanence. If your sense of safety, worth or security has laid anywhere outside of you, then surely you have felt the sting.

The evolution of our awakening has never been about ridding ourselves, nor the world of it’s natural cycles of peace and upheaval… but in finding our roots in something steadier tha our mere mortality. The sooner we realize that there is nothing guaranteed to us and that we are entitled to nothing, then can we begin to liberate ourselves to what is already here now… which will pretty much always contain a myriad of flavors from bitter, to sweet, salty and sour.

Our awakening is assisted by the turning on of what Clarissa Pinkola Estes calls the “skull light” in her book, Women Who Run with The Wolves. Here is what she says:

“Each woman who retrieves her intuition and Yaga-like powers reaches a point where she is tempted to throw them away, for what is the use of seeing and knowing all of these things? This skull-light is not forgiving. In it’s light, the old are elderly; the beautiful, lush; the silly, foolish; the drunk, drunken; the unfaithful are infadels, things which are incredible are noted as miracles. Skull-light sees what it sees; it is an eternal light, and right out in front, shining ahead, like a presence that goes a little bit before her and reports back to her what it has found ahead.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Skull-light sees what it sees. Now more than ever, we need to be brave enough to turn on our skull-light so that we can see beyond the smoke and mirrors, the fears, or the rose colored glasses. In yoga, we call it seeing through the clearest lens of our Purusa (authentic spirit), which communicates through instinct and intuition. It is true, it may be easier to throw away the light and go back to sleep, but once the Great Work calls you, your “sleep” will always be restless.

Yes, you will be required to see the “disfigured and the divine” and everything that shows itself in between. But in that light you’ll also see through the hatred, into the sorrow and understand much. It will guide you to great beauty but also to where betrayal is brewing; to birthing new seeds, to also letting things die. When this skull-light shines upon yourself, it can be the most difficult to face as it reveals your treasures but also your deepest hidden secrets. But it is in this great light, that the destructive unconscious dissolves, and can no longer be carried into your new life, for it is forgiving only to the truth.

As we continue to forge ahead into this ever changing landscape of ours, keep holding that skull-light in front of you and let it be your guide toward truth and away from manipulation. You were born with the resources to specifically get you through these epic times and don’t you ever forget it!