Skating on the edge of Halloween can easily conjure up thoughts about the darker side of life. Darkness can be a scary thing, whether it is about the darkness of night, or the darkness you may feel about feelings, memories, or some hidden part of you that cannot be described.
For most of us our own “darker side” isn’t really so dark. Many of us have talents we never express. Hidden away, those parts of us that could potentially bring smiles are often tainted with mystery, even mis-trust. “What are you hiding?”
To explore the idea of hidden abilities and their intuitive meaning, let’s delve into the transitional time of day called twilight. What is the meaning of twilight, and how can a few moments in time support you in finding your own self expression and hidden intuitive meaning.
The meaning of twilight
Twilight is often associated with night-time, the time after the sun sets, when our world is “cast into darkness”. Darkness, dusk, and the hidden side of life, is a great place for your imagination to run wild.
One of the most disturbing parts of twilight, dusk, and darkness is the transition from your awareness being focused on the world around you. At night, when things quiet down, what is left? You, your thoughts, your feelings. Now that can be scary!
Here’s the thing: twilight comes twice a day. Yes, we have twilight in the evening, but we also have twilight in the morning. What follows? The dawn, the sunrise, and daylight. There is also that infusion of energy that comes from sunlight, even on a cloudy day, something that’s not nearly as energizing during the darkness of night.
Healing your twilight side
We all have a twilight side. It is found most often in transitional times, not just at night. What are some of these “transitional times”?
- That time after you turn off the light and transition into sleep
- Being in the midst of people, but not engaging – instead being in your thoughts
- Waiting (for anything)
Twilight times are those “middle times” when you’re not full engaged in either your conscious, waking times, or your sleep times. Yet so much happens, or can happen, during those twilight times.
You’re designed to have cycles, and have a range of energy levels to make the most of those cycles. Sometimes you might be bursting with enthusiasm and joy. Other times you might try to rev yourself up in an attempt to break free of a heavier feeling or energy you are experiencing. What about the quieter, more subtle times? Do those lower energies mean you are “not” enthusiastic, or less joyful? Heck no!! The “om” state found in meditation is slower than your thinking and expressive states. You can think of being in that meditative state as being in a resting place. What other ways can you describe rest?
- At ease
This is where your twilight comes into play. There is always transitional times. Take memory, for example. You have short term memory, all the “today” stuff. Then you have long term memory, with information and energy processed into storage that paints the picture of your life. Put together, your daytime, twilight, nighttime, and dawn can all work together to make your days be a lifetime to remember.
Making the most of your twilights
Your own personal twilight can be a very healing, rewarding time of day. Daytime is so focused on productivity and interactions that there is little time to focus on what it all means to you. You know, that strong, intuitive meaning. Nighttime might seem to be a lot less active, but at night you process through dreams, and those are also about your interactions.
Twilight gives you an opportunity to release, shift the energy, and infuse whatever energies you want into your inner world. What are some of the things you can face during twilight, and what can you do to maximize this transitional time of day?
- TIme to sleep, but your mind is racing? Physically, you might not be getting the nutrition you need, and your body is running more on adrenaline than ATP energy. Protein is important, so are minerals and phytonutrients. Mentally and spiritually you might be experiencing something similar. If you are not generating enough supportive and grounded energies, you might be buzzing out from overload, delayed reactions, and confusion or regret. Now is the time to deal with it. You can attack the “challenges” one at a time, or you can quiet the “buzz” and focus on the desired results: calmness, gratitude, appreciation of self, or even just an abundance of love. I vote for that last option!!
- What about morning, and that time when the alarm goes off? I find that to be quite “alarming”. Puns aside, how do you start your day? Take a deep breath, and let it go with thoughts like “I’m ready”, or “I’m happy for this day”. Get creative! This is a time when you can set the “tone” for the day. Set intentions, things you want to accomplish. No, not “getting the laundry done”. We’re talking accomplishments like “doing something that makes me feel good”, or “give me a surprise that makes me smile”.
I often wake up before my morning twilight, and during this quiet time I find myself renewing, energizing, and building my enthusiasm for the day – all before my feet touch the ground!
How about you, what fills the twilights of your day?