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April 2022 E-News
Light Changes Things
"When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it."
—Amanda Gorman 

To quote the title of an upcoming Lumunos event led by Julie Demaree, "light changes things." This is one of those statements that is true at so many levels, both internal and external. Light refracted through clouds can totally change the color of a hillside; a single candle can radically change a dark room; light from above or within can ease a burden. Light does indeed change things.

“Sometimes we live by borrowed light.” This is an old Quaker saying that refers to the way we, at times, need to rely on others for hope when our lives go dark. Many of us have been living by borrowed light these past few years. I am so grateful for those who have shared their light with me in one form or another.

This is just one of the reasons we landed on "Lumunos" when we changed our organizational name a number of years ago. Lumunos is a made-up word, but we included a reference to light by intention. Light does change things, regardless of whether talking about human or Divine light. And that is just one way to describe our mission—using light to help people make changes for the better.

I hope you can join Julie on Saturday, April 30th for her session Light Changes Things. It will be a wonderful hybrid process, mixing Zoom and off camera activities. Mostly, I hope you join because it just might change you. Light has a way of doing that. 

Doug sig
Light Changes Things—The Backstory

When I was 15 years old, I had one of the most memorable and profound experiences of my life. I took a photography class. Not just any photography class, but Mr. C’s photography class. Mr. C seemed to bounce when he walked, and spoke with a lively, animated tone. There was no doubt that Mr. C loved photography. His enthusiasm was contagious.

On the very first day of class, Mr. C showed us a film that would change how I viewed the world and everything in it, forever. It was called A Time to See, featuring photographer Reinhold Marxhausen, who unveiled the magic of looking through a lens. The lens was not just that of a camera, but how our own eyes see light, color, and shape. As he took us on a tour of his own kitchen at different times of the day, and on different days at the same time, a variety of images emerged that would have gone unnoticed without his attentive prompt. On a cloudy day, a bucket hanging in the window was plain and unremarkable; on a sunny day, it was full of light and shadow that made that same bucket look like it was playfully smiling. Nothing else about the bucket had changed, except its interaction with light and time. “Light changes things,” Marxhausen said. I still hear his voice ringing with wisdom… clearly, distinctly, and melodiously in my ears.

The film went on with more and more exquisite images of the most mundane objects found in an abandoned farmyard. What appeared to be broken down and forgotten, became treasured art. I sat spellbound as this expanded way of noticing encompassed me and filled me to the very core of my being. Looking back, I believe it was a spiritual awakening of some kind. This film was not just about photography. It was really about taking time to SEE, deeply, attentively, from different angles and perspectives, and to notice how the play of light changes the way we perceive things around us.

Years later, when I learned life and business coaching skills, I had a similar awakening. We were taught to become curious observers, make distinctions rather than interpretations, and behold things as they were, rather than how we wanted or hoped them to be. These tools became different lenses and frames by which to gaze upon life and others. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was cultivating what is called non-dual thinking. I learned how to observe without judging, to notice and be curious without attaching my meanings, and to listen deeply and be open to what other understanding may emerge, as I put my own agenda and preconceptions aside.

These two influences are my inspiration for the course Light Changes Things. 

Julie Demaree
Reflection Question

"When have you been a light in someone's life? When has someone been a light in yours?"

Upcoming Events
Online Workshop
"Enneagram Spirituality"

A Sacred Map for Personal Transformation
Led by Amber Ayers
April 21st, 7:30-9pm ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Retreat
"Light Changes Things"

Led by Julie Demaree
April 30th, 12-4pm ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Book Club
"Women Becoming"

Discussing This Time Together by Carol Burnett
Led by Becca Perry-Hill
May 4th, 12-1pm ET

To learn more, click here.
Online Workshop
"Pathways to Connection"

Listening and Expressing from and to the Heart
Led by Paula Willoquet, PhD
May 10th, 7:30-9pm ET

To learn more, click here.
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Doug Wysockey-Johnson doug@lumunos.org    
Dan Quinlan dan@lumunos.org 
Rebecca Perry-Hill becca@lumunos.org
Alice Barbera alice@lumunos.org