Lightly Child, Lightly


I cannot tell you
how the light comes.

What I know
is that it is more ancient
than imagining.

That it travels
across an astounding expanse
to reach us.

That it loves
searching out
what is hidden
what is lost
what is forgotten
or in peril
or in pain.

That it has a fondness
for the body
for finding its way
toward flesh
for tracing the edges
of form
for shining forth
through the eye,
the hand,
the heart.

I cannot tell you
how the light comes,
but that it does.
That it will.
That it works its way
into the deepest dark
that enfolds you,
though it may seem
long ages in coming
or arrive in a shape
you did not foresee.

And so
may we this day
turn ourselves toward it.
May we lift our faces
to let it find us.
May we bend our bodies
to follow the arc it makes.
May we open
and open more
and open still

to the blessed light
that comes.

– Jan RichardsonHow the Light Comes


  • Photo: Ibai Acevedo (via Mennyfox55). Poem: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Excellent poem, David and may we all turn towards the Light and let Him take us by the hand and we surrender in his hand. Awesome poem.

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  2. So beautiful…
    And perfect for today

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  3. Beautiful.
    Simple, in thought.
    And something I am always trying to do.

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  4. always try to go to the light –

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  5. Lovely words

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  6. Needed this today, particularly after the last couple of days which have seemed awfully dark…

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  7. ah-h but we are made of light…our ever present essence

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  8. Reblogged this on Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words and commented:
    So beautiful… 🙂

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  9. Amen!!!!! 🙂

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  10. Some sage pointed out we can’t have light without the dark. So while those beams may reach into our deepest, darkest crevices, they will never illuminate all. Jeez, a girl’s got to have a FEW homicidal tendencies…

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  11. Beautiful, David. This one really hit home for me today. Thank you for sharing. xo


  12. She is one of my favorites!!

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