Keeping The Light Shining


The Winter Solstice was one of my highlights of last year, 2020.  After a year of gloom, doom, despair and darkness for many,  the Solstice was an opportunity to really celebrate the Light.



Candle light and lamp light brightened the house during the holiday season and it is always lovely to have such soft lighting when relaxing.  Our Solstice celebration also included lights or torches made from Mullein stalks that I had saved from harvest time.



You can see how brightly they burned!  They lasted for a good time too – maybe an hour or more – so I was very pleased with them.  I felt it was more important than ever to celebrate the return of the Light after such a dark year.  The Solstice occurred on the night of the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.  I had read a lot about this conjunction but I am not an astrologer so I won’t attempt to describe any of the forecasts.  You can read about this conjunction here and here         

Suffice it to say, things are going to change but HOW is not known, it depends on us and how we think.  Throughout this last year I, like many, have felt anxious and fearful and I am sure there have been many dark nights of the soul for people. The lack of light during winter certainly did not help.  For me, I was not anxious about a virus or becoming ill because I am confident in my immune system and good health.  I have been anxious about what it all means.  There seem to be so many agendas, so much censorship and propaganda; so much fear generated and so many theories about what is actually going on.  Censorship and confusing information from governments and health experts have given me particular concern and I have felt a darkness spreading towards our future.  Consequently, at the Solstice I made a vow to myself, to not only welcome in the Light but to be the Light!  If we are to manifest a future that serves everyone, brings Peace and good will, a future of equal opportunity and mutual respect for the planet and for all people, then I think we must focus on the Light and not on negative possibilities that haven’t yet happened.

There are many plants throughout the year that will help us to shine our lights, not least St. John’s Wort and, coming very soon, Dandelion!  These plants are allies who will help us to shine the Light within us.



I do believe that we all have a Light within.  Some people might call it Divine Light others might call it Star Light or Love Light.  It has actually been scientifically proven that we do have a Light body made up of bio-photons. Here is an interesting article.   


There are many definitions of Light but for me, the Light that is within us is a deep, deep Knowledge.  The Knowledge that we are part of this planet, that we are part of each other and that deep down we know that this is the Truth.  In ancient Ireland, the Truth was seen as a magical force that could bring forth healing.  One could argue that we all have our own truths and that truth may differ from person to person.  Perhaps, but I say, strip away all the conditioning, all of the religious dogma and political, social and cultural propaganda that we have all been subjected to and the deep Truth within all of us will shine like Light.  This Light or Truth, can heal us and heal our planet and heal our relationship with all our plant and animal relations.

So rather than continuing to worry, I am training myself to be in the now and more importantly to visualise and imagine, to really work to  manifest a bright, light filled future.  I want the best for my children, I want them to be free and happy.  I want all of us to be happy and free, free to be how we are meant to be.

If we keep our Light shining and resist the morbid temptation to worry and imagine the worst; if we remember  to call on our plant allies to support us then our Light will overcome any darkness and help us to manifest a better world.  Our energy and personal power will manifest the Light rather than feed the darkness.

Marianne Williamson’s poem has been with me for a long time and I would like to share it with you:

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


If we consciously shine our own Light then the Light will spread and all will be well.  The plants are already doing it even in January!

16 thoughts on “Keeping The Light Shining

  1. Shirley says:

    Throughout this article, I kept hearing things in my head. First was the song Age of Aquarius when you were talking about the planet conjuctions. When you talked about the different references to our innrer light, I started hearing Neil Diamond singing Heartlight. There’s more, but not enough time. Thank you for the e mail notice. This was lovely. Btw, I’m trying out an indoor garden kit. Trying to become self sustaining.

  2. Marilyn Roberts says:

    Dear Terri,
    This was just what I needed right now. You’re right, we need to focus on the light and what it brings with it. It’s difficult lately, but you inspire me to look further. ..I believe it is in all of us but here in the states it’s a bit dim at the moment.. I will carry on with that poem in mind. Thank you very much.

  3. Terri Conroy says:

    There is an interesting guy on FB and Telegram called Alexander Page – his channel is called Shape Your Nature and he gives a great post about being positive in the dim times, how not to ignore it but not to be consumed by it either. xx

  4. Sandra Rhoad says:

    This blog was personally uplifting. 2020 left a dark footprint on so many lives (my own) and sometimes it takes a person of joy to remind us (me) to turn on the light. Stay in the present, stay in your personal light, share your joy in nature, stop looking out into the dark abyss. I can’t say anything but thank you Terri for reminding me the earth around me is full of happiness and it is mine to have. You woke up a sleeping joy. Your life, outlook and surroundings remind me that Iam a part of all…not alone in the dark. You are a happy, sharing soul. Heartfelt thanks!

  5. Tacy West Wells says:

    I knew Williamson personally from the Unity church I attended for a decade and she is a fraud. How people become famous is suspect.
    I believe in the light of animals and people but we must be aware of the evil that walks among us or it will catch us off guard and cause us great pain and suffering. That just happened to me and the torture and murder of my dog companion by a DMV in front of my eyes. I was too trusting and it caused my beloved a great deal of pain after 17 years of perfect service. I am dealing with trauma beyond anything I could imagine, be aware of both sides of nature.

  6. Mary says:

    A lovely Blog at just the right moment!
    I have been beginning to feel the effects of our lockdown in France (it’s much more stringent than in the UK ,I don’t know about Ireland)
    Imbolc is one of my favourite of the festivals(if always one of the coldest to celebrate!) this year it will be a virtual online ritual.
    Your Blog has really cheered me into a much more positive frame of mind thank you Terri ,blessings

  7. Terri Conroy says:

    Imbolc is one of my favourites too Mary – and it is very cold here. Perhaps that indicates a really good summer to look forward to . Glad you feel more cheerful!

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