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NEW: Darkening of the Light
Witnessing the End of an Era

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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"I bow to the courage in this book. Here Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee has allowed himself to hear the cry of the Earth. He has been brave enough to face and to feel the immensity of the loss. He has dared to share that with us and to hope we can wake up to save what's left of our world and our souls."
Joanna Macy, Co-author, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy

"I was very moved by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's reflections."
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-director
Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
www.emergingearthcommunity.org

"... insightfully calls us to action now to avoid further devastation of our planet—of the Earth which is our home. We can no longer afford to remain in a collective trance ignoring how the Earth is responding to our behavior. Llewellyn inspires us to turn within and engage in the work needed to transform our world. This book is a gem!"
SANDRA INGERMAN, MA, author
Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
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www.sandraingerman.com


The light has sunk into the earth:
The image of Darkening of the Light.

I CHING -- HEXAGRAM 36

Over the last decade or more we have become increasingly aware of how our materialistic, energy-intensive civilization has been destroying the fragile balance of the web of life that has sustained humanity and all living beings for millennia. Yet, while spiritual teachings tell us that the events in the outer world are a reflection of changes taking place in the inner worlds, we appear to have little awareness of how this outer darkening is reflected within.

This book, written between 2004 and the winter of 2012, tells the story of these inner changes that belong to our spiritual destiny and the fate of our planet. It is a witness to the darkening of the light of the sacred, reflected in our continued ecological destruction, and what this might mean to our shared destiny. With this darkening comes the danger that we may lose the opportunity for the global awakening that was possible at the beginning of the new millennium. This story of our collective destiny, however painful, needs to be heard if we are to take responsibility for the Earth and reclaim our sacred role as guardians of the planet.

Read: Introduction by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Read: Darkening—A Four-Point Plan is an edited version of a talk recently given by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, which outlines the steps we can take in response to this darkening.
The whole talk, In Service to Love, is available as a CD.

Listen: Audio from London, January 2014 with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: Darkening is a 20 minute extract from a talk just given in London that explores some of the central themes of this book which do not easily fit into our contemporary western spiritual genre. Also from the same event is a short answer to a question about our role as Guardians of the Planet.

Listen: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Interview with Werner Brandt of the Work that Reconnect (late-December 2013) in which they discuss the importance of witnessing the ecological crisis of our time, so we might feel and honor our pain for Anima Mundi, the soul of the world, and how we might respond with love and courage.


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"It should be understood that the inner worlds are influenced by the consciousness of humanity, which is why spiritual teachings throughout the ages have stressed the importance of our attitudes and the values by which we live. Thus, while our physical acts affect the outer world and have produced our ecological crisis, it is our consciousness—our attitudes and beliefs—that directly affect the inner, spiritual dimension of life on Earth...."

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, from chapter 9

"There is a very important tradition of 'witnessing.' Many spiritual teachings talk about the importance of witnessing or watching without judgment or expectations. There is great power in consciously being aware of events without being caught in trying to fix or resolve them. At this time, it is important that we engage this capacity for witnessing. When the veils of perception are not clouded over through reaction and 'problem solving,' we see and allow things to be as they are. Only then can we take responsibility for what has taken place.
    There is a pressing need for real awareness—to wake up to the reality of what we have done. We need to become aware of our present predicament in the inner and outer worlds. We cannot take responsibility for our present ecological imbalance, or know how to act, without recognizing the global devastation we have created. Nor can we take responsibility for what we have done to the inner worlds without becoming aware of the darkness and forgetfulness of the sacred that is covering us. Maybe this first step towards responsibility and accountability will help to redeem what we have desecrated. It is a step towards maturity and real awareness."

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, from chapter 9