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Amaterasu – don’t hide your light!

Amaterasu Amaterasu is the Japanese sun goddess, radiant, warm and compassionate.  She is the one who shows people their beauty and potential. The short version of the story is that she was so angry with her brother the storm god that in protest she shut herself in a cave and sealed it shut with a giant rock. As a result, the world was consumed with darkness. But the darkness within the cave was nothing compared to the darkness outside the cave. The people had lost their radiant mother and sat huddled in their homes, listless and hopeless. Without her light in the kingdom, they could not see their own strength and so had lost the will to go on. The world began to wither and die. In her headlong flight to the cave, she had lost her ability to see clearly… her light was truly dimmed.  She only eventually agreed to come out of her cave when she saw her reflection in a mirror. She’d never seen herself before and when she caught her reflection, she forgot her pain and fear, transfixed by her own radiance.

Are you hiding out in your cave? Have you ever really looked in a mirror and seen your true radiance? Are you depriving us of your light, making our world a duller place?

More than anything “hiding out” refers to the actions we take to protect ourselves emotionally and psychologically. We can handle anything as long as it doesn’t make us angry, jealous, scared, really emotional… usually if there is any hint we are beginning to feel uncomfortable it is only the very brave who continue to face what is coming, most of us tend to slip into autopilot and let our protective conditioning behaviour take over.

Some examples

  • You are asked to apply for a really amazing job, in fact it is the job you dream of, but it is 3 steps above the job you’re currently doing, so after the initial thrill the worry voice in your head kicks in, slowly but surely convincing you that you’re not ready for the job, you’ll never get it any way and even if you did you’d make a mess of it and embarrass yourself, so you “forget” to hand in your application…
  • You want to make some friends amongst the other mums in the school playground but you’re shy and you feel like a lemon waiting for someone to speak to you while the kids run around, so what do you do? You round up your kids as fast as you can and, head down, you hustle them straight back home…
  • You hear that a good friend has been saying things about you behind your back. You are so upset, in fact you are furious and so cut your friend off completely and refuse to speak to her ever again…
  • You discover a friend has terminal cancer. When you see her you are overly cheerful and very careful not to mention her illness pretending everything is okay (it would be “rude” to intrude on such a sensitive issue).  In fact after a while you have no idea how to talk to her so you start avoiding her altogether.

I could go on ad infinitum with examples of the way we retreat when the going gets just a little uncomfortable. Can you think of times when you retreat? Do you retreat most of the time? Have you any idea how much you deprive the rest of us of what you have to offer when you hide out like that?

  • If you’d applied for that job you were asked to apply for you could have had the extra training you needed and gone on to make a significant difference in your company’s future (as well as your own).
  • If you’d just stayed in the playground a little longer another mum who was trying to pluck up the courage to talk to you may have come over and you may have struck up the friendship of a lifetime.
  • If you’d have just faced your friend with the things you’d heard you’d no doubt find out that they’d been blown out of all proportion and the experience of sharing your emotions and personal boundaries would have made you and your friend even closer and more loyal to one another.
  • If you’d remembered that your ill friend wasn’t dead yet and that she had enough to deal with without having people avoid her or treat her differently you’ll have made her time left more bearable and filled yourself with a deeper experience of the joy in life – the terminally ill often teach us how to live!

It is YOU we want, it is what is unique about you that adds warmth to our lives, and when you hide out you make our lives a little more dull.  When you do step out and own who you are, your values and what you want from life then it is your example, your beautiful light, that shows us our own potential and how we too may be beautiful.



Helen Evans is a non-predictive life purpose hand analyst and purposeful space designer.Her passion is to empower individuals to fulfil their dreams, entrepreneurial, spiritual and personal… to be paid for what they love to do, to live and work in spaces that make them feel good and to take care of themselves and their well-being.  She uses the pragmatism of her African upbringing and the deep intuition of her Celtic roots to guide her clients into the lives they really want.

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