One of my favorite qualities of the fourth Symbol, Dai Komyo, is that it incorporates the sun and the moon to represent non-duality.
In the classes I’ve sat with my teacher, Frans Stiene, I love how he explains that we should stand openhearted like the Sun, emanating light without judgment. Every living being can take whatever it needs from the Sun… or hide from it.
The Sun is intimately linked to the concept of big bright light represented by this symbol—active, life-generating and energizing.
The center of life… and of attention.
Lately, however, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the “Moon side” of this symbol.
The Moon is not active; she does nothing: no crazy hydrogen combustion that creates life or gamma rays that accelerate mutations and diversity.
But just with her presence, she creates the tides.
The Moon has no ego. She’s happy to reflect the light of the Sun.
But her glow is no mere reflection of the Sun’s powerful light.
It has been transformed by her texture and qualities.
In a society where “doing,” being extroverted and active is rewarded continuously, the Moon is a gentle reminder that sometimes we need to sit back and be.
To just be present and let things come to us in their own time.
To not be afraid to let others shine and reflect their light.
So, just for today… shine your light like the Sun, but also be present like the Moon.