Posted by: forfreedomalone | 05/05/2018

Perfect Light

To a dalang, light is very important.
A dalang is a puppet master in the Javanese Wayang (or shadow) theatre.

There is great skill in moving the wayang kulit (shadow puppets) as they dance and move about the screen telling epics of Indonesian history and culture. But the skill of the dalang is lost if the light is wrong. A certain quality, strength and type of light is important. If it is too dark, no one can see the wayang kulit, if it is too bright the same thing happens, as they are overwhelmed by the light. When the correct light is achieved the puppets come to life. The light does not change Bimo or Nakula, (characters in stories) from who they are as they tell their story, it allows them to BE who they are so that their story can be told.

Who would know or understand what is being enacted if it cannot be seen clearly?

So it is when we surrender to the light of the life of the Holy Spirit within us. His perfect light shines in us and allows us to be who we were created to be, but with such easy and grace people really see who we are.

The delicate wayang kulit are so very beautiful when you see them behind the screen, but when they are before it, dancing with the energy of the dalang and the perfect hue of the light, they are entrancing.


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