When I hear the word Revelations I automatically think of Alvin Ailey and the infamous pic of the company in a huddle with their winged arms. I, along with my mom and sister, always make it a point to see the dance company when they are in town. It is an outing the three of us rarely miss. Dinner before the show and then head to the theater, way before the doors open and linger in the lobby area. We are excited, anticpating the whole experience. We people watch and skim through the merchandise until, at last, we are ushered to our seats. Revelations is usually done at the end of the performance. I guess an incentive to stay for the entire performace… no, not really but it is the reason why so many flock to see the dance company. Save the best for last.
Revelations. A direct call from God. (I’m sure Mr. Ailey recieved a direct call from God in creating such a spiritual piece.) A vision of what is to come through His eyes. A prompt to do something that is within His will. I remember months before I made changes in social circles, I had a dream in which I was with them and it was night time. We were outisde, no street lights on, just darkness. Then we headed indoors, into someone’s apartment and still there was darkness. (Sounds like the book of Genesis ; )) The lights were off and I could barely see. “Could someone put on the light,” I said out loud or maybe to myself. Then all of sudden I was by myself in this new place. Light was all around me. It was a sunny, bright day. I was in a city, a new city. I was suspended in the air, lifted up and a butterfly landed on my finger. Now, it was pretty obvious that it was time to be on my own.
The darkness I left was my own darkness, in a sense. If I were to stay within that same circle of people I would not experience true freedom. I would not have attained that next level of development. My gifts would not expand. Simply put, I would not grow. Growth requires change. One cannot grow within the familiar. There has to be a new role to take on in a new environment to ensure the expansion of gifts.
I have to keep in mind when revelations are presented, they are the end result. The prompts, leadings to make certain changes will lead to this outcome. I had known way before that I needed to move on, the dream only confirmed my intuition.
I remember another dream I had when I was in high school. I was walking on a college campus, at least it seemed like a college campus because I was surrounded by young people. They were all walking somewhere, looking angry and there was this gloomy feel in the air. There was a skin head, a girl that hated her own identity… this particular girl looked at me with such anger and said, “You just don’t understand,” I then told her, “I struggled too.” Then all of sudden, light came through my hands, a very strong light, looked like rays of sunshine. The light was a strong force, I could feel it in my arms, it took quite a bit of strength to hold my arms up. Then I fell into someone’s arms (I’m thinking Jesus) and opened my eyes, they were filled with tears, and saw nothing but light, smiling faces, a rainbow, even.
So I guess, somehow I will bring light to the world….but first I must live in the light…