Welcome to the dusk and dark phases. Before we discuss the phases I want to talk about the overlap that we have in the natural way of things.
There are eight parts to the year, there are eight parts of the month, and there are eight parts to the day, and I will share these with over the year.
We have jumped into the end of the day because that is where we naturally are. We are heading into the end of the month and towards the end of the year.
You can access the power of each of the phases, the day, the month, the moon, and the year.
You can practice the dusk and dark part of the day, daily, the dark part of the moon 12 to 13 times throughout the year, and the dark part of the year, annually. This time next year, when it’s dark, things will be a lot easier and more natural for you.
Dusk starts immediately after sunset,
… so, of course, we will begin with sunset. Sunset is when the top of the sun is equal to the horizon. Of course, it still feels like daylight because we still see, and are benefiting from the rays of the sun. Sunset is a moment in time because then it will drop below the horizon and we enter into dusk.
Dusk has three stages or three phases,
Civil dusk is when the sun is between equal with the horizon and six degrees below the horizon. You know the sun’s going down, you know it’s getting dark, and as there is still refracted light, you don’t pay attention to that part of the day.
Nautical dusk is when the sun is between six and 12 degrees below the horizon. There is still some refracted light, but the navy, other ships and boats, where nautical gets its name from clearly, needs some help and assistance with, with additional lighting.
Astronomical dusk is when the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. And when the sun has got 18 degrees below the horizon, it is completely dark.
Dark is when there is no more refracted light. If you were to stand in an area, I don’t know where the area would be that have no street lights or illumination, but everywhere would be completely dark because there is zero refraction of sunlight in any way, shape or form.
The natural way of using sunset, dusk and dark, …
begins at sunset when there is no more work to be done today. The natural time for work is between sunrise and sunset, and the sun has set. There’s physically no more work that can be done today.
You might think, well, it still appears light, you can do a little bit more work, but it naturally balances out over the year, sunset is later in spring, you will have done more than a little more work then. At sunset, the decision has been made, there is no more work to be done today.
Dusk means it’s naturally time for us to close the day. What do you need to do to put the day away and get ready for tomorrow? What do you need to do to prepare for picking that piece of workup again at a future time?
Dusk is the closing of the day, and once it is closed, the rest of dusk is time for you. It is usually time to eat, time to spend time with your family, and before COVID, it would be time that you spend with your friends or evening activities you enjoy because this is time for you to enjoy your life.
For completeness dawn, sunrise, sunset, dusk and dark will differ depending on where you are geographically. If you are nearer the equator your day will be quite similar throughout the year. If you are further away from the equator your days will be much longer in spring and much shorter days in winter.
Dark is the time to do nothing because it’s dark, it’s physically dark, the natural way of things is teaching you it is okay for you to get comfortable with being in darkness.
The lovely Dr Ezzie Spencer says that “when you are in darkness, you are stripped of your visual clues and you are steered towards the well of wisdom that lies within you”.
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It is time in the darkness to, to complete your gratitude journal, to ask yourself;
- What went well today?
- What will you do differently tomorrow?
- What guidance can you ask for?
- What connection can you have within that?
- Do you have a religious practice, do you ask your God for guidance, mercy and forgiveness?
- Do you have a spiritual practice?
- Do you have a practise of your own?
- Have you always wanted to practice and not got around to creating one?
Whatever it is for you, being comfortable in the dark means taking away the shiny objects so that you can become peaceful within yourself, you can review your day and make plans for tomorrow, that feels right for you.
You are allowed to get comfortable with darkness, an opportunity for you to know you will always be okay.
Each day one of the eight phases is dark, and you know that tomorrow the sun will rise again and there will be light.
Each moon one of the eight phases is dark, there are three or four days where you can’t see the moon, and you know that the moon will be bright again.
Each year one of the eight phases is dark, you know that there will be the shortest day and you will celebrate the return of the sun.
And this is the natural way of things.
The Man-made way of things does not teach you the natural way of things.
Not to teach you that you can harness the power of the day to be in alignment with the natural rhythms of the day.
There is a time to get ready for work.
There is time to work.
There is a time to stop working, and a time to put away work.
There’s a time to be with your friends and family and refuel, and refill your energy bank accounts with people and projects that you love to do for you.
There is a time for dark, time to be still, to connect with yourself.
There is time to complete the cycle of the day.
The Man-made way of things is not to teach you this.
The Man-made way of things has given us legislation about street lights. Here in the UK, we all know that the street lights come on, the local council puts the streetlights on because that’s part of our council tax.
In 1907 the Lights on Vehicles Act came into force and changed only slightly over the years. Now we have the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989, where there is a legally enforced lighting-up time for vehicles lights to be used from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise, and the street lights reflect this.
The Man-made way of things is not to teach you to be in alignment with the natural times of day, instead, they teach you that your day is 9 to 5 or longer. And even if this balances out spring days are longer, winter days are shorter, you are not taught that 9 to 5, or longer balances your work over the year, you are just taught to work, regardless of sunrise or sunset.
You are taught that you must go over and above 9 to 5 to be successful. If you do not go over and above you will be LIFO.
LIFO is an accounting term meaning Last In First Out. LIFO is usually used to manage inventory and other goods and assets. And to your company, you may well be thought of as inventory or other goods and assets.
If you are last in at 9 am and first out at 5 pm, you will be an easy target, should the company need to make cutbacks. And of course, you are taught not to take lunch as lunch is for wimps.
You are indirectly taught that you come in earlier, you leave later, your wages or salary hourly rate is diluted. The company pays less money for more work. Your time available for your life is gradually reduced, your energy bank accounts can be gradually eroded.
NB, this is not true for every organisation, a lot of this is indeed implied, it is complicit, yet it can thrive in an environment without the foundation of the natural way of things.
Referring back to Dr Ezzie Spencer writes “Yes it is in the darkness that we can start to uncover our hidden riches. ”
You are not taught about the dusk and dark phase of the day lest you uncover our hidden riches? The Man-made way is to work 24/7 so you can continue to contribute to their riches. You can work 9 to 5. You can work after sunset. You can take work home with you too. You can work regardless of the natural way of things so that you can increase stakeholder returns.
I am not anti, the Man-made way of things, I know I sound it, I am pro, know the difference between the two, so you can put them together in a way that works best for you. So you too can profit from your work and you too can have a fulfilling life.
What steps can you take to help you put the two together?
What steps can you take to help you put the two together?
Start with knowing sunrise and sunset times in your area. Use https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ either website or app to know what they are for you and start to record the sunrise and sunset times.
I live in Scotland and, and the days will get short, and I mean, really short! It is currently dark at six-thirty, and I tease my family by saying, right I’m off to bed. Then in spring and heading towards summer, dawn could be three o’clock in the morning and I’m not getting up at then.
Once you start to pay attention to the sunrise and the sunset times, then you can decide where your boundaries could be. Your boundaries could be 6 am and 9 pm and if the day is longer than that, you will still work your day within that boundary, because of your sleep, and the projects that you love to do just for you are a priority. Once you are familiar with it you can make an educated and informed decision that works best for you.
Practice, wherever possible ending your day at sunset, create a closing routine, ritual, or process that benefits you, that reminds you it is now time to put the day away. It may be that you are still working 9 to 5 and you know that sunset is at 4 pm, so for that last hour, you just make sure everything is put away, all the I’s are dotted, all the T’s are crossed and you are ready to leave at the earliest time possible for you.
Look at how you can maximize dusk time for you and your family. As I write today, I have one hour and 57 minutes between dusk and dark.
This is enough time to have dinner with them, time ask how was your day? Time for both of you to have a chat about what your days were really like.
Create a practice for when it is dark that works for you. Maybe you will start once or twice a week, will you stop looking at shiny objects and do something that is just for you, a routine that fills you up. Maybe you will want to have a few early nights, maybe it’s a spiritual connection, maybe it’s a book you want to read, maybe you’re crafting or knitting, or painting or whatever it is for you, but it is something just for you.
And, with our third reference to Dr Ezzie Spencer “We often avoid the dark because it is uncomfortable and unknown.”
Creating a practice where you can have a conversation with yourself makes it less uncomfortable. You can say “It is dark once a day and the sun will rise again tomorrow.”
As you get more comfortable and familiar with it you can create the practice to uncover your riches.
Know that you are safe. And of course, use electric lights, use the Man-made benefits that help you achieve something that you want for you.
Whatever it is for you, I wish you every success.
❤ PS I too live in a Man-made world, I always remind myself with these posts about revisiting them often and practising them in the way that works best for me too ❤