Join me in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery and fragility hidden there.

Shine Brighter . . .

The following is not a science post. It is an #OceanVoice post = my thoughts about hope, our connection to the environment, and positive action for the sake of greater health and happiness. It is meant to be inspirational and, maybe, empowering.


It’s hard. I know it can be hard. But, it’s the only way forward, and out of the dark.

We live in complicated times where fear is used as a blunt tool.

Fear of the other. Fear of loss. Fear of change. Fear amplified in our not understanding the way forward is the same for most (if not all), socio-environmental problems. Thereby, our light can diminish and even be exhausted whereby . . . we add to the darkness.

So important to realize is: Fear thrives in the dark. Fear masks truth. Fear chokes potential. Fear makes us automatons, marching on, ignoring the reality around us. Fear walks hand-in-hand with disempowerment, the same neurons firing, limiting the way we look at the world and ourselves. And above all, FEAR LOATHES CHANGE.

Thereby, fear is such a powerful tool to be used by those who benefit from things remaining the same.

How to counter fear? Shine the light forward, living lives of connection, empowerment, celebration of human ingenuity (but not as an exit strategy) and understanding that using less is about GAIN, not loss.

Shine on. Show the way out of the dark.

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7 Responses to “Shine Brighter . . .”

  1. Liz Ciocea

    On a dreary Monday morning your lovely words brighten the day. Thank you Jackie for such inspiring words.

  2. Jude Abrams

    Thanks for shining your bright light in the ocean each week Jackie. Your blog illuminates the ocean world with stories that fascinate while they inform. So many humans are devoting their time and talents to saving “the world as we know it”. On the galaxy scale it may not matter whether that happens or whether Gaia will roll out another creation model. But we humans forget that we are not the only sentient species that is co-creating the future of our planet. I would love to know what the cetaceans are thinking about these days…..or the octopuses…or the microbes!

  3. Yvonne

    So admire how you keep shining your light Jackie, your eloquent message is essential In so many ways.
    Yvonne M

  4. Shelly L Broeckx

    As you can see from my Facebook photo…I believe in the light too. 🙂


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