In many cultures the sun is personified by a masculine, strong willed god and creator. However, in Japan, the sun is seen as a radiant goddess Ameratasu, which means 'shining in heaven.' When her brother the Storm God insulted her, she retreated to a cave. Much to the dismay of the people, she refused to come out and light dwindled on earth, disappearing and fading into perpetual darkness. Disturbed by this, Uzume the bawdy, laughing shaman-goddess called together the people, gods and goddesses. To the delight of the crowd, Uzume danced wildly and cracked outrageous bawdy jokes. Their laughter, hoots and calls intrigued Ameratasu so much that eventually she came out to see what the hoopla was all about. As she peeked her head out, the crowd held up a mirror. Dazzled by her own beauty, she shone radiantly, returning the light and sun back to the world.   Laughter and lightness naturally illuminate our inherent beauty. This also helps us not to take ourselves so seriously. I remember visiting an incredible spiritual teacher, Rashani who lives at South Point on the Big Island of Hawai'i. We were just visiting, however I could not help asking her for advice on some drama I was having with a friend. At that time I had my daughter's star sunglasses with me and would wear them for kicks at the beach. Rashani gave me sage advice to stay present with my friend and really tune into her needs, listen and then share my own. And then, almost as an afterthought, she casually said, "And wear those sunglasses when you talk to her."   What a funny, simple thing to say, and yet the profound effect it had on dissolving all my [...]