Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Darkness

“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”
~~Terry Pratchett

The light causes the darkness to abate, flee, run away, and hide. That's a misnomer. Light only causes the darkness to become unseen to the human eye, but it does not eradicate it.

Within the human heart, for example, there are equal amounts of both. This is even true for light workers and light warriors. And its also true for Empaths. This is because, whatever else they might be, they are still human beings.

One can run from it. One can hide from it. One can even believe its eradicated. But if one believes that if they walk in the light, darkness can not touch them, they are mistaken. Because in this case, the darkness doesn't represent evil, as is a prevalent belief held by many. This does not say there is not real evil in the world, please understand. It only says, that in the case of the human heart, it is usually not the case.

In this case, the darkness is an emotion seen through the metaphor of the dark. That emotion is fear. And behind the darkness lays the unknown.

If you go back to the discussion on Dreams and Nightmares, what you will discover is that the darkness still haunts us, even when we run from it, even when we hide from it, and even when we fall endlessly down the rabbit hole.

But running, hiding, and falling are choices, be it in dreams or in real life. Perhaps they are not conscious choices that our rational mind makes. Perhaps running stems from issues in the past that have not been sufficiently dealt with. Perhaps hiding in something like the taint of prejudice, hides something within the person that they do not want to be discovered and can not face themselves. And perhaps falling is simply a refusal to look up and see the dark clouds parting to offer you a way to rise.

No matter what the metaphor or dream or behavior is, it all stems from the human heart and the darkness that is wrapped around it. Many call it their 'beast', or the 'demons on their closet' best left in the darkness. So they shun that part of themselves in the hopes that it will disappear. But it never does, does it?

Two quotes exemplify this:

“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
~~Charles Austin Beard

The darkness is all around us. The darkness is within us, no matter how much light we shine on it to scare it away or hide it.

The key to halting the darkness is not to run from it. It is to stand up to it with open arms and welcome it in, because the only thing that has ever been chasing after you was you. If you welcome it and integrate it into your heart, then there are no limits to what you can do with your life.

Another great quote exemplifies this point:

“The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.”


Its all about you and who you are. And if you can not embrace all of who you are, even the not so pretty parts which are shrouded in darkness, then it will haunt you......worse than any spirit, ghost, or demon ever could.

When you finally come to the point where you can embrace all of you, you will find balance. You will find peace. And you will be able to begin a new journey, which is whatever you wish it to be, because it is the story of you.

So on that note I will leave you with a poem. I wrote it when I was going through this myself.

Child of the Shadow, Child of the Light

A small girl laid empty,
cold and alone,
within the sheltering of the shadows,
as glistening tears pierced the darkness
and shimmered.
And as they rolled down her cheeks,
and fell to the floor,
to blend seamlessly with
the crimson pool of clotted disdain
in which she sat,
her dead pan eyes looked on
into the hazy dusk of the room,
and saw nothing,
a world devoid of shape and color,
barren of life,
and flooded with desolation.

Through the gloom,
and hidden within the obscurity of the dark,
came the hollow echo of a whisper,
barely audible to the child
drenched in her own morose melancholy.
'You are not alone',
came upon a gentle breath into her ear.
And as she slowly raised her
tear stained eyes to gaze into the void,
she saw before her,
darkness transform into light,
a ray of hope smiling down upon her,
filled with a resplendent love
strong enough to luminesce the entire room,
bathing it in a glow of celestial radiance.

And as this transcending beauty
reached a gentle hand out to the child,
to help her stand,
the child realized,
with a heaving cry,
that she had not the strength
to reach out and grasp
the hand offered up to her any longer.
And upon this realization,
new tears brimmed from her eyes,
as she looked up helplessly
into the light which stood before her.

Smiling tenderly in complete understanding,
the angelic light bent down,
humbling itself before the child,
and took her into its warm embrace,
for there was no need to stand,
no need to be without support,
no need any longer to be alone.

And as she looked back upon
the scarlet pool which
stained the ground upon which
she had sat huddled in the darkness,
there still sat a child,
caught within the moments
between life and death,
and out the ashes of those tears,
arose someone new,
born of light,
born of hope,
born of love,
a transcending child of the light.

In this poem, you are the child and you are the light. Think about it. ^_^

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