Don’t Fear the Darkness

We tend to be afraid of what is hiding, waiting for us, amongst the shadows in the dark. 

As a result, we choose to deal with aspects we know we can control.

When we cannot see what is out there in the dark, we don’t know whether we can handle it or not.

Since we have been conditioned to fix the unbroken constantly, we continue to control things by making them more manageable, convenient, and less painful for ourselves.

We used fire to control the darkness around us yet found it too feral to tame.

Thus, we developed light bulbs and diodes to do away with the dark dismay.

But this darkness we try so hard to keep away is a critical part of our nature that’s more powerful and more primal than we comprehend.

With eyes tightly shut against the light, we are born in darkness.

Like plants that only begin to bloom while shrouded in the shadow of gloom, the life of a conscious and wise human emerges from the dark as well. 

We don’t choose to enter this life, but it is in our hands to become reborn.

When darkness eventually takes hold of our lives, that decision is given to us.

Sometimes we need to sit and wait within it and remember the darkness in which we were born.

We close our eyes, feel the fear, listen to our beating breath, and begin to bloom.

Darkness is crucial to living consciously.

There are things only discerned in the dark that reveal to us that which the light is limited.

Whether closing our eyes under the darkness of night or living in dark times, it shows us what we need to know. 

It may be a struggle to find the lessons hiding in the dark, to recognize the gifts darkness has for us, so we sit within it, working on completing the battle.

If not consciously, we then close our eyes and receive the gifts of darkness as we sleep.

Familiar spaces become unfamiliar in the dark.

We also lose our sense of where we are, so it’s crucial to learn to see in new ways.

We need to know to let go; to get out of our way; to close our eyes. 

Darkness shows us what has been there all along.