“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver
“Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“Darkness always has its part to play. Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light? It’s only when its ambitions become too grandiose that it must be opposed, disciplined, sometimes – if necessary – brought down for a time. Then it will rise again, as it must.” ~ Clive Barker
***“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton
***“We can’t live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.” ~ Libba Bray
“Be thankful for the bad things that happen in life, for they open your eyes to the good things you were not paying attention to before.” ~ Author Unknown
from The Desk of MarDrag:
We all have been taught, in one way or another, that in the Universe, in Spirituality, in Religion, in Life…there is always two sides to everything…the Light and the Dark. It is rather a fact we live with in our daily lives. We learn to try to consider both sides of the proverbial “coin” or situation. The Light or Good side and the Dark or Bad side.
And so too, we as humans, have a Light and Dark side. And…we experience the Light and Dark side of life. We have happy, joyful and content times…and we have sad, depressing and restless times. This too, is a fact of life. There is no circumventing that life moves in waves and that, while we can be sure that we will have times in the Light of our lives, we will also, inevitably, have times in the Dark of our lives.
The thing is…we are very good at handling the Lighter moments, and of course, allow ourselves to enjoy and embrace them. But…when those Darker moments come, we resist them, almost hate them, and look to get out of them as quickly as possible at, sometimes, any price. And naturally so, really, as these times are difficult and do not at all feel good, are not enjoyable, and seemingly do not do anything good for us. Seemingly.
But, what if what we know about the Darkness is not all there is to know? What if I told you that….as Brave as it is to move with the Light and look at and handle things in your life in a positive way…it is just as Brave to look at and enter the Darkness and allow it to take you through its tunnel and lead you to another stage of your life, which is always back in the Light?
You see…I think it takes great courage to acknowledge the onset of a Dark time in our lives…whether it be from a broken relationship, inner feelings of unworthiness, a death of someone close to us, our lives not heading where we desire them to go…or any other number of things that happen to us that produce a Dark cloud over our Sun for a time. It takes great nerve and bravery to dare to face the Darkness as it comes, with the strength to say, “I will experience you and learn what it is you have to teach me, or be within you for the time you are here, still believing in myself and my path…and that it is important to my path that I embrace you and go through this Dark time”. We must be Brave and Wise enough to truly know that these times do not come to us just to upset us, or for us to ask why, but because they are an integral strand in the picture of our tapestry that somehow makes us whole. Though we may not always understand, we can accept.
Of course, as the quote by Clive Barker says above, if Darkness becomes too grandiose and threatens to take over, or plunge us in too deep a depression that we struggle to surface from, we must do something with it to vanquish and overcome it so that we may reclaim the Light in our life. BUT, as the waves of life wash over the shores of our souls…if we can remember that we are Brave Warriors that must, at times, go on our quests into the Darkness in order to find the gems of Light that illuminate the other parts of us…then we need not despair, or think ourselves unworthy or weak or without capabilities, or as failures or victims, when we are faced with a Dark time. And if it is just a wave…then we can look to riding it, learning how to balance on it, and steady our journey to our shore once more where the sun will come from behind the cloud and warm us again.
And we will see that, our lives are indeed moments, all different colored gems, strung together by the silvery cord of our souls…and we will never be left hanging without the next moment to turn to.
Day turns to Night and back to Day again. Light turns to Dark and back to Light again. And on and on the circle turns. We are as Brave into one as we are the other…and we make ourselves rich to gather it all to us and walk courageously through it.