Why is Darkness a 'Bad' Thing?
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”
― C.G. Jung
I think I was pretty 'dark' before I began working for Her, about 13 or so years ago now. By all accounts I was not exactly a sunny child, and my teenage years were most certainly... difficult. For me, and for those who loved me.
I see lots of quotes and comments around at this time of year about facing the darkness, and coming through it to the light, and I get that. I do.
I've been looking up quotes from books to post through My Facebook Page, and there are some interesting ones, that maybe fit a little better with my world view.
- “People often believed they were safer in the light, thinking monsters only came out at night. But safety – like light – is a façade.” ― C.J. Roberts, Captive in the Dark
- “A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.” ― Jean Genet
- “There is darkness inside all of us, though mine is more dangerous than most. Still, we all have it—that part of our soul that is irreparably damaged by the very trials and tribulations of life. We are what we are because of it, or perhaps in spite of it. Some use it as a shield to hide behind, others as an excuse to do unconscionable things. But, truly, the darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so. It took a witch, a war, and a voodoo queen to teach me that.” ― Jenna Maclaine, Bound By Sin
- “Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.” ― Stephen King
- “What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ― Rumi
- “Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay
- “I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
I live in the darkness. This is where the real magic happens, the formative creation.
Can the light catch that first push from inside the seed? The first unseen growth happens in the darkness - the plan is formed, the form is set, the energy is gathered.
Darkness has an inherent power and strength that, unfortunately, is attractive to a certain type of being. Yes, there are abuses that happen hidden under cover.
Yet more and more, we see that the truly evil are not afraid to walk in the light. They will look us in the eye, with no compunction and no remorse, and claim the way of light as their own.
And there are some of us, out here in the darkness, who patrol and guard. There are some of us who hunt here, to keep it pure and unpolluted. To ensure that the power and strength of darkness remains true, and there is no sanctuary in our land for the dishonourable.
Yes, the power and strength of darkness is not to be taken lightly (see what I did there?), and not to be trifled with. Respect is due and care should be taken, for human form is somewhat fragile in body and mind.
But if you are a person who has darkness within you, who fits better with darkness than light, why spend a lifetime fighting that - fighting yourself? Why not find your Balance?
“Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.”
― Dean Koontz, Midnight