From darkness to light. The process of working with your darkness and shadow material is the way to reach the light. That is the barely admitted secret of transformation that many people just don’t like to talk about. But the importance of this process is evident in shamanic practice, native indigenous practice, in multiple cultural mythologies and scattered here and there in religion.
One of the last places we usually find it is in new age philosophy. Within that lexicon we have things like the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction (re-interpreted.) In that line of thinking we should not have negative thoughts or feelings, especially anger or hatred, out of fear that we will attract that in our life. Well folks, this is incredibly blind and shallow, no? Not to mention unrealistic. A deeper approach is to understand that the “darkness” has to be accepted and worked through, not ignored and repressed. That is what the whole Halloween season does. Brings out all the things we don’t dwell on in polite society such as death, (energetic) vampires, and fear.
The first thing to do is acknowledge that darkness exists. Hatred, anger, murder, torture, abuse, psychopaths, yes they are all real. All we have to do is turn on the news to figure that out. The second thing to do is understand that you have a shadow side within you. What in you looks like what you see outside of you? (from esoteric hermeticism–as within, so without, as above, so below.) And the third thing to do is get busy healing those things, feeling those yucky feelings, loving that inner child, and understanding that is the path to true change–in yourself and in the world. From darkness into light, that is the way. 🙂
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