IS ENTERING THE DARKNESS NECESSARY TO EXPERIENCE THE LIGHT?
The question may sound quite philosophical, but each one of us asks ourselves the question in our own way every time we experience a challenge in life.
Why do I have to go through these struggles?
Philosophically, maybe it makes sense that opposites must exist for there to be any comparison and contrast, for me to call anything good as opposed to bad, but why did it have to be created that way? Can’t there just be bliss and good times?
The answer is: That the true joy of achieving any great accomplishment is paralleled only by the effort that we invest. We all know that the harder we have to work at something, the sweeter our success.
Imagine a person born into a low income neighbourhood and subjected to abuse. Statistically, they can be expected to: join a gang, break the law, continue the cycle of poverty and abuse. Imagine this person fighting society’s expectations, risking their life to spend time in the library and struggle with every ounce of their being to break free from what seems like an inescapable destiny. If this person would become a successful member of society; a police officer, a lawyer, a professor, we could make a great film about this hero. This person would have such an ownership over their success that it could never be taken away from them. They would acquire it with the greatest honours and truly enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Some of us may have intuitively known the answer to the question, but why do we still find it challenging to apply it to our lives? Why do we struggle to find strength and joy during times of challenge even if the challenges themselves have within them the potential to make us into heroes?
We are created with a great amount of love. True, we have our challenges, but we are also blessed with, literally billions, of details designed to bring us pleasure and experience. In fact, we are created with so much love and light that it’s literally of what we are comprised.
Scientists now know that the whole universe and everything inside is formed from light and therefore light is at the root of our most basic structure. We exist within the illusion of being separate entities because of a certain illusory darkness that gives us that perspective. We see hard physical matter and separation, but that is our subjective experience.
Under the scrutiny of a fine lens there is another world that exists. A world where the infinite and the finite merge as one. That we experience challenges at all, provides us with an opportunity to grow and shine. Just like a young child can’t grasp why they must get painful vaccinations by their paediatrician, we too often lack the breadth of understanding, at least in the moment, to grasp why we must be fired from a job or become ill.
If we had that vision and understanding there would not be any challenge. There would be no possibility for us to overcome and succeed! We would never be able to make the powerful choices that proclaim us as heroes and masters of our own destiny. Every great artist knows that the details are in a mastery of the use of shading. It’s an amazing paradox. Although we are made of light, it’s the darkness that gives us the opportunity to create who we truly are.