So how does one embrace the darkness? And what does the "darkness" even mean? I've heard it called many things over the years--flaws, dark nature, weaknesses, fears, character defects, negative qualities, demons--none of which sounded attractive to me. I understand why many of us would choose to ignore these aspects or lock them away so tightly we've convinced ourselves we've escaped or overcome them, only to find them popping up at a later time when we least expect them or in a most inopportune situation. At least in my life this has been the case and has resulted in many unnecessary experiences of heartache and emotional pain.
So I began asking myself "Why not simply slow down and begin to journey inward so that you can discover what darkness means to you?"
And herein begins the deepening of my own experience of surrendering into the darkness, into the dark void within...
The intention I'm holding for my blog is to create a loving and intimate space for ALL experiences to be shared from a state of wonder, awe and surrender--the peaks, the plateaus and the valleys (those forbidden spaces or shadows that many of us learned to cast away and deny). Those of you who have traversed this deep inner journey are familiar with these spaces...
As the year 2017 comes to a completion I'll be sharing in my next several blog posts some of my own past experiences, my own inner journey to where I am in this moment. I hope that by sharing my experiences others will learn to honor their own process and cherish their journey as all part of their own unique and authentic ever-expanding SELF!
I've chosen a challenging journey this lifetime. I've had many experiences when I felt lost, alone, confused, isolated and uncertain about how to navigate these dark terrains. Slowly and painstakingly over time I began to sense a comfort in this darkness. The more I embraced the darkness, the more I began to settle into an inner knowing that there was a deeper meaning hidden within this space...