Fears Embraced

Everything exists within a sea of energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it only changes form. So when our bodies die, our energy will still live on in another vessel. Yet, in Western culture, death is still greatly feared. While other cultures worldwide celebrate how their loved ones are now free from their pain, we, on the other hand, mourn, reminiscing on the past while wishing things had been different. Instead of all the attention focused on our dearly departed, we tend to make it about ourselves and how much their death has affected us.

Indeed it’s not a conscious action to steal our loved one’s last limelight. So, why is this?

Death isn’t anything to be feared. Still, we are afraid of it because we have been misled with contrasting beliefs about the true nature of reality. That death isn’t the end, but the beginning of something entirely new.

Human beings are constantly worried about something—not getting what they want, losing what they have or love, fearing what others think of them, etc. This is the real pandemic we have been suffering from for millennia, but in the past few decades, it has grown on a massive scale and at a rapid pace.

While humans have the potential to ascend to a higher capacity, we can also descend to a level of consciousness lower than that of mere animals. People can literally worry themselves to death. Worrying is the act that gives way to unease, or “dis-ease.” We can lead ourselves to ulcers, mental illness, and other disorders and diseases that can ultimately lead to our death.

We tend to be afraid of what is hiding, waiting for us, amongst the shadows in the dark. As a result, we choose to deal with aspects we know we can control. When we cannot see what is out there in the dark, we don’t know whether we can handle it or not. Since we have been conditioned to update and fix what is unbroken constantly, we continue to control things by making them more manageable, convenient, and less painful for ourselves. We used fire to control the darkness around us yet found it too feral to tame. As a result, we developed light bulbs and diodes to do away with the dark dismay. But this darkness we try so hard to keep away plays a critical role in our nature that’s more powerful and more primal than we can comprehend.

With eyes tightly shut against the light, we are born in darkness. Like plants that only begin to bloom while shrouded in the shadow of gloom, the life of a conscious and wise human emerges from the dark as well. We don’t choose to enter this life, but it is in our hands to become reborn. When darkness eventually takes hold of our lives, that decision is given to us. Sometimes we need to sit and wait within it to remember the darkness in which we were born. We close our eyes, feel the fear, listen to our beating breath, and begin to bloom.

Darkness is crucial to living a conscious life. There are things only discerned in the dark that reveal to us that the light is limited. Whether closing our eyes under the darkness of night or living in dark times, it shows us what we need to know. It may be a struggle to find the lessons hiding in the dark, to recognize the gifts darkness has for us, so we sit within it, working on completing the battle. If not consciously, we then close our eyes and receive the gifts of darkness as we sleep.

Tight spaces become unfamiliar in the dark. We also lose our sense of where we are, so it’s crucial to learn to see in new ways. We need to know to let go and to get out of our way. We must not be afraid to open our eyes in the dark.

Darkness shows us what has been there all along.


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Joshua Allison

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Joshua Allison is an avid reader and writer; a bibliophile, contrarian, Jungian Philosopher, social/political inquisitor, self-actualized Anti-Authoritarian, and self-taught, multi-instrumental…

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