The Dark Side

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“It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules me. I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to heal my mind and heart because that is the road to freedom. I must walk into darkness to find the light and walk into fear to find peace.”

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We learn early it is better not to speak with our dark thoughts and emotions.  This teaches us to avoid thinking about it, after all, your thoughts become your words.  But this darkness of our soul has a life of its own which thrives, whether or not we choose to acknowledge it.  It’s there, and it’s powerful. Much effort goes into repressing and hiding it from ourselves and others. It’s our dark side. The parts we are ashamed and afraid to show. Secrecy, manipulation, and pretending take over large parts of our lives from fear of this dark side. The more we repress these dark corners of our being, the more we face disorder in our personality. This comes out in things like addiction, anxiety, intentionally failed relationships or jobs, or other behaviors that cause destruction to ourselves and others. The latest way to not deal with this is… developing one of the ABC sicknesses, it is easy, your local friendly doctor will gladly help you!

To really appreciate the light, one must know and experience total darkness, that is my personal opinion, I may be wrong.

I put it to you, that any spiritual work must entail exposure and understanding of our dark side. Solely concentrating on your light side keeps you away from places of shame, guilt, jealousy, greed,  lust and aggression. But it is these very emotions that must be worked through first.

Taking an honest look in the mirror is the hardest, scariest thing you will ever do, trust me on this one.  But if you are unhappy and want to change it is the only way, forget about all these self help books, and look in that damn mirror…. honestly. Then decide what you would like to change about yourself, that is the first step.

As usual, simple…. but not easy.

As you know, a decision without action is worthless.

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