Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Shine Light on the Darkness

Enlightenment is not the byproduct of avoiding the darkness in favor of the light. It is the byproduct of taking the light of consciousness and diving deep into the darkness with it. To make the darkness conscious, is to turn the shadow into light.
Teal Scott

Dealing with temptations is a curious thing for us spiritual travelers. Saying no to indulgence and exuberance to protect the integrity of our spiritual path is naturally part of the process. Yet, if the 'sweetness of life' keeps knocking on our door, we will have to find out whether we have been negating a soul longing in the name of spirituality.

I remember a story when the traveling monk Vivekananda refused to meet with a singing woman on the grounds that he was a monk. She refused to go, and standing outside of his door she started singing to him that she too was GOD's embodiment. Immediately realizing his mistake, Vivekananda came out to meet her.

Shadow work is a dance, and occasionally we stumble. Yet, like with every other activity, when we keep practicing in good faith we eventually will become quite skilled at it. No one says that you should willingly deviate from the WAY, but dare to look in the dark corners of your being. The demon always has a present in hand for you. Let the light shine in - darkness be gone!

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