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Guided By The Light and The Darkness

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During the days I spent in British Columbia visiting my mother and step-father, I managed to take a number of photos, not all of them with the SoFoBoMo project in mind, including this Iris which I found on one of my walks.  This iris caught my eye because of the “glow” that was gifted to it by the sun.

The translucence of the petals reassure me that the sun is present and present me with what feels like a state of grace, of holiness in the light.  Yet at the same time, there is a sense of fragility.  Being in a state of grace in the light is momentary.  Too much light and one becomes washed out, lifeless.  With the passage of time, a short time in the larger scheme of things, one wilts and returns to the earth from which one emerged.  Too little light and a sickness descends upon the soul and the outer body looses its colour and vibrancy – one becomes a living ghost.

I have decided to place two photos in today’s post, one that glorifies the sun and one that thrives in relative darkness.   This mushroom, like all mushrooms, thrives in dark and damp spaces and places.

Both the dark and the light are in balance.  Those in tune with the universe already know this.  There is no inherent goodness in light or inherent evil in darkness.  We need both aspects for survival as individual humans.  As we look inside our own selves, it should come as no surprise that the evil and darkness that we fear on the outside is also within.  And the pure light and saintliness that we crave, that we see in rare others, is also within.

The kingdom of heaven is within.  This we have often heard yet hardly dare believe.  But, so is the kingdom of hell.  Strange how we so easily accept this last statement.


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  1. Two of the reasons why I was attracted to Dr. Jung’s psychology was his belief in the necessity of balance, and the acknowledgment of darkness.
    we all have Shadow – it can not be denied.
    And light has/needs dark, and vice versa.

    These two sensible truisms other psychologies don’t admit or like.


    June 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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