Shedding a Little Light in the Darkness
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light , that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” [Bible, Genesis 1 to 4]
I want to step aside of Christian theology for a moment and look more carefully at this story of creation, the words and their implications. If one reads on, one comes to realise that this creation of light was the first act of creation. Darkness already was in place, characterized as a formless void, emptiness. It took the creation of light to begin the process that eventually lead to the final act of creation, that of humans.
All is nothingness, an unending darkness in which there is no matter of any kind. It was as though this black emptiness, black being the absence of light, contained all the potential for what might come to be. Without light, there would be nothing. If one is able to enter into a space where light is completely barred entry, one is not able to see anything other than blackness, one is blind. Imagine that the blackness was such that there was nothing to touch or taste or smell or hear as well – that all was a black void.
If one brings light, banishing the darkness, but does not have anything to stand in contrast to the light, one again is blinded. In such a condition where only light exists, all is still a void. One needs a separation in order to discern the difference between light and non-light. If I look at this in a psychological framework, with non-light being unconsciousness and light being consciousness, the problem of the void continues to exist if consciousness is fully absent, or if unconsciousness is fully absent. In either state, there is no sense of “self” in relation to “other” whether that other is animate or inanimate or even conceptual.
It is no accident that all of our creation stories begin with the emergence of light to define itself in contrast to darkness. The creations stories are there for us, as a way to comprehend the duality of existence. Even the “Big Bang” theory has the same story to tell – out of the void something happened that shifted the formless and dark void with the result of light emerging and energy gathering itself into form.
That dark void from which all emerges with the appearance of light, is God. God can’t be separate as to have a god separate then changes the void into actually being something separate – in a separate space, place and time. Separating the void from God limits God as much as it limits the void.
In case you are wondering, this is going somewhere that will end up within the human psyche which mirrors all creation stories. It will take some time for me to bring all the pieces together here. But it is vital to begin at the beginning – darkness – where nothing, no one exists, not even light.