There is a beautiful vastness in darkness. We all have a dark passenger of sorts, and we all have experienced or we all will experience dark nights of the soul; some more than others. Darkness will happen as it is a part of life. Sometimes, darkness can be disparaging and can shroud our fortitude with hopelessness. The weight of nothing can feel like the weight of everything. Bleakness can be all consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Without darkness, there would be no function for light; there would be nothing to illuminate nor inspire. Life would be nothing. Meaning would be lost. Zero purpose. Empty. However, darkness is not nothing. Darkness is an opportunity. What kind of person would you be without darkness? Your life would have little breadth without darkness, and that would be truly sad. As much as we might want to banish darkness, physically or mentally, it serves an existential purpose to fuel our very being. How we address darkness defines who we are. When in darkness, we must find the light. We must problem solve. We must survive. Accepting darkness within is to be your own candle of hope. Darkness should not be banished, but rather, darkness should be embraced.
The next time you find yourself in a dark room, allow yourself to succumb to the darkness. Keep your eyes open and allow them to adjust to darkness’s engulf. Watch the shadows and shades materialize, and ground yourself in the void. What are the different forms you see? What is the depth of the darkness you are witnessing? The darkness would not have illuminated itself if you had kept your eyes closed. Go into the darkness further and allow your mind to drift towards the darkest of thoughts. Accept the darkness. Accept the disturbing thoughts your mind can conjure. Accept that there is darkness with in us and around us… however, know that it is only darkness. It is not you. It is darkness. Usually, any meaning we tend to apply to the importance of darkness is false, because it is darkness and nothing more. If you are afraid of darkness and must turn on a light, then that will only reinforces your fear of darkness; however, if you can sit in darkness and observe it, then you will be a master of darkness. You will be comfortable in darkness. You will be darkness. Because you know that even though there is light, darkness is always lurking.
Do not fear the darkness within you. Do not fear the darkness in others. Do not fear the darkness around you. Learn to know darkness and become darkness… only then will you be a light for yourself and others… only then can you truly empathize and relate… observe and understand. Do not dwell about darkness, just notice it. We all have darkness, and that is okay. By accepting darkness you will allow your life to be broader and grander. Like mentioned before, there is a beautiful vastness in darkness. A single ray of hope can cast a shadow, and a single shadow can loom large. Welcome the darkness in your life, and find a new way to illuminate your being.
“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities… I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing they can prove today whether one is worth anything or not… that one endures.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche