“When you have come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will either be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly”
When we sit in a theater there is a brief moment before the curtain goes up that the house lights dim and we are sitting in the dark. We don’t fear this darkness, rather the darkness in this case invigorates us with anticipation for we know that in the next moment the curtain will be raised and we will be treated to a wonderful show that will suspend our day to day reality for the next hour or so. This happens because we have faith based largely on experience as to what will happen next. We don’t know exactly what will happen, we may laugh, we may cry, we may become anxious from suspense, etc this is what makes the event worth going to. If we knew everything that would happen and how all that happens on stage would impact us, we wouldn’t very much enjoy going because knowing everything that is going to happen or how the story ends would in some ways spoil the experience.
Interesting though how so many people are hell bent on wanting to know what lies ahead on their personal journey and how many people fear not knowing what lies beyond that which we can see with our physical eyes. We tend to fear the dark, the unknown. Much like a child in the darkness of their bedroom conjures up images of monsters in the closets and under the bed we too peer into the darkness and imagine things that we don’t want to see or that we don’t want to “get us”.
Our journey is full of blind curves and opportunities to cross over thresholds of darkness. The lighted way of our journey is a limited path and if we choose to stay only on the lighted path we miss much of the grand adventure that is our journey. One of the key points that we miss as we peer into the darkness is that the light that is within us has the ability to light the way through the darkest and deepest of valleys.
We must learn to trust in our divinity, trust in the truest essence of who we are and know that if we are living in spirit that the darkness is simply a precursor to a magnificent light. When we are truly living from spirit there is nothing to fear in the darkness.
It is important to be like the person in the theater and understand that as we are enveloped by darkness that the best is about to come. Travel swiftly and sure footed as you enter the darkness and be light of heart for the wonders which await you are better than you can imagine. Know that once you cross over the darkness and enter the light that you will look back at the darkness like an old friend and know the comfort of the darkness like a blanket and not view the darkness as a cold and scary place to be. Once you have come to embrace the darkness for what it is and what it leads you to you will begin to look for the dark thresholds of your journey with the anticipation of a child as they open a gift.
What dark thresholds are you avoiding on your journey? Is fear of the unknown, fear of the dark holding you back?
Today you will find me in that moment of darkness in the theater of life eagerly anticipating the raising of the curtain, should you see me there please pass the popcorn and raisnettes!