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Who Prays for the Darkness?

By Briony Dalton on Tuesday November 26th, 2019

Image: Twinsfisch

A Candle in a Darkened Corner

But who prays for Satan? – Mark Twain

These poignant words stare at me from the mysterious realm of Facebook.

…the one sinner who needed it most… the one sinner among us all who had the highest and clearest right to every Christian’s daily and nightly prayers, for the plain and unassailable reason that his was the first and greatest need, he being among sinners the supremest? – Mark Twain

My heart sinks. For all the times I’ve rejected and scolded the ‘badness,’ the ‘unlovable,’ the ‘wrong’ in both myself and others. For all the times I’ve looked down upon that which does not fit with my ideals of good, fair and right. For all the times I’ve cast away my own shadow to where I thought it belonged – hidden, separate from me, unworthy of the eyes of the world.

But these words from Mark Twain become a candle, quietly lit in this darkened corner, revealing the forgotten life still present amongst the flickering glow. And just as there is a glimmer of light in this darkened corner, there are shadows cast among all who dwell in the daylight.

It reminded me of a time I was in a car with my father, words of hair-raising abuse snarling and spitting from his mouth at the mere negligence of another driver. A mouth that only moments before had been spilling generous feelings of deep adoration and love. I remember this sudden shift slapping me squarely in the face. The shock of this stark duality a mirror, blatantly reflecting back to me the very same demons I had, at times, seen in myself.

I realised, up until this point, I had judged my father as ‘asleep’ or ‘unevolved.’ Detached from his own heart and lacking the capacity for empathy. But having seen only moments before the depth of his kindness, it was now so clear that I had been putting him in the ‘not as good as me’ box, as a way to avoid looking at my own darkness … “I don’t do or say stuff like that, so I must be ‘good’!”

Mirror, mirrorA mirror, reflecting back my own demons.

All this time, I’d been skimming the surface of my inner tapestry, weaving the story I’d wanted to believe – “I am better than them.” But in this small, yet significant moment, my self-delusion came crashing at my feet. I could no longer hide from the truth of my shadows. They were there, alive and strong and inside me. My judgement. My superiority. My ‘ugly’.

When I looked again at this man beside me, my father, I saw the blood running through his veins. Blood that we share. I sensed the beat of his resilient heart, with all the breakage it’s endured. And I felt my own heart, beating to the very same rhythm. Suddenly, I could sense the sadness, the hurt, the fear, the unjust, the rejection, and the pain that had met him along his path. With this revelation, my view of his shadows took on a different form and now I understood his violent displays of discomfort were merely desperate cries for attention. Symptoms of self-inflicted judgement and abandon. I couldn’t help but wonder how he and I might both be different if we had attended to the causes of our shadows instead of banishing them.

We are All Capable

This is not to say that all acts of ill-intention should be excused and accepted. We are all capable of the unimaginable, just as we are all capable of unfathomable love. And perhaps it would serve us to notice this sameness that we each share, the dark and the light. Perhaps if we more willingly cast our gaze upon this, we would naturally foster the grounds for change, for transformation, for wholeness.

I watched his hardened gaze, the aftermath of his eruption. I wanted to tell his demons – they were okay, they were worthy. I wanted to scoop them up in my arms and let them feel what it feels like to really be seen, heard, even loved. I wanted to rock them into a blissful sleep and wash away their pain with my tears … except I knew that I couldn’t. Only he could do that. But at least I could do that for my own.

And so, I closed my eyes and said a prayer for my demons. One by one. I let them tell me where they were from and why they were here. I explored their fascinating shapeshifting faces and forms. I cuddled them. I let them soften in the glow of my unconditional love. And as I did, I felt as if my soul swelled in fullness and peace.

Love in the darknessLove in the darkness. The darkness in me.

I See You, I See Me

As days went by, I watched more closely and noticed more sweetly the arisings of my shadow sides. I tried to make time and space for them when they squirmed and found love for them when they felt far from lovable. It wasn’t, and still isn’t, easy. But I keep trying, and I keep finding that the more I devote my attention and intention to them, the more I can see, hear, and feel the humanness within what once could have appeared ‘inhumane’ in other people.

As Osho so eloquently put it:

Love.

I am one with all things –

in beauty,

in ugliness,

for whatsoever is – there I am.

Not only in virtue

but in sin too I am a partner,

and not only in heaven but hell too is mine.

Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu –

it is easy to be their heir,

but Genghis, Taimur and Hitler:

they are also within me!

No, not half – I am the whole of mankind.

Whatsoever is man’s is mine –

flowers and thorns,

darkness as well as light,

and if nectar is mine, whose is poison?

Nectar and poison – both are mine

Whoever experiences this

I call religious,

for only the anguish of such experience can

revolutionise life on Earth.

– Osho

~

Are you acquainted with your own dark side? If you feel so inspired, sit quietly with any ill feelings or parts of yourself you have difficulty accepting. Close your eyes and visualise what those look like – colours, forms, shapes, smells, feelings, sounds. Get a good sense of their essence. Then try having a loving conversation with each one. Enquire, seek to understand why it is a part of you. Thank it for what it has done for you, perhaps it was actually trying to protect you, and send it love.

We would love to hear about your experience with this or any other stories about learning to love your shadow in the comments below.

With unconditional love and light for all parts of you,

Team UPLIFT

 

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26 Responses to Who Prays for the Darkness?

  1. The old statements about loving the sinner, but not the sin…or forgiving the abusive person, but not their hurtful actions…or about praying for our enemies …come to mind as I read this! And I’m once again amazed at the capacity and resiliency of the human spirit…to endure and survive…and even to heal as more whole than before! And I’m just as amazed at how insidiously we can position ourselves to judge others…and ourselves, too…as we struggle to make sense of our world and our own feelings! I’ve learned that no matter how hard I try, I can’t make life nice and tidy, and I can’t make others truly understand my ways and my journey experiences!! Since life is a process, I’ve also learned I can’t “get done” adjusting and re-adjusting, as if it were some kind of homework assignment!! Yet having a tidy existence and being done aren’t really true goals anyway! It was in learning this that I’ve found peace, joy, freedom…and myself, despite the darkness!

  2. Dear UPLIFT Friends!

    I do a daily meditation within which I wrap our Mother Earth in violet light with all living beings, everyone and everything included. I do not make a difference, as I have the strong feeling that we are all one and wonderful, not matter what it might look like… so there is no light and dark or good and bad, just all beings and part of the eternal source of life…

    Lots of Love,
    Natali

    • That’s really beautiful Natali, and so inspiring! Thank you for sharing this wonderful practice 🙂

      Blessings,
      Team UPLIFT

  3. Without the engagement of our shadow, or building a relationship with it, we are at the behest of myriad unconscious controllers, each one looking its very own child-like way. Congrats Team UPLIFT for inspiring piece!

  4. Thanks Briony. A poetic exploration of a difficult subject.

    I’ve noticed how acceptance and condoning are often confused, and how (as with Ingrid’s reply above) acceptance feels too traumatic for someone overwhelmed by the difficulties they have faced in life. And yet acceptance is the necessary process that enables us to step back and distance ourselves from being merged with the trauma.

    The ‘work’ to accept what has happened seems to involve separating energetically from the abuser, granting them the freedom to be unwell (as part their karma), then gradually releasing my resentment around what happened (by not giving it the energy of my attention). Only then can I get about the business making myself happy and more whole again.

    Until I do that, until I can detach and move on from the pain of the trauma, i am bound in an endless struggle with the memories of the injustice, which then weaves it into my own karma in a more lasting way. I’ve heard blame described as drinking poison with the intent to make another sick. It does seem to work in just that way.

    Forgetfulness is greatly underrated in my view… the kind that happens when not from drowning my sorrows in alcohol or escaping them with drugs or fetish attachments, but by doing the work that lets me turn away and just not give my attention to that which causes me suffering.

    Thank you again for the eloquent weave of words that gave the world such a poignant tapestry of healing. Hope to see many more in the years to come.

    Terrence

    • Hi Terrence,

      Thank you so much for your eloquent response. It sounds like you have (and still are – the learning never ends, right?!) discovering for yourself how to come back to wholeness after experiencing very deep trauma. I happy for this and I appreciate that you have shared these very valid thoughts. We are all unique and on different journeys through life, and can learn from each other by sharing, which is what I’d hoped and intended to do with this article. It is what you have done for me with this comment – opened my mind to a different perspective – so thank you. I truly hope my words have not offended you Terrence and if they have, I’m so very sorry.

      May you continue to find inspiration on your path to wholeness.

      Much love,
      Team UPLIFT

  5. We don’t have to be acceptable to be accepted, yet we do need to own all that we are, so we can live a truly authentic life. Without engagement of our shadow, or building a relationship with it, we are at the behest of myriad unconscious controllers, each one wanting its own child-like way. Congrats Team UPLIFT for an inspiring and insightful piece! 🙏🙏

    • So glad you enjoyed the article 🙂 Thank you for reading and for your encouragement. I too (like all of us!) am still learning on this journey, and it means so much to hear feedback from our valued readers.

      Blessings on your own journey,
      Team UPLIFT

  6. Wow ‘team UPLIFT’ Thank goodness for you and your wisdom. It must be so gratifying wielding SUCH power and influence over peoples hearts and minds.
    So, I can relate in the way of standing on a critical precipice, finally, and thank fully realising that ‘I’ created ‘them’ to hold ‘me’ accountable to trauma’s & trauma bonds hurried so deep…

    When it comes to forgiving the psychopath who broke it out of me?
    Bringing myself into oneness with this psychopath?

    Now that’s where you loose me.
    Being a medium of “Conscious media” you ought to be careful, for you a treading dangerous line.

    It’s difficult facing this level of personal honesty…
    Facing ignorance, naivety and a general belief in the inherent good in all.
    The danger with ‘forgiveness’ you see, ‘team UPLIFT’ is, When pushed as an agenda to victims of physical and psychological violence, it has the potential to ensure more damage, ‘whereby the effects of PTSD are compounded through ‘self’ shaming.

    So, What to do with a mastermind dark wizard?

    The person I’m talking about has the ability to manipulate energy and form through telekinesis.
    He possesses the genius of imbeding himself into another’s bio electrical currents and somatic reality, from a place of ownership. I went from feeling safe in my inner world to terrified of his penetrating intuition and agenda. I could never escape him. He had me hooked into the words he did and didn’t say and the love he never gave, in addition to his grievous sexual addictions, forcing me to live out whatever chaos he created with women through my own body.
    This, I now see was the degree of my own dissociative severance from being molested as A child.
    Only this level of invasive trauma could engender such degrees of wakefulness and integration.

    Throughout this war, The torch has shone into places that scared both me and the devil. Now, I’m woke af but tired.
    Tired of fighting off the real love that knocks at my door.
    I now feel rendered to an excruciating accountability for my own dark and macabre nature, thanks to this experience, but am reeling from a lifetime of shining light in darkness but afraid to receive it.
    Can I rise to meet and co create in Something beautiful?
    Well, as I continue to stand solid in my skin and own my monsters, I believe so, yes.
    Do I believe that certain expressions of psychopathy warrants empathy and compassion?
    In my opinion, encouraging such bipassing furthers cycles of (self) abuse, to people who never had a childhood. These beings need a revolution of self love, identity and boundary’s. NOT spirituality.
    So With unequivocal clarity, I say no.
    You can keep your ideological hyperbole by not, asking me or any other trauma survivor to so.

    • Hi Ingrid,
      Thank you for your honest feedback. I appreciate it. And I hear you. I have no idea what you have experienced in your life and can only ever write from my own experience and perspective, of course. With this in mind, I do my best to avoid ‘telling’ anyone how to do anything, instead sharing my own lessons and learning whilst encouraging our readers to explore the lessons and ideas portrayed for themselves. I also am not pretending to know more or what’s ‘right’ or ‘best.’ I don’t believe anyone can ever lay claim to this because we are all unique and have to find our own path, but what we do hope to do here at UPLIFT Connect is inspire people as they do so.

      I am deeply and sincerely sorry that my article has offended you. This was not at all my intention, to you or anyone else, and I will talk with the team about perhaps adding a disclaimer to articles of this nature. Thank you again for your response, it’s all part of our learning process and is helping us bring more conscious awareness to the way we conduct ourselves at UPLIFT. This is important to us, so for that I am grateful.

      Much love to you on your journey Ingrid.
      Team UPLIFT

    • I totally hear what you are saying Ingrid and get where you are coming from because I too have been through something similar and feel lucky to be alive to tell the tale Personally I do believe narcissists and psychopaths and dark masters have contracted to live in separation from their soul and deeper alignment to Source and their humanity and their cruel games and antics are a reflection of the rage they feel at this separation from God …..they kind of seem out to prove that God is dead and to destroy what the cant come to honourably They are very tortured souls, I actually found great solace in the work of Melanie Tonia Evans who is one of the worlds leading experts on understanding narcissism and why we might attract or have a soul contract with such a person and she has some really sound strategies for quantum healing as strategies for taking back your life and your power after narcissistic abuse Her website details are http://www.melanietoniaevans.com I have had a profound awareness of the karmic connection between myself and my abuser and who he was/is to me karmically and had massive trouble sorting out differences between the profound and transcendant love that moved between us in the fifth dimension and the twisted limitations of his earthly persona in this lifetime and I still feel a deep spiritual connection and love for this guy even though in the earthly realm I have had to set him at a distance and not initiate contact with him at all as they recommend for making a serious recovery There is a whole community of survivors of narcisistic abuse out there and I think profound lessons to be learned about self love.embracing a healing journey to heal deep deep wounds and detach from your abuser standing in your power being a spiritual warrior and a vampire slayer and perhaps even having affinity and compassion for your opponent as you slowly take back your power rise up from being a screaming heap to being able to graciously side step their next grissly manouvres and smile and say really thats not nice I dont think so ……. Wemdy B

  7. It is very romantic to say that we have to accept our darkness, demons etc. What should we do in front of a murder, a rapist or other bad person? What should we do if this person is within us? Not everything is good and worth of accepting. But one thing we can do with the darkness – sometimes the reject is not the best choice – in some cases the transformance (or transmutation) of darkness is what we should do…

    • Hi Rigpa, I understand what you’re saying. It’s a very valid point and certainly a difficult one to navigate. I think I agree with what you say about transforming that darkness, and I also feel that for such transformation to happen, there is a certain space that would need to be held for that darkness. A space of non-judgemental enquiry… curiosity even. I’ll be honest though – I don’t have the answer/s, and I know this article is really only scratching the surface of a rather big and complicated notion. It sounds like you are on your way to finding your own answers however, which I’m happy about 🙂

      Good luck and blessings on your journey,
      Team UPLIFT

  8. In conversations with God, explains to Neil
    “God is that which IS and that which is NOT”
    For me loving the parts of me that is unlovable, is all about total acceptance of what is.
    Acceptance has literally helped me to forgive the unforgivable.

    • I love that Clint 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing. Acceptance and forgiveness are so important for our inner healing, and their effects reach far beyond just us. It makes my heart happy to hear you have found them for yourself <3

      Blessings,
      Team UPLIFT

  9. I have known this for a while and you have articulated it beautifully. I have welcomed illnesses as visitors and have encouraged my own body to befriend and be hospitable to these visiting aliens — that being so, recovery of health is peaceful because disease is given its chance to shout out its “anger” at my thoughtless ways, my own neglect. I trust my body to heal when it accepts my profound apologies. Your revelation about our shadows & darkness is likewise true and more difficult to acknowledge. But as revelation it is worth taking time exploring the “ugly” truths’ hidden beauty.. Thank you.

    • That is truly beautiful, and so inspiring Reme. Thank you for sharing and may you find deep healing and transformation through these ‘visitors.’

      Much love,
      Team UPLIFT

  10. Ive always felt an antipathy at the word shadow and the way it is used in the modalities that I have studied in the area of psychology. The very naming of characteristics as shadows banishes them into dark corners. Bossiness, anger, jealousy, selfishness, for example, all not seen as desirable traits to have – and yet, as I mature, I realise those very traits are like indicators of my authenticity. The characteristics themselves have been banished to darkness, whilst in fact they are simply indicators of what is needed momentarily to restore the balance, restore health to my wholeness. Thanks for your article. Surely thought provoking.

    • You’re so right Lea, unfortunately we have fallen into a pattern of framing these very normal and shared aspects of ourselves as negative. I’m so glad you are finding wholeness and health when you relate to them in a different way 🙂

      Much love to you on your journey.

      Team UPLIFT

  11. Facing the truth about the “ugly”in ourselves requires a certain amount of permission and courage. How easily we see the ragged edges or darkness in others while closing our eyes to our own shadow!

  12. Whenever I acknowledge my darkness I feel I’m more whole, more authentic.
    I’m light, I’m darkness at the same time.
    Thank you.

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