Saturday, April 5, 2014

What is "light" and "dark"?

Some people think of light and darkness in terms of good and evil.  But if you consider the term "light" and "dark", it represents concepts based on visual qualities.  So how can light be considered good and dark, evil, if they are visual concepts?  The fact is, the true nature of light and dark has nothing to do with visual or moral characteristics, and instead everything to do with your sense of knowing or understanding.  Knowing something can bring peace and comfort, while the anxiety of not knowing can be vexing or even terrifying, so the level of peace vs. the level of anxiety defines the idea of "good" and "evil".  Even more than knowledge, wisdom brings true light, while the lack of wisdom brings on darkness.  Hence the term "enlightenment".

The term "light" has many implied qualities depending on the context.  It represents goodness, completeness, unconditional love, and free-will, as opposed to darkness which represents despair, hopelessness, evil, and emptiness.  Christians use these terms to characterize a person's final resting place, while everyone uses these terms to express their state of being, the quality of something or somewhere, etc.  The light shines on everything and reveals everything, while the darkness hides everything.  This is why people tend to be afraid of darkness because they do not "know" what might exist in that darkness.  Their fear of the unknown creates the illusion of evil.  Likewise, the light represents safety, and for the religious, God, because the light brings comfort and peace of mind from the unknown.

When you look at how those terms have been used, it's easy to see that they are verbal descriptions of the state of a personality.  When someone has an idea, it is said that a lightbulb went off, or exclaim "I've seen the light".  This is because the light represents knowledge in these terms.  If they don't know something, they say "I'm in the dark".  We say things like this while unconsciously knowing that these qualities are visual representations of the concept of knowing.  So when a person who dies say "I'm in a dark tunnel going towards a light", it is the visual representation of someone transforming from one state into another.  They are in the process of changing from being "ignorant" of who they are, having just experienced being a "human", to their true self, that of "light" or completeness.  When they return to their light, they begin the process of remembering everything they didn't know or understand before, so that they are no longer ignorant.  The descriptions of people who experience near-death are using visual terms to explain what they experience outside the realm of physical characteristics, but it is also why some do not have this tunnel experience, since they either already know or they will be returning to their physical body.  This does not mean those words have no meaning either, since our physical reality is the manifestation of those concepts.

So what is my point?  It is simply that we should not take what we see and misinterpret them into humanistic explanations.  In other words, just because you believe in good and evil, doesn't mean that they are two separate things.  We all are light and darkness because we are knowledge, but also we can choose to be ignorant.  We are love, but have the freedom to hate.  We are good, but can decide to act evil.  The light and darkness are not places you are destined for, either going into the light, or into darkness.  You can choose to be in the light or the darkness, depending on what you focus on, just as it is by choice whether to do good or evil.  Everything is about choice because even the idea of darkness is wrapped up in light.  You cannot have the concept of ignorance without the concept of knowing that ignorance exists, so the light of knowledge wraps the darkness of ignorance, just as love surrounds hate.  It is simply a scale, where one side is completeness or fullness, and the other is the reduction or incompleteness, but they are part of the same scale.

Hopefully, this will help people to realize that their state of being - what they perceive as their current condition in terms of light or dark - is a reflection of their state of mind and how much "knowing" they have.  When you think you are in a dark place, it is because you are filled with thoughts that reflect your unknowing such as doubt, fear, and worry of the unknown or uncertainty.  If you think your current life is miserable, it is because you are thinking this, and it reflects in your environment.  Most of the time, this occurs because you compare your condition to others, only seeing what you want but don't have, which leads to thoughts of dejection, rejection, or other such "dark" feelings.  Dwelling on such thoughts reflects itself in your environment.  But if you change your perspective to see the good in all things, then even in the most dire of conditions, your environment would reflect this goodness in ways you may not realize.  Your "light" will shine because you show what "light" is: love, peace, and understanding.  As difficult as it might seem to deny what your perceptions tell you, your state of mind does have an effect on your experiences.  If you want to be "in the light", you must think in terms of "light", in whatever ways "light" means to you (goodness, happiness, peace, God, etc.).  This is especially true in the non-physical reality, where your state of mind is instantly reflected in what you perceive and experience.

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