Darkness

: having very little or no light

: not light in color : of a color that is closer to black than white

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Etymology

Dark (adj.) Old English deorcdark, obscure, gloomy; sad, cheerless; sinister, wicked,” from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (cognates: Old High German tarchanjanto hide, conceal“). “Absence of light” especially at night is the original meaning. Application to colors is 16c. Theater slang for “closed” is from 1916.

Source: http://www.etymonline.com/

Wisdom

“The baby bat
Screamed out in fright,
'Turn on the dark,
I'm afraid of the light.”

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999, American poet, musician, illustrator, cartoonist, author of children’s books such as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/shel-silverstein-9483912 - musical-works

"Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light."

John Milton (1608-1674, English poet, pamphleteer, and historian, considered the most significant author after William Shakespeare. Milton is best known for Paradise Lost, widely regarded as the greatest English epic poem.)

Bio Source:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/383113/John-Milton

"The dark and the light, they exist side by side,
Sometimes overlapping, one explaining the other.
The darkened path is as illuminated as the lightened,
Only the fear of the dark keeps us from seeing our way."

Raven Davies (Author of such books as Between Here and There and PlanetTerra Journals. Genre: Gay and Lesbian.)

Bio Source:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3283597.Raven_Davies

"There is strong shadow where there is much light."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, writer, playwright, novelist, natural philosopher, and statesman. He is best known for Faust, a two-part poetic drama.)

Bio Source:

http://www.egs.edu/library/johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/biography/

"If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death."

Pythagoras (c.570-c.495 B.C.E., pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. He did not write a word. So much of his doctrine cannot be verified. Sometimes he is represented as a man of science and sometimes as a man of mystic doctrines. During that time the union of mathematical genius and mysticism was very common.)

Bio Source:

http://www.iep.utm.edu/pythagor/)

"And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."

Holy Bible, King James Version

"When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly."

Edward Teller (1908-2003, Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist. He was born into an affluent educated Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. He was 10 years when World War I was brought to an end. He was a mathematical prodigy in private schools. Teller eventually left Budapest to study chemical engineering in German, where he became intrigued by the new theory of quantum mechanics.)

Bio Source:

http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/tel0bio-1

"Shadow is the obstructive of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves."

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian Renaissance lead artist and intellectual, writer, mathematician, and inventor who’s known for the “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa.”)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396)

Meditation

I must have been around 15 or 16 years old.  One night at 2:00 in the morning, I was frantic and in a lot of emotional pain, suffering.  I felt unloved, isolated, and physically beaten down.  I even tried drinking to numb myself, but nothing was working.

Finally, in desperation I grabbed the white pages directories (unfortunately, we didn’t have the internet back the 70s) and combed through the names until I came across a man’s name accompanied with a M.D.   I called this doctor at his home in the middle of the night and he answered the phone.  I don’t know recall if I told him my name, but I cried a lot and he listened while I cried.  When I could talk I told him I felt awful, I felt fat and ugly, and I said I didn’t know what to do.

I never forget his voice.  He was so calm, compassionate and so loving. He told me he had a daughter around my age, and she sometimes worried over the same issues.  He suggested getting off of milk.  I said I would try. He stayed on the phone until I calmed down, and then I said thank you and hung up.

Whatever whirlpool of darkness I was experiencing it was no longer sucking me in, and it was mainly because of that conversation.  I miraculously rose above it and eventually I was able to sleep and begin a new day.

That doctor was an Earth Angel.  He must have been. God bless him, whoever and wherever he is.  Back then people weren’t always so kind on the phone, especially not strangers.

I don’t know how I found that lifeline, but somehow I did. What’s even more remarkable is that I had that conversation in a house full of people who were asleep, and no one heard me crying or interrupted that very sacred and healing conversation. It was as if I was transported to another part of the Universe and connected to the wisdom of the angels.

After that night I began wake slowly and was more engaged with the outside world, particularly with great teachers and friends at school.  I began to play in the marching band and the school orchestra.  I got a part-time job and took private art lessons with a wonderful teacher who really understood and encouraged me.

Slowly, I rose out of the darkness and began focusing more on the miraculous possibilities of my life.  Light and the positive circumstances and experiences began to magnify and multiple.

Little by little I was able to gather all the part of my soul and pay my blessings forward, in spades!  It’s my honor to do so.

When did you have your dark nights of the soul and who was there to pull you out?

Writeen With Love, Tonya

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