"You must have shadow and light source both." - Rumi
Cycles exist outside of us, and within us, too. We are part of these cycles, yet long after we have ceased to exist on this Earth plain, they will continue.
We all have our struggles, and nobody is truly alone in their struggle to stay alive, an ultimately futile battle.
I, personally, am a "believer" in a Higher Force, a unified field of consciousness, Love, and all things intelligent.
Religions are useful, yet misleading too. They all contain truths amongst the misconceptions and confusing paradoxes.
On some level, all souls exist and will continue to exist as energy is transmuted; it never dies.
A little difference it can make to help an ant, or to move a grain of sand. In some dimension, even if in a small way, you thus create harmony and raise beauty.
It is helping the universe know itself and unfolding to perfect itself.
What if we feel we’ve dropped into the depths of darkness and the void of despair? The tunnel fills us with a darkness so deep we are left breathless, hopeless and lost in our suffering. It’s a black hole of hopelessness.
When you’re inside that tunnel and the darkness is all you can see and feel, it’s difficult to imagine there may be hope. The darkness can suck all the life out of you, and take you further than feeling lost, desolate, disconsolate – sadly some are nipped or engulfed by thoughts of suicide.
The tunnel is the feeling of falling. The darkness is falling into oblivion.
When you’re in the tunnel, you can’t see any light.
If you’re there, take time out, be patient, and seek help wherever you can find it. Suffering alone makes the whole experience of despair deeper. There is help available, and there are those who do understand.
Proverbs reminds us – “There is light at the end of the tunnel.” The light at the end of the tunnel is no illusion; the tunnel is. The tunnel is the illusion of separation, the illusion of being alone, the illusion of being lost. “We are all on the same path… Our separation from each other is an illusion of consciousness.” ~ Albert Einstein
Life is an imperfect experience, a journey that, for everyone, contains light and dark aspects.
Suffering is part of growth. Goethe said, “The point of life is life.”
There are choices to be made about whether to focus on the tunnel, or take positive active steps to shift into the light. Yet I understand that in the tunnel it feels hopeless, and it feels like there is no choice. I’ve been there. There is no judgment in the tunnel of despair. How can one judge another’s suffering?
Darkness imprisons us in fear, love liberates us from the tunnel of despair.
I believe we do have power to overcome suffering, although it may not always disappear. Until one reaches one’s last breath, there will still be a new sunrise on the horizon, a new day, a new breath, something to look forward to.
In the tunnel, the world makes no sense, and we are brought to a place we would do anything to avoid. Yet the tunnel is there, it lies relentlessly in our consciousness like a noose held tightly around our neck. We feel strangled by fear and loss.
The dark tunnel is the strangulation – it feels like one cannot breathe – one has nowhere to go but to vanish and be swallowed up into the earth’s abyss.
Maybe the tunnel does matter? Suppression is not the answer to the darkness. Perhaps the tunnel is all about our soul's expression and personal transformation, our yearning to fully know ourselves, and to unfold completely in our wholeness and truth. In this way, it is valuable.
There is a journey between imprisonment and freedom and it always takes evaluation, reflection and new action in order to implement the changes necessary.
It's important to keep our sense of power instead of the powerlessness that is indicative of the tunnel. We are coming to a place we want to be – from a place we would do anything to avoid.
Carl Jung highlights this inevitable avoidance of suffering:” There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
Make the darkness conscious.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
The vacuum is not the end of the road. There is a new beginning and a new hope, a new light around the corner. Stay present to the breath, our connection to the source of life.
Perhaps the darkness is not something to be resisted, denied, or avoided. Perhaps what frightens us most is our own light.
Some Helpful Suggestions:
- Take a moment outside to connect to the ground preferably barefoot, and hug a tree, take some deep breaths and keep breathing deeply as long as you can. Don’t think of anything, just focus on your breath.
- Go for regular walks in nature. If you can get a friend or partner to join you, even better.
- Find ways to take small positive actions like connecting with an old friend, going for a walk, going to an exercise class, doing something you enjoy.
- Liberate your suffering - let it all go. Let it all free. Let it out. Allow a time for unravelling. Ride the chaos before finding your center again.
- Connect with others who understand and/or can support you.
- Don’t give up on the light. There are people and organisations that can help. Keep moving forward even if you have to force yourself to consciously take it one step at a time.
- Reach out your hand, reach out your hand. Give hope a chance.
Dedicated to those amongst us who may be feeling the pain of darkness. Please share with those who may be suffering with depression, confusion or loss. Somebody may benefit from your caring intervention.
Remember, we are all one. There is light at the end of every tunnel. Keep moving towards the light.
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly." ~ Proverb ~
David is a channel for Divine wisdom. His intuitive coaching, speaking and healing sessions invoke purposeful shifts into deeper connection, confidence, self love, abundance and happiness. An empath, David's healing is focused on bridging the gap between addressing core wounds and reaching limitless possibilities, to living an extraordinary life. David’s passion for synthesising Eastern and Western approaches to spiritual wellbeing, has seen him immersing himself in the biblical tradition as a monastic, studying Western Naturopathic Medicine and Buddhist / Taoist Healing under three living masters － Master Chen in China, Grand Master Mantak Chia (Time magazine’s top 100 most spiritually influential living people) in Thailand and Ajahn Brahm (one of the world’s foremost masters of meditation) in Australia.