You Must Experience the Dark to Fully Appreciate the Light

dark and light

According to most Eastern philosophies and theologies, as well as my own personal philosophy and many other modern traditions, the reason that opposites exist is not just because of the laws of nature, but because as conscious beings we are meant to experience both and by experiencing one we can more consciously appreciate and align with the other.

After having been thrown into the dark, upon reemerging back into the light you are much more grateful for your rebirth, if you will, and after having experienced only the light for so long it can actually be quite refreshing to go back into the shadows from time to time.

Now, this is coming from someone who for one reason or another became obsessed with the shadow early in life, but anyone who knows the beauty of contrast can attest to this. When life seems to be going “too good” it’s a good reminder that you are human when you fall from grace and realize that you are still just like everybody else.

It’s healthy for our egos to experience a blow every now and then, and when you can appreciate them as opportunities to take a look in the mirror instead of reasons to shake your fists in frustration then you can truly find the blessings hidden within each and every one of your struggles, the insights behind each and every downfall, and you can honestly go through life enjoying every single moment regardless of what’s going on around you.

Some of you might be asking how you can align with the dark, when aligning means to be unified with your Higher Self, or the light. Well, you can do this by realizing that although there is but one Source from which all things are made, which is a Source of light, and although darkness is merely the absence of light, the truth is there is no such thing as absolute darkness or a total severance from your Higher Self.

The light is always there to at least some degree and by aligning with the dark when you are in it, which in actuality is more like a shadow, you are aligning with the perfection of life and seeking the reason you are experiencing the plight you have put yourself in, which in effect allows you to more fully align with the light, returning you back to the appreciation of everything that happens to you, not merely what you would call good.

Such is the yin and yang, the ebbs and flows, the seasons of life, and now perhaps you can more consciously experience each of them with appreciation and gratitude.