With the world hurtling toward the darkest day of the year, and the growing political crisis hurtling toward authoritarianism and oligarchy, I find comfort in reflecting on the positive potential of darkness.
Consider these quotes:
"Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding." --Lao Tzu
"Darkness gives birth to light." --C.G. Jung
"And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it;
Forever must quench, forever relight the flame." --T.S. Eliot
In fairy tales, the dark figure or event is often the catalyst for pushing the hero/ine to develop the fullness of his/her powers and gifts. I recommend Marie Louise von Franz's book, Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, revised edition.
May we all bring light from the darkness.