The Dark Side (2)

May 19, 2014

The Dark Side

Many of us have heard or used the term “The Dark Side” to label a nasty aspect of our nature or another’s.   According to, it is “The evil and malevolent aspect of human personality or society…”   The phrase was popularized in the Star Wars series and made manifest in the character of Darth Vader.

Our “dark side” has been defined, chronicled, justified, characterized and accepted as fact for many years and in many learned circles.  We hide it, write about it, compare it and accept it as real.  But is it? 

 “Dark” doesn’t have a property in itself.  It is explained through “negation” which is defined by Merriam Webster as “the opposite of something actual or positive.”  Dark is the absence of Light, the opposite of Light; and Light is who we are.  Dark can only result when our Light is removed, obscured or blocked.

Seen this way, dark doesn’t exist at all.  It results when Light is dimmed or denied.  It’s what we experience when our Light isn’t allowed to shine.  Dark is what we suffer when we forget – or don’t know – our Light.

And maybe that’s the work.  Finding our Light in the darkness, creating the environment where others can find theirs.

We can allow the wounds that take us to our “dark side” to be healed and bring us to understanding, evolution, maturity and growth.  Or we can keep them open and stay in darkness, brooding, resentment and obsessing.  The choice is ours.


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“Forgiveness has deeper rewards than excusing someone for how they have hurt us. The deeper healing comes in the exchange of our resentments for inner freedom. At last, the wound, even if never acknowledged by the other person can heal, and our life can continue.” – Mark Nepo