March 7, 2016
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 phrases.org, it is “The evil and malevolent aspect of human personality or society…” The phrase was popularized in the original 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. Revealing 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.