“Light can only be understood with the wisdom of darkness.”
― Ka Chinery,
What can we learn from darkness? One can learn more than just a simple lesson. We can learn many truths from this absence of light.
In many ways, darkness is a paradox. You cannot truly see it, because it is dark. It is non-light. It is black, but blackness as well emits a fraction of light. Only through the emptiness of mind can it be understood.
Darkness can be used. It is used in the shadows of great art. It is used in elements of suspense in writing. It can be conveyed through the skills of great actors, musicians and dancers. Darkness plays a role in creation, and it is a part of our everyday waking lives.
It is only within darkness can we know the light. It is only through seeking the light can we rid ourselves of the darkness. But, both will always remain.
As night turns to day, we are always reminded of these two great compliments of life. One cannot exist without the other. This is not duality. These are not opposites. The two exist as one.
Use the darkness to remind you of the light. Explore the dark parts of life as well as those bathed in light.
To know the self is to know all parts. To understand life is to understand the dark as well as the light, the calm and the chaos, the hard and the soft.
We must understand and embrace our whole self, in dark times and when well lit. This is the way of the artist, and the way of the creative spirit.