is paved with good intentions."
What a saying.
I never understood it as a kid. I'm all about contradictions, and I'll be the first to make a witty juxtaposition, but this one just didn't make sense. I mean, how is it even feasible? Only recently have I finally come to understand what it means.
In the book I'm reading right now, Deepak Chopra spends several chapters discussing suffering and darkness, and how it pertains to our lives. It's my natural inclination to want to skip over those chapters, and continue onto the path of sunshine, rainbows and a chocolate waterfall-everything that doesn't have to do with being sad or discontented. However, it seems to be a recurring lesson to make peace (or at least compromise) with my darkside.
"In the unconscious, there is a full population of unexamined impulses...an artistic talent will never emerge unless the unconscious mind allows itself to release what it is holding"
Darkness is something I tend to see as unusable, or something no one would be interested in. In fact, it's one of my great fears that if people found out who I really was, they'd probably just leave me. He goes on to say, "...the shadow is personal and universal at the same time..."
We are very much light as much as we are dark. The sooner we begin to embrace both sides, the sooner we can emerge into our full selves.
I encourage everyone to welcome their fears and doubts and dark (myself included), and see what happens.
You have my permission (and unwavering love).