The Journey Continues – Hello Darkness, My Old Friend…

Dark of the Year 3

Some of you may recognize the lyrics of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkle in my title. It’s only right that I choose them for now, on the spiritual path I walk, it’s the time of year considered to be “the dark of the year,” a time of introspection. So, it’s quite true that with the darkness, “I’ve come to talk to you again.”

This tradition comes from a more agricultural time when the last of the crops were in and there was actually some time to stop and think about Life . The tradition carries on with those of us who walk the path of Wicca because we see the value in taking time to get to know ourselves and realize who we truly are.

When you’re young, you spend too much time thinking about what others think of you. After all, that’s what we’re taught. It’s all about approval. That means living our lives and taking action always with the thought of will we be accepted or rejected because of what we say, do, or even just how we look. Parents, teachers, peers all become the judge and jury as to whether we are acceptable people or not.

Then you get older – and hopefully wiser. You begin to realize that, in those moments when there’s no one else around, you should seriously consider if you like who you are. Hell, you may begin to realize that who you appear to be and who you really are are two entirely different people! After all, you’ve been trying to live in the image you believed would make you acceptable and that would get you the approval we are all taught is the ultimate prize.

Sadly, there will be those who go through their entire lives never questioning that approval from others is why we’re here. They will never turn inward and get to know who they really are and what it might be that they really wanted to do and be. This can be seen as the root cause of so much sadness, depression, anger, and disappointment with ones life. Is it no wonder that there are quite a few elderly people who are cranky, especially toward younger people? Their youth is gone and their lives were less than what they’d hoped.

I’ve mentioned before that I tried “fitting in” and tried to be what I thought would get me liked and accepted. Sometimes it worked. Still, I wasn’t happy. I wanted to do things that others would frown upon because, I believe, I was just a free spirit who wanted to experience Life.. I grew tired of being someone I wasn’t just so others would possibly like me. I started asking myself what it was that I truly wanted. In other words, I started turning inward and listening to my own voice.

This is what introspection is about and, although it is the custom of my path to consciously do it in the dark of the year, it can be done anytime, any place. It’s just important that it be done because when everyone else is gone, and you’re alone, you’re stuck with you and it’s important that you like that person.

We live in a time of great change. I’m not talking about technological advances or anything else of that nature. I’m talking about an awakening that’s in the process of happening. I’m talking about an energy shift that will take us from what has been in predominance for millennia to a whole new perspective of Life and how to live it. Some of the chaos we’re seeing around us now is evidence that it’s happening.

The Age of Aquarius has dawned (yes, I know some will disagree with me on this) and with it has come the shift from following the “herd” to realizing our own individuality. The best way to do that is to take the time to find out who’s living inside you underneath all that programming. You may need some help with that, even if it’s just a book or two or more.

When I began my quest, I started from the point of view that I wanted to get to know my higher self. I was led to two different books that helped me quite a bit in getting started down that path. One is Where Two Worlds Touch by Gloria D. Karpinski and the other is Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self by Sanaya Roman. Not everyone will want to approach things the way I did, but for those who might, I highly recommend these two books.

No matter how you approach getting to know the real you, it only matters that you take that first step and then another and another. I believe the greatest gift we can give ourselves is to discover who we truly are and then lead our lives based on being true to what we’ve discovered. You may find the joy and wonder from your early childhood returning to you. You’ve just lifted some huge weights and false premises off your shoulders, why wouldn’t you be more joyful?

So, here we are, with the darkness growing. They say there is nothing in the darkness that isn’t there in the light. In this case, I believe the darkness allows us to turn our attention inward more easily as there is less to distract us now that the light is waning. It is in the darkness that we can become enlightened as to our own nature. It is in the darkness that we can hear the sound of our own inner voice. Listen….

Candle in the darkness

Love & Blessed Be