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Darkness

  • And I saw darkness for weeks. It never dawned on me that I could come out of it, but you heal. Nature heals you, and you do come out of it. All of a sudden I saw a crack of light ... then all of a sudden I saw another crack of light. Then I saw forms in the light. And I recognized that there was no darkness, that in darkness there'll always be light.

  • Darkness did not seem so much to fall as it did to rise from a hushed earth to the bright face of the sky. And the sky, at first, strained away — resisting, retreating. But at last the night won — slowly, inexorably, until at last all of earth and sky were cradled in its arms.

  • I'm not frightened of the darkness outside. It's the darkness inside houses I don't like.

  • Without darkness there are no dreams.

  • The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.

  • If you know the dark, you find it has a light of its own to let you see.

  • If one is willing to adapt, the darkness offers a place to step beyond the known edge and explore, a place of silence and sound, a place both unpopulated and populous, filled with things we may not see by day.

  • Everything drops away, comes to be unimportant in the dark. It's like sleep almost. A freedom from self, from ugliness ...

  • The dark has to be contained in the light or the light will be contained in the dark.

  • Don't be afraid of your dark places. ... If you can shine a light on them, you'll find treasure there.

  • Darkness is only in the mortal eye, that thinks it sees, but sees not.

  • I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.

  • I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

  • ... our comfort or discomfort with the outer dark is a good barometer of how we feel about the inner kind.

  • ... those of us who wish to draw near to God should not be surprised when our vision goes cloudy, for this is a sign that we are approaching the opaque splendor of God. If we decide to keep going beyond the point where our eyes or minds are any help to us, we may finally arrive at the pinnacle of the spiritual journey toward God, which exists in complete and dazzling darkness.