I got an email yesterday in response to my post on freedom. Essentially the question was, why do I talk about darkness?
Darkness is a topic that makes many people uncomfortable. It’s a topic I’ve avoided for a while because I was unclear on its role and importance. Lately that has changed so I plan on giving it more focus.
It’s been rather amusing to me to see people’s reaction to it. I’ve had people avoid this website simply because of the name, Dark Ascent. Of course when I pull out names like Satan, their discomfort grows even more.
So why do I persist, when clearly I’m losing people just by discussing this very uncomfortable topic?
Well, think about it for a moment. Why is darkness uncomfortable? Why do people shy away from it so much as they do?
It threatens them. It threatens their sense of safety and wellbeing. It stands for the unknown and the untamed. In the light of day you know what to expect— you can see what’s ahead of you. But in the dark, you see nothing. You are no longer confined to what seems logical or reasonable: your subconscious insists there could be a monster around the corner even though your intellect knows that is impossible.
Darkness frees us of our limitations. To the weak this means danger, but to the strong this means possibility. When you can see what’s ahead of you, reality is inflexible. But when you can’t see what’s around the corner, then you can take control and imprint your own will upon the darkness. You can tame the monster and make it do what you want.
Gods know that nothing can ever threaten them, so darkness is only ever an opportunity for further growth and power. Gods reign supreme in the darkness because darkness stands for possibility and freedom.
Meanwhile, the “slaves” as I’ve been discussing, feel more comfortable in the light. Even if the light reveals something undesirable, it’s better than the uncertainty of darkness. They will never leave the comfort of light because they fear that the darkness could bring something even worse.
So they stay in their comfortable, yet miserable, lives, knowing that at least they know what to expect. This is what makes them slaves. Most people spend their entire lives doing what is familiar, never taking the risk to change things up because the whole thing could just fall apart. so they are slaves to the system, to expectation, to the norm. They are slaves to religion, to morality, to the diminishment of their ego. One day, they will be so enclosed by their prison of light that there is nowhere else to move. They will be birds in a cage, able to fly but unwilling to do so. But, it will be quite familiar and safe, so at least there’s that.
So I talk about darkness because darkness is the realm of the Gods. It is the medium of power. It is the home of demons and all things unknown and untamed. It is the emblem of freedom.
I also talk about darkness because it scares away the slaves of light, those who are uncomfortable just for the mention of darkness or things of the dark, and it calls those potential Gods who know that there is something more for them, but maybe do not yet know how to attain it. Darkness is their sign.
If you want to step into the darkness and learn how to grow your own power, the first step is freedom. Freedom is the topic of this month’s Circle of Darkness, where I’ll go into more detail about the paths of light and dark, and how to build your foundation of absolute freedom.
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