Dualism: How many stories can you remember from childhood that depicts the contrast between the Darkness and the Light? We are conditioned as children to relate to Light as good or goodness, purity, and what is right; while the Dark or Darkness conjures up for us the possibility of badness or evil, fear, and what is wrong.
We are conditioned to believe in polarity; believe in separateness. We live in a world of duality, that is a fact, and the trap we’ve succumbed to is believing that the opposites within ourselves and the external world are just that, in opposition; that they are enemies.
What if we could create a new paradigm. . . A new paradigm wherein the opposites or dualities are not enemies, but one in the same; wherein the dark and evil villain is really just a different experience of the light and good hero/heroine. A story worth believing in; where we embrace all aspects of ourselves and the world we live in (the Light and the Dark), and stop fighting or resisting them.
If we could understand that they are different parts of the same experience, they are really one experience/one whole, and that each part is within both aspects of the experience and within ourselves. What if we could embrace the duality, neither fearing the dark nor praising the light, but understanding and experiencing both as one…how different would our experience be and how different would our world be?
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