Darkness Cannot Exist (by Itself)

 Photo: CK

Photo: CK

“We” cannot be right about something without rightness. Rightness, if it is, only is, when it is. Being “right” is impossible without rightness. We want the opposite to be true, we want to own rightness. Yet, it is unownable. We scoop up the world and make it our own and it is too heavy. Being ”right” has its costs. We can only be wrong. What a marvelous thing to proclaim in total exasperation: “I am a dumbass!”

We are but a lens, and one that can capture light when light is there; however, it cannot hold nor create it. Much of what we see is darkness. But, the lens is perhaps not dimly or darkly tainted at all. Rather, our understanding of how a camera works, is. Our lens works perfectly fine. Our egoic understanding attempts to convince us (quite successfully for the most part) that we somehow own the light. Do not be afraid to move, to lose the light for a moment. There are many stars, and surfaces to reflect the sun and point you back and achieve right tuning. Without darkness, the light is dulled. Darkness helps us to find the light again.

 Photo: CK

Photo: CK

There is a limit to our openness. We are all tiny spaceships with bubbles around us that prevent us from touching another. We are molecules. This is reflected in nature for one object does not actually touch another; there is always space in between, a divide for the electron’s orbit. And it’s ok. Our existence is still beautiful, if not more so, with these limitations. To see this is to be limitless.

What exists in nature is perhaps always a metaphor for Truth. Ducks don’t get wet; the oil of their feathers acts as a shield. Water beads off. We can have an oil over us to stay dry and warm too. A tree miraculously provides water and nutrients from the ground to its highest branches, but it does not take more than its share, what is needed. Does it take, or is it rather provided by the wonders of nature knowing physics and itself? Where is the fine line between taking and providing?

 Photo: CK

Photo: CK

Painters know that there is no darkness, only shades of a color. How to create shadows on a canvas consists of changing the shade of a color. Even then, in order to appear as a shadow there must be relationship between the shades of color. That darkness is an observable, quantifiable process, this “darkening”, does not make it true. Just because something is observable does not mean it is real. We extrapolate. Why?

Why do we need to know the “why” or “how” when things get better or worse, either before or after? Every time will be different, require another key that will only be made and given when it is needed. How heavy is your keychain? If we are only where we are now, how much of predictive process is needed? The answer may surprise you.

Our default dispositions are openness, calm and critical thinking, if we can only accept why we currently are not in our default disposition. To address the challenge, the following axioms can be employed, and be walls for your house: 

“Never do anything out of fear or obligation.”

”The intent with which we do something has perhaps more potency than what we do.”

”How we react to something tells us about ourselves, not what we are reacting to.”

These are great tools to help to identify learned behaviors and even deep instincts, and pave the way for wisdom and intuition to flood forth. When it comes to any concept, it is a one-sided bridge to nothingness, and all we need to do is realize that. It will uncouple from our side. Man reaches his greatest potential when he is fearless with every single one of his thoughts. Protection, countermeasure, all get in the way of the possibility of our evolution. Even knowledge is an illusion, for there cannot be any knowledge without the knowing, which is outside of the sole ability of the knower. Separating knowledge from knowing is something our ego does, and we take for granted that the tangibility of knowledge must be real, as we go about our daily routine. This may seem arbitrary upon first glance, but going to the absolute end of this reveals that our shadow is perhaps just the edge of the curtain. Our self-revealed ignorance helps us to know. We can momentarily see the fluttering. Then, what happens? Because we allow ourselves to go (perhaps, to return) to that absolute, absurd end of darkness, we then see that it is, in fact, actually the light.

 Photo: CK

Photo: CK

The only kind of truth erases all, and even itself, upon its utterance. The best knowing is when we no longer need to know.