Mystery and Imagination arise from the same source.

This source is called darkness…

Darkness within darkness,

The gateway to all understanding.

~ Lao Tzu

On September the 27th, the comet Elenin will pass directly between the Earth
and the Sun. There’s some speculation that this will block out the sunlight for
three whole days, as well as having
a potentially disruptive effect on electromagnetic fields and such things. Have
a read of this article by Will Hart on the Red Ice Creations website.

The thought of being plunged into darkness for three days
doesn’t scare me. Symbolically, this would be the perfect opportunity for me to
face my inner-shadow, explore my inner-light, seek visions and dream. Talk of
this reminds me to re-read Darkness
by Simon Buxton and Ross Heaven – a book that examines the
spiritual and therapeutic practice of retreat in physical darkness. Simon
Buxton facilitates Shamanic Darkness Retreats at The Sacred Trust, along with his partner Naomi Lewis: “Using ceremonial darkness as a shamanic
tool is a classical method of shamans the world over for ‘stalking the self’,
accessing invisible landscapes and embracing deeper aspects of both unconscious
and super-conscious states. The procedure of being in darkness over several
days brings about a remarkable stilling of the mind and from this pool of
quietude the oft hidden gifts of intuition and creativity arise.”

Starting from childhood, we are programmed to fear the darkness
and ‘things that go bump in the night’. Pretty much every horrific scene in any
scary movie you watch happens at night. We line our streets with artificial
neon ‘suns’ and light our own homes after dark. It’s not just ‘so that we can
see better’ – it’s a pathology. Fear of the dark is an illness. It even has a
name – Nyctophobia. I would go so far
as to say that most of the world’s population is Nyctophobic. Imagine how it
would psychologically affect these people to be literally plunged into darkness
and spontaneously access the Collective Unconscious… it’s inevitable that,
should such a potentially initiatory event happen en-masse there would be pretty
big disruptions to the ‘normal everyday routine’.

However, it also kind of got me to thinking… flippin’
‘eck… all these potential earth-changes (discussed in the article I mentioned
earlier)… the comets, meteors and solar flare events on their imminent way…
I know that what will be will be and
I can handle ANYTHING… but, more importantly,
my only desire is to share these changin’ times with those I love. I would say
that’s the most important thing any
of us can do at this time – to be with those we love. Whether anything ‘happens’, or not…

~ Karen