... there ariseth light in the darkness ...
— Psalms 112:4
“The light shines in the darkness”
— The Science of Mind, page 345
Out of the Darkness Arose a Great Light
Ernest Holmes tells us illumination is accompanied by light, whether it be the illumination of the mystics, or the illumination that comes from the release of the darkness that sometimes envelops us. After over 20 years of counseling, I have realized the importance of acknowledging the shadow of the personality, and accepting these dark feelings. Only then can we release them and replace them with faith and love. As long as they are buried, they fester.
One evening, several months ago, I was having a session with a client at a rehabilitation center. He had laryngitis and could hardly speak. After two months of suffering, he finally went to the doctor who told him that he had an inflamed larynx and would have to desist from talking totally if he wanted to recover. As part of his treatment, I asked him the same question I ask all my clients. “Have you ever done anything you feel guilty about, or ashamed of?” He turned bright red and began breathing torturously. “Yes,” he muttered, “but I’ll never tell anyone as long as I live.”
I explained to him that this meeting was orchestrated by God and was giving him a chance to release the whole thing in a safe environment where he would not be judged. After a long while, he stood up, faced the wall away from me, and slowly began sharing his dark secret. In the middle of his sharing, he croaked, “I can’t believe I’m telling you this.” He finally finished and turned around. His face was absolutely radiant! An Inner Light was shining through him. And his voice was totally healed!
As I go forth this day,
when dark thoughts or feelings come upon me,
I acknowledge them,
and replace them with the Love of God.