Compassion

You’re The chosen One…

It’s hard to deny, this age is very dark. Prof. Brene Brown from Texas University even called this cycle of time as the vulnarable world. Putting more examples in this case is only prolonging the long list of darkness. The more productive thing to do is how to transform darkness into light.

Spiritually speaking, transforming darkness into light is a profound metaphor for overcoming adversity, despair, and negative experiences. This journey involves a blend of personal growth, resilience, proactive steps, deep spiritual journey that can help shift one’s perspective and circumstances from bleak to bright. To the public beginners, here are some practical steps to follow.

1. Be skillful in managing your mind. I put it as the first factor, because to the public beginners, the world that you exeperience is closely related to the quality of mind. Consequently, adopting an optimistic outlook can shift your focus from problems to solutions. Practicing gratitude helps in this regard. Regularly reflecting on what you’re thankful for can reframe your perspective, highlighting the positive aspects of your life amidst the darkness.

2. Emergency steps. Before you become an independent person, seeking help is a healthy step. The others help will lessen your burden for sure. For that reason, reach out to friends, family, or professionals for support. Therapy, counseling or meeting spiritual masters can provide safe space to process emotions and develop coping strategies. Sometimes, simply sharing your burdens with others can lighten the load and offer new insights. At least, the others experience will make you feel, that you’re not the only person who suffer.

3. The power of Acceptance. The crucial step in transforming darkness into light is to acknowledge the presence of darkness in your life. This could be in the form of emotional pain, trauma, or challenging circumstances. Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation but rather recognizing the reality of your situation without denial. This honest confrontation allows for a starting point from which you can begin to heal and grow. Quoting from L. Hay, behind all pain there’s self-denial. In other words, self-acceptance especially can become a crucial healing step.

4. From self-forgiveness to self-love.  Since your body, mind and spirit are your most important vehicles of your life, taking good care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being is pivotal. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep. Activities such as meditation, journaling, or engaging in hobbies can also promote relaxation and self-discovery, contributing to a more balanced and positive outlook. Above all, meditation is a kind of inner angel that truely save the following journey.

5. Finding meaning and purpose. Sometimes, darkness can lead to a deeper search for meaning. Engaging in activities that align with your values and passions can bring a sense of fulfillment. Volunteering, pursuing creative endeavors, or connecting with a community can provide a sense of purpose and belonging, illuminating even the darkest times.

6. Embracing change and uncertainty. Darkness often accompanies periods of significant change or challenge. Embrace these times as opportunities for growth rather than setbacks. Adopting a growth mindset, where you see challenges as chances to learn and evolve, can transform how you perceive and respond to adversity. Remember, it’s hot sun shine that makes flowers bloom, it’s blowing wind which make kites fly, it’s wounded knife that transforms bamboo into singing flute.

7. Learn spirituality or connecting with the higher power. For many, spirituality or a connection to a higher purpose can be a source of immense strength and light. This could be through religious practices, meditation, yoga or a sense of connection to the universe. Such practices can provide comfort, guidance, and a deeper sense of peace. For the early seekers, meeting a living Guru is very recommended. Esepecially because the living Guru can translate the complexity of darkness into seed of light.

To make the story short, transforming darkness into light is not a one-time event but a continuous process. It requires persistence, self-compassion, and the willingness to seek and create light even in the smallest moments. By embracing these steps, you can navigate through darkness and emerge stronger, wiser, and more resilient.

Personally speaking, I my self also experience what Carl Jung called as “the dark nights of the soul”. It was very hard at the beginning. Thanks to my deep meditation practice, thanks to the blessing of countless Gurus, as I passed these countless obstacles, there are many signs appear. At the beginning, it appears in the form of Light in the sky. As I grow older, the Light getting closer. Till one day I gained a personal insight, the omen is also abundantly availabe within. To every spiritual friends who come to the last stage of attainment, you’re called “The Chosen One”. Consequently, you’re no longer interested in meeting the Light, but more interested in emitting the Light. At that moment, you’ll be thankful to the power of darkness. It’s darkness which open the gate of light.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

more details on Gede Prama can be found on https://www.gedeprama.com

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