I learned a vital life lesson.
I learned it the hard way.
Francis Dunnery told me to go into my cave.
He said to embrace the darkness.
The darkness within my soul.
So I went into my cave and started.
Started trying to embrace it.
It was difficult.
I didn't want to face it.
I didn't want to embrace it.
I didn't want to shine a light on it.
But I didn't give up.
Maybe I could give it a tiny hug to begin.
Not a full embrace.
I could light a candle in the cave.
The wind swiftly blew it out.
So I put it in a candle box to protect it.
To nurture it.
By this soft light, embracing the darkness was a little easier each time I went back in.
On this journey, embracing my shadow finally came after many years.
It took faith.
It took flow.
It took permission to feel whatever I feel.
To observe instead of escape.
When I finally fully embraced my darkness, the floodlights suddenly switched on.