A belief that seems to be prevalent in many spiritual circles is that the ascension of humanity involves some sort of battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness — a battle between good and evil. Associated with this belief is the idea that we (the so-called awakened and enlightened ones) must defeat those of the darkness to successfully co-create new earth. If you haven't been drawn into this us-against-them mindset congratulations, you are probably better off without it (at least that's my contention). For those that have been drawn into this belief, I humbly offer my perspective on this subject for your consideration.
From a superficial standpoint, there is certainly some truth to this belief — there certainly is an ongoing struggle between light and dark on our world. But when explored more deeply, you'll find that this idea contains a great fallacy. And worse yet, holding this belief might actually block one from ascending and contributing to co-creating the new Earth.
When immersed in a separation reality like our own, it is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that we are in a battle between good and evil, that those of the light is here to defeat those of the darkness and save the world. Of course, this belief can only arise within a consciousness that is still in the grip of the illusion of separation. And ironically, holding this belief can only sustain the disharmonious and fearful conditions that we have thus far co-created in our reality. To understand and transcend the fallacy of light versus dark, you must first understand the illusion of separation that our reality was designed to produce, and why we chose to create an experience such a reality. But before I explore all of that, let's briefly examine the state of our world.
The Darkness in Our World
There's no denying that there's more than a little darkness in our world. Fear, conflict, and suffering have been running rampant for as long as we can remember. It certainly appears that evil is alive and well. At least that's the impression one might get from watching the mainstream news — whose primary purpose seems to be to sow fear.
But certainly, there is no shortage of souls that have been playing in the dark, to varying degrees, in many of their lives within the Earth Game. Some of the most notorious of these dark ones are those involved in the so-called Cabal/Illuminati. But there are many others, in a wide variety of positions in our society — and this includes many (but certainly by no means all) corporate, governmental, military, and even religious leaders. These extremely self-serving people seem to measure their self-worth by how much wealth they can accumulate and how much power over others they can have, and they are typically obsessed with their own achievement and power and have little regard for the welfare of others.
The most dedicated of these people have been ruthlessly consolidating their power and wealth via their command of the international banking and financial system, by creating trans-national corporate empires, and infiltrating our governments with their minions. Encouraging division amongst us is one of their most potent tools that facilitates their self-serving agendas. They keep us divided by encouraging fear, competition, and conflict amongst us.
The Great Awakening
If you are reading this article, then you're probably aware that there is a great awakening spreading throughout Humanity. More and more people are awakening to their true spiritual nature, the greater spiritual reality, and the metaphysical nature of existence. It is this awakening that will inevitably lead to a great transformation of ourselves and our world.
As a part of this awakening process, more and more people are becoming acutely aware that humanity has been under the thumb of some very negative and self-serving people bent on their own self-aggrandizement and world domination. Many awakening souls are more than a little shocked when they realize the truth of this — when they realize that we've allowed ourselves to be unwittingly manipulated and subjugated by these dark ones. Some are so appalled by the unsettling revelations of lies, greed, manipulation, and control that they get drawn into judgment, blame, and condemnation of those seen as responsible (some even get stuck obsessively focusing on the injustice of it, a very unproductive state of mind that I call awakening shock syndrome).
With the shock of this realization, it's no wonder that many people buy into the belief that a part of our ascension process involves a battle between good and evil and the defeat of the dark ones. But I didn't write this article to complain about the state of the world or to encourage people to feel like victims or to fuel resentment, judgment, blame, and condemnation. I wrote this article to point out that the supposedly spiritual idea of “light versus dark,” and the “us against them” mentality that it represents, is a subtle yet insidious trap. A trap that is critical to becoming aware of because it can potentially stop us from ascending and co-creating a new and better Earth.
The Metaphor of Light and Dark
It's important to understand that the terms “light” and “dark” are simply metaphors for the degree of connectivity and alignment that one has with their higher-self. When one is well-connected and aligned with the higher levels of their consciousness (their soul, over-soul, and beyond), they increasingly express a way of being that reflects the state of being of their higher-self. This way of being is characterized by unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, allowance, fearlessness, positivity, and service-to-others — to name just a few. The more you express these qualities, the more it could be said that you are “shining the light” of your higher-self into this world.
In the same vein, the term “dark” or “darkness” is simply a metaphor for the lack of connection and alignment with ones higher-self. When one is poorly connected and misaligned with one's higher-self, one's way of being will veer off in the direction of negativity, fear, self-reservedness, and perhaps even lust for power-over-others. How far one will go in this direction just depends on one's degree of misalignment with their higher-self and their unique set of experiences. The more one expresses this way of being, the more it could be said that one is in “darkness” or “playing in the dark” — or if we want to get over-dramatic “gone to the dark side.”
There is No Force of Darkness
It's important to understand that there is no force of darkness. Darkness doesn't exist on its own, it is not a thing unto itself, darkness is simply the lack of light. All that really exists is the “light” of your higher-self. If you block a light source, you create a shadow — an area where the light is much dimmer. When you block the “light” of your higher-self, you create darkness. Metaphorically speaking that is, because remember what we are really talking about is the degree of connection and alignment with your higher self or the lack thereof, and the way of being you express in this world.
So, there is no “force” of darkness, no force of evil. There is nothing pushing us to become negative and self-serving other than our own unconsciousness (our own disconnection from our higher-selves). We are creating our own darkness by unwittingly blocking the love and light and wisdom of our higher-self — our darkness and the darkness in our world is self-created! Ultimately there is nothing other than the “illusion of separation” that causes one to follow the negative path or turn to the dark side. More about the illusion of separation coming shortly.
Eckhart Tolle eloquently echoes my point about the origin of darkness, in his book A New Earth, when he said
There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness. With this realization, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.
Our true selves, our higher-selves, are the love and light we seek — we are already that if we allow it. But we ourselves are blocking the love and light of our higher-selves and creating the darkness in ourselves and our world. This idea was eloquently expressed by Rumi, the beloved 13th-century Persian poet, and Sufi mystic when he said:
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
And the two most significant barriers to expressing the love and light of our higher-selves are undoubtedly our fear and ego. These are the significant barriers that I think Rumi might have been eluding to, but of course, there is a multitude of variations. But let's not demonize fear and ego, because they are just natural consequences of diving into the experience of a separation reality construct like our own. And as I alluded to earlier, to understand the fallacy of the “light versus dark” idea one has to understand the illusion of separation our reality provides us.
The Illusion of Separation
We specifically created our reality construct to have a separation experience, and it indeed produces a very powerful illusion of separation. And of course, this was not a mistake, we (higher aspects of ourselves — our oversouls and beyond) intentionally designed this reality as the ultimate experience of individuality, separation, and limitation. So, we understood full well what we were getting into when we chose to dive into the separation game.
We wanted to experience something dramatically different than our native state as formless and non-physical threads of Source Consciousness — eternal limitless creator beings! We wanted to explore the possibilities and experiences that such a separation reality would provide us. We wanted to explore the states of consciousness, and ways of being that would emerge within it and all their ramifications. We wanted to see what that would be like and what it could teach us.
Playing the Separation Game
We've all been playing the separation game for quite some time now — we have all played many many rounds in this game. Each time we enter the game (incarnate) the Veil of Forgetting and Unknowing takes effect, and we forget everything prior to starting the game — we forget choosing to play, we forget our reasons for playing, we forget our learning and growth objectives for playing the current round, and we forget everything about the wider reality and the true nature of ourselves.
With the in-your-face highly convincing experience of separation that our reality presents our consciousness, it's not surprising that we quickly get sucked into the drama of the game. Because we don't remember that we are eternal consciousness (non-physical and formless), we quickly become strongly identified with our bodies as who and what we are. And since we can't remember anything about the wider reality, the bigger picture, we quickly come to believe that the world that we perceive with our physical senses is all that there is. And step-by-step we get drawn ever-deeper into the drama of the game, and ever-deeper into Separation Consciousness, and we become utterly lost within the game.
The Emergence of Egoic and Victim Consciousness
And once immersed in, and mesmerized by, the drama of the game we quickly lose our connection to our higher self and our consciousness, essentially, devolves. But not really so much devolve as to attain a state unlike anything possible in any other context of experience. A state of consciousness only possible within a separation reality like our own — an interesting and unique state that we might call Separation Consciousness. And this state of consciousness has two major aspects; namely Egoic Consciousness and Victim Consciousness.
Egoic Consciousness is a state characterized by a very strong sense of identity and individuality — one which often expresses as self-centeredness, self-reservedness, greediness, defensiveness, and so on. Victim Consciousness is a state characterized by the belief that one is largely at the mercy of circumstances beyond their control, and often expresses as fear, hopelessness, disempowerment, etc. And because the state of our world is simply a reflection of our collective state of consciousness, our world is characterized by plenty of fear, greed, competition, and conflict.
Note that the common denominator here is FEAR. Of course, fear is not an unreasonable reaction to what our reality sometimes presents us. After all, there is plenty of apparent danger and limitation to worry about if we so choose. Because fear naturally arises within a separation reality like our own, we don't need to demonize it, all we need to do is to understand it.
Fear is the Root of Darkness
And here's one of the most important things to understand about fear — it's the number one thing blocking us from expressing the love and compassion of our higher selves. Ultimately much of the hurtful negative self-serving things people do is driven by their fear — fear that they aren't good enough or worthy, fear that they won't have enough, fear that they are not safe, fear for their survival, etc.
And as the beloved Yoda character from the Star Wars stories so aptly pointed out —
Fear is the path to the dark side.
The root of all the darkness in our world is FEAR. Until we deeply understand this, we will find it difficult to unconditionally forgive and love those still playing in the dark. And until we do that we will be trapped in judgment and condemnation and be unwittingly perpetuating the world as we know it — a world of conflict and pain and suffering. Only unconditional love can heal our world.
A recent message from one of my favorite non-physical teachers, Seth (via one of my favorite channelers, Story Waters) really hammers home this point.
Darkness is an illusion. Darkness is the absence of light and that absence of light comes through unconsciousness. And that unconsciousness is experienced as FEAR. Fear is that which hides the light. All are light.
The battle is not against ignorance (or evil) or those that are called ignorant (or evil); the battle is against FEAR… See those that appear ignorant clearly by seeing their fear. For when you see their fear you will not see them as other, you will not see them as separate and ignorant, you will see them as beings in fear.
And, when you understand they are in fear, and that they are not being driven by some nefarious force of darkness, then you will see that they are just loving beings in fear and you will be able to love them — then you will discover the compassion, the compassion of the awakened one, the compassion of the open heart that sees that all the ills in the world come from fear.
When you understand that fear is at the root of every ill in our world, you are at the doorstep of transcending it and all that it leads too. And transcending fear and shifting to love is one of the greatest challenges that the separation game has to offer. Something that all the souls in the game right now we're hoping they could achieve as a part of the great awakening and transformation game plan (more about that game plan later in this article).