Many personal development and spiritual entrepreneurs want to rush the process of turning us towards the light. To point us in the direction of dynamic movement, striving for goals, and building new things.

The thing is, there are life-giving lessons that can only be learned by embracing the darkness. Denying these lessons often means repeating difficult and/or challenging experiences.

Wendell Berry advised us:

“To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”

May we as teachers and leaders let go of our attachment to striving for the light and it’s lessons.

May we find that the dark has unique lessons that bloom and sing.

May we find our courage and learn what this powerful time of year is hoping we’ll say yes to.

And may we then, when we’ve allowed ourselves to experience and integrate, bring this willingness to go into less comfortable and often ignored terrain in our work with those who look to us for guidance and leadership.