Out of the Darkness

There are so many ways to feel dissatisfied
so many different needs to meet
so many goals to keep striving for
so many problems to try to fix
so much of the past you wish you could change
so many fears from the future.

No wonder you feel overwhelmed
like a traveller carrying too many bags
with too many paths to choose from
who has to keep stopping to rest
until he can’t go on, and collapses.
How could you ever be happy?
Life’s too demanding and complicated.

But then – an electric shock, an illness or accident
death creeps behind and swipes you hard across your back
awakening you from your torpor
and suddenly the fog dissolves away
And you can see the narrow ledge you’re walking
– the one you’ve always been walking – between life and death.

And now it’s all so simple and makes perfect sense –
life is temporary and fragile, precious beyond value
and life contains nothing except this present moment
this brilliant beautiful river of experience.

And suddenly those needs stop niggling you
the guilt and fear stop gnawing
the phantoms of the past can’t scare you anymore
there’s nothing to worry about or to be afraid of

Everything obliterated
but the glory of this moment
the grandeur of the world itself

And you know that this is all there is
that this is where fulfilment lies
and everything else is only a shadowplay of the mind.

From the book ‘The Meaning’. To watch Steve’s talk with Eckhart, click here.

15 responses to “Out of the Darkness

  1. Brilliant!!! I loved it immenseley. what a great but simple way to have said it all about life. Thank you so much. thank you for once more making me realize what is most important in life….

    namaste

  2. I needed to be reminded of this right now. To be reminded how “the guilt and the fear stop gnawing’ It’s amazing how small and insignificant these truly become, and always are when we see them in that moment of aliveness, against the immense foreground of the universe.

  3.  
    How can I feel something this strong and be the woman my friend sees me as?
    Am I the woman He claims or am I what his heart fears most…??
    “Each days seems harder if I need you an extra burden your joy to bestow Tell me love -you are my love? Is it your heart or soul which is cold?”
    I’ve opened my heart to nobody but you, do you know that?
    It is something that happened one night so I haven’t forgotten where it spilled out
    do you mind if I spill alittle more? In order to get some rest…
    I am lost in a loveless world,
    I am dying of a disease called lonliness,
    I am sad, I am lonely, I have nothing to live for except hope,
    Hope for my love to be accepted and returned,
    I am so much better of a woman in LOVE…
    When I am in LOVE…
    I walk with skip in my step and I talk with sas in my pants,
    I smile everywhere and always,
    I am elevated to new hights
    When I am in LOVE…
    How do I settle for anything less?
    If someone loves me I am right,
    I am loveable,
    I am ok~
    How can I be loved?
    If I can give all the love that is drowning me alive on the inside to someone,
    I can catch my breath.
    To have so much love inside and nowhere to put it is
    overwhelming,Overloading, a burden of extra weight to carry.
    How sad is it my friend to have so much to give
    yet not have anyone worthy enough in my life to give it to?
    How bad is it to give it to those unworthy just to free myself of the pressure?
    The responsiblity of having all this love is heavy,
    Ii am full of guilt for not knowing yet should naturally occur,
    I am full of shame for hating this love that drowns me,
    I am lost in a loveless world…
    I am dying of a disease called lonliness…
    I have shared my soul with one…
    I have opened my heart to you…

    1. Beautiful, and exactly how I used to feel, till I realised that there WAS someone I could give all that LOVE to ~ myself! As I (and you) are worthy of that LOVE, just as we are, alone, not ‘having’ to be with another but just ‘because we are all beautiful inside’. Then … my inner light shone … and I found someone with whom it’s still early days, but someone who has come to me because I LOVE myself already and will not depend on him for LOVE but rather join with him in LOVE. Don’t be “full of shame” ~ celebrate your LOVE for yourself. xx

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