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Someone who’s read my some of my writing and seen some my photos said that she felt I was graced with beauty to see and beauty to write, and that I must be very serene....

Serenity is the one thing that many writers are not graced with, at least, not on an everyday basis. Acceptance of ourselves for who we are is a big part of it. With most writers, I believe that there is a certain duality we live with, within ourselves, without which we cannot experience fully both the pain and the pleasure that comes in life. Eastern philosophy says that as you cannot have darkness without light, so then you cannot have good without bad; there must be a balance; the yin and the yang. We all carry both darkness and light within our natures. If we have that balance within ourselves, we overcome that which is negative, and use it to enrich our souls.

I feel that when we write, if what it is that we write truly comes from within, then it is giving a revealing glimpse into our souls. The myriad facets of which reflect both darkness and light. If you only look at a gemstone one way, you will only be able to see certain facets, and not be able to fully capture the essence of  what is within. Turn the stone, hold it up to the light, and you will see the life it holds within.

I struggle with both sides of my nature, and the light generally wins. However, there are times, as with all of us, where darkness must take its turn. It cannot be suppressed fully without consequence. I believe to be healthy, it instead must be released, hopefully in small doses balanced with the light, so that the darkness can be used, and cannot instead be the user.

I was awakened at 1:30am by my dog, needing to go outside. And, so I sit, and my words come out. I will likely re-read what I’ve put here, surrounded by darkness with only the light from the monitor, also in the light of day, and see or feel then from a different perspective.

Sweet dreams, dear heart of mine, sweet dreams. I hope for them, and accept those dreams I am given, for in those dreams are reflected both reality and surreality. Such is life.  



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Feb 21, 2009
    • This is so true.  We can’t be whole without identifying with both sides of ourselves.  We were made in that manner.  I enjoyed this.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 21, 2009
    • Thank you for sharing.  The word Serene to me is someone who is peaceful, balanced, attracted others with their inner beauty.  It does not take one long to draw to you.  Like bees know flowers - just all nature.

      With that being said, have you ever read Thomas Acquiance (?) (need coffee) Dark Night of the Soul.  I think you would really enjoy it.  Just a friendly suggestion.



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