The Path To Enlightenment

A contrast ~ Light vs Dark

Light vs. Darkness.

What does that mean for you?

For me, it’s far from a literal translation. The pursuit of enlightenment is a very personal journey and to do so, one must be entirely open to the possibilities that are out there, dismissive of nothing.

When I lived in an abusive situation, my abuser strived to keep me in the dark about truth and reality. The key to his success in abusing me solely depended on his ability to keep the illusion going. Questioning or challenging him led to some serious consequences as a crystal clear message to not do so. He isolated me from {most of} the rest of the world to prevent anyone from seeing what was going on in our house, as well as to eliminate the possibility that I would ~ heaven forbid! ~ share my concerns with a friend.

Although I didn’t realize it then, it was up to me to learn what was necessary to change what was happening. I had to challenge everything I was told, see things from a different perspective {to understand why the abuse took place}, and do extensive research {by stealth}, to coordinate my escape. I couldn’t afford to continue buying into the lies he told me about myself; if I had, I would have been in that situation for far longer.

Challenging someone ~ particularly someone who’s abusive ~ is a daunting experience. Once I committed to doing so, I had to stand my ground and endure what followed, regardless of what that was. When all was said and done, I’d received an education like no other before that or since. My journey to escape that situation taught me that questioning everything is an important part of enlightenment. To accept what one is told, without the effort to find out the credibility of the source, is a choice to remain in the darkness. Before we believe or accept anything, we must first determine whether a source has the integrity to tell us the truth; anything else is irresponsible and a total disservice. The truth may be painful or uncomfortable to hear. The truth may be incriminating to certain people. The truth may change the outcome of a situation. BUT knowing the truth is better than the “comfort” of a lie.

“The truth is the truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it.” ~ Unknown

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