“If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you’ll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it.”Maya Angelou
The Story of You
At some point, a woman performed an (in)voluntary miracle and pushed something the size of a watermellon through an opening the size of an orange. Yes, you were born. This is known, because you have the ability to find these words and a navel that inexplicably stores lint for a rainy day.
However, far more important than this is the condition in which you existed at that moment. It doesn’t matter if your birth was quiet and easy or violent during a snowstorm: You, my friend, were breath-taking. Into this world you emerged as a human being, the only known consciousness with the ability to shape existence in accordance with your desires.
Have you ever stopped to consider it? Animals do not formulate grand visions for their life. They simply react to the world as they find it, using the tools of their current form. While they do exhibit emotion, they do not have the full range we exhibit — dogs don’t enter emo-malaise, questioning the meaning of their lives, nor do pigeons find that they become crushed under the weight of self-pity. Your local city park would be an entirely different place if this were not true.
Likewise, we have an extended capacity for reason. We can postulate cause and effect, beyond mere association — birthing our own mental miracles — everything from antibiotics to the shake weight.
Further, we can extrapolate causes and effects which have never occured, in the inner-projector of our imagination, under whatever rules we see fit. While we are not implying that we are inherently superior to animals, these statements merely echo that which we all seem to sense in our hearts. As we survey existence, we find that we do not fit the system around us as well as the rest, that we are something different.
This capacity of ours is, in essence, using will to forge reality, even if it does take some blood, sweat, and tears. Is this state not the captured essence of the divine: To want, decipher a means, and then produce?
Let there be light, and there was light.
You began as a walking God(dess). Let us examine this origin-point we all share…Find the Truth
“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” The Princess Bride
The Chains of Humanity
When we talk about pain, the human condition presents us with a cornicopia of options to choose from. Truly, when it comes to the suck, life is a generous bastard, is it not? On the one hand, we can talk about, say, abject suffering — like the loss of a spouse or getting your hand severed in a work-related accident. But, that is mostly boring, because that type of pain is not special to human beings.
If we cut off a coyote’s paw, or slaughter an elephant’s children in front of her, we will notice the tell-tale markers of abject suffering, the same as those experienced by a person. Hopefully, we would then get trampled or chewed to death for having the audacity to inflict that kind of torture just to explore a point.
There is, however, something far more interesting to explore. Inside of us, there is a lingering, whispering pain that sits in the background. And, it doesn’t matter if our lives are on the upswing or the heading towards the crapper — it abides. It haunts us relentlessly. We cannot escape it. It is guarding all the doors and holding all the keys. It cannot be reasoned with or duped. Truly, in the inner-”congress” of our spirit, it is the Tea Party.
It is the part of us that feels estranged, even surrounded by family and friends. Conversely, it is the reason we dislike being alone with nothing but silence, and go out to yet another lame thing, having one more dull night with plastic people, just to fill the space. It is the part of us that wants more, no matter how high we climb the social and material ladder. Likewise, it is the part that feels hollow and empty, even when we have achieved.
This pain, is a gift.
It is the suffering that makes us human. Simply put, this is the unyielding pain where the world is unsatisfactory, be our experience good or bad. Animals do not share it naturally, and you must go to great lengths to effect it in them. Let me ask you — what happens when we throw a fish from the river onto the shore, or plop an iguana into the middle of the artic? They die, do they not?
The problem is, this environment is so massively alien to their design, that they die rather quickly. What if we could prolong their life, slow the process down? Yes, what if we could make them die slowly in a foreign habitat — a little piece at a time? Would we see it then? Of course we do. The signs start to appear when we look at animals put into sterile labs and experimented on, or born into a dark cage barely bigger than their body to do nothing but eat and die. Not completely, but we can see it start.
Are you connecting the dots, here?
This pain is the direct result of being removed from your natural state. It is a giant finger, pointing to the fall, lighting the way to your ressurection. Return to yourself, and that pain will subside — as surely as if we threw the fish back into the water or the iguana back into the desert. We all have it, because we all made the same mistake, a mistake we were destined to make.
This is the meaning of Prometheus, chained to the rock and being pecked at by the raven. The bird is pecking at his liver, which filters toxins and poisons (lies) from the body (mind). His suffering, is our suffering, the uniquely human kind. Spoiler alert — in the original story that was suppressed, he escapes that place, tossing the Torment aside, as we all can.
But, there is more to the story: Not all humans deal with the pain in the same way.Open Your Eyes
“Seek not abroad, turn back into thyself, for in the inner man dwells the truth.”Saint Augustine
The only hard-and-fast rule to Darkworking is that there are no rules. Our objective is simple, and it can be viewed many ways. In the simplest terms, one can view it as a restoration. We are engaging in “self-archaeology”, so to speak.
Your true nature is buried in muck and dirt, covered in years of lies and heartache. Complicating this is the fact you are so far removed from yourself (even with glipses under your belt) that you have no idea what the final, unearthed ruins of your divinity will look like, once exposed. In short, we are working to reverse the fall with no blueprint for the route or the ultimate outcome. A bitch.
This is why Darkworking is so highly personal — each person searches in their own distinct way and finds something unique at the end. Because of this, nobody can offer you rigid, universal commandments, and if they do they are full of shit.
However, what can be offered, are principles. Some things are universal to everyone’s journey. For example, we know things about where you started and that the goal is to return to that state. Likewise, we know some things about the Spark and the human condition. Therefore, we can make statements about what should guide your framework as you proceed, even if the framework itself remains individual.
To put it another way: We cannot tell you where to dig; We can only tell you how to dig.
The tool you use to excavate, your little shovel, is experience. Remember, Darkworking is a verb, not a noun. This is deliberate. It is not a practice where you where can sit around, pondering ad-nauseum, and expect to have success. That will just lead to stagnation while you enjoy your impressive menagerie of mental-jewelry. Progress will come from experience, meaning, choices and actions.
Therefore, we present the following to guide you on your way. It is important to keep in mind, these are not absolute, binary codes for behavior. They represent a way of thinking, a certain perspective of looking at the world.
Each one stems from what we know to be true about you, the goal, and seeks to minimize obstacles and ease burdens along the way. If you keep yourself in-line with this way of being, and begin to move, the God Within will take care of the rest. Trust yourself. And, like anything, they take time to master — one does not simply add water and reclaim the inner-cracken.
Let us begin.
Happy Hunting, Darkworker.Claim Your Power
“The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy — all these are undoubtedly great virtues. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself — that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness — that I myself am the enemy who must be loved — what then?”C.C. Jung
The World is Changing
“There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.”William James
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“There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.”Erich Fromm
Working together towards the same goal, we Darkworkers have naturally developed some in-house jargon to make communication easier. As you browse the articles, you might find these definitions helpful. This community is a living work-in-progress and as such, new terms arise and fall out of usage. However, these should help you ensure that you’re not left out of the loop as you proceed:
- The Great Work: The process of discovering and becoming fully aware of your true nature — which has spiritual as well as physical implications. As long as there have been beings that are self-aware, the Great Work has been present. This description of the goal refers to it as having been pursed by all conscious life, through all time. In Darkworking, when one refers to the “Great Work”, they may speak of it generally (with all modern practicioners) or individually (a specific Darkworker).
- The Path: The Great Work, as prescribed by Darkworking. When one uses this term, they are discussing things in common to all Darkworkers, generally.
- The Descent: The Great Work, as undertaken by an individual Darkworker. When one uses this term, they are talking the specifics of how an individual’s journey unfolds.
- Polarization: In Darkworking, the Awakening has two forms. The first is the “Little Awakening”, where one perceives the self-created prison and begins to liberate themselves. For example, in Alchemy, this was referred to as the “Lesser Stone”. When one uses this term, they are describing the first, initial stage of Awakening.
- Polarity: When one Polarizes (that is, experiences the first Awakening) they may do so in one of two ways. This corresponds to moving up and out of the “cave” towards the light, or going back into the tunnels of water — respectively, they are referred to as Lightworking and Darkworking. We will attempt to describe these terms as neutrally as possible, when used.
- The Throne: This term describes the second, full Awakening — the end goal. Here, the Darkworker has discovered and recovered their true nature, unleashing the God Within. Beauty, Power, Peace, and Glory flow from the individual, who shapes reality in accordance with their will, as they see fit. They sit as master of all they survey, becoming the unquestioned ruler of their reality — “taking the Throne.”
- Self vs. self (“S” vs. “s”): This is true self (Self) as opposed to false self (self). Usually, when speaking of traits and characteristics of an individual, distinguishing between what is real versus what is illusionary, this pattern of utilizing a capital letter holds throughout the writing.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”Mahatma Gandhi
“You think darkness is your ally? You merely adapted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you, because they belong to me.”Bane