I was raised in a middle-class white family, on a steady diet of New Age books filled with lofty prose about enlightenment, spiritual growth, doing-what-you-love, positive thinking, and my least favorites of all, “love and light” and “driving out the darkness.”
As I got older and developed my critical thinking faculties, I often thought: Something’s missing in all this white-light transcend-and-rise-above talk. Why is spirituality so often associated with upward movement, and driving out the darkness? Is there something wrong with descent? Would it be so wrong to welcome darkness, or even invite it in?
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