Between Darkness and Light While They Dance

Guest Post and Giveaway by Mario R Zeleny…

Darkness and Light is a spectrum. We live between them, in the place of color. They spin second by second as eternally entwined lovers. Together, they are wholeness. Our lives are the infinitesimal space between the bodies of Darkness and Light while they dance.

We dwell in the eye of their storm; the wind of their dance caressing, touching our lives… chaos swirling within arm’s reach. When we allow ourselves to be pushed slightly away from the center, there is imbalance. The answer to too much light is darkness. The answer to too much darkness is light.

But there are those of us who live a lie. The great lie that darkness and light exist separately from each other. This great illness has spurred fantastic inventions that we use to avoid parts of life we have labeled evil, and many times call Darkness.

The fantastic inventions have elevated our existence (the light bulb) and have also killed millions (atom bomb). Yet, we remain blind to the eternal dance happening right before our eyes; trying to live as if light is separate from the dark. Some of the brightest historic moments have been brought on by violence, destruction and loss. Some of the most horrific moments in history have been brought on by the “light” of religion or “reason”. To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.

Art however it manifests is the real redeemer. It is the ultimate self-care: to create it or to own it. Art creates a worm hole where unfolding mysteries resolve within the oneness of our creation. The viewer begins unfolding their own mysteries as a result of experience our art. This, eventually, leads back to a place of oneness; nearer to balance.

Autumn calls us to spend an amorous season in the dark, with only enough light to gaze upon morphing shadows. The shapes are our own delicate mortal monsters, panting like dogs for our attention. Their life span is so short. Their love filled with ebony treasures they long to leave with us before they depart.

I invite you to take a soul ride with me as I reveal the Arte Explicans - The Art of Unfolding.

Let’s create from the mysteries carried deep within. When we do, art becomes supercharged with significance and awareness. The Art of Unfolding provides a voice for the innate, dark affairs that muse—and occasionally roar—in the murky recesses of our soul. We will always be surprised as well as become inspiration to others, as long as the process is followed completely and we give ourselves to the unfolding journey.

We begin the journey at Sancti Spiritus by discussing the process for the Art of Unfolding, and actually departing at Soul Shadow Studio aboard the Ray Bradbury Express: The Halloween Tree, as we celebrate our Magaly’s All Hallow’s  Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark.

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Mario R Zeleny is the author of Soul Shadow Studio and Sancti Spiritus. He enjoys photography, graphic design, digital art, figurative sculpture, mixed media, and painting. And I must tell you, my Wicked Luvs, that I enjoy Mario’s work quite a bit. These two pieces, from here and here, do something to my witchy heart (emotional Daisies and Autumn piercing its own heart):

  

I will paraphrase Mario’s words to describe part of his vision to you. He believes that there is one process that cuts through all the obstacles to connect him with creation, self and sacred source: ART. He is working towards a coaching certification at Mentor Coach LLC, attending Seminary and looking forward to a Masters in Divinity… and he has a heart that barely fits in his chest.

Giveaway
Halloween Care Package

This basket of yumminess includes the following: Happy Halloween Sign, 2 Mexican DOD Lotteria Cards, Pumpkin Kleenex, Skull napkins, Sculpted eye lashes, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull fingernails, SKelli Owl Shot glass color changing ghost sculpture, Boo Socks, Boo Dog Treats, Medium Dog Halloween Collar or Hair Band (for humans), Purple Plush Sugar Skull, and a $25 Amazon gift card.
 
To enter, answer the following: Mario suggests that “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, what do you believe drives our society to such levels of self-deceit? If not, explain the reasons behind the disagreement. 

For Extra Entries – Worth one entry each
2. Visit Sancti Spiritus and enter Mario’s “Last Halloween Giveaway.”
3. Be a Wicked Darling. Follow Pagan Culture (this blog).
* Enter by Oct 24th at 5:13 pm EDT. Visit the Giveaway Rules page for eligibility and details.   


So Good, So Dark PartiersPlease leave the links to your All Hallow’s Grim 2013 entries as comments on the original announcement post. Links left on other posts will be deleted. Gracias!

84 comments:

  1. I do agree, I think this epidemic of labeling light as good and dark as bad goes back so many generations that we may never know how or why it started, but now is the time for us to step up and take back the dark and show not everything dark is evil or bad and that just as much evil can be found in the light.

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    1. Hi Ash-Lynn:

      You know you touched on a pet peeve of mine. We have a lot of traditions as North American's and most folks don't know why they do it. If they do, they only know the commercial reason! My mouth always drops, no matter how old I get, how people often blindly just follow along! Thank you for your comment!

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    2. I always shake my head when I ask a person why they put candles on their cakes and they give me a blank look or tell me they do it because everyone does. One of these days, I might slap someone...

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  2. Bless me father, for I have sinned. I engaged in wrangling with an internet twit this morning. But it was so satisfying, especially once I thought that even if my father or my mother disapproved, at least one brother would have joined with the chaos. I suppose it served nothing, giving in to that dark portion of my heart that loves to antagonize those with head up the butt disease, but it made me laugh and remember my dead in a good way, so to hell with it!

    So yes, I agree with Mario.

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    1. Interesting... I see what you wrote as coming more from a place of light... than darkness! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    2. Ah, see the way I was raised it was considered dark to engage in any sort of mischief. One should be pious and pray for something else to do your dirty work for you so you can say your soul remains snow white. But I always was a DYI kind of girl and snow is best when it's played in, therefore a bit dirty, LOL

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    3. Damn! I was just going to say, "Mario, if you knew Kestril, you would know that is about as dark as it gets for her." Then the bird flew back and said it. Sweet!

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  3. Dee Edwards10/15/2013

    We have always associated light with good and dark with evil. I think society over the years created this illusion to justify the means for their cause. I like to spend time outside in the dark. I find no harm there. The light can draw you close but sometimes it can be for reasons that turn out wrong. I do believe the balance between the two must be kept. We all look for the right path. We have to travel different roads to get there. Do not fear the darkness and be sure the light is true. You must challenge all forms of right and wrong. Be true to what you know in your heart and soul.

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    1. "...travel down different roads to get there..." Ahhhh, but there are those folks that got those paths patrolled! And, I don't know about you, but I have had to fight sometimes for my right to take the "wrong" path!

      We challenge just by standing up and being who we really are!

      Your rock! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Someone's "wrong" path can be someone else's "rightest" way. And to get others to see that is rather difficult at times...

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  4. How am I supposed to think when you leave me with a vision of a heart trying to burst out of his chest? :/
    I do agree with Mario, that humans use darkness/bad and light/good as a means to fool themselves about their own position in the universe. The whole "Holier than thou" thing, painting themselves with a golden halo of light, while lesser mortals lurk in their shadow. In reality(mostly) they are the only ones who see themselves this way. They and a few "chosen ones" perpetuate the fantasy until it becomes a common concept, and then anyone who disagrees is cast into the "evil darkness"
    Personally, I enjoy lurking in the shadows....dancing between light and dark, and I take full responsibility as to whether each step is good or bad....mwahahahahahaha......XXX

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    1. OMG, Gina...I can't type my heart is on my keyboard!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Keep Dancing!

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    2. I shall wear my horns with pride. Red is such a pretty color. Wanna dance, Gina Luv?

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  5. I think most people associate darkness with the unseen and the unknown and they fear it. It's a primal instinct. There is much to fear in the light, as well, but it's easier to defend yourself against a tangible threat. It's a natural perception, in my opinion, but I'm not such a deep thinker, I suppose...

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    1. I don't know about that. Most folks wouldn't necessarily know its a primal fear. I guess those of us who have a balance that include more the dark side are a bit more like Riddick!

      Thanks for taking the time to Comment!

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    2. I think the fear of the darkness is conditioning... We've been told over and over and over that the dark is bad and dangerous, so we run. Unless you are Riddick and can see what's going on all the time. Or me, and care very little about what society wants to push into my brain. Only I rule there... and the Muse, of course ;-)

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    3. Perhaps the fear of the dark is conditioning, but self-preservation is instinctive. I like to arm myself using all of my senses before I venture into an unknown situation. Being deprived of vision is unsettling to me. I am speaking of the darkness in a literal sense, and I think that colors my perception of dark more than anything else. I love walking in the night, but I am wary of stepping on the snake that may be coiled there...

      Oh, in addendum, I entered Mario's Halloween Giveaway and I'm a follower of Pagan Culture, as well.

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  6. So much in our world defies definition. I believe this is true of Darkness and Light. But, humanity insists upon assigning attributes to the extent that even we who have learned better, allow these labels to permeate our thinking.

    Dark vs.Light / Evil vs. Good ? If there one thing I have learned, it is that the only absolute is there are no absolutes. SO, perhaps some things should be undefinable.

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    1. I am with you... labels irritate me to hell! Can appreciate labels for the sake of communication, but I find they lock people into our expectations and I wonder if we make them prisoners?

      Fly... be free!!!

      Love you lots!!!

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    2. I think good and evil have been fighting for so long that by now they are lovers. You can't spent that much time with someone and not begin to feel something, you know?

      In all seriousness--actually, mostly--labels that are assigned and not claimed can be ugly and harmful. One of these Mario and Eliora, we must sit down and discuss this label issue...

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  7. “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.” I have to agree with his statement...we grow up being afraid of the dark or what is in the dark...even what is in the shadows scares many of us...I think of the shadows playing on the wall as light dances with the dark and how could anything that beautiful be scary. We deceive ourselves by finding the things that go bump in the night and soon all of our fears are then connected to the dark. So, the inventions begin to counter dark with light and therefore drive away all evil. This is what we tell ourselves...within the light/good there is no darkness/evil, but that is just not true. We all carry both inside us...light and dark, good and evil...one can't be without the other, there is not a separation. They exist because of the other. What we should really be looking for, instead of the evil in the darkness, is the expansion of ourselves...the lighted path to carry us on our journey...we are all just looking for a light in the dark, aren't we?

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    1. Can I share a secret with you? I am more afraid of the light and the people of the light than I am of the dark! See, we are conceived, grow and become whole in the womb... in total darkness.

      I am looking for the dark in the light...

      Thanks for a great comment!

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    2. I can't sleep in a bright room--unless I know someone I trust is watching over me. I feel protected in the dark. I figure that if I can't see neither can they.

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  8. “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.”

    We're the masters of giving definition to things that sometimes have no meaning, nor do they require any meaning at all. Sometimes things are exactly as they appear -- dark as darkness, light as brightness -- and other times, they defy our definitions -- dark as bad, light as good.

    So why do we feel the need to give things labels? What fuels us to label these things?

    In my experience, people want to give explanation to things they don't understand, and give reason to things as a result of their own personal experience or views. To most, darkness is where the scary things lie: We fear the dark's monsters, including ourselves. Light, on the other hand, reveals everything and makes them better, if only because we can face them head-on.

    This is, as so eloquently put, the "ultimate illusion", for people tend to forget that the dark can sometimes be enveloping in a positive way, can be soothing... and the light can make those "scary" things actually fearsome.

    Excellent discussion, by the way. :)

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    1. Your comment reminds me of a former boss I had. She did not know how a computer functioned and she made up all these incredible stories when something went wrong! The trouble is, she really believed it!

      And then, came me... who told her in the nicest way possible that she was full of caca! She didn't like me! I was scary... you know... as in popping balloons scary!

      Just call me Pixel the clown! You know how much people like those!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    2. My grandmother used to say, "Man takes foolishness for wisdom. They don't know something, and instead of touching it and talking to it, they name it. Thinking that will tell them what it is." So, yes, I agree, too.

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  9. Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I do agree with Mario's statement! I think it's how people react to everything in society! What they hear, who is around them telling them things.It's everything. I was talking to one of my brother's over the weekend, who is having a hard time, and I told him I did a spell for him., He got so freaked! He said no! Spells are bad! I couldn't believe his reaction! I said, I would only do something good. It went on and on and I just let it go. What can you do, right?

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    1. OHHHHH your comment reminds me of the time when a whole group of people labeled me as "dark witch" because I hung Halloween decorations of bones and shrunken heads where I lived. And they were pagan too! Just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how "enlightened" someone is, they still often hang on to their superstitions!

      Thanks for Sharing and Good Luck!!

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    2. Stacy, many times, when I do spelling for anyone who isn't a Witch. I tell them that I will pray for them "with style." LOL

      Mario, if those "dark witch" callers saw my altar, they would probably have a heart attack.

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  10. Knock, knock, I follow you ;o) LOL!

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  11. After reading Mario's words, the image that stays with me is one of origami unfolding within an expanding soul. Lovely origami paper...beyond color & weight. Yes, I do agree with the statement. Fear drives such self-deceit, coupled with a weak will.

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful observations...

      Fear has such a bad rap! It's actually a really good thing in proper doses!

      Good Luck!!!

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    2. Healthy fear keeps us alive. It's when others abuse that healthy fear and use it against us until they rob us of who we are. Then, run!

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  12. I cannot thank you enough, Magaly for allowing me to participate and find my voice... but I am getting forgetful and I hope I don't loose it! You have been wonderfully patience and terribly generous!

    I have enjoyed myself immensely and feel very honored to share a bit of the spotlight here on your blog with your tribe!

    Thanks for having me!

    Love you lots!!!

    Mario

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    1. Pagan Culture is a house of friends, Mario. All Wicked yummy souls are welcomed. Good conversations are started by introducing new minds into a group willing to teach, learn, live and laugh... and we are always willing to eat chocolate ;-)

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  13. Without day there is no night, without dark there is no light. There is duality in all things. It is what keeps us alive. In my life I have seen things claiming "to be of the light" that were not okay with me and I have seen things claiming to be dark that I agree with. I call it "grey"

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    1. It's all about balance, indeed!

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  14. “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.”
    Yes, illusion and trickery for the non thinkers and simple minded... Is that to harsh(?) it is easy to box things off neatly in society but for others that embrace the million shades of grey it is indicative of trying to control, categorise and label when good and bad can weave themselves through many colours and shades, and who judges this good & bad? Depending on culture, morality, politics (and sometimes shareholders) we can all grab a can of paint and brush good or bad either light or dark... and now... To finish this comment... I will pull a black rabbit out of a white hat ;)

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    1. The truth can be such a harsh thing, but that doesn't keep it from being true. Illusions have power because some people believe in them.

      Now I want to see your bunny ;-D

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  15. Stalk Mario, his shop (oh those daisies are perfect) and still you ;)

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    1. Aren't those daisies purrrfect!?!

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  16. “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.” Yes, I agree - I think it comes from being able to see what is lit better than what is in the dark, and the unknown feels risky and scary - so we label the condition of its being unknown as 'bad', when really it is simply something we don't understand. We tell ourselves that what we know can't hurt us (forewarned is forearmed), but experience doesn't show that, not really. Attaching labels is a security blanket.

    I entered the Halloween giveaway and follow Pagan Culture. :)

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    1. Oh, my Lynda B, you are so wise. We are so terrified of the unknown that we have come to truly believe the old saying that it is better to lie with the devil you know. That's nonsense, you better find something better...

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  17. I love the visual of Light and Dark entwined as lovers. How beautiful! One cannot not exist without the other, and so I agree completely. We must have a balance between the two.

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    1. They must look precious... like hair going gray, framing a happy smile

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  18. Right on, Mario! I too love the mental image I get of Light and Dark dancing to a sensual tune, spinning, twirling, merging, swirling. I don't know why people label Light as Good and Dark as Bad, but I think that both are necessary for Balance.

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  19. To label anything that relates to a person in that way in the ultimate lie. People are always changing.

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  20. To label anything as all good or all bad is illusion and self deceit. Why do we do it?
    Fear, mainly. Fear of sharing our own voice and fear of being perceived differently from those around us.
    If only we could learn and appreciate the beauty and benefit of balance. It is a lifelong struggle.

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    1. It's sad that diversity is so wonderful, yet so many of us almost fight to be exactly like everybody else.

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  21. I am a follower and I am headed to Mario's to enter the last giveaway.

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  22. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly and always hated that "bad" characters are usually drawn as being unattractive in cartoons and such.
    "Beauty and the Beast" was a great one that showed Gaston (a very handsome character) as being the true beast based on his actions and not his looks.

    Light and Dark are a balance...making assumptions about them is too easy.

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    1. "assumptions" are often "too easy" and too wrong, indeed.

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  23. Everything has a good and bad to it. You cannot simplify something to just light/dark=good/bad. That is blindly accepting something only for what you see or hear. You must look deeper into an issue to see it as a whole, not just the surface view. Christians are viewed as good to many people, yet they too have their demons. Politicians are often viewed as bad, yet many have good intent. Life is what you make of it.

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    1. Limiting our understanding of the Universe’s mysteries in such a way can be rather silly, indeed…

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  24. I entered Marios last giveaway

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  25. I follow you on GFC as amanda hardesty
    hollow_sins@yahoo.com

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  26. Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway!!

    I do very much agree, and I think most people try to keep it labeled as good and bad because it's easy. It's what they're told and they don't want to question anything in their lives.

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    1. When we don't question, we don't live. Worse, when we live quietly, we die a little every day...

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  27. I entered Marios last giveaway

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  28. I follow this blog by e-mail.
    Sinister.Laura@yahoo.ca

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  29. Amber Terry10/19/2013

    I absolutely agree with the statement. I think that the deceit is born from simply not wanting to face truth. Or perhaps being afraid of the truth.

    (Entered Mario's giveaway and following this blog via Google Friend Connect as Amber Terry)

    Thank you for the chance to win :)

    starry_night1987@yahoo.com

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    1. The only thing scarier than the truth is having to accept it when we don't like it *sigh*

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  30. I agree with the statement. I don't think that light or dark is inherently good or bad....it's the meaning that we give them that assigns that value. The "powers that be" drive society's self-deception by dividing everything and everyone into categories of "good" and "bad."

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    1. Society can be quite the brain-feeder, if we let her, huh?

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  31. I am following via email and GFC.

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  32. I entered the "Last Halloween Giveaway."

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  33. I agree 100%! I believe those people are afraid to try or believe! I think people should be more open minded
    makeighleekyeligh at yahoo dot com

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    1. Maybe, one day, we will all be...

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  34. I entered Mario’s Last Halloween Giveaway!

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  35. I’m not sure it’s the *ultimate* illusion, but an illusion for sure – one that’s caused much pain and suffering throughout time. I think it’s just something that stuck with us from the days before easy access to light – dark was bad because you couldn’t see; there’s really no logical reason we still hold on to that belief. Yet kids are still prone to be afraid of the dark – it’s the inability to see what’s happening around us that’s the root of the fear of dark and thinking that it’s bad, not the dark itself.

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    1. We are taught to be afraid of the unknown, and conditioning is a powerful thing. Blind children aren't afraid of the dark... they are always in it.

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  36. I follow Pagan Culture via GFC.

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  37. I entered Mario’s “Last Halloween Giveaway" (Tara C, tkc4242 -at- gmail dot com)

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  38. It is an illusion for sure. To quote my best friend: "All the best things happen in the dark". And if it's the "best" it can't be bad :) Haha! But all jokes aside. Light and dark are not living breathing creatures. They cannot be bad or good. They just are.

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    1. Your best friend is half right. The same best things happen in the light, too ;-D LOL

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  39. I entered the Last Halloween Giveaway

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