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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Lots of people are afraid of the dark. For some, I mean this literally. For others I mean that they identify their fears and then respond to it as if it were wicked, evil, dangerous, or some other word meaning “bad.” Then they put a lot of energy into avoiding it. Hey, guys. Don’t be afraid of the dark.

The universal law of polarity says that there are no boogey men. Everything in creation has a positive purpose. We can’t have light without dark. Abundance exists beside scarcity. War and peace are partners. So are life and death. There is nothing scary about these things. They are all natural phenomena.

What makes a thing “bad” is when it’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Using it for the wrong purpose can also be ineffective. For example digitalis and belladonna are great medicinal herbs. However, a little goes a long way. If you take too much, they are deadly.

Another example are copperhead snakes. Now when someone says “copperhead,” most people tend to have trouble coming up with a positive way to see them. Did you know that their venom contains a protein that paralyzes cancer cells? So, these snakes may be okay to keep the rodent population under control. They may be great for cancer patients. You just don’t want them in your yard. When they are in your yard, they can become a good thing in the wrong place.

Many indigenous cultures see all life as an extension of ourselves. All creatures and non-creatures, like the mountains, wind, oceans, and trees, are our brothers. We’re all part of the same nature family. When something comes along that doesn’t act predictably or doesn’t seem to conform to this belief, they say that that is part of the divine plan. It is behaving in that way to teach us something. I think it is a spectacular perspective that allows you to respect all life, keep your peace of mind, and turn something unwelcome into something positive. It’s a win/win! I am always for the win/win.

Now it could be that I am wrong. It could be that boogey men really do exist. If so, keep this in quote in mind from William Shakespeare. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

How do you want to live? In constant fear of something that may not come? Or in joy and strength until it does? Fear is a life stealer. If you’re afraid of getting a job, not getting a job, spiders, strong sun, swimming in natural water, being alone,  being with people, cancer, dogs, eating tainted food, ghosts, being liked, not being liked, being mugged, driving, being embarrassed, or lots of other things, you’re not only not alive. You die over and over. If you live in the moment, you only have to feel fear when something dangerous is actually happening. Once it’s over, the fear leaves too.

On a Rainbow Serpent Adventures tour, we are always the now. When the dark comes, we experience it. When the light comes, we embrace it. Standing where you are helps you to be whole. It let’s you experience all of life. There is unimaginable beauty there. When darkness calls, come with us!


Laura grew up with animism. She is a co-founder of Pan Society, a licensed clinical social worker, author of Angel Whispering: How to Talk to Your Spiritual Guides and How To Be A Panist: A Guide to Creating a Modern Animist Lifestyle. She also facilitates spiritual pilgrimages. For more information about Laura Giles, see her websites at

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