The Light and the Dark

I asked my brother to share my post about my new YouTube show to his friends on Facebook. He’s a rising star artist so I thought it would be a good way to circulate the word out to a new audience.

He told me he’s not on Facebook anymore.

He told me I need to get active on Instagram.


I barely just pushed myself out of my I-don’t -like-Facebook-I -don’t-want-to-post-anything-there box, and now there’s a whole new challenge to face. Seems like they are never-ending sometimes, doesn’t it?

And these little challenges that we face day to day are not just small things – they are connected to BIG stories, dramas, traumas, memories, and wounds they we have held inside for so long. One tiny little poke and boom, they burst into a mushroom cloud of smoke that covers our eyes. Well, sensitive people like me (and probably like you!) can tend to feel that way.

Truth be told, the reason why I began this mind/body/spirit practice in the first place – and the reason why I continue with it and seek to share it – is because I needed it desperately and I use it every single day of my life. I am an expert at putting to practice all of the things I talk about in every post I write, in every video I make, in every class that I teach. Because I need to 🙂 It has become a great new habit of mine – to practice and share and awaken from what I practiced and shared – a healthy habit replacing the long list of bad habits I was once pinned under like a wrestling match with an over-sized beast.

My journey was born out of darkness. And a deep longing for Freedom.

Today, I find myself still longing for that freedom, getting closer and feeling hope that transformation is possible. If I can do it, anybody can do it. Anybody who really wants to.

Everything begins with our will, our choice. And every step of the journey is carried forward by that same will to make that choice again and again and again…in the face of anything.

Decide who you really want to be, how you really want to live. Choose it. And then run towards it.

Does running include falling down? Yup, it does. Does it include getting a little banged up sometimes? Yes. Does it include feeling exhausted sometimes and lying on the grass for a while, staring at the sky, until you feel ready to get up and move again? Yes. Yes. Yes.

What’s really important is that we are just aware of this process that’s unfolding. That we are becoming conscious beings and conscious creators of our lives.

These days I have been reading different books and watching different speakers on YouTube. I really feel hope. From one perspective, the world is getting much brighter. People are waking up. And not only are they waking up, but they are sharing their awakenings in attempt to help enlighten and enliven others. It’s truly a beautiful thing. It’s like a global movement that we don’t even realize we are a a part of.

At the same time, flip the channel and the world looks like a dark terrifying place….like, what the hell is going on??? How can human beings be such a way and do such a thing to one another and to our beloved planet?

Yes, it’s all existing at the same moment in time. The light and the dark. And the principle of energy is: The Stronger Energy Wins.

That’s where you come in. Each one of us are so important to determine the “winner” here. Which energy will you feed each moment? The Light or the Dark? Again, everything is up to choice. And will. And the more we see our role in this – that each one of our heart’s and minds are so important, as we are profoundly connected in one energy field, one consciousness, the stronger your will can become.

That’s my will. No matter how dark it was and how dark it can be, no matter how many boxes I have to smash through, how many challenges I have to overcome, how many beasts I have to unpin myself from…I will never stop choosing. The stakes are high to me. My freedom is waiting. And I feel the heart and breath of my Mother Earth, watching her children, wondering, “what will they choose for me?”

Let’s have courage. Blessings to us all ~

10 Thoughts.

  1. Today, Indiana worldover are celebrating the “festival of lights” – Diwali! We celebrate the that no matter what the era or how strong the forces of evil, Good will triumph over Evil; and Light will always triumph over Darkness.

    And in the belief that there is positive energy in all of us, We pray that may we light up the world with the goodness inside us.

    Happy Diwali! Couldn’t have asked for a better read today!

    I leave you with this message that I once read and it holds so true no matter which era we belong to:

    There are four yugas widely accepted in Hinduism. They are :
    1.Satya yug
    2.Treta yug (Ramayana)
    3.Dwapara yug(Mahabharata)
    4.Kal yug(Present)

    In satya yug, the fight was between two Worlds – 1. Devalok – the abode of Gods representing the Good
    2. Asura lok – the abode of the Devil thus, representing everything Evil.

    In Treta yug, the fight was between Ram and Ravana. Both rulers from two different COUNTRIES.

    In dwapara yug, the fight was between Pandavas and Kauravas. Both good and evil from the SAME FAMILY.

    Kindly note how the evil is getting closer. For example, from a DIFFERENT WORLD to a DIFFERENT COUNTRY to the SAME FAMILY.

    Now, know where is the evil in Kalyug?

    It is inside us. Both GOOD AND EVIL LIVE WITHIN. The battle is within us. Who will we give victory to …our inner goodness or the evil within?? The choice is ours. So, choose wisely.

  2. Danielle, I so admire your commitment to your mind/body/spirit practice. The whole social media thing is blown way out of proportion, but we feel pressured to conform to this new reality. I’ve never been on Facebook, but I do devote time to Instagram. It can be fun but also very addictive, and it’s a challenge not to get overly focused on this platform. I’m currently trying to promote my Wellness Coaching practice, so I understand your dilemma about getting the word out. It’s almost mandatory to utilize LinkedIn and Instagram these days, but you’re absolutely right about making choices that work for you. Stay true to yourself–you have such a beautiful heart and soul!!

    By the way, I do “follow” Alec on Instagram and love his unique artwork! I’m planning to catch his upcoming show in NYC, so I can absorb and experience the visuals up close.

  3. Master Danielle,
    . A famous author and thinker stated, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing ( !!!)” People have replied to my everyday situational comments here and there, that climate change is here now, and it is man-made and we need action NOW with their perfunctory deflections such as….. : “There has been many climate change events in earth history”. It didn’t take long for this or other declinations to be seen as untrue by modern scientific methods. The One Person can’t do anything is also an idea I find aggravating. Indeed I will stand and work for climate change and I can make a difference. I will join others in spirit and in society to reverse destruction of our earth. I am grateful that you are with us Master Danielle. Look forward to your next video and blog.


    • Thank you for your fighting Spirit Vinson! And thank you for your big heart to work hard for Mother Earth. I think One Person is SO important. Keep your light shining bright ~~ never give up ~~~!!

  4. Thank you Danielle for your inspirational blog. I learnt a new word today: Spelunking(cave exploration). To me the journey of body/mind/ spirit is similar to exploring a never ending cave. One thinks one has uncovered the bottom of an issue/habit and then another dark tunnel becomes evident that needs excavating. The yearning for freedom never ends and even intensifies in my senior years. I want to share this poem because when I read it, I felt my whole being say YES.
    Last Fragment read by Tara Brach
    And did you not get what you wanted from this life
    Even so,
    “Yes I did.”
    And what did you want?
    “To call myself Beloved. To feel myself as Beloved on this Mother Earth.”

    And there-in lies the gateway to self-acceptance and freedom. I choose to continue to engage no matter what arrives at my doorstep internally or externally. There is comfort knowing so many others are making the effort….. And we are blessed to have you at the helm.

    • That’s beautiful Charlene. Thank you for sharing ~
      I went spelunking once in my college days!!! It was an exciting and terrifying adventure – much like the inner process ;))

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