The World of Outer Darkness May 12, 2019

During 2017 and through to 2018, I was involved in a legal battle with a multi-million dollar financial lending company.  It was a complicated legal case which involved contract law and the repossession of a prestige motor vehicle.  Being a self-represented litigant, I had the responsibility of coming to grips with unfamiliar legal terms, court appearances in both the local and district courts, and preparing and understanding complex legal documents as I did the inequity of loopholes in the law.

In reflecting on that time, I’m drawn to think of the term I was told which described our world by those in the spiritual universe, the world of outer darkness and why, when we planetary dwellers enter the spiritual universe we are frequently shunned and avoided by that realm’s disembodied inhabitants.  It seems to me that it isn’t just the sleep state which contributes to the miasma that surrounds us, and which makes others shun us when we enter their realm; it is also the uncivilised actions we perpetrate against one another.

Every cruel intention which is identified with and acted upon, toward man, nature or beast, adds to the growing darkness of psychospiritual negativity which oppresses all humanity and the planet which we share with a myriad of other life forms.  As stewards of this planet we are failing in our responsibility toward it as we are toward one another.  But there is always hope, and this I firmly believe.  A united voice can change governments, a kind heart can heal a great hurt, and, through our efforts to work on ourselves we can create an ark.

Linear time is a curious thing.  It allows us to turn inward and introspectively review the events in our lives as it does the deeds we and others close to us have done.  Upon such introspection, what will we now choose to do?  How will we now choose to act?  What thoughts will we now give credence to?  In the face of what can at times seem to be overwhelming despair, treachery and betrayal, I take heart from the words of George Fox, “I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love which flowed over the darkness”.

Michele T Knight Written by:

Dr Michele Knight is a Social Worker, Social Scientist, researcher and independent scholar. Her interest and research in the end-of-life has its origin in the lived experiences of her own bereavements, her near-death and shared-death events, the returning deceased and attitudinal responses to those experiences. Since 2006, she has been extensively involved in community development, support and advocacy in both a professional and community services/voluntary capacity in the areas of bereavement and grief, hospital pastoral care, and academic lecturing/tutoring. Her PhD, Ways of Being: The alchemy of bereavement and communique, explores the lived experience of bereavement, grief, spirituality and unsought encounters with the returning deceased.

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