Darkest Before Dawn – Florence Scovel-Shinn

Darkest before Dawn - Florence Scovel Shinn

One of my students once asked me to explain the “darkness before the dawn.” I refer to the fact that often, before the big demonstration “everything seems to go wrong,” and deep depression clouds the consciousness. It means that out of the subconscious are rising the doubts and fears of the ages. These old derelicts of the subconscious rise to the surface, to be put out.

It is then, that man should clap his cymbals, like Jehoshaphat, and give thanks that he is saved, even though he seems surrounded by the enemy (the situation of lack or disease). The student continued, “How long must one remain in the dark” and I replied, “until one can see in the dark,” and “casting the burden enables one to see in the dark.”

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