Daily Om ~ The Valley of Despair

16_12_10_webEven in our darkest times, there are seeds of light within ourselves, we need only call them forward. Anyone who has walked through the valley of despair and come out the other side knows that even in that darkness, seeds of light can be found. Often their tendrils reach out of the gloom and into the daylight alongside the journeyer who emerges from that deep sorrow. When we find ourselves in a place of despair, it can help us to know this, so that we don’t give up. We can stop, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves that we will find ourselves on the other side of this troubled time, and that we may even emerge with something new to offer.

It seems that despair has been around for as long as humans have been able to express themselves, and many of the great artists, teachers, and visionaries have labored through times of depression and hopelessness. Their words, images, and lives can serve as beacons in the darkness, even if they can’t always immediately lead us out. In the end, we must find our own way, and this is why despair often overwhelms us when it comes; we doubt that we have the resources to contend with such a formidable presence all by ourselves. This is when we must come to our own aid and know in our hearts that we have what it takes to keep moving forward in the general direction of the light.

Even though we must ultimately rely on ourselves, this doesn’t mean we can’t ask for help. Our friends and families can help us, as can our inner guides and helping spirits. They can serve the purpose of a fire that burns throughout the night, keeping us warm, and providing a light by which we might see the changes we may need to make in order to move forward. In addition, there truly are seeds of light inside us, however small, waiting to unfurl their green shoots, if only we will give them the time.

Source: Daily Om

2 thoughts on “Daily Om ~ The Valley of Despair

  1. I remember once of having to endure, for an unspecified period of time, existing in the same dwelling with absolutely one of the most repulsive human beings I’ve ever known. The ordeal only ended up lasting seven weeks. I had to use every method, by hook and crook, to outwit this person. I actually merely wanted to avoid a big flareup and avoid their toxic energy from affecting me. During this dark time, I had no idea how long it would last. I remember the moment when they finally drove off, and how I felt the weight of their presence lift. It was the most difficult thing that I ever overcame in my life.

    • Yep, I do know how this feels. It can be a real ordeal. We have to really protect ourselves and our energy don’t we. I have used crystal grids in non-obvious places and these have helped a lot. I’m so glad you were able to overcome your ordeal.


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