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Darkness, a Rich Source of Creativity

Darkness is no less desirable than light.  It is rather, a rich source of creativity… First there is the darkness of the earth in which the seeds wait all through the winter.  Second, there is the darkness of the womb in which the young mammal grows into sufficient viability to be born and take its place on earth, as a separate being….  And third, there is the darkness of night, when the garish sun has gone down and the things of earth are blotted out, and we may glimpse the vastness of the universe of which we are part…

We say that God is the Inner Light, but I want to affirm that also the Inner Darkness, and I do not mean desolation or evil, but a quiet waiting and creativity.  “The darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

- Elizabeth Watson, “Your God is Too Small”, address to Quaker Earthcare Witness Annual Meeting, 1996