Of Light and Darkness

I vividly remembered this quote and I think it explains a lot about us as human beings.

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”

Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

It explains so much about what Aikido is, and please pardon me for hijacking this quote to explain this blog post.

Martial arts is basically born out of our human nature to fight. We have been fighting and killing one another for the longest of time. It is our humanistic attempt to uphold our self preservation. Can we make sense of all that? At the end of the day, what do we achieve killing one another? For a certain circumstances and situation, it is kill or be killed, thinking back, how did we end up in that place and time where we are so limited in our choice? How did we allow a circumstance to overpower our faculty of choice? Darkness is the circumstance, we are the light. we need to know that no matter how dark it gets, we are still the light.

And we are all light. Where there is life, there is light, In our attempt to kill each other, we fail to see that you cannot extinguish a light, with a light, neither can you extinguish the light, with darkness, we all know that universal truth, Light is light and light, light up the dark, as the quote aptly puts it, you cannot ‘stick the dark into the light.’

So we need to close ourselves, shut our eyes to the light, and in the midst of blindness, kill and maim indiscriminately. It has to be that way, you cannot kill, the moment you open your eyes, with sight, there will be light.

There will always be light, and as long as we continue to keep our eyes open, more light will be allowed into our psyche and the light we bring in, will light up the dark places in us, and allows us to see more wisdom within us, and when that happens, we overcome our spiritual inertia and gain momentum. Gathering speed, we will move forward, leaving the past behind, leaving the dark behind. You cannot get to where you are, searching in the dark, you need that light to guide you, out of the dark, and Aikido is that light.

I feel that the ultimate aim of Aikido is simple, the cessation of all fighting. That has to cease in us. we must stop fighting ourselves, stop engulfing ourselves with darkness, because we know deep in us, it is a futile attempt. Light will always light the dark. Fighting will continue to mask our true potentials from coming to light. So we need to stop fighting, and let the light shine. It is our human nature, and you do not need to search the universe for that light and peace, it has always been and always will be residing in you.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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