I’ve been musing on the difference between light-chasers and light-workers.
In the spiritual community there are people who seem on the surface to be all “love and light.” To them, everything is love and light. It’s all good. They are cheerful and positive all the time. They never seem to have a “bad” day or feel a “negative” emotion.
If you show up in a state that isn’t “love and light,” they’ll judge you as not being “spiritual enough” or being too negative.
These people are the light-chasers. They are chasing happiness and light and pushing aside anything dark.
Light-workers, on the other hand, aren’t afraid to embrace their darker emotions. They recognize that there is no duality: no “bad” day or “good” day; no “negative” emotion or “positive” emotion. Each extreme is subsumed within its opposite.
A light-worker recognizes that all emotions and experiences belong, and that by embracing even those we don’t want we get closer to what we do want. And so we don’t have to chase happiness because it is already here, buried within the grief we would rather push away.
To be a light-chaser is to be perpetually on the hunt, unable to stay still, perpetually trying to flee the darkness. It’s an exhausting role.
A light-worker is content to be, to sit, to stay in the darkness, because the light-worker knows that it’s only in the darkness that the brightest lights truly shine.