That Mysterious Darkness
By James Donahue
When we stare out in
that infinite vastness of space on a clear and starry night, most of what we see is a patchwork of faint lights from distant
stars and galaxies shining through the darkness that we perceive as a vacuum of emptiness.
But is what we think
we see only an illusion? Is there something more to our Universe than emptiness? From esoteric literature - Crowley’s
great Book of the Law – we perceive the Universe as two living forces, Nuit representing all and Hadit representing
nothing. Nu is the all-encompassing Universe and Had is the invisible energy that makes it all work.
Nuit proclaims in the
first verses of the work: “The Khabs is in the Khu . . . worship then the Khabs, and behold my light shed over you.”
In translation, Khabs
and Khu are ancient Egyptian words that generally mean “the starry sky” and “spirit-soul,” respectively.
The light of Nuit, then, is a universal light. Crowley interpreted
it as a secret light comprising “the innermost, essential man,” since Nuit also declares: “Every man and
every woman is a star.”
Just as we have a light
of the soul that is obscured, or veiled by the body, there also is a light of infinite space. Crowley wrote: “the light of space is what men call darkness: its nature is utterly
incomprehensible to our uninitiated minds.”
Books have been written
about this single deep, philosophical concept. It is among the great occult teachings concerning our own personal understanding
of ourselves and our link to the vast information system that encompasses our universe.
Strangely, science today
is beginning to come to an understanding of this veil that prevents us from seeing the energy system that makes up our universe.
The consensus now is that the stuff we can see . . . the stars, planets, moons, comets, floating particles, and life forms,
contributes about four percent of the total “mass-energy budget” that runs our universe. Something now called
“dark matter” is believed to fill another 23 percent, and the rest of the universe is “driven by an even
more mysterious thing called dark energy,” one writer for space.com concluded.
This story by Robert
Roy Britt, the publication’s senior science writer, quotes Robert Minchin of the UK’s
as reporting the recent discovery of what appears to be an entire galaxy of suns, planets, moons and whatever else comprised
completely of dark matter.
In other words, this
galaxy is invisible to us, but its gravitational force within the universe has been discovered. The stuff is so dense that
Minchin calculates the ratio of dark matter to matter as we understand it at about 500 to 1.
The discovery immediately
raises a myriad of questions and theories that may never be fully understood. For example, if one dark galaxy exists, are
there many others, just as exist in the universe that we can see through our new and most powerful of telescopes? We also
must ponder the universal law of balance when putting such a vast “negative” galaxy into its existence. Does everything
that we perceive in the light have its own negative twin, or dark shadow?
Among the occult truths
is that all energies at work on, within and around our world must be balanced for them to function in harmony. If there is
up, there must also be down. Light is balanced by dark. Large is countered by small. Good cannot exist without the concept
Thus it is conceivable
to think that everything that is perceived in the light has a negative, or dark, twin.
And if this is true,
do we as individuals have a negative partner existing in a parallel universe? Are we able to move mentally between bodies,
perhaps doing so when we dream?
Ah, but there is much
more to this great swirling, pulsating, burning and ever communicating universe than we mere mortals can ever expect to comprehend.
“Know, O man, that
Light is thine heritage. Know that darkness is only a veil. Sealed in thine heart is brightness eternal, waiting the moment
of freedom to conquer, waiting to rend the veil of the night.” -Crowley