At some point along the path
and at many times,
the darkness surfaces.
Like a bullet train
or ever so slowly as a tortoise.
It will not be denied.
Keep turning our hearts away, we can.
Yet, the darkness will not depart
until it has space to be recognized.
The darkness, the shadows
only wish and pine for this space.
To be seen and accepted and felt
with compassion and deep love.
As the darkness is wrapped
in a loving embrace,
the transformation begins.
Acceptance, compassion and love,
serve to alchemize the darkness and shadows.
Transforming and melting the darkness
into the light.
The darkness may transform like a
freight train or may ever so slowly
transform as a tortoise.
Yet, it will transform when met
with love and compassion.
Surface as they rub
the darkness within.
These feelings and emotions are the
key that allow an
opportunity to free oneself
from the suffering of denying
Freedom to live
consciously and authentically
is the gift this Key bears.
Oh, glory be,
the Key of Alchemy.
-2017, Camilla Downs, Lessons from Nature