always, shoving things down into the depths. We’ve repressed many things. It might be in an experience or a situation where it’s not the wisest thing to express rage, so we repress it and it festers and it grows down in the depths, deep down within, and we’re going to have to deal with it sooner or later. Most likely sooner.
Bryan: We can’t ignore the dark. There would be no light without darkness. It’s a necessary opposite, it’s a necessary polarity. Even in worldviews, in our paradigm of non-duality, of oneness, we still have to recognize that we live in maya or that we live in a world opposites. That seems to be founded upon duality, so that means there are things such as opposites, such as light and dark, hot and cold, good and bad, good and evil. And I liked the writings of Swami Kriyananda from the Kriya Yoga lineage. He talks a lot about with “lila”, but Paramahansa Yogananda, his guru, talked about, which is this divine play, cosmic drama. The drama was only interesting when you have a hero and also a villain.
Bryan: The villain helps to elucidate the positive characteristics of the hero. You don’t have drama. You don’t have an interesting concept without a nemesis, without a shadow. Where is in our own lives, our nemesis. It’s not usually an external people, although people can come to us and be seemingly villain like I mean this is the meaning of love your enemies and like in the saying that says, keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. Reason for that is it takes many, many times revealed to you. Your dark side. Because you come to project onto this figure where these figures, or these people or these situations. They enabled us to grow. They enable us to see past ultimately the blocks in awareness to keep us in unconsciousness.