Why light needs darkness was a recent TEDTalk by Rogier van der Heide. van der Heide is what is called a lighting architect, which in very simple terms means that he helps construct environments which utilise light to the best of it’s abilities. This doesn’t mean flooding a space with light, but rather using it wisely and appropriately.
I found his talk fascinating for three reasons:
- I’m about to shift into an office which has no natural light – the opposite of what van der Heide recommends.
- His use of light and darkness, and the way they interact made me look at the way I use light within my photography.
- The concept of light needing darkness, and vice versa; meant a great deal to me from a healing perspective.
When I was listening to his talk, I was thinking of the make-up of my dissociative system. What if, instead of being scared of the shadows, I use them to augment the light? What if I augment the darkness with the light? This isn’t about balancing them out so that there is only grey… this is about showing each part of the light spectrum at it’s best. I suppose this is similar to the idea that each part of the system is to work together… but these ideas have always been given from an intellectual perspective in books which has held little attraction for the entire system. While it’s made sense to some, it hasn’t rung true… there’s been a sense that parts would have to drastically change in order for the system to work together.
Yet, this abstract idea about light and dark, in a talk which had nothing to do with healing, made sense. The ones in the shadows saw that they could operate from the shadows, and still work with the system in a positive way. The ones in the light, saw that the shadows didn’t have to hold nightmares, instead they could hold strength, resolve, stubbornness, intelligence, courage, a backbone… At the moment, these characteristics are what I lack on a consistent basis. I often need to be triggered before I can access them. But what if my internal rooms became like the ones van der Heide designed? Ones where there was a balance and harmony between the dark and light, to the point where it was symbiotic, rather than parasitic.
I’ve no idea how to make this happen, but it’s given me another perspective to work from. One which seems more achievable, and a lot less scary than what I was envisioning before.
As a note, I strongly recommend checking out the TEDTalks… they can be unexpected sources of hope, laughter, inspiration… and are often thought provoking.