Walking Towards the Darkness
Portrayal – A little boy, standing there with his closet door open and unafraid. Inside the closet are monsters and demons that would normally frighten a child that age, and probably most adults too. Surprisingly, it is they who are afraid of the boy instead of it being the other way around.
It’s nighttime and you can see that the boy is all alone in his room in the dark. The moon is the only source of light. He is likely up after being put to bed and was drawn to the closet because the monsters somehow got his attention. Everyone is afraid of what’s in their “closet”, and because of that they try their best to stay as far away as possible from it, hiding, distracting and doing almost anything they can to avoid any contact with it, or it with them.
This boy has bravely opted to face his fear by opening the door, a symbol for going inside one’s self to the places of pain, fear and sorrow and getting in touch with them. He opens it wide and allows the full light of the moon to shine on the darkness that existed in the closet just a few moments before. The result is that the monsters become afraid and are constricted and withdrawing from the light which they don’t like one bit. They were powerful and scary and exhibited such control over their victims while they remained in the dark. When exposed, they lose it all.
This boy who looks like he’s straight out of the “Where the Wild Things Are” book, has grown, will sleep well and be able to take on even bigger monsters in the future.
“I always tell my children, ‘You have to face your fear. If not, it’s like running from a dog that will bite you in the back.’ ” – Jaclyn Smith
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