An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown
by Deborah Eden Tull
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 22 Sep 2022
Shambhala Publications, Shambhala
Darkness is deeply misunderstood in today’s world; yet it offers powerful medicine, serenity, strength, healing, and regeneration. All insight, vision, creativity, and revelation arise from darkness. It is through learning to stay present and meet the dark with curiosity rather than judgment that we connect to an unwavering light within. Welcoming darkness with curiosity, rather than fear or judgment, enables us to access our innate capacity for compassion and collective healing.
Dharma teacher, shamanic practitioner, and deep ecologist Deborah Eden Tull addresses the spiritual, ecological, psychological, and interpersonal ramifications of our bias towards light.
Tull explores the medicine of darkness for personal and collective healing, through topics such as:
Tull shows us how the labeling of darkness as “negative” becomes a collective excuse to justify avoiding everything that makes us uncomfortable: racism, spiritual bypass, environmental destruction. We can only find the radical path to wholeness by learning to embrace the interplay of both darkness and light.
“In this book, Deborah Eden Tull offers the strong medicine of darkness which helps us navigate the uncertainty of our times. The over-lighting of our planet in its urban and more populated areas rob people of access to their own hidden depths, so needed in these times of growing peril.”—Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope
“A novel and inspiring exploration of darkness bringing grace and balance to the complexity of our time.”—Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race
“Deborah Eden Tull skillfully illuminates the wonders of the dark, shedding light onto areas of life where even angels fear to tread. Artificial light is destroying us, but the real light in this book can save us. By obeying the natural curfew of the night, and exploring the darkest corners of our mind, we can tap into natural resources previously buried in broad daylight. This book is a trustworthy guide to the treasures tucked within each of us.”—Andrew Holecek, author of Dreams of Light
“Luminous Darkness is a wise, beautiful, important book. Through personal story, deep dharma teachings and social commentary, Deborah Eden Tull reclaims the power of darkness and the divine feminine and reweaves the often-overlooked threads—of potent mystery, fierce compassion, receptivity and relationship, imagination, and emergence—into the cloth of spiritual life. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to heal the wounds of inner and outer divisiveness, and engage our wide, aching world with a radiant, tender heart.”—Pamela Weiss, author of A Bigger Sky
“Luminous Darkness is an extraordinary and profoundly clear exploration of the greatest divine mystery of all: that luminous darkness in which as Rumi said, ‘the lovers drown themselves.’ Reading the book is itself an initiation and the rewards of the initiation are profounder strength, vaster awe, and ineradicable commitment to celebration and justice.”—Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope
“From natural to social systems, Luminous Darkness illuminates with vivid imagery and sensory aliveness how reorienting and rebalancing ourselves inwardly is necessary to help heal our ailing cultures and this world.”—Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers
“In this moving spiritual memoir, Tull lifts up the role of darkness as teacher, healer, and guide, revealing spacious and emergent possibilities. Each chapter offers mindful inquiry and experiential practice gateways to explore the potential in darkness to restore inner strength and wholeness. Drawing on spiritual traditions from Zen to shamanism, Tull invites readers to engage the luminous capacities of darkness to counteract the overlighting of the planet and truly learn to see in the dark.”—Stephanie Kaza, author of Green Buddhism
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Average rating from 2 members
I am heeding the author’s call at the beginning of the book to move through the chapters slowly. Therefore, I have only made it to chapter 3, but I didn’t want to wait to finish before writing this review. In these first few chapters alone, I have learned so much about darkness and endarkenment, and I can see that this is going to be the most important book that I will read this year (perhaps ever). The weaving of the author’s own life stories into the narrative is intriguing, and makes the information clearer and more grounded. I also am enjoying her use of poetry to give image to her words.
The Mindful Inquiry sections are thought-provoking and eye-opening, as are the suggested Experiential Practices. In fact, I need to stop reading for a while now while I ponder and digest what has been shared so far!
I will be promoting and sharing this book with our SoulCollage community as soon as it is released in September!
This is an interesting book — I’ve seen more and more titles exploring darkness and night, shedding light (pun intended) on a subject that so many of us shy away from. Instead, Deborah Eden Tull encourages us to embrace darkness, showing how it has impacted her own life with deeply personal stories and insights.