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Yearning for the Light: Finding Hope in Life's Dark Tunnels

Some periods of life can feel like a long, dark tunnel. The tunnel might be an overwhelming project, a period of depression or loss, or a dark night of the soul. Even if we trust that we will eventually come through these dark times, it can be difficult to sustain our hope and energy. How can we cope when we are still waiting to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Read More

Hope is a good thing

Hope is the space where boundaries disappear. Hope arises from beingness.

great description

That is an excellent description Julie. I don't think I ever was in a real tunnel before this past year. Well maybe I was, but all I can think about now is this one, since I have tunnel vision. Because it is physical illness, it seems worse than anything I experienced before, and it might not ever end. And I can't accept it never ending.

I know that I have the tunnel vision you described here. For the first time ever, I have been really mad at God. It doesn't seem fair that someone like me, who is so careful about their health, would get sick anyway.

I keep asking God to help me get my faith and hope back. I always had faith and hope before, no matter what happened. Everything I went through before seems so easy now, I wonder why I even worried about it. Of course, when I was in those tunnels, I didn't think they would ever end either. But this is the first time I have been losing faith.

I keep telling God that faith is all I really have, and I can't afford to lose it.

Thank you for posting this.

Very well explained!

Until we really see the light at the end of darkness, it is the hope that shows an indirect light to that light at the end. Therefore, hope is the only power that keeps us positive and working to reach up to that end light.

However, in reality, that never-ending light is within oneself. This is probably of the eternal soul that is full of infinite light, knowledge, and infinite energy. Once this is realized, you will never be short of positivity, energy, and equanimity.

Hey Aaron! This corresponds

Hey Aaron! This corresponds so much to the not self doctrine of Buddhism. I have attended a few sessions of Dada Bhagvan and I really think his teachings come as close as possible to winning over a faith of an atheist like me.
But the author here is referring to a depression, a hopelessness that overcomes oneself when despite toiling away no results are seen, in this case no light at the end of the tunnel analogy.

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Julie Exline, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified spiritual director.


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