“In Jekyll’s last letter, the reader finally gets a firsthand account of what it was like for Jekyll to turn into Hyde. When Jekyll first sees himself as Hyde in the mirror, he sees not a monster but a friend. Jekyll strangely feels peace when facing his savage side, rather than complete repulsion. Jekyll finally accepts that he, just like every other human, has both good and evil in his or her nature. As a product of a society that encourages repression, Jekyll realizes that facing one’s own evil nature leads to peace.”
John O’Donohue says that Absence is the sister of Presence, and when we reflect on all our experiences through life, we can see the gift in duality.
Light and darkness, beginning and ending, inside and outside, above and below, good and evil, masculine and feminine, divine and human.
Often we learn to live in one, more than the other, judging one better than the other, or we learn to separate the two, simply because we don’t want to face one in ourselves or others. However, the secret is not to do either, but rather, practice living in the ‘threshold’ where they both meet.
Learning to face both simultaneously. Hovering like a balancing beam between both.
And so how do we find this space? In Presence.
When I live in the threshold between both, I live in presence.
In presence, I understand that this duality exists in everyone and everything.
In presence, I learn to see and accept this imbalance in myself and others, and instead of trying to correct it or separate from it, I learn to live in the threshold with them both.
In this space, miracles unfold within me and in those around me.
In this space I find peace.