I’m not so much afraid of the darkness itself, but I do get bothered by those spirits which seem to prefer to roam about in it. Often at night, especially when the moonlight is not strong, I close the curtains. The evil spirits that roam about make me uncomfortable, and sometimes I feel they congregate near the windows of the house just to bother me. Thus, I draw the blinds. Closing the curtains doesn’t make the nighttime spirits go away, but it makes it so I don’t notice them as easily. I can’t possibly try to fight every spirit that comes out, so I find it far easier to ignore the things that appear when the lights go out.
One of the most perplexing observations I have made to date about things spiritual is that evil spirits are more active at night. Certainly most tales of myth and lore agree with this, and if you speak to almost any child he or she is far more afraid during the nighttime hours than during the day. In fact, even adults are more fearful after the sun goes down than when it is high in the sky, but the subject rarely comes up. After all, what adult wants to admit to being afraid of the dark?
It is a curious thing, and one I have always wondered about. The best explanation I can give is that the energy from sunlight has a restraining effect on evil spirits, and while far less-so with moonlight, a full moon is a better time to be out and about at night than during a new moon when no sunlight is reflected back upon us. The first chapter of Genesis reveals some interesting insight into this matter.
Genesis 1:14-19 says, “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”
I find it very interesting, and telling, that the sun and moon have three main functions as laid out in 1:18—to give light, govern the day and night, and to separate light from darkness. At first glance, these would appear awfully redundant, but I think they are talking about different things. The first is a physical function—giving light. The second is a matter of authority—denoting what these celestial bodies are responsible for, and what they govern. The third suggests that they act as some sort of boundary or dividing line, separating light from darkness. If we consider this, I suppose it becomes less surprising that evil spirits would be less overtly active during the day, because the sun has separated them as being from the darkness. At night, especially when the moon and its illuminating powers are at a lull, the forces of darkness and all manner of evil spirits are left either very minimally restrained or totally unrestrained.
I used to imagine vampires were outside my third-floor bedroom window when I was a kid, and even as a teenager. I didn’t believe they existed, I didn’t watch horror movies, and I had no understanding of visions, yet I would unintentionally imagine them from time to time anyway. The thing was that when I would see them in my imagination, I was always totally creeped out by them, and would often leave my room and go downstairs where other people were—even though I thought myself silly for doing it.
As an adult, I discovered those vampires I used to imagine were very real, and when those images would come into my imagination it wasn’t because I was creating them or summoning them to me. Rather, I was simply observing that which was already there. The imagination isn’t a land of pure fantasy—it is the canvas of our mind by which our consciousness perceives spiritual reality. If you find the darkness uncomfortable, you aren’t alone. I suspect there are many people out there like me—those who are disturbed by the spirits that come out after the sun goes down. You aren’t simply being bothered by things you imagine, but rather those things you see in your imagination are very real.
I haven’t figured out a good solution as of yet. Certainly prayer helps, in theory, but as I said, I don’t have the time and energy to try to deal with every single thing that goes bump in the night in the wide world, so I tend to focus on those that I see inside the house, and those outside get the curtains drawn. What do you do to help deal with unwelcome spirits when the lights go out?