While the term "darkness" is normally related to the idea of evil, Christian mystics have frequently used it to refer to the highest aspect of God. Coincidentally, the secret Stanzas of Dzyan that Blavatsky published in her masterpiece, The Secret Doctrine, refer to the ultimate reality as "the Darkness." The seemingly paradoxical use of this term is not just an odd poetic license. It has an important meaning, both as a metaphysical concept and as a lodestar in the individual journey toward the Divine. 2018.