From all this it is evident what this first description of the ark involves, with its construction of gopher wood, its mansions, and its coating within and without with pitch, namely, that one part, that of the will, was preserved from inundation; and only that part opened which is of the understanding, and is described, in verse 16, by the window, the door, and the lowest, second, and third stories. - Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia 642
The light has sunk into the earth. / The image of darkening of the light. / Thus does the superior man live with the great mass. / He veils his light, yet still shines. - I Ching, Hexagram 36
My God, I love you as a mother loves the unborn whom she carries in her heart. Grow in the egg of the East, nourish yourself from my love, drink the juice of my life so that you will become a radiant God. We need your light, Oh child. Since we go in darkness, light up our paths. May your light shine before us, may your fire warm the coldness of our life. We do not need your power but life. - Carl Jung's Red Book
So it is not the Earth only which becomes mostly Moon when deep winter prevails; this tendency of the Earth to become Moon occurs again, in like manner, when a woman prepares herself to receive a new human being. And precisely because of this, the Sun-influence on her becomes different, just as it is different in mid-winter, compared with high summer. And the formation in the woman of the new human being stands wholly under the influence of the Sun. Because the woman takes up the Moon-activities, the salt-activities, so strongly into herself, she becomes able to take up the Sun-activities on their own account. In ordinary life the Sun-activities are taken up by the human organism through the heart and from there spread out over the whole organism. But directly a woman prepares herself to bring forth a new human being, the Sun-activities are concentrated on the forming of this new life. Thus we can say schematically: The woman becomes Moon so that she can take up the Sun-activities into herself; and the new human being, existing first as an embryo, is in this sense wholly Sun-activity. The embryo is enabled to come into being through this concentration of Sun-activities. - Rudolf Steiner, Four Seasons and the Archangels, Lecture II
O Lord, thou hast said that we must be encompassed about by the floods. Now behold, O Lord, and do not be angry with thy servant because of his weakness before thee; for we know that thou art holy and dwellest in the heavens, and that we are unworthy before thee; because of the fall our natures have become evil continually; nevertheless, O Lord, thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon thee, that from thee we may receive according to our desires. Behold, O Lord, thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity, and hast driven us forth, and for these many years we have been in the wilderness; nevertheless, thou hast been merciful unto us. O Lord, look upon me in pity, and turn away thine anger from this thy people, and suffer not that they shall go forth across this raging deep in darkness; but behold these things which I have molten out of the rock. And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare them that they may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light while we shall cross the sea. - Ether 3:2-4
July 30-31, 2017: I am playing Skyrim, and I am led by a guide to an inn that is also a palace for a tyrant. This place is where wendigos are given their last rites before they turn fully inhuman. There, I and my party expect to have my head chopped off, but then the guide says "Sherlock Holmes," which was the key word. The throne opens up like a hidden bookcase, and going down the stairs, it becomes clear that the whole tyrant-palace thing was a facade, an act. It's hiding the base for an underground railroad operation where hidden operatives try to rescue the innocence from the land of darkness where we are. It was run by the Church. There are mysteries and secrets there that I have longed for my whole life, placed on a bookshelf. We lead a final assault, with the innocent children warriors we are training (who are so nimble so as not to be hit), on the evils of the land. There is sadness, but we win.
The Church is a facade. It is outwardly authoritarian, but that's just an act to conceal an inner light. That inner light is hidden to come forth at the end of this dark time. And that will come sooner than you think.