To be humbled means to be brought low, and this is something I learned first hand as I wrestled through a season of personal change. Life has a way of bringing you low, and if you’re not prepared for it, the end result can be frightening. With each season, I find that I wasn’t as prepared as I thought.

How do you know when you’re in such a season? Trust me, you’ll know. When you’re surrounded by what feels like thick darkness and the devils seem to be howling in your mind. It’s when you can’t find your footing, and you realize that at any moment you could be knocked back down.

For some of us, it might be overcoming a tormenting addiction, or being knocked back on our heels because of the loss of a job. It could be a relationship that’s gone bad, or the death of someone you love. Whatever your trial might be, for you, it feels like the end of the world, because your mind has nothing to hold on to, and you can’t see any light to move towards. The darkness is too thick, and you’re suffocating.

Light Overcomes Darkness

You’re in need of light—the brightness of an outlook that can dispel darkness and provide you with a hope that can stabilize your vital signs. You cannot contend with the hordes of hell if you can’t even get out of bed, so the first step is to bring light into your situation, because even a light as faint as a match is more powerful than any darkness.

Darkness cannot overcome light, but light will always overcome darkness. Therefore, pursuing light is your initial means to picking yourself back up again. If not, you will roll over and die. You perceive the fight is too much for you.

Get Control of Your Mind First

What is the light? The light is the truth, and the truth is what we most need because much of our torment is not based in reality. It’s based upon a false outlook that we create through our imagination. If you’re in such a difficult season, then you know firsthand what I’m talking about. It’s like having a high speed color printer in your mind that’s shooting out page after page of negative images. It’s too much for you to handle.

Until you can get some control over your mind, this will continue, so your priority is mind control. The problem is that this is easier said than done. This is where other people come in. Find someone with a healthy attitude that you can trust and let them speak into your life. They’re not in the darkness, so they have a better grasp on the light. They can bring that to you to help you through the most difficult moments until you can do this yourself.

Disciplining your mind is very hard when you’re living through a struggle, but you can do it enough to ease the pain. What I find helpful is to move my body and talk to myself. If you sit there, it’s too difficult. The body movement combined with speaking out the truth about who you are, and what you can do, will pull your mind in another direction. The challenge is that you’ll have to do this repeatedly, but after a few days you should be feeling stronger. Again, so much of this is in our minds when it comes to how we actually feel about our situation.

Until Your Strength Returns

You have to survive before you can thrive, so try not to do much else for now than to keep your head above water. You only need to stabilize yourself until you can get to the place where you can fight for yourself. I know it seems impossible, but that again is an illusion. Just keep yourself tied to the people and resources you have until your strength returns, and it will.

Do what you can to survive, but remember that you cannot do this alone when the season you’re going through is unusually brutal. You needn’t remain a victim all your life, so we’re only trying to get you to the place where you can stand on your own and then become an asset for someone else. My hope is that the words I’ve written will help keep you in the fight against the onslaught of darkness. Stay strong, my friend.

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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    26 replies to "Hordes of Hell: What to Do When the Darkness of Life Surrounds You"

    • Pouyan

      With all out screaming,
      We’re gonna rip right through your brain!
      We got the lethal power,
      it’s causing you sweet pain…oh sweet pain, yeah!
      When we start to rock we never…want to stop again!

      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit them lights!

      Bet you hitting the lights for a lot of folks.

    • Pouyan

      With all out screaming,
      We’re gonna rip right through your brain!
      We got the lethal power,
      it’s causing you sweet pain…oh sweet pain, yeah!
      When we start to rock we never…want to stop again!

      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit them lights!

      Bet you hitting the lights for a lot of folks.

    • Pouyan

      With all out screaming,
      We’re gonna rip right through your brain!
      We got the lethal power,
      it’s causing you sweet pain…oh sweet pain, yeah!
      When we start to rock we never…want to stop again!

      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit the lights!
      Hit them lights!

      Bet you hitting the lights for a lot of folks.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      I hope so, my brother. I hope so.

    • Pouyan

      Well, just telling you this much, and I’ve said it before, I’m dealing with a situation in my own life now for about 1 year, which at times has almost paralysed me.

      Yet, Metalmotivation has given a familiar (metal) voice back to what I somewhere deep within already know is true.

      I am constructing a solution to this problem of mine using your teachings. And the more you write and I read, the more I become convinced that this is an approach to life that I can follow with faith.

      Can you dig what I’m saying? I think you can.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Ha! Yes, I can dig it!

    • Kaleb Martens

      Right on C.J.!! The light is always stronger than the darkness. Tough times in your life are only temporary and they will pass. But it seems when you are in those tough times they seem like they will last forever. But they wont you just got stay strong and METAL UP! TRUUUEEE

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Well said, man. Stay strong!

    • Everrett

      Sometimes I feel your writings are aimed directly at me Brother…

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      I hear that a lot. I’m glad it’s relevant, bro. Live aggressive!

    • 666Metalli666

      Indeed, you did, as always. Your words are so wise… lml

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Thanks, my friend.

    • Mikeocullmusic

      I am just coming out of the kind of season in Hell you talk about, CJ, and I think about what you write about every day. I was in the darkness that you speak of and know how hard it is to live like that. Now, thanks to a great surgeon, a new job, and Metal Motivation, things just might be coming back together. Keep it coming, Brother. You don’t have to be old to be wise.Peace.
      Mike

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Brother, I feel ya—totally! My words come out of my dark seasons. It’s tough, but we made it, man! Stay faithful. It’s great to hear from you.

    • Lady

      John 1:5?

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Well, Lady, I’m not really addressing anything theological or soteriological in this post but the symbolism is similar.

    • Gina

      Thank you, C.J. For your insight! Love your posts! 🙂

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      My pleasure, Gina. Thanks for writing.

    • Dave Willow

      timeless battle medicine : )

    • Heath

      Hey fellow messenger that was what I consider to be right on the money! Every word you shared hit home like a grand slam in the World Series!!!!!! Lately I’ve betrayed myself & become my own worst enemy. I often make mental notes to keep me in check & motivate me to push forward, but it’s always short lived & I find myself in an even bigger mess of turmoil than when I first started! Truth is this, I am surrounded by dark energies. I’m mentally, emotionally & spiritually weak to defend myself alone! Moral of the story, “you gotta help yourself before you can be of service to others.” However, I can’t do it alone, so church related activities or the 12 Step Program would be a great start for me! God speed messenger………….take care & thanks for sharing the truth!!!!!!!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Thanks for writing, Heath, and thanks for the kind words. I would encourage you in getting some support via church or a recovery program. Before you know it, you’ll be dominating life again!

    • Bertha Snodgrass

      Just this past week-end, late Friday night I felt the spirit of depression fall upon me. I recognized it immediately, and tried to shake it for hours. I went over in my head all of the things that had been said right before it hit me, and tried to discern where the spirit was coming from. The next day it was still there like a cloak covering me head to toe. I called a friend and said; “I have fallen into a serious depression; no matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to shake it or ignore it.” ” I’m sorry to hear that, he said, I hope everything gets better for you.” Late Saturday night I laid down on my bed, and spoke to the spirit as if it were a real entity,,,(which it is) btw; and I told IT that it had to leave me. Still it would not leave…I then became determined that I would pray for the folks I loved, within 45 minutes I felt the spirit rise up off of me, and leave my heart that had felt so heavy for so long. The pain was gone, so I called my friend and said; “It’s gone, all of the pain is gone!” I know this sounds so simplistic,,,but I am convinced that fear and depression are spirits that come around on a regular basis, and just simply try to gain access to our souls..(hearts and minds). Depression and suicide are spirits that work in tandom with one another, so the spirit of depression always tries to enter first, to prepare the way for hopelessness, pain and suicide. I hope this helps some one else, if you have any questions about how this works anyone can feel free to ask. Sorry about your friends son Cj.

    • Thanks for writing, Bertha. I’m glad to hear you were able to cast off the darkness.

    • Hfxshark

      Good timing. I needed to hear this, and to know this. Thank you! You rock!!

    • Serenitysoaps

      Great message!

    • Aubrey Aguilar

      Thank you

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