No darkness, no light.
Many of us keep forgetting that we live in duality and to see the light, we need to have first darkness. How would we see the shining candle without dark?
On my journeys, I met lots of people, who have been suppressing the negative side of their lives. To be honest, also, I was one of them. But soon I found out that this is not the way. Because these hidden sights can come from our subconscious any time.
The truth is, we cannot deny that there is darkness, and there are shadows in all of us. If we keep hiding these parts of us, we will never get to self-realization. We will never really explore who we are. We would never fully accept ourselves.
Look at the ability of the light. Light is not conditional and not seeing just beautiful things. But light is courageous and go to hidden and dark places to shine them on. Even if for our minds they seem unacceptable, ugly and unpleasant.
So self-realization is a willingness to go deep within and see the truth the way it is. Without any fear, explore our hidden sights and bring them to the light. Because if the light reaches the darkness, there will be no dark. There will be no more tabu. There will be just pure Love, seeing both 'negative' and 'positive' of us.