If we haven’t yet gone into the tunnel, we don’t have much to say. We’re happy, but kinda naive. Which can be refreshing, but lacks any kind of depth. Staying here might not be painful, but it’s also not interesting.
If we go into the tunnel but stay there, we’re stubborn and closed off. We’re playing the role of a martyr and obviously find it satisfying, in a way. This, also, is not interesting.
We must go through the tunnel and out the other side to be transformed by it.
From the lightness before the tunnel to the darkness in the middle of the tunnel and back into the light beyond the tunnel. This is the transformative, alchemical process.