Once Upon A Time…
A Shadow-Self story…A young girl was skipping in the woods, as she had done many times before. She found herself in a beautiful meadow, where upon the fragrant grass a Dark Shadow appeared. Her senses became heightened, the woods became silent, even the the birds stopped chirping.
All Was Still
…except the loud beating of Her Heart.
Feelings of fear began to overwhelm her. She noticed in the distance a bench with beautiful daffodils swaying in the breeze. She sat and contemplated…
What were these feelings, this fear buried so deep within, after all, it was just a Shadow?
As time passed, she noticed the birds began to sing once more. She instinctively knew the shadow was hers, her Shadow-Self, hidden deep within, now wishing to be acknowledged. Time to remove the Shame and Guilt she had attached. With understanding, she no longer felt frightened realizing this was a part of Her – Her story – Her life.
“…Shame is debilitating. To linger in shame is self-destructive as well as self-indulgent. Recognize shame when it arrives. Learn from it and then banish it as quickly as you can.” Ann Mortifee
- Embraced the Shadow part of her Story
- Replaced Fear with Understanding
- Sent love to her Shadow-Self
- Visualized her Shadow comforted by the warmth of the Sun
…She began skipping once again.
All Have A Shadow-Self
The Shadow-Self consists of the sense you have of yourself, created from life experiences that you filter, to only illuminate what you wish others to see. Hiding from view, what you cannot reveal. When you only bring Light to the parts of yourself you are comfortable showing, you leave the rest in Darkness. As you allow Light to shine on the Darkness – You find Peace & Freedom.
Shame is powerful, and often become toxic, the misguided feelings you carry keeping you in a constant state of being worthless and inept.
The burden of Shadows kept locked away can have Grave consequences on your Life, your Relationships, your Health…they affect Body, Mind and Soul in profound ways. Many eating disorders and body image issues are born from an un-examined Shadow-Self.
In the Story…It appeared to the young girl as only a Shadow, but the Reflection carries the Darkness, the Emotions that Burden and Tether to one’s Soul.
Light vs Dark
Negative and Positive qualities, Darkness and Light, are within us all. Denying only creates Disharmony.
Secrecy allows your Shadows to remain in Darkness, shrouded in Shame and Guilt, as you remain a Victim, a Prisoner, shielded from the Whole of Who you are. Life struggles and conflicts, relationship difficulties, even certain people placed in your lives have a purpose. Often, they bring the Mirrors to reflect the Shadows that need unmasking. When you understand and accept fully this Truth, Transformation and Healing can begin.
In the middle where Light and Darkness overlap is where you find Acceptance, Healing and Self-Love.
“You cannot Heal what you do not first acknowledge.” Franciscan Priest – Richard Rohr
There is no Overpass or Detour when you seek healing through Shadow-Work, but the road does lead to finding Peace through Strength, Freedom through Self-Acceptance.
Take inventory of your Shadows, Embrace your polarities, find comfort in your Strengths and your Weaknesses, we all have them. As you take Ownership, you integrate the Dark and Light – so your Authentic-Self feels Free to Emerge. When these repressed parts of you have been brought to the Light, they can be healed, accepted and loved. No longer living a Fragmented Life, but an Authentic one. Honoring your Complete and Authentic-Self, as you become a Soul at Peace.
“Very few of us were taught that we’re essentially Good. Very few of us were given a sense of Unconditional approval, a Feeling that we’re precious because of what we are, not what we do.” Marianne Williamson
As you become more Accepting of Yourself, you become more Accepting of Others.
“If I Love Myself, I Love you. If I Love You, I Love Myself” Rumi
Shadow Work, is the first footprint on your path to find your True Self, your True Potential, your Authentic Self.
Peace and Blessings, Carol