All Beings Cast A Shadow
Beneath our Social Mask, we have a hidden shadow side, the wounded, sad, piece of ourselves we ignore. Our Shadow-Self consists of the sense we have of ourselves, created from life experiences we filter, to only illuminate what we wish others to see. Hidden from view, what we feel we cannot reveal. When we only bring Light to the parts of ourselves we are comfortable showing, we leave the rest in Darkness. As we allow Light to shine on the Darkness – We find Peace & Freedom.
Shame is powerful and often becomes toxic; these misguided feelings we carry keep us in a constant state of feeling Worthless and Inept. Once acknowledged, it can be a pathway to healing and living an Authentic-Life.
The burden of Shadows kept locked away can have grave consequences in our lives, our relationships, our 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.
The Reflection that houses our Darkness, the Emotions that Burden and Tether to our Soul.
“When the dark night is past, unexpectedly, yet right on time, the light returns and we are resurrected, reborn, renewed. Allow for the cycles of renewal. Spring always returns.” Ann Mortifee
As the renowned psychologist, Carl Jung created the Archetypes concept explains how our unconscious minds fragmented into different selves. Two of the significant Archetypes become our Persona and Shadow-Self. He further explains that our Persona, derived from the Latin word meaning mask, is how we wish to be seen by others. These masks are interchangeable, worn in different situations, with groups of people.
Our Shadow-Self is an Archetype of our unconscious mind, composed of repressed traumas, weaknesses, and fears. Childhood conditioning, rearing has categorized our behavior into two groups, either good or bad, acceptable or non-acceptable. Traits that are acceptable by society – become our Persona. Those that are not socially acceptable remain hidden in the darkness – becoming our Shadow-Self.
Only Light Can Awaken Our Authentic-Self
All are born Whole & Complete, as Pure Divine Sparks, a blank canvas in this Lifetime as we Journey in Earth’s classroom for Spiritual Growth.
At some point in our early childhood development, it was impressed upon us that there were two reactions witnessed, one for Good and One for Bad thoughts and deeds. This duality developed into separating our actions, personas, as well as our Inner Core into both Good and Bad – Light and Dark.
The Shadow-Self was born.
We unknowingly created an acceptable In-Authentic Persona that that would be accepted by society – burying deep within the depths of our Unconscious Mind that we believed would bring shame. Emotionally hiding and repressing negative aspects of ourselves soon became the most significant barrier to living an Authentic life.
We fear the dark mirror of ourselves, that if we should look into it we may succumb to it’s darkness. Our Soul seeks re-connection to the Source of who we are. Light and Darkness. Life and Death are Earth’s duality twins. Our willingness to embrace all expressions of duality are part of the divine plan for our life. As our lesson of compassion is born from suffering, we are here to unite the positive and negative aspects of our nature, to allow our True Nature to be Free.
“You gain Strength, Courage and Confidence by every experience by which you stop to look Fear in the Face. You must do what you think you cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt
In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker faces his shadow, by discovering he is the son of the evil Darth Vader. Luke and his father both share the same spiritual gifts, one uses them for good, while the other for evil. In the story, Darth Vader is redeemed only through Luke’s unwavering belief that below the shadow is good!
“The hero is the man of self-achieved submission.” Joseph Campbell
Our shadow veils our Heart, as our illuminated Soul awaits to be Re-Awakened.
Our Journey in Earth’s classroom is to seek “Wholeness,” a Higher Vision gained through Self-Awareness. On this path we must Face Our Demons to make the Unconscious Conscious. To be mindful of our Words, Deeds, Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors to others as well as to ourselves. We seed our heart with Forgiveness for other’s deeds, as well as our own.
The true Soulful path to Freedom!
Embracing The Sum Of All Parts
With gained wisdom, we no longer play an acceptable Role to hide what we believe others judge. Re-Claiming our fragmented Soul as we move closer to becoming Our Authentic-Self. As we do, we begin to release the barriers this dual life created to Self-Love.
As we begin this process of embracing and loving All of Who we are, we bring Light to our perceived Darkness. Light is a natural healer, for when left in the dark, our Shadows, our Fears, continue to . Creating internal havoc with our emotions.
Unresolved issues left in the Dark become the undertow beneath the surface of our emotions until we Turn on the Light!
Letting go is the critical tool of the Awakening process; this is not a journey of avoidance. It is one of release, one that requires your participation. It takes courage to look deeply at what brings the crippling energy of Fear. And embrace the whole of Who we are, and Who we wish to become.
All can rewrite their story. As we are Not our Traumas, nor our Mistakes, we are Who we become as we transform them. All are unique Beings with a unique Gift and Purpose. As Spiritual Aspirants we all desire to live a Soulful life of Passion and Meaning.
Light vs Dark
The energies of Darkness and Light are within us all. Denying this Truth will continue to create Disharmony.
Secrecy births the Shadow-Self, the Dark traits we cannot face, we veil our Authentic-Self in masks of pain! Our secrecy allows the Shadow-Self to remain shrouded in the Darkness of Shame and Guilt. As we remain in a prisoner of Victim consciousness, shielded from the Whole of Who you are.
Life struggles and conflicts, relationship difficulties, even certain people placed in our life have a purpose. Often, they bring the Mirrors to reflect the Shadow-Self in need of unmasking. When we understand and accept this Truth fully, Transformation and Healing can begin.
“You cannot Heal what you do not first acknowledge.” Franciscan Priest – Richard Rohr
Repression Of The Shadow-Self
The repression of our negative traits bear a high cost, as we slowly, not fully aware, begin to live in a fragmented state. Continually rejecting and ignoring certain parts of ourselves, as we accept others. When we remove certain pieces of a puzzle we create an incomplete picture of our Authentic-Self. Our journey towards Love of Self, and Wholeness becomes eroded. Self Abuse through avoidance is born, including the pink cloud of Spiritual Bypass, another form of denial.
Integration, Soul Fusion is the Inner Healing Journey to Wholeness. A Soul Retrieval if you will, to embrace the pieces we deny, to Love “The Sum Of All Parts.” Ignored, we become fragmented. Life becomes challenging. Balance is the path to Wholeness, as we allow the Truth to purify what we believe to be unclean. To face and embrace the dark traits enables the cleansing Light to bring Inner Peace to our Soul.
Self-Love in action!
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“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
There is No Overpass or Detour when we seek healing through Shadow-Work, but the road does lead to Peace through Strength, Freedom through Self-Acceptance. As our dark traits continue to accumulate they can erupt into deep depression, as we unconsciously manifest them into deeper feelings of unworthiness. Our denial can lead to physical, emotional, and psychological conditions that last for a very long time. Leading often to further Self-Harm through the abuse of alcohol, drugs and sex to mask these Inner Wounds.
Where Light and Dark overlap, we find Acceptance, Healing, and Self-Love.
As we take inventory of our Shadows, embrace our polarities, find comfort in our Strengths AND our Weaknesses. We all have them. As we integrate the Dark, the Light, we feel Free to come out of hiding and merge. As we welcome our repressed parts, the Light of transfiguration begins the healing process. The bridge of our Soul awakens us to our True Nature, honoring our Complete and Authentic-Self. We Re-Claim our Personal Power.
Our Soul at Peace.
Through Shadow Work we become more Accepting of Ourselves, and more Accepting of Others.
Shadow Work – The first footprint on your path to living Authentically. As Self-Discovery awakens your True-Nature, your True Potential, your Authentic-Self.
Embrace the Dance,