How to Unlock the Gold Within Your Shadow
“We must challenge ourselves to accept all the faces of our humanity; otherwise the characters that got booted off stage and are now repressed will become the silent orchestrators of our secret life.” ~ The Shadow Effect
I saw this quote today as a post by Debbie Ford who is a co-author of the book “The Shadow Effect”. It is truly a remarkable book that talks about how when we repress ourselves, the “ugliness” emerges that, according to Carl Jung, is referred to as our “shadow”.
Even after reading this book and understanding Jung’s model I’ll say that the shadow can truly appear to be a fine line between the ego. By definition, they are completely different yet ultimately they are exactly the same.
What I mean by that is this: The ego is how we project ourselves to others. It is the part of us that is human that allows us to speak the thoughts that come through our mind rather than spirit. The shadow, on the other hand, is the parts of ourselves that we have repressed. It develops a child who loved playing music but, because their parents or culture didn’t approve, it is now a repressed part of the child when they are an adult. The irony, of course, is that what we have repressed in ourselves is that though it may be hurtful and feel shameful to confront, it is ultimately like finding a gold mine.
There are many different guidelines that one can follow in order to recognize and release the shadow within themselves. Many of which can involve a lot of personal self-reflection at the “ugliness” of your past actions and such. However, I’ve felt through personal reflection that this concept can be broken down and be quickly resolved in the very present moment by fully choosing to make one simple change.
So how can you completely open yourself to your shadow? To stop any and all judgment of others and to allow yourself to loving empathy and Divine understanding.
The reason this works is because, truly, we are all connected as one humanity. If you judge or reject a person rather than understand their struggles and pain then the only thing you are doing is hurting yourself as a result. That judgment that you now placed upon that person is now a repress part of you.
So how can a person recognize if there is judgment or not? My rule of thumb is this: If you feel any inner resistance at any time, then your ego-driven mind is speaking.
The second you release yourself of all resistance then you will notice several things happen:
- You will open yourself to a greater psychic/intuitive awareness. You will notice more clairvoyance images appear during your day. You will have more “A ha!” moments. You may develop a greater “vision” of your life’s path.
- You will feel a greater sense of universal wisdom. True wisdom cannot come from studying a textbook or critically analyzing. True Divine wisdom can only come from a greater connection to the divine source. I do truly feel like that is what made people like Albert Einstein so incredibly intelligent.
- You will open yourself to universal love for everything in the world. You will love the differences, the good and the bad, the challenges, and more — because you can then see and understand the Divine purpose for these things.
Finally, I suggest that you don’t necessarily take this as a linear approach as the human ego-driven mind likes to. Meaning, reaching these higher levels can be quite variable throughout our lives. It’s not like a step-by-step program that is going to allow you to “be connected and enlightened” but then never have days where some inner resistance emerges again. The process is a journey, and we have to support one another and regularly work to maintain balance. There is no “finish line”, only new and different cycles of challenges.
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