You may have heard of The Shadow or Shadow Work. I think one’s initial feeling toward this term is dark or scary.
However, one’s shadow is not the part of self that is lower, darker, less light or inferior; rather the shadow sums up aspects of self that are hidden. When one’s shadow presents himself, herself or itself whether directly through self or in another human form, the work is to:
show up in love
be a channel for Spirit
be open, honest, patient, truthful
shift perspective to see and know the shadow’s side
work toward resolution, karmic neutrality and harmony
The shadow may be raw, rough, volatile, combative, anxious, illusive, rebellious, strange, uncomfortable…
What’s ensconced naturally has the urge to breakout and breakthrough - a shoot from a seed, a wild animal in a cage, a person in a binding contract.
A shadow is like a raw diamond that becomes polished through acceptance, recognition, work and harmony. In the polishing process it’s helpful to embody divine golden light.
We must also remember that our conscious self is a shadow to our shadow. Our shadows emerge to help us expand and grow fuller into all of who we are - to integrate and to embody wholeness. The shadow is a brilliant, clear vessel of the divine, truth and illumination. Also in the shadow lies threads of all our soul’s experiences.
The shadow has a shadow which has a shadow and so on…
We may want to ignore and run away from the shadow. However, as the shadow approaches, meet with courage. The process leads to change, transmutation and evolution. Though uncomfortable and unnatural, the work is to find harmony.
There are no “higher” or “lower” natures. All natures are equally connected to the divine. By connecting and making harmony with the shadow we are not debasing ourselves but rather opening to all of who we are, carrying out our soul’s work and expanding.