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Embracing The Shadow

June 7, 2019

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The shadow is the most important part of the spiritual journey.

As a Western culture, many of us have gone our entire lives learning how to not face our shadow. We have covered over our shadow with substances, smiles, and self destructive behaviors.
Once we turn to the spiritual path We realize that we can seek God and not face our shadow in that way.

We must be pure for God to accept us.

But I have news for you. And myself. The shadow is the most holy aspect of our beings. There is purity in every single aspect of our being.

The shadow unexpressed, unintegrated, becomes distorted and turns into all of our negative self harm tendencies.

I want to tell you the story of my shadow.

For the first five years of my spiritual “career” Hah 😛 I owned my shadow. I looked at it in every way I knew how. And I was pretty whole. I was totally unintegrated in society, however. And to be honest, I kind of liked it that way.

Fast forward to five years later, and I was integrating back into society, getting back into school, getting a standup job in society, and so on.

I learned pretty quick, that my past, and my way of being in the world was not accepted by society. At least the breed of society that was coming out of the major university that I was integrating into.

And so I changed.

I disconnected with the very best part of myself. The part of myself that got me out of society, the conditioned self, and got me into the new way of being where I loved myself, who I had become, and appreciated the past that had gotten me there.

I unintegrated with my shadow, and I became who I thought I needed to be in order to be accepted, and liked in this new environment that I was in.

Fuck was that a wrong decision.

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I am recovering myself from it now, and forgive me, I’m about to make a blanket statement, and it may or may not be true, but it’s my perception of it.

Society does not like shadow. The whole experience of society is to avoid shadow. Ironically, society feeds us shadow and then tells us not to express it. What a mindfuck and a perpetual loop cycle of not allowing ourselves to be fully here in what it means to be human.

But the bottom line is we have come to change society. We have come to be different than society. And in order to change society we must do other than what society normally does. This starts with accepting our shadow. Loving it. Nurturing it. Giving it a space to be within our being, because it is us. It is who we are. It is who we’ve been. And we are beautiful. Every single part of us. Do you think a tree, that has had a limb cut off says I think I am beautiful, except for that part of me that was cut off, I don’t accept that part of me? No. A tree accepts all of itself, and sees the beauty of all that it is (that is if a tree sees itself through perspective lol.)

And so to with us. To leave any part of ourselves unaccepted is to allow ourselves to fester. To bring ourselves into wholeness, own all that we are, and become sovereign beings who will usher in the new humanity in connection to all things, we must accept and meet and honor our shadow. We must accept all parts of ourselves. For who we are. Love it back into wholeness. And be the best of what we can be with all that we’ve got.

This is the true way to God.

God is everything. And God is love. So why wouldn’t God love all parts of yourself? Love all parts of yourself and bring yourself back into total union and completeness with God.

This is my soul path. I extend and offer it to you as maybe a help on your soul path too.

I love you, and I thank you. And I honor all parts of you as I learn to honor all parts of me.

Aho. Mitakuye Oyasin!

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