In the Shadows

When traveling along the spiritual journey, one of the spaces we encounter within ourselves is the “shadow.”  Just what does this mean?  For most of us, the immediate sense is of something dreadful, arousing the fears that live in our unconscious and driving them out into the light–or our consciousness.  And this is the process of unveiling our “shadows.”

We have great fear of what might live there, in the unlit corners of our hearts, our spirits, our minds.  The natural reaction is to hold on tight to what we are certain will be taken away–our security.  Let’s take a different approach to understanding our shadows, one that will perhaps enlighten you and prompt you to hang the welcome sign for the places within yourself you do not yet see.  Imagine yourself entering a room that is dimly lit.  Stepping across the threshold, the corners are hidden in darkness and the walls are barely visible by the hue of light.  You’ve brought with you into this room a flashlight, and now through the door, you turn it on.  Moving into the room, you shine the light on one corner at a time–unaware of what you might find there.

Without the shining light, these corners are in total darkness–the UNKNOWN.  Whether there are cobwebs, stools, shelves, books, a lovely chair in that space–you have no way of knowing.  And indeed, you may choose the path of mystery and exploration, entering the space without even the flashlight’s glow.  What feelings and thoughts arise within yourself as you imagine this encounter?  There may be images that come to mind of just what will be discovered in those shadows.

The dramatic presentation of this scenario might offer goblins and ghosts living in the dark corner, rats or something equally undesirable.  There could be stacks of “stuff” accumulated and left to collect dust over a lengthy period of time.  But there could also be something beautiful, a mural painted on a wall,  kept hidden only out by the absence of light.

What we find in the shadows of ourselves can be uncomfortable or exhilarating.  Either way, it is a part of who we are and we can only know what lives there when we choose to enter and examine the space.  Regardless of what “material” we might find, we can discover another piece of ourselves, allowing us to step more wholly into authenticity.  And most often–the greatest fear in looking into our shadowy corners is the one we have brought into the room with us–that of the unknown.

Once the light is introduced into the space, the potential is without limits.  Even the most unpleasant sight can be transformed into something desirable, tantalizing, stimulating and loved.  This is true of our inner space, too.  No matter what you find in your darkest places, there is something beautiful just beneath the exterior of what is visible.  Lift the veil, look beyond the surface and allow yourself to transition into the truth that is you.

We are designed to carry the inner beacon of intuitive knowing that directs us where we need to go on this journey.  Choose to collect another piece of yourself by stepping into the shadows.  Ask your inner voice to guide you…..and you will know its call by tuning in and listening….to the whispers of your heart……

The One Thing

It’s always there, in the background of our thoughts, in the space of our consciousness where we are aware of it but can still move it to the corners and instead focus on what’s right in front of us, neglecting The One Thing.  Sometimes it’s nagging, constantly playing round and round like an old record.  Other times we are successful enough to keep it in the shadows and not allow its presence up front.

The One Thing.  It’s not always unpleasant–in fact sometimes it’s quite alluring and filled with intrigue.  We might even have a strong desire to follow its path.  But fear, anxiety, the unknown, being too busy–all of these get in the way.

Consider this:  what if The One Thing is that one choice, one action, one movement to spring your spirit into true joy?  So often The One Thing is something we want very much, but feel disconnected to, blocking out our innermost voice.  Intuition speaks to us sometimes through what feels like “nagging.”  And somehow, our first inclination can be to ignore it, fooling ourselves into believing some falsehood about what it would mean should we choose to follow along.

And part of the “fooling” that we do to ourselves is to believe we aren’t “good enough” for whatever it is we desire.  The One Thing becomes a pipe dream rather than a reality into which we move one step at a time.  When we slow down, take time to consider with full consciousness what The One Thing truly is and allow ourselves to connect to it with our heart, our mind, our spirit and even our body–we just might realize how much we desire to reach for it. And so perhaps the key is to simply slow down.  Listen.  Understand.  Trust.  All of these play a role in connecting to your own One Thing–and subsequently, your own spirit.

In reality, The One Thing can become the piece that moves us full into our purpose.  Each step leads to another, and before long the voice of Spirit is filling your being with direction and inspiration.  And you find yourself standing tall in the midst of your greatest dreams….no longer seen as fantasy.

We’ve all heard it:  “the heart does not lie.”  Embrace your hearts whispers by slowing down long enough today to listen….for it is there you will find the path to your greatest self……