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Where is My Shadow?

January 22, 2013 , ,

“You don’t just integrate your “shadow.” It’s not an aspect of personality but a mysterious element in the human condition.” – Thomas Moore’s tweet of the day today. @thomasmooreSoul is on twitter, like @Pontifex. They both know Latin, liturgy, and the Holy Ghost. Their twitter streams could not possibly be more different. Thomas Moore tweets a dab of darshan daily to his small following. Nobody tweets crass insulting things to him, like they do to the Pope. It is a quiet, one way stream, like the Tao itself..bringing us closer to the truth every day. The truth is always downhill, and flow always involves removal of obstructions. Today he is tweeting about the much misunderstood Jungian theory of the shadow. Shadow can very well be the prime obstruction to living a happy full life. So, where is this mighty shadow, anyhow?

The shadow is the part of your self, or your society, of which you are unaware. It is hidden by your extreme belief in what you are fed by your ego. The ego is the weakest link to reality, in a way, because it only wants to confirm and uphold status quo as it prefers it. Meditation, contemplation, or artistic endeavors bring perspective needed to see this shadow. It is the reason you are in whatever rut you occupy. The rut is like a bunker maintained by your self image. Like a city with big buildings, no shadow is cast down in the bunker, except maybe at noon for a while. In the “reality bunker” the ego rules and keeps other aspects in the belief system you know as your rut.

With Groundhog Day fast approaching, consider celebration this year by leaving your thought bunker to risk seeing your shadow. How might a gentle reader do such a thing? Silence is the threshold. Meditation is the key. Mandala is the map. Wisdom is the reward. Walking a labyrinth is a wonderful way to begin.

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Yes, all water runs downhill, but I have never thought of Tao as a one way stream; how could anyone draw such a limit to the unfathomable?

Shadow is an integral part of Being whether or not we are conscious of Shadow. One must court their Shadow to discover and admit one’s hidden Self. As you suggest, this courting can happen during meditations, contemplations, or artistic endeavors.

Furthermore, Shadow must come to life within and during the process of individuation, if one is to experience completion. However, with all the bad publicity laid at Shadow’s feet, most people keep their fearful distance. Ignorance is bliss.

Getting to know your Shadow is not easy. Shadow – Ego wrestling matches may never end. One must realize that Shadows have Shadows, too.

Tweet or no tweet: Life is gloriously complicated.

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Gerry Zeck

January 22, 2013

I did not intend to say the Tao is one way, although I did say that, didn’t I?…I mean Thomas just tweets like a verse from Lao Tse. He does not discuss it or have any other observations during the day. Tao de Ching, verse 8 is my favorite: Man, at his best, like water, serves as he goes along. It is both gloriously complicated and seriously simple.

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mermaidcamp

January 22, 2013

Perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Groundhog Day!:-)

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Jess @UsedYorkCity

January 22, 2013

so gorgeous

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

January 25, 2013

I’ve learned to put ten minutes aside each day to reflect through meditation. It cleanses the soul and allows the true self to shine through the weak ego.

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Suzie Carr (@girl_novelist)

January 25, 2013

Ten is excellent. Even one is helpful for those who have never done any.

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mermaidcamp

January 25, 2013

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