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Posts Tagged ‘shadow work’

 

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

It’s scary to be scared.  It’s hard to like yourself when you are depressed.  It can be challenging to love another person when they are angry or in trigger.

On the other hand…

What would brightness be without shadow?  Could the universe exist without the mysterious 90% dark matter that comprises it?  Could we ever know ourselves fully without journeying through the dark?

I don’t think we can.

We need to rub up against the unknown, against challenge, pain, loss, insecurity and inadequacy to know ourselves.  We need to journey through the dark in order to wake up.

I call this the friction principle.  It seems we are designed to thrive by meeting and moving though challenge, to dance with the mystery as our partner and so to know ourselves as light.

And, since life is fundamentally unsafe, the only way to safety is to be safe with our selves as we dance in the dark.

I’ve noticed that dance is a particularly compassionate and embracing space for doing this kind of work.  Why?  Because if forces us to meet our real feelings and sensations in real time, and to meet ourselves in the mirror of other in a real experiment of intimacy with what is.

When Jung referred to shadow, he didn’t just mean that which was dark, he meant any part of one’s self that was outside of awareness.  Any part of one’s self that we do not see or have not fully embraced. 

For most of my life, I’ve been doing shadow work through movement and ceremony.  I’ve gone straight into the intelligence of my body and the sacred mirror of community to work with the shadow as the womb for deeper soul expression.  As I’ve done this, I’ve come to notice that a wider, wiser experience of my life and a more total acceptance and love for the perfect imperfection of the human experience as a whole.  I’ve become able to listen to and navigate my life as an expression of my soul.   I’ve learned how to compost my s**t.  Sometimes, I even give it back as flowers – as my business, Dancing Freedom, as all the daily acts of giving and receiving that make my life awesome, as a song, as a dance.

You can do this, too.

This is not a lifetime to be small, weak or fearful.  It’s not a lifetime to come into your life from anger.

It’s a lifetime to enlighten, to enliven.  A time to make the darkness conscious.

So, when you are feeling that smallness, that insignificance, that not enoughness, or that feeling that you are just going to explode, or implode, or float away, turn into that feeling.

Bring it to the dance floor.  Make your darkness conscious.  And in so doing, be the light.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:07