When was the last time you took a really close look at your shadow? Have you ever considered why we have shadows? There is the obvious physical reason of an object blocking the light so a dark outline of the object is projected in relation to the light source, but have you considered the metaphysical reasons or symbology that shadows represent?
The shadow represents the dark side of life, the mysterious and unknown. Humans are naturally frightened by this and for good reason. Everyone knows that creatures lurk in the dark waiting to consume you! Carnivorous animals hunt at night because pray is easy to take. …Of course this is a barbaric notion that served us many centuries ago, but in this age of enlightenment how do shadows figure in?
To understand shadows fully you need to understand your ego mind. This is the part of you that believes in separation and in order to prove its existence it is constantly showing you how bad things are, how people die and that death exists. The ego mind is your “small self” the part of you that is fearful and afraid.
While this does serve you in this dualistic world, it is not really you. The ego is a manifestation of this 3d low vibration material world. The world of illusion, fear, and separation! Halloween and Dia de la Muerta are holidays that exploit and celebrate the ego mind. It is a part of the Human ritual and a rite of passage if you will. Our journey here on Earth is to navigate the shadows and emerge the other side in the light. The shadows can lead the way if you know how to follow them.
On a more Metaphysical side of it shadow represents your negative traits; parts of your personality that you do not like and do not wish to deal with. They are aspects of you that are deeply suppressed. The shadow is still a part of you in this world just like the yin and yang; the dark and light that which makes up the whole. In order to know the light one must embrace the darkness!
To do this takes Courage, Patience, Wisdom, Certainty, Compassion, Joy, Clarity, Understanding, Depth, Generosity, Abundance and Agape. Each is a step into the darkness till pure light is achieved at Agape.
Think of a Labyrinth, where the turns are folding back on themselves and the path is dimly lit. It is the shadows that show the way, because as you follow the shadows the source light is behind the shadow. Each step takes you closer to the light. Till you reach the center to discover that you must return to the outer edge to fully be in the light. Each discovery, insight, and revelation brings more light to the path till it is unmistakable which direction to go. It then becomes an exercise in determination and persistence, putting one foot in front of the other experiencing each attribute on the path fully till the next one pops up and spurs you on.
Shadow work is so important in Spiritual development that many psychology programs are teaching it now and any self-help lesson is incomplete without it. Next time I will get more specific and practical with this two part discussion on Shadows.