Shadows~ Our Inner Demons
We are all chased by demons. They hide in the shadows and torment us. Weather we choose to acknowledge them or not they are real. They are the shadow within.
Is it possible to ignore or avoid the shadows?
Some call them demons they lurk around every dark corner, every perilous turn... The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort.
“To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspect of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for self-knowledge, and is therefore, as a rule, met with considerable resistance. These shadows are repressed elements of the personality which we choose not to be identified with.”
~ Carl Jung
Shadows hide in the deep recesses of the psyche. They are buried in the heart, in the mind; they are a part of us. Shadows follows us, frighten us, coming to us in various forms, but always, they fit our lifestyle, our beliefs, our philosophies. The shadow is not a mere concept or a matter of perception. Shadows are very real!
Just as there is light, there is also darkness. Is it possible to deny the shadow element?
The shadow is usually the worst side of an individual. The courageous person may have a cowardly shadow. The kind, gentle and caring person may have a cruel side hiding behind all that softness. Even among the most benevolent, the most respected personalities and leaders in every field of endeavor, part of their shadow element peeks through their eloquence and their elegance.
Do we really know ourselves? Or having denied our shadow element, do we find our views, our words and our actions in conflict. This is not intentional- the internal shadow conflicts we fail to deal with come to the surface at our worst moments.
Is it possible to ignore or avoid the shadow?
Shadows slink into our minds, control our actions, and participate in every struggle and conflict. When we are at the lowest point in our lives, our shadows haunt us.
The shadows are the part of ourselves that we leave in the closet as we face the public and put our best foot forward. If we hide them, deny them, and suppress them, would they just vanish? No, these actions simply end up attracting more shadows into our lives in other ways.
Can shadows impact on our lives?
Absolutely! Shadows come in many forms. They come as temptations, obsessions, addictions, co-dependency and other forms of indulgences. Shadows appear in the darkness cloaked in fear; shaking us at our core. Do shadows mean anything?
Shadows show us projections of our bias. It can be a dislike of certain traits in others, unjustified and unexplainable. We don’t like what we see- perhaps it mirrors part of us that we choose to ignore or may not even be aware of.
Are you aware of your Shadows? Ask yourself:
Are you comfortable with your friends? If not, ask yourself, why do you hang out with them? Do you judge them harshly? If so, why do you share your precious time with them? Are your demons looking for others to play with?
Do you tend to make a compromise that you cannot meet? What about the times you get angry at the slightest provocation often by the same person. Shadows...?
There are times we look for our shadows in the faces of other people. We even attract them into our lives. Buried deep, these shadows may drive us to places we would not otherwise go and may be shocked by.
Pundits would say it is unwise to deny the shadow element. They believe the only way is to confront it, and work through the conflicts it creates.
Every human being has their own personal demons to face - otherwise the shadows follow us in less conscious ways. There are lessons from these shadow elements. To become aware of them, we need to go deeper into ourselves and live to our highest most divine potential.
We can take the good. Work with the bad. See the light, and face the darkness without fear.
Go deep within; let the fears and insecurities buried deep within surface. Confront the anger seething under the skin. Forgive yourself, let go of guilt. Release your pain, and show compassion and unconditional love for the faults of others and especially for yourselves.
No one is perfect. But remember, no matter how many dark shadows lurk, no matter how long the dark night is, light will surely come. These dark nights offer a chance to enrich and nourish our spirit, our soul and our lives. They deliver our life lessons and they help us to align ourselves with our highest purpose.
By striving for greater balance, endurance and perspective, we generate more personal power and strength. We may struggle, but eventually we do defeat our demons, and sweep away the shadows!
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May your shadows draw you closer to the light.