I’ve been hearing a lot recently about individuals having trouble dealing with their shadow. Maybe it’s the uptick in consciousness that’s taking place right now on the planet or the U.S. Presidential election putting our collective shadow on the stage in the form of Donald Trump.
What is your Shadow?
This word, made popular by Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung, describes an aspect of human personality that consists of feelings like rage, jealousy, aggression, resentment, hatred. You expressed these feelings as a child and teenager, but likely learned from the adults around you that it wasn’t OK to express them. As a result, you learned to suppress these feelings and to deny that they even exist. This doesn't work, because you still feel them ... and, when you do, you judge yourself harshly for feeling them.
Here’s the story about your shadow.
The feelings are normal. They exist alongside feelings that are considered socially acceptable, such as joy, excitement, delight. You have these shadow feelings. We all do. To only allow the feelings you like to exist is to live only some of the time.
You aren’t here to live half of the time.
That’s not why you are here. You are here to be whole and shine brightly, which means allowing all of your feelings.
It’s time to bring your shadow feelings into the light.
You don’t have to love them, but hold the intention of making room for them to exist alongside all of the other feelings. Allow rather than suppress. Acknowledge rather than deny.