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Shadows

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									Shadows...

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Shadows lurk in the deep recesses of the psyche.It is buried in the
heart, in the mind; it is part of us.It follows us, it frightens us. Is
it possible to ignore or avoid the shadow? Some call it demons that stick
around every dark corner, every perilous turn, ....


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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 it therefore as a rule meet with considerable
resistance. These shadows are repressed elements of the personality which
we choose not to be identified with.
..Carl Jung

Shadows lurk in the deep recesses of the psyche.It is buried in the
heart, in the mind; it is part of us.It follows us, it frightens us, and
they come to us in different ways, but always, fits our lifestyle,our
beliefs or therof. The shadow is not a mere concept or a matter of
perception.It is very real!

Just as there is light, there is also darkness. Is it possible to deny
the shadow element? It is usually the worst side of the person. 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 they really know themselves, or having denied their shadow element,
they find their views, their words and their actions in conflict. This is
not intentional- the internal shadow conflicts they fail to deal with
come to surface at the worst moment.

Is it possible to ignore or avoid the shadow? Some call it demons that
stick around every dark corner, every perilous turn, in every struggle
and conflict. When we are at the lowest point in our lives, shadows haunt
us.
It is that part of ourselves that we leave in the closet as we face our
public and put our best foot forward. Hide them, deny them, suppress
them, would they just vanish?

These actions may end up attracting these shadows into our lives in other
ways.

Do shadows impact on our lives? Do they mean anything? Shadows come in
many forms. They can come as temptations, obsessions, addictions, co-
dependency and other forms of indulgence. Shadows appear in the darkness
cloaked in fear; shake us at our core.

Shadows also show as projections. It can be a dislike of certain traits
in people, 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 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?

Do you tend to make a compromise that you can not meet? What about the
times you get angry at the slightest provocation at times by the same
person.

There are times we look for our shadows in the face of other people. We
even attract them into our lives. Buried deep, these shadows may drive us
to places we dare not go.

Pundits would say it is not wise to deny the shadow element. They believe
the only way is to confront it, deal with it and work through the
conflicts it creates.

Each one has their personal demons to deal with and to face, otherwise,
it follows us in less conscious ways. There are lessons from the shadow
element. To become aware of it, we need to go deeper into ourselves, be
all that we can be, assuredly.

We can take the good. Work with the bad, see the light, face the darkness
without fear.Go deep within; let the fears and insecurities buried deep
within surface. Confront the anger seething under the skin.

We are   not perfect. No matter how many dark clouds hover above us, 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.   It helps us to align ourselves with our highest purpose.

By striving for greater balance, endurance and perspective, we generate
more personal power and strength.

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