Playing with your Shadow
The other night on my regular walk, I was basking in the joy and anticipation of connecting to my shadow's shadow – the light shadow. As I walked and listened to spiritual music, love surrounded me and tears of joy rolled down my face. How fantastic it is that my shadow-self, this living "being" that was born with me, has so carefully preserved all my "stuff." It has collected and stored all the energies and treasures that I have rejected and thrown away in order to fit in and survive in my early life. Anything that I could not hold at that time, my shadow-self saved for me. I felt deep gratitude and love as I connected with this treasured friend.
I have played with my shadow a lot over the years. Mostly, I have diligently and assertively played with exposing the "dark" stuff that I had rejected in me. This has been brilliant! This work has given me more energy, peace, freedom and joy. I've come to love more of me and more of life.
Now, however, a different calling was coming to my awareness during this walk. It was a deep calling to more directly seek out my "light shadow." It was time to claim all my power, divinity, wisdom, success, joy, love and abundance. I had already done this in some measure, but I realized there was so much more there. Now I was ready to dive deep for the treasures that awaited me. Now was time to reclaim all my light – to stretch to the heavens.
Working with our "dark shadow" is the easiest and brings immediate benefit
When starting out playing in and with the shadow-self, the "dark stuff" is the easiest and most accessible to deal with. Working with the "dark" also has immediate benefits. Our limiting triggers, judgments and patterns fall away. The ways we have chosen to suffer begin to dissolve into happiness, contentment, and acceptance. Working with the dark shadow frees up a lot of energy and resources. The dark stuff pushes us towards our divine inheritance and wholeness.
We are more afraid that we are powerful beyond measure
As human beings, we are even more afraid of our "light shadow" than our dark. Our light shadow contains our ultimate brilliance, divine power, creativity and miracles. It contains powers of intuition and wisdom beyond measure. It contains all of our divine inheritance and our true, unlimited potential.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
"Shadow! Come here!"
As I walked along in the joy of connection and anticipation of further play and connection with my shadow-self, I approached a group of people watching their dogs play. The dogs were wildly rolling in the grass, totally absorbed in the purest of fun and play. As I approached, I turned down my music and I said with a huge smile on my face "Wow, pure fun! Wonderful!" The woman in the group smiled brightly at my comment. But then, just as I had walked by, this woman yelled at her black poodle that was wrestling with a red retriever. "Shadow! Come here!," she said. I immediately burst out laughing and more joyful tears streamed down my face.
The universe was miraculously confirming that it was time to play some more with my Shadow!
Your shadow wants you to come & play too!
Have you played with your shadow yet? Have you opened the doors to your darkest inner closets to shine your light there? The benefits and treasures of doing this are enormous! It will set you free. You will have more energy, more joy, better relationships, less suffering and greater life success. And at the appropriate time, your "light shadow" will also begin to knock at the closet door too – reminding you of all the wisdom, power, beauty and goodness that is yours to still claim. You light shadow will pull you towards your divine inheritance and wholeness.