Thursday, September 30, 2010
Afraid of Your Own Shadow?
Have you ever noticed how the shadow that is cast by your body so often seems so much larger than your physical self? We all know intellectually that his completely depends upon the disbursement of light. What angle the light is at and how intense it is will determine how large or small our shadows appear to be. And often the brighter the light, the darker the shadow.
On a deeply primal level, however, there is fear about how big that shadow is. We still equate the shadow with something scary and evil. If you walk at night on a street with street lights, you will notice that your shadow will circle you. That is what the shadow self is supposed to do. It circles you to protect you. You see, no matter how aggressive anyone may be, they will never be as formidable as your own shadow self.
The reason for this is that the shadow self is our magical self. It knows all the dark nooks and crannies and it knows how to make itself appear larger than life or small as a pin prick. This is not just about optical illusion. This is about the mastery of the shadow self. In order to master it, though, we need to also befriend it. We need to show no fear of the dark and shadowy sides of our personalities. Those who are hyper alert to the Light (religious fanatics) will try to destroy the magical aspects of our psyches. Those who are more comfortable with themselves in general will come to a quiet understanding of the shadow self. Those who are more fascinated by the possibilities will actually do the work to become at one with (in allegiance with) the shadow self. They are the ones who will always master their full potential because they will not settle for anything less than that. They are the movers and shakers of our world and the political activists and the magicians and the healers. Hats off to all those who are doing the work and walking the walk!
Now, take a walk at night and notice your shadow. Use the walk as a meditation to become more familiar with the shadow self. Allow yourself to have a morbid sense of humor and allow yourself to laugh at the macabre. Some would say that is twisted. Others, like myself, know that when you can express yourself in this way, you are truly home.