Last night, after a particularly vivid dream and fantastic flow of insight, my shadow tendencies poured fourth. Fears, unhelpful thought patterns, and stifled emotions – the whole lot – revealed themselves in phenomenal clarity.
The dark side! Does it scare you? Entice you? Do you know what it is?
The term “shadow” was first used by the psychologist Carl G. Jung to describe the denied or repressed aspects of the self.
Children and adolescents begin to hide away parts of themselves when they’re told – often wrongly – that these aspects are “bad” or “unacceptable.” Then, they carry their secret stuff bag into adulthood, never consciously looking into it. Nevertheless, these hidden aspects still shape their lives.
Can you remember moments as an adult when the prospect of revealing your real self caused you to quake? When sudden feelings of shame, guilt, or embarrassment popped out of nowhere? When you fumed about someone’s words or actions for days?
That’s how your inner shadow screams to be set free.
Many would agree we live in trying times. An undercurrent of anxiety clouds their lives. People wonder, “When will an upward shift occur?”
Do you have these worries too?
What Does the Future Hold?
According to some spiritual guides, there’s more love and light permeating our world in each moment that passes.
In Connect with your Angels, A Guide for Everyone, the Angels tell us - through Jenny D’Angelo – that negative emotions and behaviors will continue to dominate our world for a while. But, don’t be discouraged, they say, because negativity doesn’t have a fighting chance on the long run.
The Hindu and Buddhist traditions believe we currently live in a dark age. Known as the “Kali Yuga,” this period is characterized by perpetual conflict. Run by turbulent emotions like anger, desire, ambition, ignorance, pride and jealousy, many people are ill-intentioned and deceitful.
According to these Eastern traditions, there are four different ages that occur in cycles. But, no one seems to know for certain whether the dark age lasts 432,000 years or 3,000.
Editor’s Note: I’m delighted to share a guest post today from the brilliant Sandi Amorim and an opportunity to receive a free spot in her new program the 100 Day Promise.
That’s what I asked myself the past few months as I explored the process of change. Because change is what most people want, and whether or not we admit it, most of us have a list of things we’d like to change about ourselves.
The problem with change isn’t that we want to change. Change is natural and inevitable; nothing in life is static.
“Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.” – Saigyo
The problem with change is that we beat ourselves up when we fail to change in the way we envision. And we do it so often it becomes a cycle that creates the future; an endless loop of disappointment and self-recrimination.
When we really want to make a change, but feel defeated before we begin, is it possible to reach our goal?