Stars can't shine without the darkness. ~unknown~ I am currently enrolled in a 5 week course through a terrific site called SouLodge. In this autumn season the lodge session is focusing on shadow work. It is a dark, delicious realm of my inner world that has surprisingly opened my heart. I went into this course thinking it would be a dirty, gutted, heavy journey. So far, every interaction with my shadow and my darkness has brought me an uplifted-ness and fullness I wasn't expecting. Although, I guess I am getting what I expected, just in a different expression of it. I'm dirty with mud of playfulness, I'm gutted in the sense that I want my light to be spilling out from my center at all times, and I am heavy with a nourished soul.
My unexpected reaction to this work has me wondering why shadow work brings me so much happiness? The shadow isn't shrinking or having more light to take over the darkness. My shadow is presenting me with so many slaps and punches, and I am giddy when they hit. I take them in and throw them into my inner cauldron like ingredients to yummy cookies...anxiously drooling in the wait for the end result of warm, chewy goodness.
My mind says: "What is so delicious about getting punched and slapped with my own shit?"
My heart says: "How and Why does the pain/fear/etc, open me?"
My soul says: "It's like finding a kidnapped child... it is a part of you returning home for love and care and safety."
Some of the journeys I've done for my work in SouLodge have brought me some great messages, visuals, and insights. I would like to share them here.
- Our darkness, our shadow, is a place for us to recharge and know more of what makes us shine. It is a place within to gather our purpose, heighten our senses, gain strength, and to FEEL deeper. Cultural conditioning, wounds, traumas, etc. can project our shadow as a predator which instills fear, but the shadow is NOT to be feared. It is not a predator, the ego and the need to be right are predators.
- My shadow is the night time, my unwounded wild Self is the day time. Reflection: each time cycle has its purpose in our outer world, and the same goes for the inner world. Let the day time shine life giving light, let the night time radiate it's mystery. Together they are in perfect harmony. Not allowing the shadow to live it's portion of the time cycle creates the imbalance the ego needs to project a predator into the psyche.
- Shadow is sacred. My shadow is full and nourished, I listen to it very well, I embrace it openly. What is getting in my way is the egoic mind chatter of wounded-ness. The egoic fear that puts up unnecessary walls. The egoic search for meaning and approval outside of myself.
- My shadow is the inner healer for my egoic wounds. My true self is the inner healer for my heart. And my soul is the inner world landscape where all of this resides.
Shadow work is sacred soul work to clean up the egoic trash that litters the pristine forest of my inner world. For all the slaps and punches I'm taking right now from my shadow, I am deeply grateful for the pain, the learning, the wisdom, the growth, and the healing.
For more on these SouLodge sessions, go to www.soulodge.com
For more on my work in the realm of empowerment, go to www.inquirewithin.me
Blessings of shadow whispering truth to you, and the healing it is always doing on the ego! And so it is!