The “shadow side” gets a bad rap in our culture. We are expected to think, act and perform “properly” in our everyday endeavors. People who choose to step out of the box are often frowned upon as strange or trouble makers. I suggest that it is healthy to explore your shadow. In the yin yang of life, how can we have light without the dark? How can we experience happiness without sadness? You simply cannot experience the full impact of joy unless you have had immense emotional pain in your life. You appreciate the abundance so much more in your life when you have had nothing.
The late Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, developed theories pertaining to one’s shadow. He believed that “in spite of it’s function as a reservoir for human darkness, or perhaps because of this, the shadow is the seat of creativity.” He went on to say that “everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”
In other words, get out there and explore your shadow side! Create and allow yourself to be whole. Learn from your lessons as you travel your journey, no one elses, just yours. Some of my most painful experiences in life have been my greatest gifts. Those thoughts that you repress into your unconscious mind will inevitably push to be seen. Don’t fight it, embrace it! The fight often causes more turmoil than the release. Learn from it and grow into the wondrous flower you deserve to be. The author, Anais Nin, has a beautiful quote that reads, “and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Don’t be afraid to blossom. Enjoy life, have fun, allow your own secret thoughts to come to you, guilt free. Be free, express yourself, and don’t concern yourself with others opinions of you. It’s really none of your business what they think of you anyway. Walk your own spirit path and allow yourself to be guided. You will find your way.