Everyone has a dark side. A place that lives beyond our consciousness. A place that houses our insecurities, and our perceived shortcomings. A place from which we project these same insecurities and shortcomings onto those around us. We form judgements, we discriminate and we isolate. CG Jung called it the 'Shadow'. '....Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is....' The shadow is instinctive and irrational. It feeds the ego which cultivates false and harmful projections. Sit with your shadow, get to know yourself, and accept your own dark side. To know and accept others unconditionally, you must first know and accept yourself. Face your demons, for they are wise. Be strong enough to ask the questions and brave enough to listen for the answers. Although our shadow can hold such darkness, it can also offer hope. It is a reservoir for human darkness but also a spring from which creativity flows. Embrace your shadow, explore it's darkest corners and dance with it. Consummate the union, become whole and open yourself to endless possibility.
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