There is so much fear in the world today. Fear is taking the form of anger, sadness, defensiveness, amongst other projections. Although a lot of the fear is targeted towards others, it’s really fear of self. So many people claim to work on themselves but are afraid to face the things that can really make them the best version of themselves.
Carl Jung once said, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Becoming enlightened does not happen over night and is not something that is just given. It requires work; it requires being uncomforable and working through the feeling of discomfort. It’s about accepting all the parts of yourself, even the parts that you think makes you a horrible person. In order to accept yourself fully, you have to acknowledge the things about yourself that you have surpressed, dismissed or didn’t know was lurking in your subconscious.
Shadow work is hard. It has to be done a little at a time because you need to be able to process things about yourself that you never thought about. I have lived a pretty enlightened life but when I started active shadow work, I realized that I have a lot to learn. I had to acknowledge my selfishness; I had to acknowledge my self-loathing. Did I like what I found? Not always. Did I continue the work? Yes! It is an ongoing process.
It is okay to be scared of the shadows of your soul but in order for this to be a better world, we need to always work towards enlightenment, which means facing the darkness and making it conscious.
No one is perfect and no one needs to be perfect. What is needed is kindness towards yourself and others as we all navigate through the shadows. Don’t fear. Acknowledge and always be better than the yester-you.
What shadows will you be bringing to light today?