Ever had a thought so terrible that you are too ashamed to even admit produced it? It’s like someone or something momentarily hijacked your brain waves. It happens to all humans, and some have coined this phenomenon our shadow self. It’s human nature to battle with duality. The Jekyll and Hyde affect. The battle front against inner demons have kept psychologists in business for many years.
The problem is, there may be no problem at all. Being human means duality. Only God possesses a truly unified consciousness of love. Because we have free will, we have the ability to create a consciousness or thought that is the opposite of God, or the opposite of unity. The best definition of this thought product is fear.
God had a thought, and here we are. We had a thought that differed from God’s view, and hell was created as it is the opposite of God. Hell is the manifestation of duality (good versus evil). A thought started it all. Thoughts are things, don’t forget that.
So what do we do with this self-created hell? In the book The Shadow Effect by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson, we are given solutions. Often solutions are sought via religious texts, activist groups, and political righteousness. Unfortunately these cultivate an “us” versus “them” mentality, which is the opposite of God or unity. As I said earlier, God is all encompassing and is unified in love. The moment duality or “us” versus “them” is created, the shadow is ignited to grow.
There is nothing wrong with groups that uphold love and gather in servitude and kindness but one must keep the mind focused on unity and understanding as oppose to defeating evil. Victor and victim depict duality, which supports the shadow; however, understanding and unity are not bipolar and support God consciousness.
Solutions to unify with, accept, and illuminate the shadow will bring us closer to God consciousness.
The shadow is understood as:
- The secret, dark side of yourself you refuse to acknowledge as part of you
- Any habits you wouldn’t admit you have
- All of our fears, worries, anxieties, guilt, and shame
- The side of us that wants to place blame
Unifying the shadow is understood as:
- Acknowledge it exists, and is indeed a part of you
- Releasing judgement and forgiving the shadow
- Moving on with your life, focusing on positive projection
- Focusing on unity and collective well-being
Some may ask, “What is projection?” Projection are feelings you place on others that are really your own. An extremely joyful person projects joy, which enables that person to see joy in other people. An extremely fearful person projects fear, which enables that person to see fear in other people.
You may then ask “how can I focus on unity?” Unity is love, and a knowingness that really as humans we share experiences and thoughts. My pain is felt by all humans and my joy is celebrated by all. The knowingness that we are all experiencing together, there is no isolation.
Chopra D, Ford D, Williamson M. The Shadow Effect. Harper Collins Publishing. New York, New York. 2010.
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