Spirituality

Courting the Shadow with the Light

Reposted from: Waking Times | by Julie Henderson

Stand_darknessYou have to be able to stand with strength and fearlessness, no matter where you are, and no matter what your circumstances. If you cannot stand alone with unshakeable courage, no matter where you find yourself, it is because your inner shadow is taunting you, begging you to heal it, forgive it, love it, and transmute it with your inner light. Progress is only made by embracing the dark, not by ignoring it. We can only evolve as we conquer with our light. To conquer does not mean to disregard or eliminate, but to vanquish that within us which deters our natural progression towards virtue, integrity, wholeness, and inner peace.

For every external construct or force field of control that human beings encounter or confront, there is a pulse of one’s refined inner light that can be roused to unravel, disarm, or diffuse the obstruction. It is the light inside us which tears down fear’s walls, shatters the barricades of ignorance, and topples envy’s fences, simply by shining through the darkness to establish an escape route or to construct a doorway that leads to freedom. But the light is incapable of defeating the darkness on its own; it requires the integration of our soul’s shadow to immobilize the dark.

We are all comprised of shadows and radiance, of dense vibrations and rarified frequencies of beauty which are moving so fast that they are imperceptible. We contain the sum total of our collective light and darkness, and embracing this Truth places us on the path of our highest evolution: once we agree to fight for our authentic soul, the light inside us issues forth a reclamation of the darkest aspects of our own shadow. From within the throws of that reclamation, chaos gives birth to an important [key].

We are not taught about the power of the dark and its capacity for enhancing our light. Instead, we are instructed to disregard it, keep it hidden, or put off analyzing it and reconstructing its nature. This is the work that must be done before we can heal and move forward: we have to reclaim the fragmented schisms of consciousness that remain hidden in the dark. Our task is to retrieve them, heal them, and restore them to our overall energetic signature and output if we are to have any real power as authentic and creative human beings.

Synthesis of our light and dark is what disarms the Guardian of the Threshold, granting us safe passage through the doorways beyond which we evolve as liberated beings. When we attain the art of energetic symmetry, the unassailable balance of darkness and light that fuses with our interior landscape activates itself at will. We become masters of life and death, light and shadows, courage and fear, destruction and transformation, suffering and freedom from suffering. We become whole, integrated, and original. We preserve our integrity as beings who are both light and dark, who understand the weakness of too much purity, and who appreciate the fierce beauty our shadows can yield.

Achieving symmetry means that there is no wall, barrier, or boundary that could withstand the heat or brilliance of the light we radiate. In relationships with others, with nature, or with our own selves, this light takes the form of mental and emotional healing, forgiveness of past wrongs or errors, replacing misunderstandings with empathy, and transforming ignorance into wisdom. Each restrictive field that the Light touches dismantles, decimates, or renders powerless the borders that would otherwise impede our continued healing and growth.

Our own souls contain a sacred battleground on which we each must fight with uncompromising courage to reclaim what is ours.

“What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.” – J. Krishnamurti

That battle teaches us how to resonate with the same serenity, softness, and integrity as we would discover in the rarified dimensions we prefer to inhabit: those worlds where no creation comes to any harm, but instead is granted absolute freedom and infinite opportunities to participate in an eternal evolution, with its myriad forms and movements.

At one level, human beings are a collection of nerve bundles, synaptic connections, vibrating atoms and molecules, oscillating subatomic particles, and woven fibers which synchronize to sound off either a discordant raucous or a harmonious symphony. The music of what we are as individuals shapes our physical self to determine our overall health, influences our emotional balance, and can either challenge or enhance our mental speed, agility, and level of awareness.

Achieving the symmetry of an energetic symphony is the ultimate game changer; it clears the path for the Light’s victory. The healing rhythms, beats, and melodies that we breathe into the world mingle with the Ocean of Consciousness to sustain an ongoing, epic conversation between two lovers who are at last reunited: the Authentic Self’s healed Soul, and the All That Is. When those frequencies collide, combine, or merge to catalyze transformation, a Renewal manifests. The power of that elemental equilibrium naturally clears away dross, debris, and asymmetries as we carry on.

Self-mastery takes the form of internalizing the world, rather than delegating blame or responsibility to outer realities and happenstance. We shape the world as we sing or scream, sink or swim, give or take, act entitled or agree to serve, and destroy or create. Every act in which we consciously partake either goes to harm or heal the macrocosmic pulse of which each soul is an indivisible and indispensable component. The moment we master the power of our combined light and darkness, we become the remedy that eradicates dis-ease at its root on a universal level. We become the key, the door, the archway, the path, the bridge, or the river that safely reunites our light and our dark, our beauty and our frailty, our imperfections and our integrity, our Humanity and our Divinity.

About the Author

Julie Henderson is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area whose journey and writing has appeared in anthologies, literary magazines, and online journals including In5d.com. In addition to writing, she is a 3-D installation artist, photographer, singer/songwriter, metalsmith, and urban Taoist. Find her on the web here, http://www.myspace.com/juliehendersonmusic, and here, http://www.shewrites.com/profile/juliehenderson.

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