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Are you hiding your shadow?

Are you hiding your shadow?

Let me share with you a thought.

In Neale Donald Walsch’s book, Conversations with God, he writes, “Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color. Many think that white is the absence of color. It is not. It is the inclusion of all color. White is every other color that exists combined. So too is love not the absence of emotion (hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, covertness), but the summation of all feeling? It is the sum total, the aggregate amount, the everything.”

I was pondering this idea. And I believe there’s a lot of truth in what Walsch is sharing.

There’s a part of ourselves, what Carl Jung called, “the shadow,” that we so often try to hide or deny.

...Those aspects of ourselves that we feel are not acceptable to our family, to our friends, and even more so to ourselves.

But the problem is, when we repress, hide, and deny those aspects of our wholeness - those characteristics that are just as much a part of us as the ones that we like (our ability to love, our determination, our work ethic, or whatever those things are that you value and see as most important) - we lose a part of ourselves.

There is a full range of human emotions and human experiences; some that we label as good, and some that we label as bad.

What would happen if we removed the labels? What would happen if instead of judging something (or someone) as good or bad, we could find a place of acceptance within ourselves?

Perhaps this is a controversial way to think, but I’m all about testing your paradigms and inviting you into the consideration of a new way of thinking.

To finish with one more quote, Jung once said, “I’d rather be whole than good.”

Have you lost touch with your truth? With who you were created to be in all of your fullness, for the sake of gaining approval from those around you, and even from yourself?