shadow puppets & soul play

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We don’t decide who we are. We discover who we are and decide what to do about it. For those who do not settle for an idealized, self-avoiding image of themselves, life is peppered with ongoing revelations about the real quality of their souls- hopes, dreams, desires, and capacities that sometimes come as a surprise….Robert Corin Morris

the psyche & the golden rainbow

Most people presume that they are the sole master of their house. To acknowledge and then own one’s shadow is to admit there are many more sides to us that the world generally does not see. Dr. Jung tells how he first intuited the presence of ‘another’ in his psyche. ‘I had a dream which both frightened and encouraged me. It was night in some unknown place, and I was making slow and painful headway against a mighty wind. Dense fog was flying along everywhere. I had my hands cupped around a tiny light which threatened to go out at any moment. Everything depended on my keeping this little light alive. Suddenly I had the feeling that something was coming up behind me. I looked back, and saw a gigantic black figure following me. But at the same moment, I was conscious in spite of my terror, that I must keep my little light going through night and wind, regardless of all dangers. When  I awoke I realized at once the figure was my own shadow on the swirling mists, brought into being by the little light I was carrying. I knew too that this little light was my consciousness, the only light I have. Though infinitely small and fragile in comparison with the powers of darkness, it is still a light, my only light.’ Jung had gone through a highly refined enculturating process. The more refined our conscious personality, the more shadow we have built up on the other side. This is one of Jung’s greatest insights: that the ego and the shadow come from the same source and exactly balance each other. To make light is to make shadow; one cannot exist without the other. To own one’s own shadow is to reach a holy place- an inner center- not attainable in any other way. To fail this is to fail one’s own sainthood and to miss the purpose of life…….Robert Johnson

from the shadow diving into the lotus, we can learn how to heal….who honors and validates our experience? where does our empowerment lie? where are the constricting illusions? the soul does not lack, and yet our pain is real…..and yet the flowering continues…

The soul is sometimes symbolized by a lotus, rooted in the mud, nourished by the water and opening in the sunlight. Imagine that you are a tiny seed of a lotus buried in mud. Imagine extending tentative new roots deeper into the mud and feeling an urge to push upwards. When the new sprout breaks through the surface of the mud into the water, you redouble your efforts, reaching up towards the light and simultaneously extending your roots deeper into the mud. Is the water warm or cool? Is there any movement in it? Feel it sustaining you. When you break through the surface into the sunlight, feel the warmth of the sun and the opening of the petals of the blossom of the lotus, offering its perfume to the air. The unfolding of the petals of the lotus are often associated with the development of qualities such as wisdom, compassion, beauty, harmony and inner peace. The soul may be perceived not only in imagination but also in creative endeavors. Inspiration comes through the soul. If we listen for the voice of the soul in dreams, meditation, prayer or contemplation, inspiration and inner guidance become increasingly accessible. Although the soul may be overlooked, the infinite radiance of Spirit is never absent. The awakened soul is always aware of its presence……Frances Vaughan

4 thoughts on “shadow puppets & soul play

  1. This is our quest, whether we realize or accept it, that we chose to be here in the lost millennia of time, there was a choice, and even today, every day we return from our dreams into the dream of life, to see, to know, to believe … There are no miracles – everything is a miracle, change the dream, and the form follows suit … May the dweller on the threshold stand aside for you today …

    • ‘return from our dreams into the dream of life’…..this reminds me to play it all lightly, to come from a softer place…..somehow it’s all ok from here…..we empower when we share g.f.s……blessings….

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