Your inner shadow can be trained
The soul, in many religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, is the incorporeal essence of a living being. Soul or psyche is the mental abilities of a living being: reason, character, feeling, consciousness, memory, perception, thinking, etc
When we act negatively, behaves badly, criticized and bully others without reasons, and go about our lives in careless manor our most vulnerable, weak, and fearful parts of our inner been feels abandoned, dissolved, disconnected, and act out in ways that are consequence-inducing in order to get our attention; in order to help us grow and evolve.
If we keep hide our secrets in the shadow box of our inner selves, ignore or deny them, they can show up in the form of challenging managers, bosses, patterns, circumstances, and events. Sometimes these are distractions that hold us down from progress, pull us down from moving forward, and keep us from our true path, and sometimes they turn into powerful negative force that are capable of destroying the things we have worked hard to build in our lives, relationships, careers, and our spiritual growth. “What we resist persists” .
You are here in this world for a purpose; the main purpose believe it or not is to pray to the creator, be humble to worship him and except his blessing, we are here to learn and gain wisdom to serve and improve our lives and the lives of others. We all are a part of a big puzzle that must fit in certain place and specific space and if we try to go stray and away from the destined place the puzzle of life will not finish and others must come and try.
We therefore spends our lives looking for that place and the specific space the comfort zone, the peaceful place and as soon as we find it we are ready to move on to the next complex puzzle of relationship and trying to make other people happy forgetting our main purpose . The purpose of life for many is to survive in happy and peaceful way possible while they are here in this earth. Even if that purpose isn’t entirely clear to you, it’s very likely that you have goals and dreams that you’re reaching to.
As human beings, we are a delicate balance of positive and negative feelings, full with desire and anger, generosity and greed, strengths and weaknesses, hot temper and cold hearted , quiet and noisy, we are creatures of light and dark aspects. However, one of the biggest obstacles to the human growth and achievement we want is seeing these polarities as the enemies of each other. We always fight ourselves and struggle with theses opposite’s parts that make up our personality and behavior.
What if you knew that the way to access the very best in yourself the light side of your humanity was by facing your darkness, facing your shadows ,and the shadows of others that may be projected in our circle due to anger issues, jealousy, envy and ill wishes ?
What if you knew that your greatest power could be found in the hands of the parts of yourself that you believed to be weak, depressed, stressed out, anger, or the most shameful of ?
The parts of ourselves that we subconsciously repress or disassociate from out of fear or pain (or both), usually in order to adapt to our family and societal circumstances and dynamics, comprise what is known as the shadow, the dark memories, the bad past, the fear of shame, the fear of weakness, the troublesome secrets, and all the negative issues that accumulated in our past life that prevent us from moving forward.
The shadow can be multiple entities of shadows, it can manifest as energies and dark entity and it might look like us or like family members or a friend as part of that secret we are trying to lock in and prison inside our mind. Somehow those shadows can unlock themselves out of our memories due to trauma or a moment of weakness where we cannot take it anymore and let those secrets flow away from our memories. They can be also released in a dream or hypnosis. These shadows are about ourselves that we have lost, cut off, ignored, hidden, denied, and run from throughout life.
Every time we silently criticize ourselves and stare disapprovingly in the mirror, we are feeding the shadow. We are feeding the negative part of our self .Every time we are mean to ourselves in thought or action, we are feeding the shadow.
One of the primary reasons the shadow is perceived as dark and threatening is because it holds the aspects of our nature that we judge as negative, bad, and not good enough, fake, not kosher, unacceptable or wrong in some way.
Those shadow people we are seeing are in facts are part of our psychology, projection of our dark energy and thoughts. We put all those secrets of our unwanted behavior, mistakes, and weaknesses.
in a locker, a prison, and in the deep dungeon of our memory; this is my theory it might be more into that. Depression and aggression can open up the door to the shadow entity to ply hide and seek with our feeling.
Carl Jung wrote of the shadow,
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
One of the most powerful turning points in life comes when we begin to understand the shadow as a great teacher, one that serves as an integral part of our psyche rather than an enemy to outrun. Besides, no matter how fast we try to run, our shadow follows. As we grew up, the shadow grew with us. It has been our traveling companion for the whole of our lives. In darkness, it waits for the light of our own awareness—to be seen, heard, understood, and embraced.
We know that anger and rage often live in this category next to jealousy envy and greed. Anything we do not like about ourselves, feel threatened by, or cannot accept gets thrown into this locker of fear and shame. I call it the hall of shame.
When we act congruently with our value system and core beliefs, we strengthen the shadow. That’s why God didn’t leave us alone without goodness, he sent us prophet after prophet, messenger after another and they came with holy books, law and orders and commandments.
God done all that to bring the human back to his light and make peace with ourselves so we might select the righteous path and choice God as our savior and share our dark secrets with him with humility, humbleness and repent our sin to him, and When that happens the shadow entity will become smaller and smaller and it will vanish under the purity of the new you, under God light,
We are becoming like born again human.
Sure we will make mistakes and wrongdoing as we are not perfect and we must always repent, stop and think, try to change and change our direction, do reassessments of our goal, vision and mission in life to keep the shadow entity at bay without guilt.
Killing someone back stabbing and back biting, stealing, cheating, bulling or lying are unacceptable behavior and they are in the commandments of many cultures to keep each of us protected and the society safe, but if we break one or multiple commandments day after day without repenting it will darken our soul and feed it to the shadow .
Anything that goes against our value system, but we do it anyway, a small trauma takes place in our psyche. It can injure from within. The more laws we broke, the more cheating and lying we do, the more hurting we do to others and be dishonest about it like those rich and famous people in Hollywood who pays millions to corrupt individuals in prestigious universities in the USA to cheat and make fake school report cards to secure an entry to those rich students . Those people are forgetting that they are causing severe trauma to their children as these deep secrets will stay with them forever, haunt them in their daily life and dreams. That can lead to many psychological problems to them and to those who deal with them
These traumas start to collect like heavy metals and before long they are weighed down, with less freedom of movement in life. Lying, controlling, manipulating others, cheating, and those people will become a leader of the USA and big companies and there are so many already did that but they didn’t got caught not just in the USA but all around the world. without giving attention to the shadow, it becomes a dominant energy that keeps us stuck in the past; an invisible force that is both cunning and aggressive in its acting out through our behaviors, thoughts, doubts, and reactivity’s.
You must start know and understand the shadow of yourself, discuss positively with it , self talking and let it be part of your daily life as a watcher of good things , watcher of how the great things in life can be achieved with goodness, care and kindness under the giddiness of the inner light . The shadow can heal itself and instead been a similar polar of the magnet that repeals away it will become the opposite side that attract in the magnet of your personality. The healing process can take some times with loving caring and hard working not just for yourself but for others , learning from past experiences, set limits and learn to make a dialogue with the shadow .
There may be an addict inside of you that needs your love, a part of you that is hungry for kindness and care. Perhaps it is a fearful child, an angry fighter, or a powerless victim that is wandering through the depths of your unconscious.
Start the healing by questions and answers to your shadows, build a relationship of understanding , forgiven, repentance, undo wrong doing, caring and honestly discuss the issues , like you do with any relationship .You must listen and correct your action and the action of the shadow. It is like you are talking to an angel in one said and to the lesser angel in the other side and you are trying to balance the best of you and keep walking with the light pulling the shadow with you to the light slowly and don’t let him become a dominant force .
You will become a person with 2 shadows. Your reflection shadow that come from the falling light from outside, and your inner shadow who is trying to oppose the light of the holy spirit inside of you. More you remember God, more you pray and are humble, and more your read the holy books the more you can control the shadow.
We are born of the light from the light and we are toned to the frequency of the light in our spiritual journey. The question is how much time we are allowing our self to listen to the voice of reason, the voice of God comparing to the time will be listening to the voice of darkness and the shadow.
Let us use our dreams as indicators of our feeling, our stress release, our dreams and goals, our hidden secrets and allow the dreams to help us in some degree to make peace with the shadow and the secrets. Don’t be shy talking to yourself it is healthy but do it in a positive way. I am not asking to talk to yourself in the movie or the bus but you can talk silently it is an inner discussion between you and the shadow. Use visualization and imagination beside the dreams, think positive and you will attract positive in most of the time.
Your soul is the guardian of all of the symbols and stories that live in the collective unconscious. Words and images often show up to remind you of your intrinsic wholeness. When you have a great idea that resonates with your values and beliefs and uplifts you, it is your soul. When a beautiful melody or verse comes streaming into your awareness, it is your soul. In fact, I believe that every poem that has ever been written originated from the soul. Here is one from my soul to yours.
أللَّهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا وَالَّتِى لَمْ تَمُتْ فِى مَنَامِهَا فَيُمْسِكُ الَّتِى قَضَى عَلَيْهَا الْمَوْتَ وَيُرْسِلُ الْأُخْرَى إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُّسَمّىً إِنَّ فِى ذَلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
God takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect. (39:42)
The soul is part of the body that dies, eccl 12:7 our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us.
[Ezekiel 18:20] The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father; neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
Our Soul is like software and body is hardware to it. So start dreaming big, let the healing start, don’t look back only to reassess, listen to the positive inner you an d keep moving with confidence and trust that God will not leave anybody who seek his face ,his mercy and his light.
Steve Ramsey , Okotoks – Alberta – Canada