I often talk of the value of letting go, allowing, or surrender on the spiritual path. It is key for letting in the light. For the new to arise, let go of the old.
But letting go means a value of acceptance, particularly self-acceptance. If we’re seeing ourselves as not good enough in an overt or subtle way, if we’re ashamed of ourselves, or are driven by fear it’s very difficult to accept.
As long as we’re contracted we can’t let go.
Happily, we don’t have to be perfect on that front. Just enough to remove some shadows. Then the light can get in.
Enlightenment is not an escape from your troubles. It’s a process of making things MORE conscious. The open presence of awakening will draw forward anything left behind. Over time, all that is hidden will rise up.
This isn’t something to be afraid of. But it is something to be real about. Shine the light on things and the shadows become more distinct. But then we can heal them and fill with light and peace.