We all have a spectrum of clarity. There are those areas in the light (conscious), those in the shadows (sub-conscious), and those in the dark (unconscious).
There is also a spectrum within each. For example, what is conscious can be very clear or not so clear. We can have shadows that are thin and shadows that are bordering on darkness.
Because our shadows are often suppressed, we ignore these distinctions. Yet what’s in those shadows has a major effect on our health and quality of life. Awareness brings light to our shadows.
As consciousness is effulgent, those areas of life that are conscious are lit by our attention.
What’s not conscious is in shadow. I’m not suggesting we chase down our shadows. Only that when we notice blind spots, resisting, or grasping that we take a moment to feel into them and see if we can shed light and resolve what is arising. Very simple.
This way we heal what is arising and shift the trends of time. The balance of light grows.
In the lightest shadows, we have those things we’ve forgotten about. They’re not conscious but are still present. Perhaps we have a cut on our finger that’s healing. We don’t have our attention on it most of the time, but it’s not hidden.
Deeper, we have those things we’re resisting. A lot of purification arises from this arena.
This is the arena where our light doesn’t reach. The hard nuts and deeply repressed parts of ourselves. It can take more attention to reach into the dark and we often have to peel layers off to get at the core repression.
Yet these are the things that can have the largest effect on our health and quality of life.
Most curious, shadow and light are both in relationship to ourselves. Even though we may repress some parts of our experience, they’re still in consciousness itself and are thus sustained. Others are often conscious of our issues in ways we’re not. Shadow is what we’re not seeing.
Ultimately, it’s all consciousness. Even the deepest darkness is still lively presence.
Learning to be with our shadows and darkness takes practice. We can learn how to be with those darker feelings so they can be seen and completed. But we don’t want to fall into them or feed them.
As collective consciousness rises, our shadows become more conscious. If we don’t understand the simple principles of healing, we may get into a battle with our fears and other unresolved emotions. You see a lot of this being acted out these days.
The key is samadhi. This enlivens our inner awareness and gives the deep rest needed to release our shadows. Growing inner awareness allows us to take a step back and observe our unresolved experiences without being drawn into them. Then our awareness can flow into our shadows without being caught. Light dissolves shadow.
Everything becomes recognized as it is.