Meet Your Shadow

The shadow is part of us that weíre ashamed of, that we donít want people to know about. Itís that part of us that we hide away in the closet. The shadow is dark, itís secretive, itís primitive, itís shrouded in mythology. And if we ignore the shadow, it tends to say, ďWell, Iím going to embarrass you. I want you to notice me.”

When you exhibit so-called positive and negative qualities, you are not flawed; you are complete. When you are comfortable with your shadow, when you embrace your shadow because this is how the infinite consciousness made you, then you are attractive beyond measure, and your life is an adventure. You are natural when you are comfortable with your ambiguity, and nothing is more beautiful than being natural. When you are comfortable with your body your strengths and weaknesses, you radiate simple, unaffected humanity.

The whole of creation is contrast, tension, divine discontent. If there were only truth, goodness, harmony and beauty, the universe would expand and disappear. There has to be something to hold it back. If there were only the destructive inertial forces, then the universe would rapidly burn itself up into the heat death of absolute zero. It would collapse into a black hole and disappear. So thereís both. Thereís the play between both; otherwise this world would not exist.

Adapted from Power, Freedom, and Grace by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing, 2006).

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Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Nr B.
N B.3 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

nice reminders

Dale Overall

Fascinating and intriguing. "Only The Shadow Knows!"

Reminds me of an old 1966 Star Trek episode, "The Enemy Within" where the transporter creates a replica of Captain Kirk, splitting him into two halves: one half the Good and the other half the Shadow, the beast so to speak. Without each half to bring about balance the Shadow side would get itself into trouble displaying little empathy, taking by force what was wanted while the Good side was becoming indecisive unable to make decisions, waffling constantly with no strength. Both halves needed the other to bring balance, judgement, conscience, ruthlessness in the proper proportions.

Unless one is a predator, a sociopath, we need our shadow side as a balance.

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I've never spent much time contemplating my shadow.
However, I do hope that this applies to the majority of the time, because this is how I feel viz. Quote:
"When you are comfortable with your body, your strengths and weaknesses, you radiate simple, unaffected humanity."

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago


BIANCA T.3 years ago

Thanks !!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers3 years ago


Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Interesting, thank you very much!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for the post