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).