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Love the Shadow
Spiritual teacher David G Arenson ND discovers the truth of
Rumi’s wisdom that “darkness is your candle”.
“If you build castles in the air, your work
need not be lost; that is where they should
be. Now put the foundations under them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
, the healer.
Lately it is I that needed the healing.
I think most people I’ve come across
who have worked in healing are those
desperately seeking healing themselves. It’s
the most important part of their lives, so
they ma ke it their life’s work, to heal. They
find something they think works for them,
a nd then impose that on others .
Until one feel s “whole and complete, one
is always seeking healing. Until one accepts
respon sibility for one’s life, one is always
s eeking external validation. Until one is
able to stand naked in the mirror, and say,
“I love you” from the deepe st place of one’s
heart a nd soul, one will always be searching
for something to fill the hole, in order to
feel “whole”. It can be a lifelong quest or, if
ignored and suppressed, c a n ea sily turn to
There are many theories why people get
sick. Sometimes perhaps rea soning with the
u nre a sonable ser ves no purpose, other than
dragging us down further into the mud. I,
for one, know that I am doing my best. I do
not c onsciously choose to get sick.
As a sensitive person, I’ve c oncluded that
I experience the extremes of darkness and
light; I seem to be more prone to picking up
viruses, to feel fatigue. As much as I want to
be strong, sometimes I feel weak.
I absorb and explore other energies, a nd
in my work delve into light-dark territory.
The deeper I go, the deeper I am able to go. I
must be willing to go there, to feel the pain,
in order to uncover the butterfly within. A s
much as I am open, my openness leads me to
open myself up to the underbelly. The more
pain I can feel, the more compassion I have
for others and myself.
Why are we so afraid to reveal ourselves?
Why are we so afraid of what we hide away,
what is within? Why are we terrified to be
real, naked? What is it in the darkness in our
shadow that is so uncon scionable? What will
other people see when we are na ked?
Our deepest fear is that we a re unlovable.
Our deepest need is for love and acceptanc e.
We don’t get sick just to revea l the
darkness; we get sick so that we can learn
to love, a cc ept and embrace the shadow. We
live in a world of polarities. Illness must exist
for there to be wellness. Darkness must exist
for there to be light.
How can we love the shadow?
I’ve wondered a lot ab out this lately, a s
I’ve spent a month in the darkness, sick,
a nd not feeling good. I’ve explored how it
is I’ve created this, without any wondrous
epiphanies to share. It sucks! I felt shit! And
shit stinks! I cannot say it in pretty words.
Why do I feel sha me ? I’m supposed
to be healthy and happy – right? Aren’t I
suppos ed to reve al a positive side to people
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