Consider the truth that Creation needs you to be your most vibrant and creative self. Life wants to express something unique and powerful that will help to heal the world in some way. Why do so few of us live an empowered creative life? The answer is hidden in our "Golden Shadow."
When we speak of the shadow we usually think about the more shameful and frightening aspects of ourselves that we have disowned. We often do not consider that we also disown our bright light.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung called our submerged creative potential the "Golden Shadow." We can find our golden shadow embedded in our intense admiration of other people. The bright qualities that we admire in others are the disowned aspects of our unlimited self.
The Golden Shadow is our submerged greatness. The Golden Shadow is our dismissed and unknown strengths. And, our strengths wait, disguised within our deepest emotional pain, waiting for us to heal the hurt, and give our gifts.
The Golden Shadow is the soul part of ourselves that offers a particular strength of love to heal the areas where we have experienced the most hurt and lack. Herein lies our gifts and talents.
Strong Choices or Weak Choices?
As psychologist Stephen Wolinsky shares, "Briefly stated, we feel threatened by another's aliveness and try to damp it down or destroy it as ours was dampened down or destroyed. "Do unto others as that was done unto you."
In our human history, some people have risen out of a childhood of such severe pain and neglect to become the helpers and healers of life. While others, who may have experienced lesser forms of neglect, go on to make choices to self-destruct in ways that burden all who love them.
In each moment we choose either strength or weakness, love or fear, inspiration or depression. We can, at any stage of life, start to build the strength and power of good choices. Each choice to develop confidence, beauty, love, creativity or gratitude builds the momentum towards the next positive choice.
As we become increasingly honest, we will uncover the details of where we chose to shut down our light in the past. As we understand the mechanisms of shutting down our spiritual light, we see where we willfully (albeit subconsciously) choose to have problems, illnesses, addictions, and failures.
Your Magnificent Gifts
Our Golden Shadow is comprised of a specialized set of unique soul qualities that help to heal our particular life challenges. We may, or may not find an outer affirmation of our unique soul qualities. We must find ways to mirror and recognize ourselves in our own soul beauty.
If we only rely on the outer mirror of common consensus, we will choose the darkness around us instead of the light within us. When we will that the majority are unconsciously choosing soul diminishment, we will feel tempted to join the club.
Reclaiming your light can bring up anxiety and a fear of not fitting into the ego club of of comfortable, consensus dimness. To find your light, you will need to go back to the places in your life where you made the choice for self-diminishment, and choose again.
Spiritual teacher Chuck Spezzano shares:
"If you have a problem, there is something you could give that would resolve the situation. Any time we experienced trauma, there were soul level gifts that we could have given to prevent it. The trauma was a mistaken choice that led us down the path of the ego...
Most people are frightened of the gift that could have given because it was so magnificent. The gift was big enough to change a family pattern, or significantly help a family member, but it seemed too big. It was so glorious that it would have caused them to stand out too much, and they wouldn't have been able to hide. They thought people would expect them to lead or accomplish other great things."