How Do You Know if You Are Standing in the Shadow of Someone Else’s Light? #CarlJung #spiritualadvice #spirituality #SOM #natureoflove

“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow,” Carl Jung said, referring to shadow work in his psychological studies. Jung said we never see each other. Instead, we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over each other. Shadows. Projections. Our associations.

If what Jung says is true, then we aren’t standing in someone else’s shadow, we are standing in our own. And… the only way to get out of your own shadow is to turn towards the light.

So, in any given moment, the light of the sun only shines in one direction. If we face the sun, we are out of the way of our own shadow. If we turn to look away from the light, then the sun casts a shadow on everything we see.

Almost always, when we speak of light and shadows in prose, psychology, and even in spirituality, these are metaphors for Truth and the Past. In A Course in Miracles, we discover that every thing tangible is almost impossible to see without superimposing our old beliefs and thoughts on any given object. For example, when we see something for the first time, such as a chair, we see “with it” all the chairs we have ever experienced before.

The possibility of seeing that chair as something divinely unique and never experienced before would only happen if we erased the shadows of the past and all of the events that shaped our consciousness. Given these facts, the only way to see the truth and to see an unfettered future is to look away from the past, out from the shadows, and into the Light.

In this metaphor, the Light is the Law of Love or Spiritual Source, which is the foundation of the universe. You may wonder how you can tell the difference between facing the truth and turning away from it. Some people who are new to spirituality may not understand the difference. When you face the light or the truth, everything authentic in you rises! You see beauty, your flaws, and judge neither.

However, when you are in the shadows of the light, you see your flaws, the flaws of everyone around you, and you stand in judgment of all! The difference brings one either anxiety or peace. The choice to stay out of the shadow and enjoy peace seems simple, but most of us have held on to our anxiety for so long that we are afraid to let go. If we do, our fear is that we will also let go of our own identities. When in truth, letting go of an identity linked completely to anxiety would benefit you. Starting over and being able to make peaceful and loving choices would be a perfect new start for anyone. I would like to think that I begin each new day with this idea. Throw away the old and start fresh, everyday!

Today, simply try to imagine that you see all things anew. You wake up and taste your coffee. Close your eyes and taste something different. Use your imagination. Get dressed and wear something you haven’t worn before or in a different way. Part you hair in a different place. Quit living your life in the same way every day! Just this simple exercise will pull you out of your trance long enough to begin to see life outside of the shadows of the past.

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