Shadow Aspect

According to Wikipedia, in Jungian Psychology, the shadow or “shadow aspect” may refer to an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself. Because one tends to remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely negative or everything of which a person is not fully conscious. Contrary to a Freudian definition of shadow, the Jungian shadow can include everything outside the light of consciousness, and may be positive or negative. “Everyone carries a shadow,” Jung wrote, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognized as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Jung writes that if these projections remain hidden, “The projection-making factor (the Shadow archetype) then has a free hand and can realize its object—if it has one—or bring about some other situation characteristic of its power.” These projections insulate and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between the ego and the real world. Jung also believed that “in spite of its function as a reservoir for human darkness—or perhaps because of this—the shadow is the seat of creativity.” For some it may be that “the dark side of his being, his sinister shadow…represents the true spirit of life as against the arid scholar.”

Let’s request that the living light illuminate whatever lies in the shadow aspect:

           The shadow aspect of the human spirit is a partial system of energy that provides influence in some form, such as thoughts, feelings, impulses, or impressions. The shadow aspect cannot independently drive free will, so this aspect does not offer the same duality as light and dark. It is simply an energy that exists with the function of giving the individual a contrast that serves as something to push away from and toward the light of higher consciousness.

          Without the shadow aspect, life would be more mechanized in form and function. What lives in the shadow for every human is dependent on many factors such as karma, childhood events, life experiences, general outlook, and family or social programming. The shadow self offers a greater ability to sense danger, to find passion, to discern the truth, to know compassion, and to create what is beyond conscious imagination.

         You cannot separate yourself from your shadow aspect’s shadow. With wisdom and knowledge comes greater awareness of what lives in the shadows, and a greater ability to distinguish the voice of ego. Enlightenment doesn’t come when the shadow aspect is eliminated, but instead is realized in the emergence from the space of darkness.

         There are divine appointments in every life experience, and with this awareness one can find peace with life on planet Earth. The knowing that each day is a gift, whether the perception is good or bad, marks the path of enlightenment and the balance of energies needed to sustain spiritual growth, ascension in the physical body, and the capacity to love.  
    

Peace

Peace

Many people across the globe are praying for peace, with a zestful yearning to witness this feeling or state of being with cultures around the world. But what would that look like and what form could that take? The war machines are just that, driven by money, power, individual beliefs and a long history of forcing their will on others.

Personal peace to me is the quieting of the mind, body and spirit. Reaching for a stillness that warms the heart even in the midst of a chaotic and fast-paced environment is something that more and more people are striving for. The increased momentum of stimulating the senses through the experiences our society has to offer no longer brings the thrill or newness original to that energy.

The Harmonic Crystal Healing Bed® invokes a response that has been described as an overwhelming feeling of peace. I have often wondered how that occurs and spreads beyond this little room and out into the world.

Derived from the Anglo-Norman pas, c.1140, and meaning “freedom from civil disorder,” the personalized meaning of peace is reflected in a non-violent lifestyle which also describes a relationship between any people characterized by respect, justice and goodwill. This latter understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual’s sense of himself or herself, as to be “at peace” with one’s own mind. The early English term is also used in the sense of “quiet,” reflecting a calm, serene, and meditative approach to the family or group relationships that avoids quarreling and seeks tranquility or an absence of disturbance or agitation. With that explanation and understanding, I will ask for some peace of mind to reach for a whisper from an angel on peace:

Peace is a word that describes a feeling, therefore the true essence of this word is something that must be felt and experienced rather than simply implied. Discussions in groups are beneficial to creating peace between nations, but it is the people that must make a stand for peace in the name of loving thy neighbor.

Peace is available to everyone, yet there has to be willingness and an intention to achieve inner peace. It is your choice, and choosing peace is saying yes to the Higher Self with acknowledgments toward your personal Soul journey.

A collective majority of people willing to stand up for peace is all that is needed as the power struggles shift from world leaders to the choice and hands of the people. In your meditations, hold the world in your hands as you breathe in the energy of the Divine while breathing out the prayers for peace. In this way, you are giving your powers to manifest peace to the world through individual intentions.

It is important for each individual to hold a space in their hearts for hope to dwell in harmony with the vibrations of love and peace. This is the partnership between man and Divine Source energy that develops world peace through an inner sanctum of communion with spirit. Asking for peace is symbolic of your release of control that represents an invitation for Spirit’s involvement in the continuum of movement toward that which serves the highest good for mankind, a peaceful planet.