Academy Fundamentals - Facing Shadows
Shadows on the Path
As we make our way along our sacred path, we face challenges. Shadows in the way we view ourselves and the world, distortions in our relationships and conditions of difficulty. In the context of the journey to a more heavenly earth, these are the manifestation of trauma and incoherence in the substance of the self, and must be cleared in order to make one’s way to a brighter version of their reality.
t is no easy thing to face one’s shadows. To come through the territories of one’s inner landscape where the wounds and traumas wait to be revealed, aching to relieved of their burden. To discover them, to make peace with the parts within ourselves that are still healing, is one of the greatest challenges on the quest.
In terms of a classic narrative, as an Author one is the protagonist of their Quest. In context, the antagonist, the challenging aspect of that adventure, is the facing of Shadows. Distortions within the substance of the individual and Collective consciousness that are misaligned with the Grace and Love that is our true birthright. It is through the clearing of those patterns over time that we open the gates of Abundance and Wonder to move through our current self.
Shadows in one sense are just that, flickering shadows that dance before the light of the fire. They are not your true self, but the distortions in perspective created from emotional trauma. They are the hurts, the confusions, the separations from Love that lay within our subconscious, waiting to emerge back into the light. They are our challenges. The distortions in our relationships with self and others. That which must be resolved to continue our journey back to the Garden.
Discovering your Shadows
Everyone faces their inner shadows. Everyone. Each and every one of us has our portion of the distortion to clear from the field. No one is exempt.
As we make our way to a more heavenly version of our reality, we must heal our portion of that distortion, that ripple across the realms of the Garden.
Yet while this can be difficult, face them we must, for only in transforming the patterns within our subconscious, only by confronting and dissolving the fears that lay within may be experience the brighter world. In many ways, they are the gatekeepers, the wayshowers, the parts of the self that have been hidden or locked away, holding in their grasp some of the keys we need to unlock the treasure beyond our trials.
In the landscapes of legend, the realms of Shadow are the distorted and incoherent versions of particular qualities in our reality. This can take many forms, yet is essentially a place within the inner and outer territories of one’s experience where there is a lack of light, where things are not seen cleared, and the world is blurry and distorted.
There are places within where we have been wounded, where we are quick to defend and demean. They are the unconscious places which lay beneath our perceptions and actions, that cause us to manifest realities which are disconnected from our Divine birhright, that which is always there within the field waiting to be discovered.
A grand example of this is a life without Love. Without fellowship, without connection. Such is not the truth. It is a distortion from that truth. As we clear the shadows and incoherence from our path, that life changes. Love appears. Fellowship arrives. Connection is made. Yet to do this, we must clear the shadows, the wounds that separate us from the clear version of our reality.
There are always difficulties on the quest. Places where the road seems blocked, where we are demanded to move in new directions, where we must suddenly change our plans and respond to the reality of Life unfolding.