The shadow has three functions:

(1) It won’t let you step over or leave a part of yourself. You’ll make a fool of yourself.

(2) It keeps us connected to our juice, particularly sexuality and aggression, the two parts of ourselves that we have the most problems with, and the greatest problems expressing.

(3) Our shadow gives us compassion for others. Healing ourselves and helping others is all part of the process.Whenever you feel that things aren’t right, look into yourself and feel it – don’t blame others. We are moving away from the era of seeing everything as a pathology, and instead beginning to understand that our symptoms are signs that we are moving to a new consciousness.

Your spiritual intention – your invocation – will guide you. The energies of activation work the strongest in a sacred space. In our work we have started to say “get over it!” when the wound work has gone on too long and has led to low self-esteem. If, rather than go into either the wound or cathartic behavior, you hold back, then you can watch where the energy is going, and that will teach you something: journal, do inner work, find out where it is leading you.  Stand at the “nil” point, feet together, and make two circles, one vertical in front of you, one horizontal around you.

We are all extremely absorbent; what we take in from others we call”substance”
When something comes up the absolute worst is to try to bury it; next worst is to start processing then stop the process; best is to allow it to come up, breathe, and intensify it. When your etheric vision opens up you will see your guides, you will see the Christ. Keep an open heart: watch, find out what gets you scared, what stops you breathing, and breathe and watch your heart. As you breathe in, you are breathing in spirit. Let openness and warmth into and around your heart. Feel if you are holding your solar plexus tight, and drop it. Check your heart several times a day, its like any other muscle, it’ll cramp up if it is frightened.

It is the worst thing when people don’t know how to get out of the rut: Just as impossible as trying to open a modern-day lock with a medieval key.

—Jacqueline SmallAsilomar, 8/9/96

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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