I keep seeing these “Live in the Light”
“Let’s Get Back to the Garden of Eden”
“Love is the only thing there is”
This One-sided way of living in the world
And I get it. I do.
Very few want to Face Our Stuff.
But here’s the thing about the Shadow:
Ignore It and It will choose you.
When will we understand that Life is Whole?
If we “Live only in the Light”, do we not Cast Out all the beauty in Darkness?:
The rich, fertile soil from which emerges the Commanding Rose?
The comforting depth of the shielded womb?
A pitch black midnight sky paired with the kind of breeze that empowers the Soul?
The emotional suffering which can lead us to Rebirth while alive?
And if we cast out All Those Things which Grow – which begin! – in Darkness…
Do we not also cast out Light?
“Getting back to the Garden of Eden” is a wish to go back to
The Apple of Knowledge never eaten, the “Paradise” of Unconsciousness.
Our desire for unconsciousness can be seen in all of our shadow behaviors –
Overeating, over-drinking, smoking, cheating…
The spiritual addiction of “Chasing the Light” –
By Refusing Shadow…we create more of it.
It seems to me we must live fully in All that is
Yes, revel in Life! In Joy! In Beauty!
But do not forget where these are born.
And as the heart may soar with Happiness, so must we also
Dig our hands through the dirt and pain and gunk of life
Drawing up the dark, moist clay
That makes Creation