As I was watching this short film, I thought about the meaning of the solstice and the ancients praying for the light to come back every year at this time as far back in the past as we know. I see that as a very old struggle between light and dark that is alive in the psyche of humans. I know a lot of us cannot abide the darkness. In shamanic terms, everything has the potential to be life-giving. The darkness of winter is the season where we go within to cast light on the shadows so we know what we want to birth in the spring. It is a dreaming time after the releasing of autumn. Darkness cannot exist where there is light and so knowing our own darkness is the best chance we have of living more light. In that way, darkness is a HUGE gift to us and keeps us evolving as a species.
“Carl Jung, the noted psychotherapist, spoke of the consequences of not facing our dark, or shadow side[:] ‘Everyone carries a shadow…and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.” The shadow side simply means the side that the light of consciousness hasn’t yet shined upon. It is no worse than the nonshadow side, any more than the dark side of the moon is worse or more nefarious than the light side of the moon. To pinpoint your shadow, ask yourself, ‘What don’t I want to look at? What would I pay a million dollars not to have to look at in my own life?’ That is the shadow.”
-from THE ENERGY OF MONEY: A SPIRITUAL GUIDE TO FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL FULFILLMENT by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.
Happy Solstice and New Year, everyone. May you bring more of your shadow into the light and experience more joy!