There is a freedom that you’re rewarded with when you do the work of accepting your shadow side and all your darkness that comes with it. When you own all of who you are, nobody has got anything on you, or can use anything against you. You already know their claims and love it, and accept it and honour it within yourself. It’s makes you immune to the daggers others may throw at you, and compassionate towards those who still working through their own stuff. These darker months are potent times to submerge into your inner world and you may be surprised to see just how calm it can be in the depths.
When we numb out, ignore and dismiss our darker aspects, they will in some way or form come to haunt us until we are forced to pay attention. This could be in a mental breakdown, in cancer, in sabotaging relationships… many ways in which the dark will demand to be seen. We are both light and dark, and in hiding from the shadow, we are truly only hiding from ourselves. Are the monsters you hide within your shadow to big to bear?
Our life is our own, and up to us what we do with it.
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung