Your Brightest Self
When you consider your shadow you might think it comprises the more shameful aspects of yourself that you have disowned. You might not consider that you also disown your brightest light.
Why do so few of us live an empowered life? The answer is hidden in our "Golden Shadow." Consider that Creation needs you to be your most vibrant and creative self. A Larger Life wants to express something unique and powerful through you that will help to heal your family, friends, community or the world in some way.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung called your submerged creative potential the "Golden Shadow." You can discover your golden shadow in your intense admiration of other people. The bright qualities that you admire in others represent the disowned aspects of your unlimited potential.
The Golden Shadow is your submerged greatness. The Golden Shadow hides your undiscovered strengths. Your strengths wait for you to heal your emotional wounds. Your unique gifts live behind the gate of your emotional pain.
Strong Choices or Weak Choices?
"Briefly stated, we feel threatened by another's aliveness and try to damp it down or destroy it as ours was dampened down or destroyed. "Do unto others as that was done unto you."
~ Stephen Wolinsky
In human history, some people have risen out of childhoods of severe pain and neglect to become powerful creators and healers. While others, who may have experienced lesser forms of childhood neglect, go on to make choices to self-destruct in ways that burden all who love them.
In each moment you can choose either strength or weakness, love or fear, inspiration or depression. And, no matter what has happened to you, at any stage of life, you can start to build up your power by making good choices. Each choice to develop confidence, beauty, love, creativity or gratitude builds a strong momentum towards the next positive choice.
Your Golden Shadow comprises a specialized set of disowned strengths that are needed to heal your particular life challenges. As you become increasingly self-aware, you will uncover the details of when you shut down your light in the past. And, as you understand how you have dimmed down your light, you will see how you unconsciously have chosen to have problems, depression, anxiety, illnesses, addictions, and failures.
Your Magnificent Gifts
Spiritual teacher Chuck Spezzano shares:
"If you have a problem, there is something you could give that would resolve the situation. Any time we experienced trauma, there were soul-level gifts that we could have given to prevent it. The trauma was a mistaken choice that led us down the path of the ego...
Most people are frightened of the gift that could have been given because it was so magnificent. The gift was big enough to change a family pattern or significantly help a family member, but it seemed too big. It was so glorious that it would have caused them to stand out too much, and they wouldn't have been able to hide. They thought people would expect them to lead or accomplish other great things."
It is important to know that you may, or may not find outer recognition or admiration for your golden character traits. If you rely on the outer mirror of common ego consensus, it will seem easier to reflect the darkness around you instead of express the light within you.
Reclaiming your light can bring up anxiety and a fear of not fitting into the ego club of consensus dimness. So, you must find ways to recognize, reclaim and express your magnitude for your own benefit. To find your light, you will need to go back to the places in your life when you made choices for self-diminishment and choose again.