If someone was to hear that they have a shadow, they could end up thinking about the dark shape that appears when their body intercepts the rays from the sun. They may remember that there was a time when they didn’t realise that this shadow was connected to them or why it appeared, most likely when they were younger.
Along with this, they may have had moments in their adult life when they saw their shadow and wondered what it was, before soon realising what was going on. This was probably because they were not very present and their mind ended up projecting something onto their shadow and the situation itself.
In addition to this shadow, one that they can see with their eyes, they also have another one. Unlike the other shadow, it won’t be possible for them to notice this shadow with their eyes; that is unless they have been shown how to see it.
When it comes to this one, it will relate to the parts of themselves that they have lost touch with but still influence their life. If they are not aware of this, though, they will be like a child that doesn’t realise that the shape that keeps following them around is their own shadow and this will cause them to suffer unnecessarily.
So, they could find that they have the tendency to end up with people who don’t treat them very well. These people will be mirroring back parts of their own being that they are not aware of.
But, until they realise what is going on, they won’t be able to do anything about these parts and thus their shadow won’t change either. If they were to hear this, they could say that this is not possible as they want to be with someone who treats them well, not who mistreats them.
What they will need to bear in mind at this point is that they don’t begin and end with their conscious mind; they also have an unconscious mind. It is this part of their being that holds the parts of themselves that their conscious mind has lost touch with.
Once something has been removed from their conscious awareness, this part of them can forget all about it but that doesn’t mean that will have actually disappeared. Instead, what is held in this part of their being will influence who they are drawn to and repel, how active their mind is, how they feel, and their physical health, among other things.
Still, it doesn’t just impact their own life; it also has an effect on what happens in their world. Once again, they could say that this is not possible as they have no effect on what is taking place in the world.
This view will be coming from their extroverted intellect that will cause them to believe that they are just an observer of their reality. What is going on ‘out there’ will then have absolutely nothing to do with what is taking place in their conscious mind, let alone their unconscious mind. However, this is nothing more than an illusion as they, along with their fellow human beings, are co-creating what is taking place ‘out there’ whether they are or are not aware of it and whether they want to or not.
The Bigger Picture
With this in mind, while it may seem as if most people are powerless when it comes to what is taking place in the world and only a few people have control, this is only true on one level. On another, deeper level, each and every person on this planet has the ability to co-create a world that is radically different to how it currently is.
What this illustrates is how much power someone has and they are anything but a passive observer of reality and a victim of circumstances. Naturally, this will go against what the media tells them on a daily basis and perhaps what most if not all of their friends and family are likely to believe.
Going Deeper, A Lot Deeper
If they are not simply an observer of their reality and are actually a co-creator of it and they are also having an effect on what is taking place, along with their fellow human beings, on the planet, it shows how important it is for them to not only do the right things but to also be in the right place. Not just at a conscious level but also at a deeper level; to use an analogy, to have a house that looks good on the outside and is in order on the inside.
By getting in touch with and working through the painful material that has been pushed into their unconscious mind, they will gradually change both their own and the consciousness of the planet. They will be working through their own ‘darkness’ and by doing this they will be directing less of their ‘darkness’ into the collective consciousness.
The inner material that they will be working through can relate to what they have experienced as an adult, what they experienced throughout their early years and even what they experienced during their birth and when they were in their mother’s womb. Facing this pain will be tough at times and they are unlikely to receive any awards for doing so but they will certainly be playing their part.
On the other hand, if they were to simply focus on what they can do to change the world, whilst neglecting their own ‘baggage’, they would be overlooking their own contribution to what is taking place. They would be caught up in their minds illusion of them being an observer and while this would allow them to avoid their own pain and to even receive a lot of positive feedback from their fellow citizens; they wouldn’t be as effective as they would be otherwise.
When someone lives in a society that is a manifestation of ego consciousness and therefore sees themselves as an observer and the problems being ‘out there’, it is naturally going to be hard for them to accept that they are a co-creator of their reality and are influencing what is taking place in the world. This can seem like an outrageous view and something that has no basis in reality.
Yet, purely focusing on what is going on ‘out there’ and neglecting what is taking place internally, so focusing on the screen and ignoring the projector, is unlikely to lead to a real shift. It might change things for a while but before long, and even if the lessons are learned at a head level, the ‘darkness’ that is held in the collective consciousness will end up manifesting something, or a number of things, that is destructive in one place or another.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 26 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.