As they walked along the edge of the pond, darkness setting in, they both stumbled into a patch of slippery mud, robust in murkiness with an earthy, musky bouquet to match.
Attempting to laugh it off as they sought more stable land, their half-laughs turned to shrieks as an arm of questionable origin reached out and dragged them further into the muck.
Sinking deeper and deeper within, it suddenly dawned on them. They were face to face with something of which they knew but tried to ignore. They were in the grips of The What Lies Beneath!
Beware the shadow.
Welcome to the world of shadow, where our dark side prevails. At least it will if we don’t recognize it for what it is. The other part of ourselves. That aspect we have concealed from others, as well as sometimes from ourselves.
When transitioning to change, we evolve internally as well as externally. Sometimes in ways that force us to recognize elements of ourselves we don’t particularly like or appreciate.
When this happens, the only way out is through, and that can sometimes feel like we’re being pulled under a dark and cavernous pool of sludge, gasping for air to the point of suffocation.
Our shadow lurks beneath because we haven’t learned to recognize the value it brings to our lives.
Let the sun shine in.
By embracing its contributions and being thankful for it’s presence, our shadow can transform us into a better, more whole and balanced being.
When shunned, it shows its dark side, when welcomed, it is a viable contributor to a grounded, centered life.
Two words to hold when facing our shadow are Forgive and Accept. These two words are the welcoming committee to a partnership with our shadow.
And we can accomplish so much more when in partnership than we can when in opposition.
Tomorrow, stay tuned for Mistakes Were Made...
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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